Frozen Confectionery

A range of frozen confectionery that does not contain dairy products and which appears to be vegan is widely available in Japan, although some contain ingredients such as flavoring and emulsifiers which may be animal-derived or sugar that may be bone-char processed. We have listed below wherever we have information on how these ingredients were made. We have marked down cross-contamination information where available.

There are a variety of fruit bars and a handful of gelatos and creamy ice creams without listed animal ingredients, but no vegan frozen yogurt, on the mainstream market. Not all items are available year-round. Different flavors of ice candy will be available at different times of the year. The easiest to find seem to be the Akagi Gari Gari Kun Soda Popsicle and the Imuraya Adzuki Popsicle. More non-dairy choices are available in summer than winter. You may only be able to find one or two options at a time in your typical convenience store, although sometimes more is available.

This is an example of a typical convenience store, Family Mart’s, single-serving frozen confectionery section. Everything has dairy and sometimes additional non-vegan ingredients listed in the ingredient list, except for what is outlined in red- the Akagi Gari Gari Kun Soda Popsicle and the Morinaga Rich Muscat Grape Ice Box. Photo taken in May 2020.

Family Mart Frozen Confectionery section

There are also additional brands available in smaller health food shops and supermarkets such as Natural House and Bio C’ Bon as well as for online purchase.

There are very often non-vegan ingredients added such as:

• dairy products/乳製品/nyūseihin. Most frozen confectioneries in Japan contain this.
• gelatin/ゼラチン/zerachin. Sometimes used in frozen confectionery, but not as often as dairy products.

Where vegans also have to be careful is in relation to additives like:

• emulsifier (乳化剤 – nyūkazai)
• flavoring (香料 – kōryō)

Below are some examples, mostly of things that are widely available.

First let’s look at the most popular brand of popsicle in Japan.

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Popsicles are the top-selling brand of popsicle in Japan, moving about 400 million units per year, or 3-4 per person in Japan. They consist of crunchy ice particles around a center. Garigari is an onomatopoeia for hard and crunchy and also the name of the company mascot Garigari-kun, a middle schooler with short hair and big teeth. The suggested retail price is 70 yen before tax. They can be found in many convenience stores and supermarkets.  The Japan Times has an interesting article about Gari Gari Kun Popsicles: Unknown overseas, Garigari-kun popsicles year-round best-sellers in Japan (English).

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Cola Popsicle/赤城乳業 ガリガリ君コーラ(棒). Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup, apple juice, sugar, glucose, starch syrup, liqueur, salt/flavoring, coloring agent (caramel, anthocyanin), stabilizing agent (pectin), acidulant, baking soda, sweetener (sucralose, acesulfame K), emulsifier.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

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• Akagi Gari Gari Kun Golden Pineapple Popsicle for Adults/赤城 大人なガリガリ君 ゴールデンパイン(棒)and Akagi Gari Gari Kun Golden Pineapple Popsicle For Adults Multipack/赤城乳業  ガリガリ君 ゴールデンパイン(マルチ). Ingredients: Pineapple juice, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, liqueur/acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, coloring (yellow safflower, carotenoid), sweetener (sucralose, acesulfame potassium).

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

Uses 33% golden pineapple juice. Has a finer-textured grain of ice than the typical Gari Gari Kun ice bars. The company recommends pairing it with sparkling water.

First photo from website.

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Golden Pineapple

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At one point, it was also available in Pokemon-themed packaging. However, as of December 2020, it is no longer shown in this packaging on the Akagi website.

Photo from website.

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Golden Pineapple Pokemon Version

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Grapefruit Popsicle/赤城乳業 ガリガリ君 グレープフルーツ(棒). Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup, grapefruit juice, sugar, starch syrup, lime juice, liqueur, salt, flavoring, stabilizing agent (pectin), acidulant, sweetener (sucralose, acesulfame K), gardenia yellow pigment.

Photo from website.

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Grapefruit

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Kyushu Mandarin Popsicle/赤城乳業 ガリガリ君九州みかん (棒). Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup, mandarin juice, sugar, apple juice, salt/flavoring, stabilizing agent (pectin), acidulant, paprika pigment, sweetener (stevia).

Uses 7% mandarin juice.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

Photo from website.

Gari Gari Kun Kyushu Mikan

The Kyoho Grape flavor is no longer viewable on the Akagi website, so may have been discontinued. However, as of December 2020, it’s still available for purchase on Yahoo Japan Shopping.

• Akagi Gari Gari Kun Kyoho Grape Popsicle for Adults/赤城乳業 大人なガリガリ君巨峰 (棒). Ingredients: Grape juice (Kyoho grape 53%), sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, sweetener (sucralose), acesulfame K.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

Product is 44% grape juice.

