French Sorbets, Japanese Soft Serves

2 07 2015

Firstly my soft-serve fixes from last month – all in Tokyo.  Not so many as I was away in Bucharest, Romania and Cannes, France in the early part of the month.

The day I returned from France, I was craving a soft serve and conveniently came across a limited-time seasonal flavor - raspberry - being offered at Godiva.

The day I returned from France, I was craving a soft serve and conveniently came across a limited-time seasonal flavor – raspberry – being offered at Godiva.

This was an interesting one in that the soft serve was offered in a cup (as opposed to a cone) and came with a "lid" made of "monaka" wafer.

This was an interesting one in that the soft serve was offered in a cup (as opposed to a cone) and came with a “lid” made of “monaka” wafer.

“Monaka” from Toraya‘s website: “Monaka is a traditional confection in which azuki bean filling is sandwiched between two crisp, light-as-air wafers made from sticky rice. It is as iconic a Japanese confection as yokan.”

I was told to break the lid with the spoon and mix with the soft serve.

I was told to break the lid with the spoon and mix with the soft serve.

Milk flavored.

Milk flavored.

Coffee-flavored soft serve from a coffee shop.  It is served in a cup so you wonder if there is more ice cream underneath and realize at a closer look that there is a cone.

Coffee-flavored soft serve from a coffee shop. It is served in a cup so you wonder if there is more ice cream underneath and realize at a closer look that there is a cone.

Take it out of the cup and the cone is a very wide, fat and short cone but it looks huge because of its width.  As you come to the bottom of it, you realize there are lots of chocolate chunks (though small).

Take it out of the cup and the cone is a very wide, fat and short cone but it looks huge because of its width. As you come to the bottom of it, you realize there are lots of chocolate chunks (though small).

So back to Cannes, France where I did see soft serves being sold near the beach and I meant to get one but never had the chance.  Next year.

I did try many French sorbets though.

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