Japan’s most beloved popsicle, Gari-Gari Kun, is a simple yet delicious combination of kakigori (shaved ice) encased in an ice candy shell. Currently, a limited-edition “Rich Chocolate Vanilla Chocolate Cake” (yes, that’s two chocolates!) Gari-Gari Kun is being sold to promote the March 16 Japan release of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace 3D.
While “Rich Chocolate Vanilla Chocolate Cake” itself has nothing to do with Star Wars, the wooden stick is branded to look like a light saber and, most importantly, anyone lucky enough to find a stick with “Star Wars Atari” written on it can receive a Star Wars: Episode 1 3D x Gari-Gari Kun original T-shirt!
Now, Japanese people are highly susceptible to words like “limited-edition” and “original.” In my case, throw “Star Wars” in the mix and really I have no other choice but to feed on Gari-Gari Kun bars until I hold a winning stick in my hand.
I have eaten at least 1 Star Wars Gari-Gari Kun bar a day since the promotion began on Feburary 28 but have yet to find a winner. Finding my devout efforts left unrewarded, I began to feel an uncontrollable malice consuming me—I was being pulled into the dark side of the Force.
It was then that I made a decision that I knew would either save me from the dark side or bind me to it forever: I decided to buy and eat 100 Gari-Gari Kun bars at once.