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Akagi Gari Gari Kun Mandarin Popsicle for Adults/赤城乳業  大人なガリガリ君 みかん(棒). Ingredients: Mandarin juice (manufactured in Korea and Japan), sugar, high fructose corn syrup, processed fructose product, fructose, liqueur, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, paprika pigment.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

Gari Gari Kun Mandarin Popsicles for Adults

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Pear Popsicle/赤城乳業 ガリガリ君 梨 and Akagi Gari Gari Kun Pear Popsicle Multipack/赤城乳業 ガリガリ君 梨(マルチ).  Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup (domestically produced), sugar, pear juice, apple juice, starch syrup, liqueur, salt/flavoring, stabilising agent (pectin), acidity regulator, caramel colour.

Product contains apple.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

Uses Japanese pears.

Gari Gari Kun Pear

Photo from website.

Gari Gari Kun Pear Multipack

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Pink Grapefruit Popsicle for Adults/赤城乳業 大人なガリガリ君 ピンクグレープフルーツ(棒). Ingredients: Grapefruit juice (manufactured in Mexico, manufactured in Israel), high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup, liqueur, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, acidulant, anthocyanin pigment, sweetener (sucralose, acesulfame K).

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

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Akagi Gari Gari Kun Strawberry Popsicle for Adults Multipack/大人なガリガリ君 いちご(マルチ). Ingredients: Strawberry juice, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, apple juice, spirits/stabilizing agent (pectin), acidulant, flavoring, colorant (anthocyanin, safflower yellow), sweetener (sucralose, acesulfame K).

Photo from website.

Akagi Gari Gari Kun strawberry Popsicle for Adults

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Soda Popsicle/赤城乳業 ガリガリ君 ソーダ(棒) and Akagi Gari Gari Kun Soda Popsicle Multipack/赤城乳業  ガリガリ君 ソーダ(マルチ). Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup, sugar, apple juice, glucose, lime juice, starch syrup, liqueur, salt/flavoring, stabilising agent (pectin), acidity regulator, colouring (spirulina blue, gardenia pigment, safflower yellow pigment).

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

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The soda flavor is also sometimes sold in packaging saying “Samurai Blue,” a catchphrase thought up by the Japanese Football Association in order to support the Japanese team. “Soda” is also written on the front of the package in English and hiragana (ソーダ) for the multipack version, but only in hiragana for the individually packaged version.

Photos from website.

Gari Gari Kun Samurai Blue

Akagi Gari Gari Kun Samurai Blue Soda Multipack

Akagi also makes other varieties of dairy-free popsicles and ices.

•  Akagi Kyoho Gelato Bar/赤城 巨峰ジェラートバー(棒). Ingredients: Grape juice (produced in Taiwan, produced in Brazil), grape sauce, sugar, starch syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, powdered syrup, vegetable oil, fructose, liqueur/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, processed starch), acidulant, flavoring, colorant (anthocyanin, gardenia), emulsifier, calcium lactate.

Photo from website.

Akagi Kyoho Gelato Bar

• Akagi Mandarin with a Kick/赤城乳業 ガツンと、みかん and Akagi Mandarin with a Kick, Multipack/赤城乳業 ガツン、と みかん(マルチ). Ingredients: Mandarin syrup, mandarin juice, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, fructose, liqueur, salt/acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring.

Manufactured on common equipment with products containing dairy and egg.

Made with 30% mandarin juice and flesh.

This product appears to come in two different packages, but the ingredient list and allergen warnings are identical.

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This individually wrapped version has a slightly different ingredient list.

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Here’s an example of a non-vegan Akagi product. This tropical fruit bar in the same series has dairy/乳製品/nyūseihin.

Akagi Fruits from Tropical Countries with a Kick

The Rich Lemon flavor in their Shavy series is not vegan as it contains honey/ はちみつ/ hachimitsu. However, the Rich Orange flavor does not list identifiable animal ingredients.

•  Akagi Shavy Rich Orange/赤城 シャビィ 濃厚オレンジ(カップ). Ingredients: Orange juice (produced in Mexico, produced in Brazil), sugar, mandarin syrup, mandarin juice, liqueur, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, sweetener (stevia, sucralose, acesulfame K), vegetable pigment.

Product contains orange.

Akagi Shavy ice cream

Akagi Shavy ice cream ingredient list

Dole Forest Fruits/Dole もりたくさんフルーツContains four flavors, grape, orange, apple, and pineapple.

(Grape bars): Grape juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, lemon juice, fermented grape juice/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), flavoring.

(Orange bars): Orange juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin/trehalose, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, paprika coloring.

(Apple bars): Apple juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, carotene pigment.

(Pineapple bars): Pineapple juice, sugar, dextrin, starch syrup/trehalose, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, gardenia pigment, flavoring.

Product contains orange and apple.

All four flavors are processed on shared equipment.

