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Gear up for summer with three new sweets from Seven-Eleven

by Patrick St. Michel

Contributing Writer

Sometimes you have to stop and applaud a convenience store chain’s latest batch of products. Seven-Eleven has been on a hot streak recently, and a trio of new summer sweets keeps its momentum going.

The most seasonally appropriate arrival is its watermelon ice bar. This frozen creation (¥138 after tax) uses real juice from the round fruit to create a dessert that carries an authentic watermelon taste in ice form.

Seven-Eleven also debuted a double cheesecake packed into a plastic cup. Each serving (¥300 after tax) features three layers: one each of crumbled cookies, rare cheese and lemon. It’s a bit much, but hits the indulgence spot nicely.

The chain’s most eye-catching item at the moment is a tapioca milk tea jelly (¥259 after tax). While it doesn’t come close to matching a top-notch liquid version, the flavor is pretty accurate and actually tasty. The pearls feel a bit superfluous, but they don’t take anything away from this refreshing sweet. That Seven-Eleven could turn a trend item into something worthwhile is another win.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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