Long-awaited reappearance of pear-flavored GariGarikun feted by popsicle lovers in Japan

GariGarikun ガリガリ君, the ever present Japanese popsicle brand from Akagi Nyugyo Co Ltd is known for costing as little as 76 yen including tax and being available in standard favorite flavors like soda (ramune), Mandarin orange and grape, appealing to kids young and old. Especially within the sweltering heat of summer, these big popsicles provide much-needed refreshment.

Even though it also has more odd and eccentric flavors like corn chowder, Neapolitan spaghetti and even tamagoyaki omelette, the usual flavors are the preferred.

Every summer, there’s one flavor that GariGarikun lovers wait impatiently for, and that is pear flavor!

On August 2, GariGarikun Pear returned to freezer sections throughout Japan.

If that round fruit on the package looks more like an apple to you, that is because that is an Asian pear, also referred to as an apple pear, which differs from its more Western cousins not only by its rounder shape but in addition by its taste and texture. Whereas the flesh of Western pear varietals is mostly softer and smooth-grained, that of Asian pears is crisp and coarse-grained. This grainy texture and high water content makes for a crunchy, juicy sensation that actually refreshes in summertime, especially in case you serve the fruit chilled.

GariGarikun Pear reproduces this sensation by combining smooth flavored ice and crunchy pear-flavored shaved ice inside the same popsicle.

It feels very just like eating a superbly chilled apple pear.

Photo: grape Japan

Akagi Nyugyo made the announcement with a video posted on their Twitter account on August 1.

The announcement elicited many excited responses, similar to:

“I have been waiting for it!”

“GariGarikun Pear is my absolute favorite pear-flavored iced dessert!”

“It’s finally here!”

“I like GariGarikun Pear!”

If you happen to just like the taste of Asian pears, pick up a GariGarikun Pear and bite into the taste of Japanese summer.

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