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• Dole Forest Fruits with Peach, Limited Edition/Dole もりたくさんフルーツ 期間限定ピーチ. Contains four flavors, apple, orange, grape and peach.

(Apple bars): Apple juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, carotene pigment.

(Orange bars): Orange juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin/trehalose, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, paprika coloring.

(Grape bars): Grape juice, sugar, starch syrup, lemon juice, dextrin, fermented grape juice/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), flavoring.

(Peach bars): Peach juice, sugar, starch syrup, fermented peach juice, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, vegetable coloring, flavoring.

Product contains orange, peach and apple.

All four flavors are processed on shared equipment.

Photo from website.

Dole Forest Fruits with Peach, limited edition

• Dole Grape Ice Bars/Dole グループアイスバー. Ingredients: Grape juice, starch syrup, sugar/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), acidulant, flavoring.

Photo from website.

dole grape ice bars

• Dole Grapefruit With Peel: Fruit for Adults/Dole 大人なフルーツ「皮ごとトグレープフルーツ. Ingredients: Grapefruit juice, sugar, sweetened grapefruit peel, grapefruit pulp, fermented grapefruit juice, vegetable oil, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, agar), acidulant, emulsifier, flavoring, gardenia pigment.

Slightly bittersweet ice candy for adults.

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Family Mart Fruit Bars with Fruit Juice/ 果汁入りフルーツバー. Contains three flavors, orange, grape, and apple.

(Orange bars): Orange juice, sugar, starch syrup, acidulant, stabilising agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, paprika pigment, carotene pigment.

(Grape bars): Grape juice, sugar, starch syrup, stabilising agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, grape pigment.

(Apple bars): Apple juice, sugar, starch syrup, acidulant, stabilising agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, gardenia pigment.

Does not contain any of the top seven allergens. The three flavors are manufactured on the same equipment.

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The following frozen smoothie-like ice cream product is available in the warmer months in NewDays convenience stores. After buying it, you’re meant to add cow’s milk from a machine by the register and mix well, making it non-vegan. However, it may be possible to veganize it by adding plant milk to it at home instead.

• Fruits Frozen Fru & Fro Mango/Fruits Frozen Fru & Fro マンゴー. Ingredients: Mango flesh, sugar, dextrin, powdered starch syrup/acidulant, sweetener (aspartame L-phenylalanine compound, sucralose), coloring (gardenia yellow, paprika pigment), flavoring, thickener (guar gum).

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• Fruits Frozen Fru & Fro Strawberry/Fruits Frozen Fru & Fro イチゴ. Ingredients: Strawberry flesh, sugar, dextrin, powdered starch syrup/acidulant, sweetener (aspartame L-phenylalanine compound), flavoring.

Fruits Frozen Fru and Fro strawberry

Fujiya Lemon Squash Ice Bar/不二家 レモンスカッシュアイスバー(棒). Ingredients: Lemon juice (manufactured in Italy), sugar, sweetened lemon pulp, starch syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, lime juice, fructose, lemon candy, vegetable oil, liqueur/trehalose, flavoring, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), baking soda, ascorbic acid, acidulant, emulsifier, colorant (safflower yellow, Monascus purpurea), calcium carbonate, sweetener (stevia).

Product contains soybeans.

Photo from website.

Fujiya Lemon squash ice bar

Glico manufactures a product line called Papico, which is available in many supermarkets and some convenience stores. Some Papico flavors include dairy/乳製品/nyūseihin and/or gelatin/ゼラチン/zerachin, but the flavors listed below do not. The Glico Papico product page is here.

Glico Papico Papi Veggie Apple & Carrot/グリコ パピコ パピ べジ りんご & にんじんIngredients: Vegetable juice (carrot, pumpkin, yellow carrot, asparagus, red bell pepper, broccoli, kale, spinach, red cabbage, purple carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, greater burdock, bok choy, Japanese mustard spinach, bell pepper, bitter gourd, watercress, lettuce, parsley), apple juice, high-fructose corn syrup, lemon juice, sugar, vegetable oil, water-soluble dietary fiber/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, flavoring.

Photo from website.

Papico Happy Veggie Carrot & Apple

Glico Papico Papi Veggie Kiwi & Green/グリコ パピコ パピ べジ キウイ & グリーンIngredients: Vegetable juice (Japanese mustard spinach, carrot, pumpkin, yellow carrot, asparagus, red pepper, broccoli, kale, spinach, red cabbage, purple carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, greater burdock, bok choy, bell pepper, bitter gourd, watercress, lettuce, parsley), high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, apple juice, kiwi juice, vegetable oil, lemon juice/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, emulsifier, acidulant, spirulina pigment.

Photo from website.

