Packaged Food

Japan has Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Topped with Real Gold and Silver Flecks

Japan-Opera-Ice-CreamHäagen-Dazs Japan is taking a walk on the classier side of the tracks with their new Opera and Antoinette flavors. Said to be inspired by French history, the soon-to-be-released flavors are both topped with gold and silver, presumably the edible variety. Though, hey, we’re not picky.

The Antoinette will be released in Japan this December. It contains red wine ice cream made with Bordeaux, topped with red wine sauce and flecks of silver leaf. Edible silver flecks are typically made of pure silver.

Ice cream connoisseurs will remember that Opera has been in and out of the market since 2011. It’s comprised of butter and coffee ice cream with almond cookie spacers, then topped with chocolate sauce and gold leaf specks, usually formed from 23-karat gold.

As some of you may know, edible gold and silver have no taste. The flecks just give the ice cream decadent sparkle.

The two ice cream flavors will be on sale in Japan on Dec. 9. Both varieties will be available at all participating convenience stores for 432 yen ($3.95 US).

H/T Rocket News 24


LA Opera’s Falstaff Features Edible Props on Stage, Including a Roasted Turkey


Opera lovers in the Los Angeles area know that Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff is scheduled to perform throughout the month of November. Helmed by Director Lee Blakeley and LA Opera Music Director James Conlon. Falstaff  is centered around a portly knight who courts two different women in an attempt to improve his love life. Hilarity ensues.

However, most are unaware of the play’s food-centric qualities. Many of the props on stage are edible and items throughout the performance are in the spirit of the fall harvest. A turkey is prepared and cooked for every show by the Prop Master, Allen Tate, and used during the performance. The reason for all the hurrah surrounding the giant bird? Turkey was a symbol of being at the top of the class system in the 14th century, the play’s time period.


Among the edible arrangements throughout the play, whatever wasn’t eaten was painted to look juicier for the next performance. The staff prepared months in advance to see if the performers had any food allergies before coming up with the play’s menu.

Falstaff is currently playing at the LA Opera through December 1. Opera fans, turkey fans, or anyone looking to try something new be sure to check it out. Falstaff is completely in Italian with projected English translations. The running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes, so sit tight.

Check out more photos from our behind-the-scenes tour of Falstaff below:


A prop of a rotisserie chicken used during the performance. It could very well have been real at some point during the rehearsals.


The detail that went into the set design is pretty amazing.


Props to the prop team (heh heh) for the the work they put into everything.


Director Lee Blakely and the famous oak tree from the opera.


The orchestra, led by Music Director James Conlon, rehearsing.


A severed pig’s head used during the third act and also the third pig head I’d seen in the last two weeks.


The cast performing a live rehearsal.


The production of Falstaff, in full costume, rehearses the first act of the show.