GariGarikun ガリガリ君 is a popular brand of Japanese popsicle made by Akagi Nyugyo Co., Ltd. which is famous for four reasons: 1. the standard soda flavor is available everywhere in Japan. 2. It only costs 70 JPY (0.67 USD at current rates) 3. New flavors come out almost every month and 4. They have an instantly recognizable package design featuring their mascot character Garigarikun, an elementary school kid whose inexhaustible vivacity is only matched by the gargantuan size of his mouth.

We've had a chance to introduce some of the more unusual GariGarikun flavors here at grape Japan. For example, corn soup, tamagoyaki (sweet omelet) and salted Okinawan chinsuko cookies.

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the ubiquitous Japanese popsicles. To celebrate the occasion, Akagi Nyugyo is launching two new flavors to kick off the new year: Ginger Ale and "Lemon Squash" (similar to "lemonade" in the UK or "lemon soda" in the US).

GariGarikun Ginger Ale flavor

A ginger ale-flavored popsicle with a center of ginger ale-flavored shaved ice with a fun, crunchy texture. The flavor of ginger with its unique spiciness is reproduced by adding ginger extract.

Price: 70 JPY, Calories: 68, Volume: 105 ml. Product page.

GariGarikun Lemon Squash flavor

A lemon soda popsicle with a center of lemon shaved ice with a fun, crunchy texture. Contains lemon juice.

Price: 70 JPY, Calories: 69, Volume: 105 ml. Product page.

By - Ben K.