Papico Happy Veggie Kiwi & Green

Glico Papico Papi Veggie Tomato & Orange/グリコ パピコ パピ べジ トマト & オレンジIngredients: Vegetable juice (tomato, beetroot, pumpkin, yellow carrot, asparagus, red pepper, broccoli, kale, spinach, red cabbage, purple carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, greater burdock, bok choy, Japanese mustard spinach, bell pepper, bitter gourd, watercress, lettuce, parsley), orange juice/pulp, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, apple juice, water-soluble dietary fiber, lemon juice/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, flavoring.

Product contains orange, soybeans, and apple. 

Photo from website.

Glico Papico Happy Veggie Tomato & Orange

The Glico Papico Japanese Plum for Adults flavor is no longer viewable on the Glico website, so may have been discontinued. However, as of December 2020, it’s still available for purchase on Rakuten Ichiba.

The Japanese Plum For Adults flavor uses plum wine. It contains 0.6% alcohol.

• Glico Papico Japanese Plum For Adults/グリコ パピコ 大人の梅ジェラート. Ingredients: Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, Japanese plum juice and flesh, vegetable oil, Japanese plum wine, soluble dietary fiber/flavoring, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, acidulant, coloring (safflower yellow pigment, vegetable pigment.

Product contains peach.

Products containing dairy are manufactured on the same factory line.

Limited-edition product.

Photo from website.

Glico Papico Japanese Plum for Adults

Glico Papico Black Grape/グリコ パピコ 黒葡萄. Ingredients: Grape juice, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, flavoring, acidulant.

Limited-edition product.

Photo from website.

Glico Papico Black Grape

• Glico Papico Japanese Pear/グリコ パピコ 和梨. Ingredients: Pear juice and flesh, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup, vegetable oil, fructose/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, emulsifier, safflower pigment, calcium lactate.

Limited-edition product.

Photo from website.

Glico Papico Japanese Pear

Glico Papico Kiwi/グリコ パピコ つぶつぶキウイIngredients: Kiwi fruit, high-fructose corn syrup, kiwi sauce, sugar, starch syrup, vegetable oil/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, emulsifier, flavoring, coloring (safflower yellow pigment, gardenia pigment), calcium lactate.

Product contains kiwi fruits.

Products containing dairy are processed on the same line.

Limited-edition product.

Photo from website.

Glico Papico Kiwi

• Glico Papico Strawberry for Adults/グリコ パピコ 和梨. Ingredients: Strawberry juice/pulp, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup, vegetable oil, raspberry juice, salt/stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, emulsifier, acidulant, colorant (vegetable pigment, Monascus purpurea), vitamin C, calcium lactate.

Products containing dairy are processed on the same line.

Limited-edition product.

Photo from website.

Glico Papico Strawberry for Adults

The Glico Papico White Peach flavor is no longer viewable on the Glico website, so may have been discontinued. However, as of December 2020, it’s still available for purchase on Rakuten Ichiba.

• Glico Papico White Peach/グリコ パピコ 白桃. Ingredients: Peach juice/peach flesh, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup, vegetable oil/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, emulsifier, acidity regulator, coloring (yellow safflower, vegetable dye).

Out of the 27 specified allergens, product contains peach.

Products containing dairy are processed on the same line.

Limited-edition product.

Glico Papico White Peach

The Glico Papico Grape/グレープ version does not list dairy or gelatin as ingredients, but it’s being sold only in a box with other, non-vegan flavors and not on its own.

Glico Papico Grape

Here is an example of a Papico flavor, Chocolate Coffee, that is not vegan. It contains dairy/乳製品/nyūseihin as well as gelatin/ゼラチン/zerachin. There may also be dairy in the ganache/生チョコレート/nama chocoretto, although this is not stated on the label.

Papico Chocolate Coffee

Glico Seventeen Ice is available exclusively in vending machines.

• Glico Seventeen Ice Cider Sherbet/グリコ セブンティーンアイス サイダー. Ingredients: Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil, starch syrup, lemon juice, pineapple juice, glucose/flavoring, acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, spirulina dye.

Contains none of the 27 specified allergens.

Products containing dairy are made on the same factory line.

Available in Glico Seventeen Ice vending machines.

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• Glico Seventeen Ice Muscat Sherbet/グリコ セブンティーンアイス ムスカット. Ingredients: Grape juice, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil, starch syrup, glucose/flavoring, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, emulsifier, coloring agent (safflower yellow pigment, spirulina blue).

Contains none of the 27 specified allergens.

Products containing dairy are made on the same factory line.

Available in Glico Seventeen Ice vending machines.

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Here is an example of a Glico product that seems like it might be vegan but is not. Especially for the grape version, it appears from the photo that the package may contain whole frozen fruits, but actually they are a series of round ice creams that all have dairy/乳製品/nyūseihin. It’s also listed as milk components/乳成分/chichiseibun on the allergy information section of the labels.

