While not as intentional as Yan’s quest of related products, I did manage to try out a few Sakura flavored treats this Spring too. Though I had known full well how unpleasant I found the aroma, I still had this beautiful image of Kingyoku in the back of my head.
I found these sakura jelly over at the Odawara Mylord. These are pretty commercial variants that were part of a boxed display together with Sakuranbo jelly. The staff were happy to sell them individually when asked though. I gave a couple to Mary and kept the rest to try later.
The jelly was not nearly as pretty as the ones on flickr. It lacked the clarity and the texture was somewhat mushy. Fortunately, the taste of the sakura petals mixed into the cloudy jelly was mild. It came with packets of syrup to flavor it instead. After the awful Sakura Steamer at Starbucks I was expecting far worse. This wasn’t nearly as bad and the petals gave an interesting texture to the jelly.
Overall, it wasn’t really worth its cost. But it does make for a pretty gift.
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