Source: 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) - images reproduced with permission This mouthwatering award-winning dessert is made from whole premium mini melons 2020-08-20 Thu 2020-09-10 Thu When Japanese melons are mentioned, people often think of Yubari City in Hokkaido, home of the famous Yubari Melon, but in fact, Ibaraki Prefecture is number one in the land when it comes to both production volume and consumption of melons, and there are many varieties to choose from. Therefore, now that it's prime melon season, it should come as no surprise to learn that a popular sweets company based in Ibaraki is featuring the fruit in their current lineup. Based in the city of Kasama, Gruyères won the grand prize in the Ibaraki Sweets Championship for this delicious dessert which they call「真夏の貴婦人」manatsu no kifujin or "Midsummer Lady". Using a whole mini melon with a filling of melon bavarian mousse and mint jelly, then topped with a sprig of mint, it's been getting rave reviews. Using the best available melon at the time, the dessert varies in price depending on the melon used. They are currently serving a version made with Earl's Melon, also called muskmelon, a premium melon grown in Ibaraki Prefecture. Succulent with a wonderful fragrance, smooth texture, and a subtle sweetness, they are perfectly suited for parfaits and desserts. Midsummer Lady Here are a few images of Midsummer Lady from Gruyères's Twitter account: Reproduced with permission from 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) Reproduced with permission from 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) Reproduced with permission from 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) And here's a video showing it off from all angles. Try not to drool... 『真夏の貴婦人✨』只今は、最高級アールスメロンでの提供です✨お値段はその時のメロンによりお値段変わります。Sサイズのメロンを１玉丸ごと使ったスイーツです✨中身はメロンババロアとミントゼリーが入ったスイーツです。見た目のボリュームよりも軽く一人で食べられちゃう美味しさです。#笠間 pic.twitter.com/t5RP8VDA1S— 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) August 19, 2020 Before the currently offered Earl's Melon version, they had a version of the Midsummer Lady made with orange-fleshed Quincy Melons, prized for their mellow sweetness and smooth texture. 『真夏の貴婦人✨』茨城県スイーツフェアによるスイーツ選手権でグランプリ獲得した、地元で噂のメロンケーキです✨貴婦人をイメージした豪華で上品なケーキです✨↓こだわり詳細はこちらからhttps://t.co/dNQQfTqwNE#季節限定 #ケーキ #メロン #笠間 pic.twitter.com/tQf6I1hQf4— 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) July 24, 2020 Other desserts from Gruyères Even if you're unable to visit Gruyères now in time to try Midsummer Lady, there are always delicious seasonal sweets to enjoy, such as their famous Mont Blanc. Kasama is the top producer of chestnuts in Japan, and they use the best local variety, known as "Kasama Chestnut," for this dessert. 『笠間地栗のモンブラン✨』秋は絶対！和栗のモンブラン✨メロン1玉使った「真夏の貴婦人」が話題に✨これからのシーズンおすすめはなんと言っても笠間和栗100%のモンブラン✨笠間の栗はSサイズから5Lサイズまで、甘味が凝縮された和栗です。笠間の観光とともに当店一押しのモンブランを✨#笠間 pic.twitter.com/LiCwnT7p47— 洋風笠間菓子グリュイエール(公式代理スタッフS) (@gruyereskasamas) August 19, 2020 As you'll notice on their website, also available in English, Gruyères has made a name for itself well beyond Ibaraki Prefecture, taking home numerous national confectionery awards since it opened for business in 1983. So, it's a safe bet you'll enjoy whatever dessert you try when you visit. Stop by Gruyères on a day-trip to Kasama Gruyères is located just an hour and a half by train from Tokyo and you can enjoy their delicious cakes and sweets in the Gruyères Cafe. A great day-trip from Tokyo, Kasama city has many attractions such as pottery centers, the Kasama Castle ruins, the azalea festival at the Kasama Azalea Park in April and May, Japan's oldest chrysanthemum festival, established in 1908, at the Kasama Inari Shrine in October and November (2020 festival not canceled at the current time), not to mention great trekking and hiking routes on Mt. Sashiro. It's also of particular interest to martial arts enthusiasts since it's where you'll find the Aiki Jinja 合気神社, the birthplace of Aikido. Shop Information Name (JP): 洋風笠間菓子 グリュイエール Name (EN): Gruyères Address (main store): 〒309-1626茨城県笠間市下市毛285 | 285 Shimoichige Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture 309-1626 Access: 1 minute walk from Kasama Sta. (JR Mito Line) JR水戸線 笠間駅 Hours: 9:00 to 19:00 Cafe: 9:00 to 18:00 Website (English) By - Ben K. Tags: Confectionery / Gruyères / Ibaraki Prefecture / Japanese sweets / Kasama / melon / muskmelon grape Japan Food This mouthwatering award-winning dessert is made from whole premium mini melons Related Article Learn how to make beautiful Japanese Nerikiri sweets with video series Unicorn Taiyaki Fish Ice Creams Give Japanese Traditional Snack Colorful New Look Morinoen Hojicha Tea Shop’s Sweets Salon Serves Tasty Hojicha Treats Funabashiya Koyomi’s delightful sakura kuzumochi pudding is available for takeout Pikachu Tokyo Banana! Tokyo’s most popular souvenir sweets team up with Pokemon Over 70 types of food & beverages! New style Japanese café is now open in Tokyo!