There are many, many things about Japan that make us believe the country is in fact living in the future, not the least of which includes the fantastical food creations coming out of its borders.
For two Canadian exchange students living in Japan, the discoveries can happen at any time — for instance, when shopping in a convenience store and deciding to try out what they term "condom ice cream," better known in Japan as Gomu Yokki Aisu, or Ice Cream Filled Rubber, according to Rocket News 24.
As you can see in the video above, what follows is, well, exactly what you might expect with ice cream contained in rubber. Is it delicious? Yes, says food blogger Dominique Zamora, as well as a supposedly neat way to eat a cold treat on a hot day.
But for Sharla in Japan, whose video is currently making the rounds of those who want to live in a place where something as mundane as ice cream can become an adventure, it's a seriously messy endeavour, one that Rocket News claims will keep Japanese people from ever eating it again. Which seems like a shame.
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<strong>Get the <a href="http://greencilantro.blogspot.com/2011/07/anmitsu-japanese-dessert.html">Anmitsu recipe from Green Cilantro</a></strong> Anmitsu is made of small cubes of agar agar (Japanese gelatin) in a brown sugar syrup. It's garnished with sweet red bean paste, mochi, ice cream, fruit -- basically whatever you can think of.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://globetrotterdiaries.com/recipes/daifuku-mochi-sweet-rice-cake-eating-japan">Daifuku Mochi recipe from Globetrotter Diaries</a></strong> Mochi, the beloved glutinous rice cake can be stuffed with just about any dessert ingredient you can think of, but often it's sweet red bean paste.
Vanilla Kiwi Kanten
<strong>Get the <a href="http://thecookieshopinenglish.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/cala-a-boca-galvao-vanillakiwi-kanten-jelly/">Vanilla Kiwi Kanten recipe from The Cookie Shop</a></strong> Kanten is a Japanese gelatin dessert made from agar agar. These delicate treats are almost always served with tea.
Black Sesame Ice Cream
<strong>Get the <a href="http://justonecookbook.com/blog/recipes/black-sesame-ice-cream/">Black Sesame Ice Cream recipe from Just One Cookbook</a></strong> Japanese ice cream flavors are always amazing, from red bean, to matcha to black sesame, they tend to be one of the less-sweet options.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/08/in-dreams-cotton-soft-japanese.html">Japanese Cheesecake recipe from SprinkleBakes</a></strong> The Japanese have a special way with cheesecake. Part light-as-air sponge cake, part cheesecake, the finished product gets sprinkled with matcha powder and topped with fresh fruit.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://peegaw.tumblr.com/post/6448522407/making-ichigo-daifuku">Ichigo Daifuku recipe from Notions & Notations of a Novice Cook</a></strong> Another variation on stuffed mochi, these are filled with red bean paste and a whole strawberry. Best cross-section ever, right?
<strong>Get the <a href="http://mamaloli.com/recipes/dessert/taiyaki-recipe/#.UIWyfmk-vRc">Taiyaki recipe from Mamololi</a></strong> Taiyaki are little fish-shaped waffles stuffed with chocolate, custard or red bean paste. You can pick up a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Taiyaki-Japanese-Fish-Shaped-Cake-Maker/dp/B00065YBEU">taiyaki pan on Amazon.</a>
<strong>Get the <a href="http://hungerhunger.blogspot.jp/2011/10/sakura-jelly.html">Sakura Jelly recipe from Hunger Hunger</a></strong> Sakura (cherry blossoms) are pickled, then set in a beautiful jelly, which rests on top of cherry and white chocolate mousse. We are absolutely obsessed with this dessert.
Sweet Red Bean Soup With Mochi Balls
This is total Japanese comfort food -- a warm, sweet red bean soup, studded with mochi.