Oh Goodness, Japan Is Getting Spaghetti Popsicles

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You might be asking, why? Why spaghetti popsicles? But let's ask another question: Why the heck not? Actually, no. Let's just stay with why?

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Japan is no stranger to unusual ice cream flavors. Even Häagen-Dazs has unique flavors just for the country. And the brand in question (Gari-Gari Kun or, loosely, "Crunchy-Crunchy Boy") is also no stranger to interesting taste sensations.

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Most of the Gari-Gari Kun flavors are what you'd expect: Grape, pineapple, orange—stuff like that. But, here are some unusual Gari-Gari Kun popsicles from the past:

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Rice cakes stuffed with bean paste... flavor.

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Corn potage. Note that there was a stew flavor. Mmm... stew popsicles.

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Ultraman flavored. (Kidding! It's strawberry with milk and jelly.)

The spaghetti popsicle contains bits of "tomato jelly" in a "Neapolitan" flavored ice cream.

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The flavor is even surprising for Japan, with some people online actually doubting that this is a real product! It certainly seems to be, and here are two more looks at the ice cream's ad—if anything, to let this all sink in.

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Back in late February, one Japanese store already had an in-store sign up for the spaghetti frozen treats, stating that the limited edition popsicle goes on sale March 24.

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And Twitter user Kakkii apparently got his hands on the popscile early, writing, "Fucking disgusting. Blerrrrgh. lol." When asked if he bought the treat, he replied, "It was a present. Ha, no way I'd buy this."

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I dunno. I would. Maybe. Not sure if I'd eat it, though...

Photos: manmosumashake, jun_127, twtrpfm, kksk1081, Akagi

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

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DISCUSSION

Hey Mr. Ashcraft,

First of all, I have to say that I really enjoy such articles about Japan('s pop culture) really much. Thank you for posting them, one of the major reasons I keep visiting Kotaku.

I have a question: This really isn't news that Japan has really obscure food like this, not just traditional Asian/Japanese food. I feel like it pops up rather frequently. That indicates that there HAVE to be a market, right? Do you, living in Japan, see these things actually consumed? Is there really a target group for these things? I'm rather tolerant concerning food (except everything meat-related), but this sounds tremendously disgusting.