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It’s the time of the year to start finding ways to keep cold. As the temperature goes up, let’s turn this column’s silver dessert spoon toward a cooler treat.

McDonald’s Japan released one of the early warm-weather-worthy desserts of 2019 in late April. The fast food chain’s new McFlurry Nama Caramel delivers on that title, taking the long-running soft serve variation and adding an excess of caramel to it. Each cup (¥290) also features a hearty mix of crunchy almonds in the ice cream, giving this a little more texture.

That almond addition is very welcome, but this McFlurry variant ultimately goes a little overboard with sweetness. The original McFlurry is a simple, satisfying creation, delivering a nice balance between vanilla soft serve and the sweet topping.

In this case though, they really go wild with the caramel sauce, which makes it a little too much for anyone who’s not an absolute sugar freak. Maybe find something simpler to stay cool.

Pino ice cream, anyone?

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