• Glico Ice Fruit, Strong Grape/Glico アイスの実<濃いぶどう>

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Glico Ice Fruit, Strong Mandarin/Glico アイスの実<濃いみかん>also has dairy/乳製品/nyūseihin, as do all the other flavors of this item.

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HealthyTOKYO, the all-vegan cafe and restaurant inside Haneda airport, sells Froozer frozen fruit snacks, which are made out of only whole fruit and 1% guar/acacia. They are also available on the HealthyTOKYO website. Mango Tango and Strawbanana Bliss both have more than 25% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C per serving.

Froozer Mango Tango. Ingredients: Mangos, Grapes, Pineapples, Bananas, and less than 1% Guar/Acacia (a natural source of fiber).

Froozer Strawbanana Bliss. Ingredients: Strawberries, Grapes, Bananas, and less than 1% Guar/Acacia (a natural source of fiber).

Froozer Orchard Cherry Berry. Ingredients: Grapes, Apples, Cherries, Strawberries, Blueberries, and less than 1% Guar/Acacia (a natural source of fiber).

Photo courtesy of HealthyTOKYO.

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Imuraya Adzuki Bar/井村屋 あずきバー. Ingredients: Sugar, adzuki beans, starch syrup, cornstarch (non-genetically modified), salt.

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Also available in boxes of six bars.

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Imuraya Organic Adzuki Bar/井村屋 オーガニック あずきバー. Ingredients: Organic sugar, organic adzuki beans, cornstarch (non-genetically modified), salt.

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Per Imuraya’s website (Japanese), the yuzu flavor of their popular adzuki bar was first released in 2013-2014 but was brought back in 2019 due to customer request.

Imuraya Yuzu Adzuki Bar/井村屋 ゆずあずきバー. Ingredients: Sugar (domestically produced), adzuki beans, starch syrup, fructose, yuzu juice, cornstarch, salt/acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), gardenia pigment, flavor.

Items containing dairy are produced on the same production line.

Photo from website.

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This pineapple-shaped treat from the same company was found in a branch of the convenience store Lawson in May 2020.

Imuraya Ring-Shaped Pineapple Ice Candy/井村屋 輪切りパインアイス. Ingredients: Pineapple pulp, sugar, pineapple juice, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, gardenia pigment.

Photo from website.

Imuraya Ring-Shaped Pineapple Ice Candy

Kubota has a series of ice candy bars made from locally-grown Shikoku Prefecture fruits as well as traditional ingredients like adzuki and kokuto. They have more flavors to purchase on their website. Yuzu, Japanese bayberry, blueberry, Okinawan pineapple, Hokkaido adzuki (two types), matcha zenzai, and Okinawan brown sugar varieties are all without listed animal ingredients.

Kubota Japanese Plum Ice Candy/南国土佐のすももアイスキャンデー. Ingredients: Japanese plums (grown in Kōchi Prefecture), sugar.

Uses Japanese plums from Tosa, Shikoku. Made with only juice, pulp and sugar.

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• Kubota Strawberry Ice Candy/苺アイスキャンデー. Ingredients: Strawberry juice, strawberry flesh, sugar.

Strawberries from Kōchi Prefecture are washed by hand, taking time and effort, and made into an ice bar with no extra additives.

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Lawson convenience stores carry a house brand called Uchi Cafe (meaning At-Home Cafe). Some past flavors of the Uchi Cafe Japanese Fruits ice bars are shown here (Japanese). We have looked at the ingredient list of various Uchi Cafe Japanese Fruits bars and the ingredient lists have not listed obvious animal ingredients like milk, egg, honey, or gelatin. However, other bars under the Uchi Cafe brand may contain animal ingredients like dairy.

The Fuji Apple-flavored bar was spotted in October 2020.

• Lawson Uchi Cafe Japanese Fruits Fuji Apple/ローソン ウチカフェ 日本のフルーツ ふじりんご. Ingredients: Apple juice (domestically manufactured), sugar, processed apple product, apple juice, powdered starch syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, fructose, cornstarch, liqueur/sorbitol, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), processed starch, acidulant, flavoring, colorant  (yellow safflower), calcium lactate.

Out of the 28 specified allergens, product contains apple.

Lawson Uchi Cafe Fuji Apple

We were not able to locate the ingredient list for the Furano Melon flavor, however, it may be free of animal ingredients.

Lawson Uchi Cafe Japanese Fruits Furano Melon/ローソン ウチカフェ 日本のフルーツ 富良野メロン. 

Photo from website.

Lawson Uchi Cafe Furano Melon

Lotte tends to produce a few ice cream and gelato flavors every year that may be vegan. Some of their gelatos have dairy and/or eggs, but they currently have a Fuji apple gelato listed on their website that doesn’t have any dairy, egg, milk, honey or gelatin in the ingredient list.

