Simple but Yummy!! Shirokuma Shaved Ice from Kagoshima Prefecture


Shirokuma shaved ice dessert is one of my favourites from ice cream corner of Japanese supermarket.  I’m sure it wasn’t available when I was a child, but it’s been seen at least since 5 years ago across Japan, and since then it has been one of my favourites to survive hot and humid summer of Japan.  One thing I remember is that the Shirokuma is from Kagoshima prefecture.

 

"Norio.NAKAYAMA" some rights reserved. flickr

“Norio.NAKAYAMA” some rights reserved. flickr

 

As you can see in the picture, original shirokuma is shaved ice with topping including condensed milk and cut fruits.  We generally use condensed milk for shaved ice with syrup instead of fruits and mochi balls.  This simple combination of condensed milk and sweetness of tin fruits make a great harmony, and the flavour is now widely loved all over Japan as an ice-cream not just in Kagoshima anymore.

 

But of course, in Kagoshima where this cold dessert is originated from, flavour is not just condensed milk and fruits!

 

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“Nohch” some rights reserved. flickr

 

As you can see in the picture, there are obviously choc, melon, strawberry, yogurt and so on, which children will definitely take long time to decide (so I will^^).  If you are coming to Japan in summer time, please try Shirokuma ice cream, too.  Unlike other ice cream, it doesn’t make you too thirsty like other thick ice creams.  They are available in a form of either ice candy or cap ice cream in some convenience stores or supermarkets :-P   And of course, if you have a time to visit Kagoshima, please visit the original shirokuma shop.

 

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“PooWho” some rights reserved. flickr

 

Source: Daily News Agency

 

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