By Bonson Lam
In October lots of Halloween-themed products are sold, and it is the best time of the year to eat savory pumpkin sweets. However, you may feel some of them are a little expensive in Japan. A piece of a pumpkin cake or tart can be purchased for more than 300 yen on average if you go to a confectionery shop. Some shops offer that kind of sweets at about 400 yen, but you can get this pudding for only 200 yen at 7-Eleven, a perfect place to satisfy your cravings for this golden orange hued dessert.
It contains only 181 calories, so it can be a guilt free dessert as well. It is also a rich source of calcium, potassium and phosphorus, as well as antioxidants and vitamins. You can taste a high-quality, vividly-colored pumpkin as it is and enjoy its natural sweetness. The fragrance and mellowness of the pumpkin will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. A slightly bitter caramel sauce that goes well with the rich pudding is in the bottom of the cup. The bitterness of the sauce accentuates the flavor of the pudding. A smooth cream that melts in the mouth is whipped beautifully on top. The milkiness of the cream will pleasantly fill your mouth. The smoothness of the cream and the richness of the pudding are a great combination. You can make the pudding even more delicious if you put roasted pumpkin seeds on the cream. I took a few of the seeds out of a bag of fruit granola and added them to the topping. Each of the seeds, whipped cream and pudding make a great taste together. If you are just visiting the country and not living here, you may not have a spoon. If so, you can ask them for a plastic one to eat the treat with.
The pumpkin treat can satisfy you when you want to eat sweets, so it is good to enjoy even if you are on a diet. Maybe you don't party much or have plans for the night, but you can have a happy Halloween by having just this pudding.
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