Lotte Gelato Marche Fuji Apple/ロッテ ジェラートマルシェ ふじりんご. Ingredients: Apple juice (100% Fuji apples), starch syrup, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, emulsifier.

Lotte Gelato Marche Fuji Apple

One or two of the Refreshing Ice Cream flavors a year tend to not show obvious animal ingredients on the ingredient list, although the rest have dairy. In 2020, Refreshing Pear Ice Cream was sold, however of December 2020, this particular flavor is no longer visible on the Lotte website, and it may have been discontinued.

• Lotte Refreshing Pear Ice Cream/ロッテ 爽 梨. Ingredients: Sugar, pear juice, starch syrup, processed pear (pear, sugar), vegetable oil, fructose, pear pulp, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), acidulant, emulsifier, colorant (caramel, safflower yellow), flavoring.

Contains none of the 27 specified allergens.

Photo from website.

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Many people will be familiar with Lotte’s Watermelon Bar (Lotte Suika Bā), an extremely popular popsicle/ice candy shaped like a watermelon slice that is unfortunately not vegan. It has little chocolate balls in it for “seeds” that contain dairy. There’s a special purple limited-edition Halloween version out for 2020 that substitutes jelly pieces for the chocolate and does not list identifiable animal ingredients in the ingredient list.

•  Lotte Enchanted Watermelon Bar/魅惑のスイカバー. Ingredients: Sugar, liqueur jelly sauce (sugar, cherry juice, liqueur), watermelon juice, starch syrup, liqueur, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), agar, cellulose, acidulant, colorant (vegetable pigment, gardenia, caramel, safflower yellow, Monascus purpurea), gelling agents (polysaccharide thickener, agar), flavoring, calcium lactate.

Contains none of the 27 specified allergens.

Find out more about this product at SoraNews24’s article, “Japan now has an alcoholic popsicle that’s not banned for children.”

Photo from website.

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Per an article in LiveKindly in November 2018, the Japanese company Morinaga has agreed to cease all animal testing not required by law.

• Morinaga Ice Box, Grapefruit/森永アイスボックス、グレープフルーツIngredients: Grapefruit juice, high-fructose corn syrup, salt/flavoring, acidulant, sweeteners (aspartame/L-phenylalanine compound, sucralose), vitamin C, sodium polyphosphate, carotenoid pigment.

Contains none of the 27 specified allergens.

Items containing egg and dairy are manufactured in the same process.

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• Morinaga Rich Muscat Grape Ice Box/森永アイスボックス濃い果実氷<マスカット>. Ingredients: Muscat juice/flavoring, acidulant, sweetener (aspartame/L-phenylalanine compound, sucralose), sodium polyphosphate.

Contains none of the 27 specified allergens.

Manufactured on common equipment with items containing dairy and egg.

Morinaga Ice Box, Muscat Grape

• SEIKA Ripened Banana Fruit Gelato Bar/SEIKA フルーツジェラートバー 甘熟バナナ. Ingredients: Banana juice/banana flesh, starch syrup, banana sauce, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable oil, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, modified starch), flavoring, emulsifier, acidulant, coloring agent (safflower yellow pigment), antioxidant (vitamin C).

Product is produced on the same line as items containing milk, egg, and peanuts.

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• 711 Four Assorted Flavor Fruit Bars/セブンプレミアム4種のフルーツバー. Contains four flavors, Kyoho grape, white peach, Satsuma mandarin, and Muscat grape.

(Kyoho grape bars): Grape juice, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, sugar/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring.

(White peach bars): Peach juice, starch syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring, coloring (vegetable pigment, safflower yellow).

Product contains peaches.

(Satsuma mandarin bars): Mandarin juice, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup/acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, carotenoid pigment.

(Muscat grape bars): Grape juice, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup/acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, coloring (safflower colour, gardenia).

7-11 fruit bars    7-11 fruit bar ingredients

Topvalu is an Aeon house brand found at their eponymous supermarkets and other stores with an Aeon tie-in.

Topvalu Rich Japanese Apple Ice Candy Bar/トップバリュ 濃厚な味わいの アイスバー 国産りんご. Ingredients: Apple juice (apple (domestically produced)), sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, high fructose corn syrup/trehalose, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, acidulant, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), safflower pigment, antioxidant (vitamin C). 

Photo from website.

Topvalu Rich Apple Ice Candy Bar

Topvalu Rich La France Pear Ice Candy Bar/トップバリュ 濃厚な味わいの アイスバー ラ・フランス. Ingredients: Pear juice (La France pear from Yamagata Prefecture), sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, high fructose corn syrup, glucose/trehalose, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, acidulant, seasoning (amino acids, etc.), safflower pigment.

Photo from website.

