Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture is known for its gold which is why edible gold foil can be found sprinkled on everything in the city these days. A few year ago the ice cream was just ice cream.
But competition is brutal and the ice cream vendors are upping their game. This time when we visited they had a new product: gold-foil ice cream.
For a steep 900 yen ($9) you can get a cone of vanilla ice cream that is wrapped in edible gold foil.
We stopped in Kanazawa with my brother Sean.
We decided against getting it ourselves. For one thing he’s a type 1 diabetic so he avoids sugary things. He could eat them, but the problem is insulin is made from sheep pancreas and it’s not as efficient in humans as the insultin made in human pancreas.
However, it was amusing to watch what happened at one of the ice cream vendors. Most of the customers looked unsure if they wanted to try this new treat until a bookish girl with glasses ordered one. After she got one, suddenly a young boy pointed at it and excitedly said to his mother, “Mommy! I want one!”
Soon everyone was lining up for a “gold-foil” ice cream treat. A passing Chinese tour group soon spotted it and then they were lining up in front of the ice cream vendors. It happened so fast and it began with a bookworm.
There’s no doubt this will spread to other ice cream vendors in Japan. Already you can find it in Kyoto.
Maybe one day I’ll try one when it gets to Tokyo.
Afterwards, we went to the park and walked around the castle and stopped at a beautiful tea shop that was rebuilt and reopened last year. This was our tea experience:
The tea servers were so kind. My brother, Sean, is a black belt in hapkido and he often practices in sword fighting. So he knows how to hold a sword. He recently bought a parasol in Japan that is crafted with the handle of a katana. It resembles a sword. Our tea servers were fascinated with his parasol and asked to open it; they also commented on his way of holding a sword — he looked very skilled.
He was tickled pink by their compliments. My brother loves being recognized for his skills. (A bit vain)
We stopped at a cafe and I got this ice cream. The flavors were black tea, green tea, and chocolate. It started melting quickly which, in my experience, is a sign of high-quality ice cream. It certainly tasted high quality. The chips on top are salty. It actually worked well with the sweet flavors that were not overwhelming.
Afterwards, we returned to our ryokan. More on that in another post.