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7-Eleven now has make-it-yourself smoothies in Japan, and they’re amazing

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

There’s a lot of competition between the top convenience store chains in Japan, which is great for us as that means we’re constantly being treated to exciting new products exclusive to each store.

The latest product to entice us is one from 7-Eleven, and though not a lot of people know about yet, it’s so awesome that we reckon it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a cult hit with customers. The reason why it’s managed to fly under the radar since its March 1 release date is because it’s located in the freezer section with the ice creams, which isn’t usually where we’d go to look for smoothies.


The stickers on the freezer cabinet do their best to draw attention to the smoothies inside, but curiously, they come with the message “お店で作る!” (“Omise de tsukuru!”), which means “Make them in store!”


The “Seven Cafe” notice on the stickers signifies that these smoothies belong to the Seven Cafe section, which includes beverages like hot coffees, served via machines near the front registers.


Having the smoothies so far away from the Seven Cafe section, in the freezer where customers wouldn’t naturally think to look for them, can make things confusing for first-timers. Especially when they don’t even look like smoothies when you pick them up — instead, they look like cups of frozen fruit.

▼ Banana


▼ Mango and Pineapple


You shouldn’t let the look of these frozen fruit-filled cups put you off, though, because once you’ve handed over 300 yen for one of them, you get to transform it into a smoothie, using a pretty nifty machine near the registers.


Simply hold the barcode in front of the reader on the machine so it can scan the product and know which smoothie it will be making.


▼ Then peel off the lid and pop the cup on the tray inside.



▼ Once you close the door, that’s when the magic begins.


The machine quickly whirs into action, gobbling up your cup and spinning it round and round.


After a few moments, your drink is ready, sliding out towards you like a character taking centre stage.


Once you’ve taken your freshly made smoothie out of the machine, you can add a lid and straw to the drink and be on your merry way.

Images ©SoraNews24 

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A lot of microplastics are leached when a plastic vessel shaken.

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I’ll definitely try it at least once

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And still no Slurpee………pass

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qazwsxToday  09:44 am JST

I’ll definitely try it at least once

We already have these in America. It's EZ, you can DIY.

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It seems like a lost opportunity that even the "green" smoothie is mostly fruit, people that would like a healthy snack would have to be satisfied with what is more closely a dessert.

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A lot of microplastics are leached when a plastic vessel shaken.

Don’t complain, if you can’t stand it, just invent and build the according barcode driven micro plastic filter machine and then sell or lease it to 711 and put it right beside that smoothie maker. Or even become super rich and filter anything else too, including the oceans. lol

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lol So easy to make at home in a blender, with zero microplastics.

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I'll get excited once they bring Slurpees to the mainland. Okinawa did.

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