It might be too late to personalize your chocolates for Valentine’s Day this year, but for next year, how about gifting 3-D chocolates of your face? Leave it up to the Japanese to take this sweet Valentine’s Day tradition and turn it a bit too personal! For just 6000 yen (about $68), 15 winners joined a 2-day workshop in Shibuya to make chocolate replicas of their faces using 3-D scanners, printers, and personalized silicon molds.
I’m not narcissistic enough to want my own facial mold, but I can see how this process would be great for making custom favors or decor. Personally, I find the idea of opening a box of chocolates to find my friend staring up at me a bit frightening. And if you actually do eat the chocolate, does that mean that you really like or hate your friend?
Walking around Tokyo, you’ll soon realize that it’s a haven for the sweet tooth. Tokyo has such a great blend of Japanese, European, Chinese, and American desserts – and all done to perfection. Zhing and I have a soft spot for desserts, and we definitely did the city justice. Here’s just a small splattering of some of our favorite Tokyo desserts over the past year and a half! More to come tomorrow :)
I love chocolate, and because I’m on a diet for my wedding next month (not going so well..), I’ve been scouring the dessert/cooking/baking blogs more than normal. Here are two of my latest chocolate favorites from Brown Eyed Baker:
It’s White Day in Japan! White Day is women payback for Valentine’s Day in Japan. Since women slaved over the stove making homemade chocolates for the important men (partners, friends, coworkers) in their lives for Valentine’s Day, the favor is returned today. On White Day, men give (store-bought.. of course) desserts or gifts to all of the women who gave them something on V-Day. Yesterday and today, men lined up outside dessert shops to buy sweets for their sweeties!
– A VERY Chocolate-y Hot Chocolate from Jean Paul Hevin –
White Day still isn’t as commercialized or as celebrated as Valentine’s Day in the States – restaurants, movie theaters, and romantic spots won’t be filled with loving couples today. But like all smart women, we’ve found our way to capitalize on this holiday with a little rule called sanbai gaeshi, which translates to ‘triple return’! Although it’s not set in stone, this tradition urges men to give a gift on White Day that’s triple the cost of the gift received on Valentine’s Day. Let’s see if my husband brings anything home! If not, I have my bases covered – I picked up 2 cakes today! :)
It’s time to vote for your favorite dessert for the chance to win one… million… awesome.. dollars review! I’ve been waiting for interesting desserts from my grocery delivery service (Co-Op Deli), and since Valentine’s Day is coming up, they’ve finally arrived! Here’s how it works:
Vote for your favorite dessert featured here by Thursday in the poll below. I’ll order the most popular one (or two) and review it here when it arrives next week! Still confused? Take a look at the last voting and review. And away we go!