Something else to check off our bucket (pudding) list.
It’s no secret that we here at Sorannews24 are no strangers to eating unusually large amounts of food, whether it’s a big bowl of tempura or a monstrously large cheeseburger. So when our reporter Tasuku Igawa heard that a store in Tokyo has started selling Giant Custard Pudding by Bucketload – Literally – he got there right away.
The store in question was a Tokyo specialty custard pudding store branch. purin ni koishte (Sung by the company as ‘I love pudding’ in English). It was located in the arcade of Ikebukuro’s subway station, near the ticket gate of the Yurakuch Line.
Bucket of Pudding was a new addition to I Love Pudding’s custard-y line-up and went on sale on August 2. Tasuku was sure they would be snapped up quickly, so he planned to be there as soon as he opened the store, but ended up arriving an hour later for various reasons.
Luckily for her, a few buckets of pudding were still waiting for her. On a regular day, the store intends to make about ten buckets of pudding. day, but since it was the opening day the employees earned extra.
Tasuku immediately bought a bucket of custard pudding, which cost him 2,000 yen ($14.90) and headed home, ready to sip in some creamy, jiggly goodness.
The fact that it comes in a bucket should be proof enough, but it’s a very heavy pudding, which weighs 800 grams (1.8 lb). In comparison, a regular custard pudding from a convenience store is about 100 grams, so this bucket is a must-have for any diehard pudding fan.
It was also air-sealed very tightly, as can be seen in this photo. Turn it upside down and it doesn’t move at all, which was easy because Tasuku had to swing from work before she could go home, so the pudding moved around a bit in her bag. But don’t move at all!
The pudding also came with five sachets of sauce to drizzle over the top.
But the time for admiring what the pudding looked like was drawing near, and it was time to get stuck.
Despite the pudding’s enormous size, Tasuku decides to eat the whole thing herself (As expected of any self-respecting SoraNews24 reporter). Like most people, Tasuku was always able to boast to her friends, “One time, I ate a whole bucket of pudding” and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make her dream come true.
A bucket of pudding used to have 1,590 calories, but sometimes you have to do the unimaginable to make your dreams come true… Maybe he can work out extra for it tomorrow.
The pudding seemed strong enough, making Tasuku eager to break its custard-y surface, so he grabbed a spoon.
As expected, the spoon remained completely in place. What a strong pudding!
When he finally managed to get some of the pudding onto his spoon, Tasuku could see tiny dark grains of ground vanilla bean, giving the pudding a strong vanilla aroma.
He decided to try pudding without any sauce first and was pleasantly surprised. The pudding didn’t taste overly sweet, but it was perfect, as it meant it went well with the vanilla aroma.
Tasuku also raised the texture of the pudding two thumbs up; Just the right amount of firmness while still being creamy and jiggly.
The pudding was already excellent without the extra sauce, but Tasuku wanted the full bucket of pudding experience, so grabbed a pouch of caramel sauce. How would this go with the mild sweetness of the pudding? Will the sweet caramel sauce send Tasuku’s senses into a sugary overload?
Not at all – in fact, the caramel sauce had a somewhat bitter taste, which went well with the sweet aroma of vanilla.
It was fun eating from the bucket, but Tasuku wanted to see what the pudding looked like on the plate, so he turned it upside down once more and waited to be satisfied. squeal As the pudding slid out of the bucket.
Even though Tasuku had already taken a few spoonfuls of the pudding, it stood firmly on the plate, maintaining its perfect form. As expected for such a huge pudding!
But there was a problem here—while he had already established that the pudding was downright delicious on its own, Tasuku really wanted to put some sauce on top. However, the five pouches that came with the pudding didn’t look like they would be enough – one pouch was probably enough for two mouthfuls of pudding, and Tasuku guessed that they were. About twenty mouthfuls of halwa are left.
Luckily for him, the store sold out too jar of caramel sauce for 500 yen (US$3.73), and by some miracle Tasuku was looking ahead and had enough to take some. Good!
Now he was free to dip his pudding in the delicious caramel sauce.
A big pudding covered with caramel sauce syrup is just what the doctor ordered! Well maybe not one Real Doctor, who was probably disappointed by the sheer amount of sugar and fat that Tasuku was happily chewing on, but who cares about gaining a little weight when you can dip some creamy custard pudding in a sea of caramel sauce?
If you also want to pour a big bucket of pudding into the caramel sauce, you can buy both from I Love Pudding’s Ikebukuro or Kobe branches. You can also peruse their online store, though the pudding bucket proved so popular that at the time of writing, orders won’t be delivered until September 21st at the earliest.
If you don’t like the idea of soaking your dessert in caramel sauce, there are other things you can do with absurd amounts of custard pudding.
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