What is Monaka Azuki Ice Cream?

I had some stuff to do and went out by car a little while ago.

On the way home, I stopped by a 7 Eleven near my house and picked up a package of ice cream.

Since the ice cream I bought at the store is unique to Japan, I will introduce the product here.

Seven & i Premium Gold Kin no Monaka Azuki Ice Cream 

Seven Premium Gold Kin no Monaka Azuki Ice Cream

Monaka Ice Cream

What I had today is this Monaka Azuki Ice Cream from Seven Eleven’s Seven & i Premium Gold line.

For the unfamiliar with Japanese food, “Monaka (最中)” is a traditional confection consisting of a sweet thing covered in two thin crisp rice wafers. 

Monaka is originally filled with sweet Azuki red bean paste called “Anko (餡子)“.

But in modern times, various things are used for the filling, and ice cream is one of the representatives.

Monaka Ice Cream typically uses vanilla ice cream, to which a thin chocolate bar or sweet Azuki red bean paste is sometimes added. 

As for this Monaka Ice Cream, the filling has a two-layer structure, as you can see in the photo.

The upper part consists of chunky coarse Anko paste, while vanilla ice cream is placed on the lower.

In Monaka Azuki ice cream, smooth and creamy vanilla ice cream pairs perfectly with sweet and thick red bean paste, making the overall taste more palatable.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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