After witnessing those strawberry picks, how can we ever be satisfied with less desserts?
There are some truly phenomenal desserts to be tasted in Japan, from the curious canned cakes to the elegant sweet breads available only at the most exclusive hotels. While you will often find us indulging in affordable sweets like the dishes sold in grocery stores, sometimes our palates crave something truly extravagant.
The InterContinental Tokyo Bay Hotel had an answer to these desires in the form of their recently launched dessert: the Strawberry candy parfait. While “strawberry candy” may conjure up images of cheap and cheerful hard candies for sale at festivals or hidden in the pockets of grandmothers around the world, this dessert demands a handsome sum of 3,300 yen (29 , 07 $ US) before tasting it.
Here is its relevant page in the menu.
The parfait went on sale on December 1 and will disappear from the hotel on March 31… in theory. The hotel has offered a Perfect Apple Candy in the past which sold out long before its supposed end-of-sale date. The description offered in the menu is as follows:
“In the walls of this strawberry-shaped candy is a mixture of granita [blended sugar, water, and strawberry juice] and strawberry pulp. This parfait is stuffed with strawberries, strawberry jam and lots of cream.
You can also order it with a drink (hot or iced coffee or tea) for an extra 660 yen on weekdays or 920 yen on holidays, with 330 yen on top if you want a drink that isn’t one of them. these options. We ordered ours with a simple iced tea, although we noted later that the coffee probably would have been a better addition.
When the parfait arrived, however, any doubts we had about this strawberry dessert were swept into the stratosphere. The visual impact of this thing is off the charts.
The parfait is served in a tall glass, with the contents creating a beautiful pattern of layered dark brown jam and sparkling white creme. Atop this tantalizing mix of ingredients sits a bed of strawberries fan-shaped to resemble flower petals, with the star of the show—this jeweled strawberry candy– nestled in a place of honor.
▼ A closer look shows that the glass has a fancy tinted finish.
The dessert even ends with a shimmering gold swirl accent. To us, it looked more like an ornament than something we should put in our mouth and swallow.
Looking at the parfait from above only highlights the intricate work involved in the strawberry candy, which sparkles from its golden green stem to the sparkling purple end of the fruit.
Honestly, we wondered how we could even convey the different textures on display here. These high resolution pictures should suffice.
A-Anyway, after being blown away by the Perfect’s gorgeous face, we decided that we should probably try and eat some of it. Naturally, our first goal was to open this precious-looking candy and taste the delicious nectar it contained.
It turned out to be a bit trickier than expected. The strawberry’s candy shell is quite durable, even easily resisting our fork prongs.
Open up, damn it!
Once we got inside, we gulped them down with pleasure. The granita, a sort of coarse sorbet, was cold and refreshing. The frozen strawberry flesh was delicious. We weren’t sure if they used liquor in this aspect of the dessert, but we were sure of one thing: it tasted special, far more than the sum of its parts.
And there was still more to savor under the bed of strawberry petals, like the snow white whipped cream. It had a slight taste of condensed milk and went wonderfully with tart strawberries. There was even a mix of chocolate and vanilla ice cream swirling with the strawberry confit detailed in the menu description.
The parfait was entirely dusted with small dark spots that at first glance appeared to be chocolate shavings, but were in fact a mixture of chocolate, pralines and cookies. All of these decadent sub-flavors have combined to form the perfect foil of all that amazing strawberry flavor. This dessert is definitely one of the record books!
This is exactly why we should seize the opportunity to taste the Perfect Strawberry Candy while there is still time. The hotel only sells a limited amount each day, and once they’re full they’re gone… leaving nothing but strawberry-scented regrets in their wake. All Tokyo area strawberry fanatics should book online or by phone before it’s too late!
Related: InterContinental Tokyo Bay Hotel
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