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Häagen-Dazs Bakery opens in Tokyo

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

In 2013, American-based premium ice cream company Häagen-Dazs closed down its dedicated ice cream parlors in Japan. That didn’t mean that the company was pulling the plug on its Japanese operations entirely, though.

In the years since, Häagen-Dazs has continued to occupy an exalted position in the Japanese sweets scene, rolling out Japan-exclusive flavors and even operating a swanky “ice cream lounge” in Tokyo last month. As of April 19, there’s a new place, and even a new way, to eat Häagen-Dazs in the capital, thanks to the opening of the Häagen-Dazs Bakery.

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The Häagen-Dazs Bakery is actually on the premises of pre-existing bakery chain Maison Kayser’s branch in the Marunouchi neighborhood. For a limited time, customers will be able to choose from 14 different combinations of Häagen-Dazs’ frozen desserts and Maison Kayser’s baked goods, with six offered as take-out and the remaining eight as options for diners at the shop’s eat-in seating area.

We decided to start off (of course we ate multiple desserts) with the 600-yen, baseball-sized Croissant Hat with Vanilla Ice Cream from the take-out menu.

Accented with citrus and chocolate balls, this was delicious and filling, and would be an extremely satisfying indulgence to eat on a park bench on a warm Tokyo spring afternoon.

Next up, the 600-yen Cacao Bread with Macadamia Nut Ice Cream, another take-out item.

The outer crispiness, with a slight but pleasant bitter quality, gives way to the creamy, nutty inside, culminating in a sophisticated flavor that still made us want to squeal with delight like little kids.

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Finally, it was time to try something from the eat-in menu. With our stomachs filling up, we realized there was probably only space for one last dessert, so we selected the option that offered the greatest variety and asked for the 1,300-yen Baguette with Häagen-Dazs, which gets you six different types of ice cream.

Sadly, the Häagen-Dazs Bakery is a limited-time engagement, and the special ice cream/bread hybrids will only be available until May 9. On the bright side, that means you’ve still got a couple of weeks to make the trip to Marunouchi, and even if you don’t make it on time, the bread used in the desserts is sold by Maison Kayser year-round, so you’ll always be able to pick up a few, grab some Häagen-Dazs at the grocery store, and make your own.

Shop/restaurant information

Häagen-Dazs Bakery (Maison Kayser) / ハーゲンダッツベーカリー(メゾンカイザー)

Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, 1-4-1, Marunouchi Eiraku Building iiyo, 1st floor

東京都千代田区丸の内1-4-1 丸の内永楽ビルディング iiyo1F

Open 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Until May 9

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What exactly do you mean by "Until May 9"?

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Can see myself enjoying the croissant/ice cream with a good espresso. Not too sure about the baguette & ice cream combo though and def not a fan (at all) of fresh herbs for decorating sweets and desserts, don't think it enhances the aesthetic of the dish. Very reasonably priced btw.

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