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I found that japanese ice cream is a bit different from regular ice cream. The texture is more smooth like with a twist of citric acidy taste. I guess you could say it is a form of umami.
How do you feel the ice cream is as compared to what they serve in the restaurant and what you got store bought? I find that some of the store bought brands are really cheap and cutting corners wich comes out in the taste of the ice cream. It does make sense in the way that the placement of the product is closer to the opening valve of the freezer and thus easier to pick up and place into your shopping bag. Even though they can look a bit thawed out and fringy once you take a good look at it.
 

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Ah, but what is "regular" ice cream? Maybe Japanese ice cream is regular and the one you're used to is irregular. ;)

Unfortunately I haven't done enough research to be able to say. Though I really like the milky Hokkaido ice cream. Yum.
 

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I live in Japan, but sorry, I have no idea what you're talking about. There's no single, universal style of "Japanese ice cream" with a defining flavor or texture.

There are all kinds of ice cream in all sorts of different styles available here. Is there a particular sort of ice cream or ice cream product you're talking about?
 
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For me it hits you straight on that first lick of ice. Maybe its the freezer fluid that is different? IDK to be honest but I am certain there is a difference and in a blind test I could point out the right ice cream straight away. In latin-america there are cockroaches just about anywhere altough that could not flavour the ice cream.
 

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I'm still curious what specific type of Japanese ice cream you're referring to. Is it a particular store-bought product or brand?

There are many types of ice cream here, from the inexpensive, mass-produced stuff you can get at convenience stores and supermarkets to individual ice cream stores, Italian gelato-style ice cream, soft-serve style ice cream, international brands like Baskin-Robbins and Haagen-Dazs, etc. They all taste different and I can't say I've tasted (or heard anyone talk about) some single quality universal to all of them that gives them a uniquely "Japanese" taste. It just all tastes like (various types of) ice cream to me.

Then again, I've never had ice cream in Latin America, so maybe mdchachi is right and it's the ice cream in Latin America that's different. I'm originally from the United States and I can't say I've noticed a huge difference in the varieties of ice cream available here in Japan compared to back there.
 

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How did Latin-America (and cockroaches) even come into the conversation? I thought you are in Norway!
Is the Japanese ice cream you are referring to something you are buying in Norway? Or ice cream you had in Japan?
 

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ive only mostly tried ice cream from Usa but the same applies with candy for me. Japanese candy is SOOOOO different from US candy. Japanese candy has more variety but also not as nauseatingly sweet ??? Like, US candy focuses only around sour and sweet and then chocalate. But ive tasted candy i didnt know could exist in as far as japanese
 
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In Japan, ice cream is classified into four categories, "ice cream," "ice milk," "lacto ice," and "ice confectionery," depending on the amount of milk components contained.

[August 2021] Top 10 convenience store ice cream popularity rankings!

My favorite classic ice cream is "Meiji Super Cup Vanilla" and "Morinaga Choco Monaca Jumbo"
 
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Of course I am only talking about store bought ice cream. Why would I speak of ice cream from an ice cream shop? You know they only make homemade gelato and sorbets. This will always be different. It is like night and day.

But once you are out of options store bought ice cream is what you have. I think that rings true for most of us. Say you are sitting in front of your computer late at night and you feel like eating ice cream. You go out to buy some ice cream from the store. I do not feel like eating ice cream during the day when the shop is open it is mostly at morning and at night.
 

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Of course I am only talking about store bought ice cream. Why would I speak of ice cream from an ice cream shop? You know they only make homemade gelato and sorbets. This will always be different. It is like night and day.

But once you are out of options store bought ice cream is what you have. I think that rings true for most of us. Say you are sitting in front of your computer late at night and you feel like eating ice cream. You go out to buy some ice cream from the store. I do not feel like eating ice cream during the day when the shop is open it is mostly at morning and at night.
We seem to be misunderstanding each other. I'm not trying to attack you or say that store-bought ice cream is bad.

