What's Trending in Japan?! Weekly Digest (10/1 - 10/5, 2018)
Are you sick of getting late news on the newest hot topics in Japan? Here's a quick and easy weekly digest that'll give you the scoop on the top 3 trends making waves on Japan's social media platforms! We're introducing even more must-eats: the return of McDonald's Spicy Chicken Nuggets, the best s'more in town, and some new Japan-only Haagen-Dazs flavors!
Oct 05 2018 (Apr 15 2020)
McDonald's Spicy Chicken McNuggets Are Back... and Even Spicier Than Before!
McDonald's introduced their spicy chicken nuggets to Japan in June 2018, but only for a short period of time. Thanks to popular demand, this menu item now back for the whole month of October!
Dip your flaming red nuggets into a choice of two sauces: the super spicy "Geki-kara Spicy Sauce" (left in picture) or "Quatro Cheese Sauce" (right in picture) that utilizes four different cheeses.
Fortunately, these Spicy Chicken McNuggets are (or will eventually be) available in other parts of the world. But there are still tons of Japan-only menu items, such as the ones in the article below!
The Prettiest S'more You'll Ever See!
This decadent s'more laid on top of a biscuit is a creation of Dandelion Chocolate, an incredibly famous San Fransciso chocolate brand. If you can't visit the USA for whatever reason, you can always come to Japan to try it!
Unlike many other s'mores, this dessert holds its shape well, looking more like a cake than an actual s'more. Cut into it with a knife or eat it whole!
If you prefer to try some wholly Japanese chocolates instead, try a couple of sweets from some of Tokyo's best chocolatiers!
Have Tea and Ice Cream With Your Favorite Disney Characters
Here are two brand new, limited-time, Japan-only Haagen-Dazs flavors! One of them is a tea and cookie flavor, based on Alice in Wonderland (left in the picture), while the other is an apple and custard flavor to commemorate Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (right in the picture).
The Alice in Wonderland edition is wonderfully luxurious. The pink hearts aren't just food coloring - they're actually made from white sauce and blackcurrants! The ice cream itself is made with mascarpone cheese and tastes like Darjeeling tea. There's even butter cookie bits mixed into it!
The Snow White edition is equally as decadent. Similar to the Alice in Wonderland version, it has hearts made from white sauce and an apple sauce topping. The ice cream is made from custard and has apple bits mixed into it. Refreshing!
This isn't the first time that the Haagen-Dazs in Japan has been this creative. Check out this time when they turned traditional Japanese desserts into ice cream!
Bonus: Things to Do on a Day Trip to Atami From Tokyo
Our Kamakura day trip article was so popular that we decided to do another one! This time, we set out sights on Atami, another great spot that's not too far away from Tokyo. If you're looking to get away from the busy metropolis, check out the below article to see if Atami might be the holiday destination for you!
And that's that! The trends are always quickly changing, so there will always be something new from week to week. Check back in once a week and see if anything catches your eye!
Check out the weekly trends from the past 5 weeks!
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.