It’s peak melon season in Japan, and thanks to convenience stores across the country that have rolled out desserts featuring the fruit, you don’t have to shell out a lot of money to enjoy it.

Ministop has several sweets featuring green melon. The centerpiece is the latest edition to its Halo Halo line of desserts (¥343 after tax), which matches pieces of frozen melon with a dollop of vanilla soft serve on top. It’s perfect as temperatures creep up, as is the Shizuoka Crown Melon Soft Cream (¥270 after tax for a regular size, ¥378 after tax for a bigger one).

Also appreciate Seicomart’s line of Hokkaido orange melon desserts. Offerings include a soft serve on a cone (¥199 after tax), a crispy monaka wafer sandwich (¥151), ice cream (¥216) and a parfait (¥291). While this chain is based primarily in Hokkaido, there’s a few branches in Ibaraki and Saitama prefectures. Not saying you should hunt one out specifically, but if you do happen across one, make a pit stop for something delicious.

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