What is Monaka Azuki Ice Cream?

A little while ago, I had some stuff to do and went out by car. On the way home, I stopped by a 7 Eleven convenience store near my house and purchased a package of ice cream together with several snack foods and soft drinks.

Since I think the ice cream I bought today is unique to Japan, this time I will introduce the product.

Seven Premium Gold Kin no Monaka Azuki Ice Cream 

Seven Premium Gold Kin no Monaka Azuki Ice Cream

What I enjoyed just a while ago is this Monaka Azuki Ice Cream from Seven Premium Gold, the 7 Eleven Japan’s top quality brand.

Monaka Ice Cream

Monaka (最中)” is a traditional Japanese confection that consists of sweet stuff covered in 2 thin rice wafers. 

Originally, the Monaka confection is filled with “Anko (餡子)“, sweetened “Azuki (あずき, or 小豆)” red bean paste, but in addition to that, various sweet things can be the filling. Among those, ice cream is a representative.

The most common filling for the Monaka Ice Cream is vanilla ice cream and sometimes a thin chocolate bar or sweet Azuki red bean paste is embedded in the ice cream. 

As for this Monaka Ice Cream, the filling has a two-layered structure: The upper part is chunky coarse Anko paste, while the lower part is vanilla ice cream.

The combination of the refined sweetness of the Azuki bean paste and the refreshing creaminess of the vanilla ice cream is really great, which makes the Monaka Ice Cream a fabulous sweet treat.


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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