I'm just trying to figure out what specific kind of Japanese ice cream you're talking about so I have some frame of reference for what you're saying. If you're talking about a specific brand/brands of store-bought ice cream, the texture and flavor is probably something unique to that brand (or brands) rather than being a quality of "Japanese ice cream" as a whole.

Majestic said:
There's a store in Japan open 24/7, where you can buy western ice cream: Haagen Dazs, to be exact.
I think the store's name is something like Seven-something.
Seven .......

Seven twenty-four? :p
 

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You know they only make homemade gelato and sorbets.
You're making me want to visit Norway! 99% of store ice cream is NOT like this in the U.S. Ice Cream shops in the U.S. -- such as Baskin-Robins / 31 -- serve ice cream that is essentially the same as what is sold in a supermarket. Though many serve only soft ice cream which is not sold in supermarkets.
 
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I bought an ice cream maker once. It was an aluminium bowl with a single removable flipper for the stirring of the whip. With this it is possible to make deep-fried ice cream. It`s a local speciality though with bananas. It is good.
 
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Is there any Japanese franchise that sells their candies and has gone international? People talk a lot about how Japanese candies are different but Ive never tried, and not sure if ones sold in local (or not Japanese in general) franchises are authentic to the originals
 

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Is there any Japanese franchise that sells their candies and has gone international? People talk a lot about how Japanese candies are different but Ive never tried, and not sure if ones sold in local (or not Japanese in general) franchises are authentic to the originals
The guava candy in the green package was the first one I had EVER tried. To tell the truth I didn't know what guava was I was in like second grade. Pocky's are obviously well known everywhere and sold. The ふつちよ gummies were these salmon gummies I tried from a Asian market but they are kinda popular. Idk I'm just guessing. They were salmon gummies!!
 

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Is there any Japanese franchise that sells their candies and has gone international? People talk a lot about how Japanese candies are different but Ive never tried, and not sure if ones sold in local (or not Japanese in general) franchises are authentic to the originals
Your best bet is to find a Japanese/Asian market in your area that imports them.
 

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The ふつちよ gummies were these salmon gummies I tried from a Asian market but they are kinda popular. Idk I'm just guessing. They were salmon gummies!!
Sorry for nitpicking, but it's ぷっちょ Puccho, not ふつちよ Futsuchiyo.;) The handkuten mark is put at the upper right of ふ, and っ and ょ are small ones.

Incidentally, the confectionery company UHA味覚糖 UHA Mikakutō categorizes Puccho as soft candy.

It seems that the salt salmon flavor Puccho was put on sale for a limited time in 2015.
(A blogger said that it's very bad taste...)
 

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Sorry for nitpicking, but it's ぷっちょ Puccho, not ふつちよ Futsuchiyo.;) The handkuten mark is put at the upper right of ふ, and っ and ょ are small ones.

Incidentally, the confectionery company UHA味覚糖 UHA Mikakutō categorizes Puccho as soft candy.

It seems that the salt salmon flavor Puccho was put on sale for a limited time in 2015.
(A blogger said that it's very bad taste...)
Sounds about right! And thx for telling me i was just guessing. I had tried them a long while ago.
 
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Thx, Ive never heard of any name mentioned in the thread, but by what I searched it seems there are variants (that I'd heard of in this case) of these with other name.brands, now guessing if these others all have their own copied version of those same J candies lol, but I havent tried the Japanese ones so I dont know if theyre the same, but Im yet to try them
 
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There is supposed to be speciality shops where you can buy ice cream garnished with freeze dried crickets. Crickets are a family of insects related to the biblical grasshopper. You can make all sorts of things out of crickets. In french the name you will find on the menu sounds something like "grillon à parfaithe le cacahuètes"
 

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There is supposed to be speciality shops where you can buy ice cream garnished with freeze dried crickets. Crickets are a family of insects related to the biblical grasshopper. You can make all sorts of things out of crickets. In french the name you will find on the menu sounds something like "grillon à parfaithe le cacahuètes"
That's a long name for a cricket😂
 
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