Topvalu Rich La France Pear Ice Candy Bar

Topvalu Rich Mango Ice Candy Bar/トップバリュ 濃厚な味わいの アイスバー マンゴー. Ingredients: Mango puree (Alphonso mango (India)), sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, high-fructose corn syrup/trehalose, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavoring.

Topvalu Mango Ice Bar new packaging

Topvalu Mango Ice Bar new packaging back of package

The older packaging is shown below. The ingredient list doesn’t say where the Alphonso mangoes are from, but other than that, the ingredient list looks identical to the newer version.

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Topvalu Rich Tangerine Ice Candy Bar/トップバリュ 濃厚な味わいの アイスバー 温州みかん. Ingredients: Tangerine juice (tangerine (domestically produced)), sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, high-fructose corn syrup/trehalose, processed starch, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, acidulant, seasoning (amino acid, etc.).

TopValu Ripe Tangerine Bar

TopValu Ripe Tangerine Bar back of package

NON-DAIRY ICE CREAMS

In general, non-dairy, plant-milk based ice creams can be found in local or regional natural food shops such as Natural House, Kodawariya and Bio C’ Bon.

Arctic Zero is currently carried at HealthyTOKYO restaurant in Haneda airport (before security), on their website, and National Azabu supermarket in Hiroo, Tokyo.

Arctic Zero non-dairy ice cream is based on fava beans, not soy or coconut, and is 40 calories per cup, sweetened with a fruit (monk fruit) and very low amounts of sugar, in chocolate and vanilla maple flavors. Vegan and gluten-free. It is available in two flavors, Chocolate and Vanilla Maple. The Salted Caramel flavor is not currently sold in Japan.

•  Arctic Zero Chocolate. Ingredients: Water, cane sugar, oligosaccharide, fava bean powder, cocoa powder, salt, thickener (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring.

•  Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple. Ingredients: Water, cane sugar, oligosaccharide, fava bean powder, salt, thickener (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring.

Photo courtesy of HealthyTOKYO.

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The Chateraise cake shop chain, originally from Yamanashi Prefecture, has a set of four soy ice creams meant for allergy sufferers (however their cake for allergen sufferers contains gelatin). They don’t use milk and eggs (or flour) in this ice cream.

Chateraise Delicious Ice Creams without Milk, Eggs and Flour/シャトレーゼ 乳と卵と小麦粉を使用していないおいしいアイス. Ingredients: Soymilk (soybeans (not genetically modified), starch syrup, sugar, powdered starch syrup, vegetable oil, salt, starch, mochi flour, agar-agar, glucomannan, emulsifier, stabilizing agent (thickening polysaccharide), flavoring.

From autotranslate from their website: “The production line for this product also manufactures products using milk, eggs, and wheat, but we ship them after allergen inspection.”

Online purchase link: Chateraise website

Photos from website.

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There are also a few choices, Kracie and Topvalu, that can be found nationwide in regular grocery stores. Topvalu is carried in Aeon and Aeon-affiliated stores.

• Kracie Soy Vanilla ice cream/クラシエ ソイバニラ. Ingredients: Soymilk (including soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, melon juice, vegetable oil, starch hydrolyzate, mirin, salt/emulsifier, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring, trehalose.

Product contains soybeans.

The chocolate flavor may have been discontinued. As of September 2020, it is no longer visible on the Kracie website, although still available in some supermarkets.

• Kracie Soy Chocolate ice cream/クラシエ ソイチョコ. Ingredients: Soymilk (including soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, cacao mass, cocoa powder, salt/emulsifier, flavoring, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), trehalose.

Product contains soybeans.

• Kracie Soy Strawberry ice cream//クラシエ ソイイチゴ. Ingredients: Soymilk (including soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, strawberry pulp, vegetable oil, high-fructose corn syrup, salt/flavoring (apple origin), acidulant, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), coloring agent (Monascus purpureus), emulsifier.

Product contains soybeans and apple.

These three flavors of the Kracie ice cream are confirmed not to use animal ingredients and not to use bone char to produce the white sugar. Information courtesy of Vegana No Japão (Portuguese and Japanese).

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As of September 2020, the chocolate has been replaced on the website by a soy latte flavor.

Kracie Soy Latte ice cream/クラシエ ソイラテ. Ingredients: Soymilk (domestically produced), starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, starch hydrolyzate, coffee, salt/emulsifier, flavoring, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), trehalose.

Product contains soybeans.

Kracie Soy Latte top of package    Kracie Soy Latte ingredient list
There is also another Kracie product meant to be a frozen version of doufuhua, a Chinese tofu pudding.

