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Survey reveals the top 10 most popular ice creams in Japan

By Shannon, SoraNews24

Japan makes headlines for its weird ice cream flavrs at times–remember Fried Oyster Ice Cream?–but it also has some pretty delicious options in traditional flavors like vanilla and chocolate. To see which morsels are most popular in Japan, TV Asahi asked 10,000 people in a survey on social media platform X what their favorite ice cream was. Here are the top 10 results.

10. MOW Vanilla


MOW by Morinaga Milk is a single-serving ice cream cup that comes in many flavors like Peach Milk and Uji Matcha, but the Vanilla flavor is the one that found a spot in the top 10.

9. Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Green Tea Flavor


Häagen-Dazs Mini Cups can be found in virtually any Japanese convenience store, supermarket, and sometimes even drugstore. They’re often not the cheapest option, so it’s definitely considered a “treat yourself” kind of ice cream. The green tea flavor beat almost every flavor except for one more found later in the list.

8. Soh Vanilla


You can easily identify this single-serving ice cream cup by the giant kanji 爽, pronounced so and meaning “refreshing,” written on the lid. It comes in a generous serving of 190 milliliters, which is 50 milliliters more than MOW’s 140 and 80 milliliters more than Häagen-Dazs’ 110. If you want your ice cream to fill you up, this is a great option.

7. Pinot


Pinot are bite-sized, chocolate-covered morsels of ice cream that you can eat using a small plastic pick. They’re mess-free, easy to share, and don’t melt as quickly as some other options. There are many flavors like Green Tea and even Sweet Potato, but again, the traditional vanilla-and-chocolate flavor made the top 10 list.

6. Garigari-kun Soda Flavor


It’s difficult to find a Japanese person that has never tried a Garigari-kun bar before. Though it’s technically ice candy rather than ice cream, as it doesn’t contain any dairy products, it’s popular enough that it took the number 6 spot in the nationwide survey. The Soda flavor is considered the most traditional one, though you can also find interesting ones like rice flavor if you look hard enough.

5. Yukimi Daifuku


This is an excellent option for mochi lovers. Yukimi Daifuku comes in a pack of two ice cream morsels covered in a thin, chewy layer of ice cream. They can be quite filling, so they also double as a good snack.

4. Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Vanilla Flavor


Häagen-Dazs’ second appearance in the top 10 list is its vanilla flavor. Many people eat it as-is, but there are also recipes on the brand’s Japanese site for interesting combinations like vanilla ice cream and avocado toast.

3. Super Cup Cho-Vanilla


The final vanilla-flavored ice cream in the top 10 list is also the largest. Super Cup Cho-Vanilla (or “Super Vanilla) by Meiji comes in a 200-milliliter serving, perfect for filling up your stomach while also cooling you down.

2. Parm Chocolate


If you were wondering where all of the chocolate options are in the top 10 list, they’re in the top 2. Parm’s Chocolate is an ice cream bar that features a soft, melty outer chocolate layer concealing a center of chocolate ice cream. Its rich flavor can be addictive, so snack wisely.

1. Choco Monaka Jumbo


And finally, the most popular ice cream in TV Asahi’s survey is Choco Monaka Jumbo by Morinaga Milk. This handheld ice cream bar is a spinoff of a Japanese sweet called monaka, traditionally made with red azuki beans nestled between two rice wafers. Choco Monaka Jumbo has a similar wafer covering, but inside is vanilla ice cream and a thin layer of solid chocolate.

So there you have it, the top 10 most popular ice creams in Japan, according to TV Asahi. If you find yourself overwhelmed by all of the ice cream options at a Japanese convenience store, keep these options in mind and you won’t be disappointed.

Source: Sponichi Annex via Livedoor News via Otakomu

Insert images: Mow-Ice, Häagen-Dazs, Lotte, Morinaga Milk, Akagi Nyugyo, Lotte (2), Häagen-Dazs (2), Meiji, Parm Ice, Morinaga Milk (2)

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We still talk about our introduction to Japanese ice cream. We were at our favorite mom and pop Japanese restaurant with our children, many moons ago. At the end of dinner the lady owner offered some Japanese ice cream to our kids.....green tea ice cream, made by Carnation over here. It wasn't on the menu, but she wanted us to try it. It was of course wonderful. Another time, she gave us some ginger flavored ice cream.

After that, we started going to a Japanese market just so we could buy the ice cream.

My favorite dish at their restaurant was called Beef Butter-yaki (spelling?). Again, it wasn't on the menu. I happened to see someone else eating it. It smelled wonderful, and asked if I could order it. It became one of our favorite dishes. She refused to let me order it "to go," saying that it wouldn't taste right if I let it cool down and then reheated it. I don't mind a little idiosyncrasy, if it is the price for a great meal.

Her sashimi and sushi were also wonderful. Eventually a son took over the business. Whereas she catered to a mostly Japanese clientele, the son packed in a bunch more tables and the diners are more varied. The food is still very good, but it is a lot more crowded, and doesn't feel Japanese. Can't blame them for wanting to make more money, but I miss the old restaurant.

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Quite a cute, adorable photo with this one! HNY 2024, JT readers & mods!

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Parm are awesome.

Some of the others are pretty meh and made with vegetable and palm oil, not dairy, e.g., Super Cup and Mow.

My favourite cheap one is Choco Bakkie, made by Chateraise. Its a lolly with ice cream and a crunchy chocolate ripple. The coffee and mint ones are especially good.

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Thanks, @1Glenn, there's nothing like a walk down memory lane on the first day of a new year. I only wish they had chocolate chip mint on the list.

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My favorite when I visit Japan is the one the young man is holding in the first picture. Lovely flavour and mess free, it's my go to treat whilst returning to the hotel after a long sight seeing day.

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