If everyone loves Pikachu, and everyone loves pudding, there’s no way this won’t be awesome.
Back in September, Tokyo’s Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe dessert shop welcomed the Eevee Apple Pie Frappe to its menu. But while the cafe, located in the Ikebukuro neighborhood, is happy to be a gathering place for fans of all Pocket Monster species, it’s Pikachu’s name on the sign, and so it’s once again the face of the franchise’s turn in the sweets spotlight.
Though it’s called the Caramel Pika Pika Frappe, the primary flavor here is purin, a type of pudding loved by people both young and old in Japan. Somewhat similar to flan, purin has egg custard notes to its flavor profile, but without feeling oily or greasy. It’s topped with sweet caramel sauce, and the Caramel Pika Pika Frappe also adds whipped cream and chocolate chips to literally sweeten the deal.
With the vast majority of Pikachu Sweets by Pokémon Cafe customers enjoying their desserts with one hand while snapping photos with the other, the staff knows how important visual appeal is, and the 700-yen (US$6.65) drink is served with plenty of Pikachu aesthetic flourishes. In addition to the smiling face and perky ears, the cups come with one of four Pikachu drink sleeves.
If you’re wondering why Pikachu is dressed in such warm-weather attire for a winter-season drink, it’s because the sleeves are celebrating the upcoming release of the Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle theatrical anime, titled Pokémon the Movie: Koko in Japan. Originally …continue reading