The latest scoop

By on June 28, 2010

The hottest thing to take the streets by storm is surprisingly cold!  Fun, flavoured ice cream is indeed what the kids are screaming for, and Tokyo Families is here with a guide to the crème de la crème of the city’s offerings. Take a lick out of summer with some icy goodness!



Thirty one exciting ice cream flavors to beat the summer heat!  That is exactly what you will find at Baskin Robbins’ popular locations from Hiroo to Shibuya and all across Tokyo.  Founded in 1945 by brothers-in-law Burton Baskin and Irvine Robbins, Baskin Robbins found its way into America’s heart with its cheerful atmosphere and ever-changing variety of delicious ice cream, as well as ice cream cakes and shakes.


Robbins’ thirty-one flavors represent a different theme for a particular day of the month, stocking up its library with more than one thousand flavors to date.  Being the light-hearted and innovative ice cream-maker that it is, Robbins’ delicious take on historical events is packed with fun: the "Baseball Nut", one of their most revered flavors, commemorated the Dodger’s relocation from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1957; when the first astronauts landed on the moon in 1969, so too did "Lunar Cheesecake" instantly on the menu! 


What’s the latest scoop this summer?  A blend of melon and banana decked out with chocolates of every color!  That’s Baskin’s antidote to this year’s World Cup fever: Olé & Olé!


Hobson’s Ice Cream

Walk in to Hobson’s ice cream parlor in Nishi Azabu, and you are greeted by a gourmet selection with all the add-ons of your choice.  Select from their scrumptious list of ice cream flavors: vanilla, chocolate, caramel cream, blueberry, cookie caramel, cappucino, NY cheesecake, strawberry, rum raisin, choco chip mint, green tea, raspberry yogurt, American cherry, chai, banana nuts, orange mango, Hawaiian aqua soda, and "yuzu" (Japanese lime).


After picking your flavor, select fruits – strawberries, apples, raspberries, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, dark sweet cherries, banana, or even pudding – for an extra ¥50.  Seal your order with a some crunch: pick whatever crunchy flakes you fancy. Cocoa, caramel,  choco chip cookies, peanuts, or plain chocolate … you name it, and only for another ¥50.  Everything is put in to a machine, blended and served to your liking!   


The newest flavors to grace the counters this summer are "budo" (grape) sherbet and premium float in five refreshing flavors.  Pinky Calpis Fizz (pictured) is made from pink grapefruit, Calpis soda, and grapes (¥500).


Häagen Dazs

Reuben Mattus was a young man with a great vision for quality ice cream.  As a lad, Mattus first learned the joys of the snack as he sold ice cream pops with his mother.  Then in 1920, a grown-up entrepreneur with a quest, Mattus and his wife Rose together built a company dedicated only to fulfill that dream.


In its humble beginnings, Häagen-Dazs served up only three basic but quality flavors: coffee, vanilla, and chocolate.  Today, the list of flavors is countless, some even country-specific, thus offering Japan’s ice cream lovers an almost overwhelmingly wider choice. With shops in places like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu and Akasaka, as well as cups and bars that can be found in most convenient stores, Häagen-Dazs is now one of the largest ice cream distributors in Tokyo – and the world. 


Flavors like Cream Cheese Raspberry and the Cookies & Cream Crispy Sandwich are recent hits, but there’s always classics like Café Mocha and Vanilla Caramel Brownie to fall back on.  Until August 31, Häagen-Dazs stores are having their Summer Dessert Fair, a limited time to enjoy two of their irresistible made-for-summer flavors:  Cream Cheese Raspberry cup topped with raspberry syrup (¥400), and Salty Butter Biscuit, green tea/azuki ice cream with caramel syrup topping and butter biscuits on the side (¥500).  But the star of the show this month is the Tahitian Vanilla Caramel, a luxurious mix of vanilla aroma and caramel flavor, soon to hit the stores on July 19 (¥284)!


Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone contains a few unique qualities that separate it from the typical ice cream world. For one, after you have picked your choice of ice cream and either “Like It” (small size), “Love It” (medium) or “Gotta Have It” (large), the ice cream is put onto a cold granite stone by the server. There, you may choose between the many different toppings and sauces that are then mixed into the ice cream on the stone, leaving it perfectly mixed into a full-blown ice cream extravaganza.


Another interesting aspect of Cold Stone is the tip jar, which, if blessed with an extra coin or bill, jubilates the servers to burst into one of their several joyous songs.  With locations all over Tokyo – including Roppongi Hills – Cold Stone is an excellent choice for unique and delicious ice cream.  Try their new frozen drink this summer, the Coolly’s! 


S ¥480  M ¥600   L ¥900

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