While it is sad that the summer weather is more or less behind us, Meiji’s latest product, Happy Turn Ice (¥130 plus tax) — an unlikely appropriation of its hugely popular Happy Turn rice crackers — is a good cause for cheer. Meiji mixes in the savory “Happy Powder” used to coat its rice crackers into plain ice cream. While the dessert could be improved with chunks of rice cracker added in, as you’d expect from the tie-up, the combination of saltiness and sweetness is a pleasant new experience for the taste buds.

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