6 Sakura Flavored Sweets in Japan

Source: Gaijin Pot

Another year, another beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) season. The flowers are in full bloom and so is my appetite for all the abundant sakura-themed foods currently flooding the market in Japan.

From fizzy, creamy drinks to donuts and sweets—plus foods you wouldn’t consider for a sakura infusion—I’m on a mission to savor some of this year’s newest cherry blossom-flavored treats.

What do cherry blossoms even taste like? If you were to pluck a few petals off a tree, it would taste pretty gross. Trust me. I tried it. However, they are edible and have been used in sweets and teas for centuries. Cherry blossoms have a sweet and fruity rose flavor, almost like regular cherries, and sometimes sour depending on how genuine the taste is.

1. Starbucks ‘Sakura Fuwari Berry Frappuccino’

I can’t feel my teeth.

Starbucks and its brand of melted ice cream they’ve tricked the world into believing is coffee has become the poster child for sakura-themed drinks in Japan. I was not a fan of last year’s concoction and can’t say this year’s Sakura Fuwari (soft) Berry Frappuccino fairs much better.

It’s still unforgivably sweet.

The milky frappuccino uses sakura-strawberry sauce, sweet and sour raspberry panna cotta and vanilla-and-sakura crumble—none of which I can differentiate from the taste of sugar. At least this time they blend in chunks of freeze-dried strawberries and not last season’s blobs of phlegm-like jelly.

I also got a sakura brick—I mean donut. The heavy cake donut is coated with fruity sakura glaze and salty-sweet sakura powder.

2. Convenience store lattes

Better and cheaper than Starbucks.

Starbucks isn’t the only place in Japan selling sakura-themed coffee drinks. Almost every café …continue reading