•  Frozen Mango Tofu Pudding/クラシエ 冷豆花 マンゴー. Ingredients: Starch syrup (domestically produced), soymilk, sugar, mango flesh, vegetable oil, high-fructose corn syrup, starch hydrolyzate, salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, coloring agent (yellow safflower, carotenoid pigment, Monascus purpurea), flavoring, acidulant, calcium lactate, antioxidant (vitamin C).

Photo from website.

Kracie Frozen Mango Tofu Pudding

Topvalu (Aeon house brand) has an almond-based ice cream. The emulsifier is of plant origin and the ingredients do not contain gluten. This information courtesy of Vegana No Japão (Portuguese and Japanese).

In addition, the blog Sushivoyagereports that there are no animal ingredients used in the product and that the sugar is not cow bone char filtered but that palm oil is used.

• Topvalu Almond ice cream Ingredients: Almond processed product, starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, almond paste, salt/emulsifier, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring.

Product contains soybeans.

• Topvalu Almond Chocolate ice cream Ingredients: Almond processed product, starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, cacao mass, almond paste, cocoa powder, salt/emulsifier, stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavoring.

Product contains soybeans.

• Topvalu Almond Maple Vanilla ice cream Ingredients: Almond processed product, starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, maple syrup, caramel sauce (sugar), salt / stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, flavoring, trehalose.

Product contains soybeans.

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ONLINE

If stores near you don’t carry non-dairy ice creams, it’s also possible to order from smaller brands online. A few examples of these types of products are shown below.

Hayama Ice (company name Beat Ice) was started in 2018 as a way for the company owner to say thank you to all the people she’s met since moving to Hayama, a small town by the beach in the Shonan area of Japan. The ice creams are marked “vegan” in Japanese on the package (ヴィーガン). A spicy and gingery Almond Milk Chai flavor, a fruity and complex Coconut Amazake flavor, and special versions of the Coconut Amazake flavor made with rice from various rice terraces around Japan are available. The products are available for purchase on the Beat Ice website (Japanese) and at some restaurants. Follow the company’s Facebook to find out where.

• Hayama Ice Almond Milk Chai ice cream. Ingredients: Almond milk, cane sugar, black tea, glucose, dietary fiber (inulin), konjac flour, ginger (from Hayama), cinnamon, cardamom.

• Hayama Ice Coconut Amazake ice cream. Ingredients: Rice malt, rice, coconut milk, soymilk, cane sugar, glucose, dietary fiber (inulin), konjac flour.

• Rice Terraces Around Japan ice cream. Ingredients: Rice malt, rice, coconut milk, soymilk, cane sugar, glucose, dietary fiber (inulin), konjac flour.

Items containing dairy and egg are manufactured on the same production line.

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K and Son’s has a variety of soymilk ice creams, available for purchase from Amazon Japan. A few flavors were also spotted in Natural Lawson in August 2020.

• K and Son’s Plant-Based 100% Organic Soymilk Ice Cream/K and Sons 植物性100%オーガニック豆乳アイスクリーム 80ml 12カップセット (アソート)

Available in assorted, green tea, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, grain coffee, and black tea flavors.

• K and Son’s Plant-Based 100% Organic Soymilk Ice Cream Premium K and Son’s 植物性100%オーガニック豆乳アイスクリーム 80ml Premium 6カップセット (マキベリー&ストロベリー).

Available in Chocolate & Cacao Nibs, Chocolat & Banana, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla & Chia Seed, Maqui Berry and Strawberry, and Kuromitsu Syrup & Kinako Soy Powder flavors.

There’s a vegan coconut milk gelato with a great texture called Nice Cream, by Nourish Japan, available for purchase online. It comes in a 1kg package.

The products are made with a machine that also makes dairy products.

You can purchase the product and have it delivered from the Vegan Store website, run by the vegan convenience store in Asakusa, if you live in the 23 wards in Tokyo (delivery from 300 yen, including frozen items).

It can also be ordered, in sets of two, directly from the Nourish Japan website. You can have two of the same flavor or two different flavors.

Nice Cream.

• Coconut Milk. Ingredients: Vegan cane sugar, non-gmo coconut, glucose, modified food starch, salt, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, tapioca, maltodextrin, acacia fiber.

• Coconut Milk Chocolate. Ingredients: Vegan cane sugar, non-gmo coconut, glucose, cocoa powder, modified food starch, salt, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, tapioca, maltodextrin, acacia fiber.

• Coconut Milk Matcha: Vegan cane sugar, non-gmo coconut, glucose, organic matcha powder, modified food starch, salt, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, tapioca, maltodextrin, acacia fiber.

Some photos from website.

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FRUITS

They aren’t exactly ice creams, but whole, flash-frozen mandarins are also available in some convenience stores, especially in summer. They can also be purchased on Rakuten Ichiba.

Hatchando Peeled Mandarin/八ちゃん堂 むかんみかん. Ingredients: Mandarins (domestically grown).

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