Ice Manju: Ice Cream Popsicle with Anko Red Bean Paste

Here in Niigata, Japan, the temperature outside is now close to 0 degrees Celsius.

But yesterday, when I went on an errand to a drugstore, I found a delicious-looking popsicle that I had never seen before and grabbed it.

Ice Manju (アイスまんじゅう)

Marunaga Seika Ice Manju

Here is what I got, called Ice Manju (あいすまんじゅう), produced and sold by Marunaga Seika (Confectionery) based in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

After purchasing it, I looked up the sweet treat on Japanese Wikipedia and found several food companies in various prefectures manufacturing it.

And based on that article, it seems that Ice Manju has been around since the 1950s.

Ice Manju Ice Cream Popsicle

As its name suggests, the composition of Ice Manju is similar to Manju (饅頭) cake, a common variety of Wagashi confection.

And it is filled with Anko (餡子) sweetened Azuki red bean paste.


Ice Manju Vanilla Ice Cream filled with Anko sweet red bean paste

The outer dough of regular Manju is soft and fluffy, typically consisting of wheat flour, brown sugar, and baking powder or baking soda,

whereas that of Ice Manju is milky, refreshing vanilla ice cream.

An-Mitsu with Vanilla Ice Cream

The combination of creamy ice cream and refined Anko paste can often be seen in Japan and goes very well.

Also, the sweet red bean paste pairs perfectly with fruits, so if you are curious about the taste, why not try it once?


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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