Seven Eleven Shiratama Cream Anmitsu – A conbini sweets report
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Shiratama Cream Anmitsu
Available at:Seven Eleven
Price:298 yen (Tax incl.)
Sale date:June 21, 2016
Anmitsu is a traditional Japanese dessert many associate with summer. It is a delightful combination of different textures, including firm cubes of agar jelly, mushy boiled red peas, chewy shiratama (white rice flour dumplings), and a variety of fruits. When kuromitsu, or brown sugar syrup, is poured on top, it's referred to as "mitsumame." Add an, or red bean paste, to that and you have yourself "anmitsu." Generally, the an is made of sweetly boiled adzuki beans, and the kuromitsu is made by boiling down water and brown sugar. With the addition of whipped cream, it combines the best of both Japanese and Western taste.
Opening the package, I found it to be packed with an assortment of ingredients: an, whipped cream, mandarin oranges, cherries, shiratama, and boiled red peas. Tsubuan is an that is used as is after being cooked, but koshian is an that is strained into a smooth paste afterwards. This product uses the koshian variety.
The toppings were contained in a removable tray, the cubes of agar jelly lined the bottom, and the kuromitsu came in a sealed packet.
I arranged all the ingredients atop the agar jelly cubes and generously poured the kuromitsu so as not to leave anything untouched by its sweetness.
There was more than enough syrupy goodness to coat it all. Yum, yum, yum!
I tried a bit of the koshian first.
It was as smooth as can be with just the right amount of sweet!
The whipped cream’s mildness balanced the sweetness of the kuromitsu perfectly.
And let’s not forget the shiratama! They were soft, chewy, and fun to eat.
The kuromitsu coated the wobbly jelly as well as I’d hoped. All the flavours seemed to blend together magically.
Good to the last bite, it was the perfect summer treat!
A lover of sweets who makes the rounds every week to taste-test and report back on the latest sweets from all four major conbini.