Well, the World Cup is wrapping up, and the varied and creative marketing efforts of companies here in Japan are coming to a close. From the McDonald’s Risotto to the Brazil Cup Noodles, there has been a huge range of flavors, not just from Brazil but the whole world. Not to be outdone, this American company really brought the creativity to their product development. I posted recently about Krispy Kreme’s Sakura Donuts, and their World Cup line may have been even more impressive. You may have caught a glimpse in my Keyaki Beer Festival, so let’s get a better look!
First up, Japan’s offering: a Green Tea donut. What a shock! How innovative! Ok, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the biggest fan of green tea flavored foods, and this didn’t wow me. I would have much prefered the Kinako Kuromitsu offering from the Sakura line, but I guess they had to have something a little down to earth. After all, the rest of the line is pretty out there…
Like the Italian Tiramisu! Now we’re getting somewhere. A mascarpone filling and a hint of coffee made this one of the tastiest of the bunch. I wasn’t expecting to like it nearly as much as I did, but it was lovely!
England’s Peach Melba was also a surprising winner. There’s a lot going on, with the dried fruits, roasted almonds and peach glaze, and I was a fan of all of it. Fruity and delicious!
Speaking of fruity and delicious, the Brazilian Mango creme filled donut was fabulous. I love mango, I love custardy filled donuts, I loved this.
The American offering brought the decadence of cheesecake, with a light lemon zip to keep things bright. The cookie crumble on top really rounded out the texture adventure.
Finally, the pièce de résistance, the Crème brûlée from France. A regular donut with three separate toppings, including the crunchy caramelized sugar we all love, this donut was pretty amazing. Sweet as hell, and definitely what would happen when and American company makes French desserts in Japan. This multicultural monstrosity seems like it might come out of Dr. Frankenstein’s lab and come stompwaltzing right into my mouth. That’ll do, Krispy Kreme. That’ll do.