The Hokkaido Butter soft ice cream cone is a pre-packaged frozen dessert made by Chateraisé. It is a trendy dessert among the ranks of Kikyouya Shingen Mochi Popsicle and Brown Sugar Milk Tea Boba Ice Cream Bar. When I bought my bag of Hokkaido Butter, there were a couple hoarding 4 bags. Hokkaido Butter can be purchased from any T&T Supermarket in the lower mainland.
Strength: Interesting package design.
Weakness: Inconsistent ice cream texture. Weak waffle structure
Other pre-packaged desserts
- Kikyouya Shingen Mochi Popsicle (5 Stars)
- Dole Pineapple Pop (4.5 Stars)
- Brown Sugar Milk Tea Boba Ice Cream Bar (4 Stars)
Hard plastic packaging with classy design
The Hokkaido Butter’s packaging use hard plastic to give it a sturdy exterior. The expiration date was clearly printed at the bottom left on the front. The uniform use of color between light beige background with dark gold pattern gives Hokkaido Butter an elegant feel.
Interesting individual packaging design
The cone has a three point star design on the top. There are 3 tear lines on the plastic wrapping. The first one is above the cone.
Not easy to tear straight line
Top portion of the package folds in and out, therefore it is very hard to tear a straight line on this tear line. Judging from the shadow inside, there is a lot of air space above the ice cream for protection.
The ice cream inside seems a bit dented. There is a little ice forming, most likely because of the temperature difference during transportation.
Two more tear line on the side
You can see two notches on the edge of the wrapping. The area where it says “Open” in Japanese is where I was supposed to tear the package. This is where the wrapping touches the ice cream.
The Hokkaido Butter is disappointing
Hokkaido is known for its creamy milk. They are supposed to be the best milk in Japan. When I see the name “Hokkaido Butter” used on an ice cream cone, I was expecting to taste a strong milk
The top of the cream has a lot of ice chips. This ruined the texture for my first bite. After that, the ice cream texture is consistent, but they are not as fluffy as I imagined. The ice cream does have a little more milk flavour than your $8 per gallon ice cream, but is not strong enough to worth $2.50 a scoop.
Waffle cone simply failed
I can feel that the waffle cones are quite soft as soon as I opened the packaging and touched it. There were some things in the waffle to make it crispy, but it’s actually soggy. I held it with a little force and the cone cracked on 3 locations. The sogginess part of the cone held it in place though. I’m not too sure if this is a good thing.
Pieces of waffles dropping like rain
When I got to the portion where the diameter of the cone gets smaller, about half ay down there are more waffles wrapped in an area. The outer layer that is further away from being soaked by ice cream remained dry and crispy. They start falling off in 7mm wide pieces.
604 Food Critic Assessment
Hokkaido Butter is really not in the leagues of other famous pre-packaged frozen desserts. The $9.99 package contain 4 ice cream cones inside, so they are $2.50 each. That is pretty expensive. I believe the careless temperature control during transportation ruined my first bite and the waffle texture. I cannot recommend something that is expensive and has low quality.