If You See A Mini Stop, Stop and Get These 3 Items!

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There are loads of convenience stores in Japan. Go anywhere in Tokyo, throw a stone and it'll probably break the window of a convenience store or... hit a man in a suit. If your stone happened to break the window of a convenience store, it'd probably belong to one of the big three (Lawson, Family Mart, 7-Eleven). The big three are everywhere. They're as common as unshaven pubes here. Mini Stop is not as easy to encounter as the big three, but if you somehow manage to find one, stop whatever you are doing, walk in and get yourself these! 

Mini Stop

Mini Stop

1) X Fries

X Fries

X Fries

If you are one of those Rats who like the limp fries that occasionally pop up in a pack of McDonald's fries, you are gonna love this. Crunchy on the outside and so so soft on the inside. The shape of the X Fries enhances the crunch every time you take a bite and the inside of it is a delight to swirl around in your mouth, much like the Churro (Potato) that can be found in Tokyo DisneySea. These lightly salted babies will definitely hit the spot and are a bargain at 198 yen.

X Marks The Spot

X Marks The Spot

2) Halo Halo

Kinako Brown Sugar Halo-Halo

Kinako Brown Sugar Halo-Halo

Halo-Halo is a seasonal dessert that Mini Stop serves up. It resurfaces every summer and goes back into hibernation after. If you happen to stumble upon a Mini Stop in summer, you have to get yourself a cup. Halo-Halo comes in different flavors. This summer (2016), the flavors are Mikan, Lemon, Soda and Kinako Brown Sugar. This Japanese version of Halo-Halo comes with your choice of flavored shaved ice, Mini Stop's ever so popular vanilla soft serve ice cream and toppings. My favorite for this season is the Kinako Brown Sugar Halo-Halo. The shaved ice portion of it is drenched with brown sugar syrup and it has Kinako powder (Roasted Soybean Flour) with 5 Mochi balls (Rice Cakes) as topping. A perfect marriage between Japan and the Philippines. For 290 yen, you will be able to cool yourself down and pamper your taste buds in Tokyo's unforgiving summer's heat.

Lid Off!

Lid Off!

3) Soft Serve Ice Cream

Vanilla Soft Serve

Vanilla Soft Serve

Mini Stop's soft serve ice cream is the bomb. This baby was honored with the 2015 Monde Selection Gold Quality Award. It comes in three different flavors. Vanilla, melon or a swirl mix of both. I would recommend going for vanilla. It's smooth, creamy with a mildly sweet, milky flavor.  A cone or cup goes for 220 yen. If you pay an additional 70 yen, Mini Stop will include some slices of mango to the mix which will definitely give you that tropical kick.

Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream with Mangoes

Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream with Mangoes

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