As the leaves start to turn brown in Japan, it’s time for its desserts to do so too.
When fall comes around, Japan doesn’t just cycle in its fall fashions, but new flavors for desserts too. Some of those are based on seasonal foodstuffs, such as sweet potato or chestnut, but the leaves changing from green to brown also gives an aesthetic reason for caramel-flavored sweets too, which brings us to McDonald’s Japan’s newest shake.
For this special treat, the fast food giant is partnering with Japanese confectioner Morinaga. While Morinaga has a number of popular products, one of its most beloved is its milk caramels, which first went on sale in 1903 and are the inspiration behind the McShake Morinaga Milk Caramel.
▼ One of the facetious ads for the new shake, in which executives from the two companies bicker over whether it should be called the Morinaga Milk Caramel Shake or the McShake Morinaga Flavor, as newly hired McDonald’s employee Michael simply says, “This tastes sooooo good.”
The McShake Morinaga Milk Caramel goes on sale September 21 and is scheduled to stick around until the middle of October. It’s priced at 120 yen (US$1.15) for a small or 200 yen for a medium, with a 50-yen discount if you also bring in a box of regular Morinaga Milk Caramels, with its iconic, retro design. In addition, customers who order the caramel shake on one of its first three days of availability will also receive a free piece of Morinaga Milk Caramel, so that they can compare the drink to its solid-state counterpart.
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