Food & Drink | DESSERT WATCH

A people-pleasing panda pudding platter

by Patrick St. Michel

Contributing Writer

Sometimes you don’t want to restrict yourself to one sweet. Maybe you want to have your cake … but also eat it with pudding and ice cream.

Nationwide pastry chain Chateraise just started selling a new item that offers a little of everything for dessert fans. The store’s Kawaii Panda-chan Purin a la Mode features a variety of sweets on one tray. This creation (¥432 after tax) is highlighted by a cookie-cream mixture resembling a panda, but this is far more than just a cuddly after dinner treat.

Consider this a pleasant sampler plate of sweets. Despite the panda’s visual appeal, the real star here is the pudding, especially when combined with either the ice cream or one of the pieces of fruit lurking on the side. Chateraise provides exactly the right amount of each for those looking to enjoy a quality mix of desserts in a single sitting.