Kintoki Shigure: A Shaved Ice Dessert from Japan
With summer here in Niigata, Japan, the sun is shining and the temperature is high, so today I was in the mood for some shaved ice snack and actually bought the frozen dessert from Glico called “Rennyu Kintoki Shigure (練乳金時しぐれ)” shown in the photo below.
Kori Gashi (Shaved Ice Snack): Glico Rennyu Kintoki Shigure
In the description on the purple plastic lid, “氷菓 (Hyoka)”, also known as “Kori Gashi (氷菓子)”, is the Japanese word for shaved ice snack, while the meaning of “Rennyu (練乳)” is condensed milk, so the frozen dessert from Glico is topped with sweetened condensed milk sherbet.
When you scoop the ice cream with a spoon, the Kintoki Ice (Shigure) beneath the condensed milk sherbet shows up.
“Kintoki (金時)” is the abbreviation for the red bean species “Kintoki Azuki (金時小豆)”, which is large in size compared to ordinary Azuki beans. Sweetened with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, the shaved ice is smooth, refreshing, not overly sweet, while the simmered Azuki beans embedded throughout the shaved ice snack are tender but slightly firm.
With a fabulous Japanese taste, the Kintoki Ice is one of the shaved ice desserts that represent Japan. It only costs about 100 yen (about 1 USD) and is available at many supermarkets and convenience stores around the country, so if you get a chance, why not give it a try once?
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, according to the ingredient list and nutrition facts on the purple lid, with 153 kcal per one cup (150 ml), the Rennyu Kintoki Shigure shaved ice snack mainly consists of condensed milk sauce, Azuki beans, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and salt.