Ezaki Glico's best-selling frozen treat, Ice no Mi sherbet balls, are always a familiar sight in convenience store and supermarket freezers. A delight to eat in summer or any time of the year, the tasty sherbet balls in their convenient and easy-to-eat pouches have been a children's favorite for the past 33 years.

Vegetables join the Ice no Mi lineup

As we've seen before with vegetable shaved ice shop Azabu Yasaigashi, for example, combining vegetables into an iced dessert is not a new concept in Japan. However, for Ice no Mi, which has stayed with fruits for the past 33 years, vegetables were a previously unexplored territory.

Ezaki Glico has now created a special edition of Ice no Mi featuring Japanese grown vegetables. Supervised by Tokuoka Kunio, the third-generation owner of the respected traditional restaurant Kyoto Kitcho, this series, which took over 2 years to develop, features Japanese carrots, Japanese corn, Japanese kabocha pumpkin and Japanese satsumaimo sweet potatoes.

We had a chance to visit Ezaki Glico and get an advanced sample. This was their Japanese corn Ice no Mi...

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What a surprise! It had the same familiar texture of Ice no Mi, with its harder outside shell and melt-in-your-mouth sherbet interior, but the rich and creamy flavor of sweet corn was a new sensation.

A delicious way to get your veggies

According to Ezaki Glico, "we wanted to make a snack which parents around the world would feel safe giving their children. We thought we could come up with ice cream with surprising novelty while also providing a healthy snack. For parents' peace of mind, we use no colorants, additional flavors or artificial sweeteners."

Maya Honda of Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd., Product Research Center (L) and Tokuoka Kunio(R)| Courtesy of © Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Courtesy of © Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Kabocha pumpkin from Hokkaido

Using the Ebisu varietal of kabocha, known for its sweetness, it has a rich flavor which will surprise you!

Courtesy of © Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Satsumaimo sweet potato from Kyushu

Using only level 14 (top) grade Naruto Kintoki sweet potatoes, it has hint of delightful sweetness.

Courtesy of © Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Carrots from Hokkaido and Kyushu

Blending premium carrots from two regions of Japan, it has the refreshing flavor of carrots and a satisfying creaminess too.

Courtesy of © Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Corn from Hokkaido

Using a super sweet variety of corn which has twice the sweetness, it tastes like chilled corn soup, deliciously smooth and rich.

Courtesy of © Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.

Pricing and Availability

Direct Sales in Stores

  • Name (JP): アイスの実<国産野菜シリーズ>
  • Name (EN): Ice no Mi Japanese Vegetable Series
  • Limited period: July 3rd to July 16th
  • Location: Takashimaya Department Store (Osaka and Kyoto) B1 Food Floor
  • Price: 540 JPY (tax incl.)

Order at Takashimaya Gift Center

  • Limited period: From May 10, 2019 to August 5th
  • Location: Takashimaya Department Store (Osaka and Kyoto) Gift Center
  • Box set of 4: 2,260 JPY (tax incl.) available for domestic shipping only
  • (dry ice and cold packs sold separately)
  • Order Online

    • Period: May 10, 2019 to August 7th 10:00 JST
    • Takashimaya Online Store
    • Price: 4,320 JPY for a set of 10 (tax and shipping incl.)
    • Note: Can be ordered from outside Japan but only delivered to a Japanese address

By - Ben K.