Frozen Confectionery

Japan has a range of frozen confectionery that does not contain dairy products and which appears to be vegan, although some foods contain flavouring and emulsifiers which may be animal-derived or sugar that may be bone-char processed. We have marked below wherever we have information on how these ingredients were made.

Below are some examples.

Adzuki Bar. Ingredients: Sugar, adzuki beans, starch syrup, cornstarch (non-genetically modified), salt.

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Akagi Gari Gari Kun Pear Ice Block. Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup, sugar, pear juice, apple juice, starch syrup, liqueur, salt, flavouring, stabilising agent (pectin), acidity regulator, caramel colour. Note: manufactured in a facility that also makes products containing milk and egg.

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Akagi Gari Gari Kun Samurai Blue Ice Block. Ingredients: High-fructose corn syrup, sugar, apple juice, glucose, lime juice, starch syrup, liqueur, salt, flavouring, stabilising agent (pectin), colouring (spirulina blue, safflower yellow), acidity regulator. Note: manufactured in a facility that also makes products containing milk and egg.
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Akagi Gari Gari Kun Muscat Grape Ice Block. This flavour does not contain any milk/egg/gelatin. Photo from website.

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• Akagi Kick-ass Mandarin/ガツンと、みかん. Ingredients: Mandarin syrup, mandarin juice, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, fructose, liqueur, salt/acidulant, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring.

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• Dole Forest Fruit/Dole もりたくさんフルーツ Contains four flavours, grape, orange, apple, and pineapple. Ingredients (Grape bars): Grape juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, lemon juice, fermented grape juice/stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), flavouring. (Orange bars): Orange juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin / trehalose, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavouring, paprika coloring. (Apple bars): Apple juice, sugar, starch syrup, dextrin, salt / stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavouring, carotene pigment. (Pineapple bars): Pineapple juice, sugar, dextrin, starch syrup / trehalose, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, gardenia pigment, flavouring.

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Family Mart Fruit Bars with Fruit Juice/ 果汁入りフルーツバー. Contains three flavours, orange, grape, and apple. Ingredients: (Orange bars): Orange juice, sugar, starch syrup, acidulant, stabilising agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring, paprika pigment, carotene pigment. (Grape bars): Grape juice, sugar, starch syrup, stabilising agent (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavouring, grape pigment. (Apple bars): apple juice, sugar, starch syrup, acidulant, stabilising agent (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring, gardenia pigment. Does not contain any of the seven most common allergens. The three flavours are manufactured on the same equipment.

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Lawson Fruits Ice Bar/4種の甘熟フルーツバー. Contains four flavours, green kiwi, Concord grape, Aomori Prefecture apple, and white peach. Ingredients (Green kiwi bars): Kiwi fruit juice (100% Hayward variety), sugar, starch syrup, powdered starch syrup, vegetable fats and oils, table salt/stabilizing agent (cellulose, polysaccharide thickener), colorants (gardenia, safflower color), emulsifier, flavourings. Ingredients (Concord grape bars): Grape juice, sugar, starch syrup, powdered starch syrup, lemon juice, fermented grape juice/stabilizing agent (cellulose, polysaccharide thickener), flavourings. Ingredients (Aomori Prefecture apple bars): Apples (100% grown in Aomori Prefecture), sugar, starch syrup, powdered starch syrup, table salt/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), acidity regulator, flavouring, carotene pigment. Ingredients (White peach bars): White peach juice (100% white peaches, grown in Japan), sugar, starch syrup, fructose/stabilizing agent (polysaccharide thickener, cellulose), acidity regulator, flavourings. (Contains kiwi fruits, peach and apple).

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7-11 4 Assorted Flavour Fruit Bars/セブンプレミアム4種の果実食感フルーツバーマルチ. Contains four flavours, kyoho grape, satsuma mandarin, Asian pear, and muscat grape. Ingredients: (Kyoho grape bars): Fruit juice, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, sugar/acidulant, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring. (Satsuma mandarin bars): Mandarin juice, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup/acidulant, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring, carotenoid pigment. (Asian pear bars): Japanese (Asian) pear juice, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, sugar/acidulant, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring, flavonoid pigment. (Muscat grape bars): Grape juice, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, starch syrup/acidulant, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavouring, coloring (safflower colour, gardenia).

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NON-DAIRY ICE CREAMS

Non-dairy, plant-milk based ice creams can be found in small, local or regional natural food shops such as Natural House or Kodawariya. There are also a few choices, Kracie and Topvalu, that can be found nationwide in regular grocery stores.

• Kracie Soy Vanilla ice cream Ingredients: Soya milk (including soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, melon juice, vegetable oils and fats, starch hydrolyzate, mirin, salt / emulsifier, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavourings, trehalose (allergen warning: contains soy)

• Kracie Soy Chocolate ice cream Ingredients: Soya milk (including soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, cacao mass, cocoa powder, salt / emulsifier, flavourings, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), trehalose (allergen warning: contains soy)

• Kracie Soy Strawberry ice cream Ingredients: Soya milk (including soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, strawberry pulp, vegetable oil, glucose fructose liquid sugar, salt / flavourings (apple origin), acidulant, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), coloring agent (red mold-Monascus purpureus), emulsifier (allergen warning: contains soy and apple)

These Kracie ice creams are confirmed not to use animal ingredients and not to use bone char to produce the white sugar. Information courtesy of Vegana No Japão.

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• Kracie Soy Latte ice cream. Ingredients: soymilk (contains soybeans), starch syrup, sugar, starch hydrolyzate, vegetable oils and fats, coffee, salt/stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, flavouring, trehalose.

This flavour is carried only at some branches of Lawson convenience stores. So far it’s been spotted in Tokyo and Yokohama. We attempted to contact the company to check if the emulsifier is plant-based and the sugar is not bone-char processed, but the contact form did not work.

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

• Topvalu Almond ice cream Ingredients: Almond processed product, starch syrup, sugar, vegetable oil, almond paste, salt / emulsifier, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavourings (includes soybeans as part of ingredients)

• Topvalu Almond Chocolate ice cream Ingredients: Almond processed product, starch syrup, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, cacao mass, almond paste, cocoa powder, salt / emulsifier, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), flavourings (includes soybeans as part of ingredients)

• Topvalu Almond Maple Vanilla ice cream Ingredients: Almond processed product, starch syrup, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, maple syrup, caramel sauce (sugar), salt / stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, flavourings, trehalose (includes soybeans as part of ingredients)

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GELATO

Lotte sometimes produces ice creams and gelatos that may be vegan. They currently have a Fuji apple and two mango gelatos that don’t have any dairy, egg, milk, honey or gelatin.

• Lotte Gelato Marche Fuji Apple/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 / stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), acidulant, flavouring, emulsifier.

Lotte Gelato Marche Mango/ジェラートマルシェ マンゴー Ingredients: Mango puree, sugar, mango juice, high-fructose corn syrup, starch syrup, vegetable oil / fat / stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), emulsifier, acidulant, flavouring, paprika pigment

Uses 25% mango juice and pulp for a rich mango flavour.

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The other flavours of the same gelato, including strawberry and raspberry, have dairy.

•  Lotte Gelato Meister, Alphonso Mango/Lotte ジェラートマイスターアルフォンソマンゴー. Ingredients: Mango puree (100% Alphonso mango), mango juice (100% Alphonso mango), sugar, dextrin, high-fructose corn syrup, vegetable fat and oil, stabilizer (polysaccharide thickener), colorant (annatto, vegetable pigment), emulsifier, acidulant, flavouring.

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