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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.


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.


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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