Photo: Ministop

Japanese convenience store switches from plastic spoons to edible spoons for ice cream

By grape Japan

Like most Japanese convenience stores, Ministop has quite the selection of hot treats, like cream cheese-stuffed fried chicken, but it's really built up its fanbase with their seasonal offerings of their popular MINISOF soft-serve ice cream.

That ice cream is going to be down for getting an extra treat served with it now, as in an effort to reduce an estimated 47 tons of plastic waste per year, Ministop will be experimentally replacing the plastic spoons that come with its popular soft-serve ice cream with edible spoons.

Ministop has announced that it will experimentally change its soft serve ice cream spoons (whether you order a cone or cup) from plastic to "edible spoons"--made from ice cream cones, so they seem a perfect fit for when you order a scoop.


The experiment with edible spoons first began in May at two directly operated stores in Chiba Prefecture, and is now being expanded in Kyushu and Shikoku prefectures. Ministop hopes to continue the expanded areas while gathering feedback from customers and participating stores.

Read more stories from grape Japan.

-- Tanabata-inspired traditional sweets offer a taste of Japan’s Star Festival with night sky kohakuto

-- Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki and Lala appear as shooting star themed doughnuts for summer

-- There’s a Tokyo souvenir that you can’t buy in Tokyo?

© grape Japan

©2022 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

Good idea, but if it's an "experiment," I'm wondering how likely it will be permanent. Making these changes during a limited time or as a short-term PR campaign is not what environmentalism is about.

Last time I checked, Mini Stop still had plastic stir sticks, each wrapped in plastic covering.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

smart idea, hope it works out.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I wish they would trial this in more places, what a great idea! And then, they can charge like 10 yen for each additional tiny spoon cone to make even more profit. So, not only reducing plastic but also gaining a bit of profit from it. I love this idea, wish they would do something like this at Baskin Robins. The number of spoons they give out without even asking is insane.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Ministop's vanilla soft cream is seriously good stuff. I like the idea of the edible spoon too. Good on them.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

hamptonToday  12:26 am JST

Ministop's vanilla soft cream is seriously good stuff. I like the idea of the edible spoon too. Good on them.

Will give it a go.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I think some children would either use the spoon or eat it first.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites