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Garigari-kun celebrates 40th anniversary with new ume flavored popsicle

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By Connie Sceaphierde, grape Japan

Head over to the frozen section of any combini in Japan, and you’re bound to be greeted by the instantly recognizable package design of Garigari-kun ice cream. Upon seeing the excited face of the ice cream’s namesake; Garigari-kun, it is hard not to be tempted by whatever tasty flavor chilled snack the package beholds.

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The popular ice cream has been a hit for four decades, and to celebrate, the maker’s behind the ice cream; Akagi Nyuggyo, has introduced a line up of special flavors. Earlier this year, they unveiled the all new Ginger Ale and “Lemon Squash” flavors, and now, they’re adding a more traditional flavor to the mix – Ume (pickled plum).

The new flavor was decided upon within a survey that was held on the official Akagi Nyugyo website back in the autumn of last year. The survey was filled out by Garigari-kun fans, who were asked to think about what flavors it is that Garigari-kun wants to eat.

In total 49,168 votes were taken in the survey, and ume flavor took first place by more than 1,367 votes.

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This popsicle, flavored with real ume juice, conceals a fun crunchy ume-flavored shaved ice center.

Price: 70 yen (plus tax)

Calories: 63 kcal

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Garigari-kun ... ... still going strong ... :)

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