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Kawagoe Pudding: The Must-Try Pudding Shop in Kawagoe

Kawagoe Pudding (川越プリン) is the first pudding specialist from Kawagoe. Its logo, Toki no Kane Clock on a plate, makes it really clear where the pudding was made. After iterating through many cycles of trial and error with premium-grade ingredients, such as the highest quality Madagascar vanilla beans, the shop finally landed upon a recipe that would amaze numerous pudding lovers, some of whom remarked that the pudding was the best pudding they had ever had!

Kawagoe Pudding’s Pudding Flavors

The pudding specialist has a couple of flavors you can choose from, and the most recommended flavor is the city’s specialty, sweet potato, Kawagoe Imo (川越いも).

The special thing about this pudding is that the shop not only blended the Kawagoe sweet potato into the pudding mixture but also diced sweet potatoes in the pudding! The resulting product has a smoother and richer taste that will be difficult to find elsewhere!

Another flavor that you should give a go is the Kawagoe Matcha (河越抹茶). With the locally planted matcha and black beans, the normally western dessert suddenly became more Japanese!

And if you don’t mind spending a little bit extra on a pudding, instead of the Kawagoe Imo pudding, get the Dondake Imo Pudding (どんだけ~芋プリン). The dessert is somewhat of a sweet potato paradise. A layer of soft pudding serve is squeezed to cover the pudding jar’s opening. Then, the soft serve is wrapped with sweet potato purée before a crispy sweet potato chip is attached above.

This is why the pudding has “Dondake” appended to its name – because Dondake means “how much more”, which is the exact wording used when the Japanese react to hearing about this amazing dessert’s ingredients (´▽`*).

Ⓒ 川越プリン

☛ They might also have the purple sweet potato version of the Dondake Imo Pudding (どんだけ~紫芋プリン) on the day. Grab it if you see it, as it is a limited-edition pudding!
☛ Exchange the pudding jar with a 10 yen coin at the shop after you finish the pudding.

Kawagoe Pudding’s Pudding-Flavored Ice Cream

Ⓒ 川越プリン

And if the day isn’t too cold when you visit Kawagoe, let the Pudding Soft Serve astonish you. Kawagoe Pudidng’s original pudding-flavored ice cream is made from mixing pudding and caramel.

To make the dessert more amazing, the shop also has a premium version of the ice cream, Kawagoe Imo no Mont Blanc Soft Cream (川越芋のモンブランソフトクリーム). The cone is first filled with pudding-flavored ice cream before wrapping it in sweet potato purée.

Kawagoe Pudding’s Business Hours and Access Information

  • Kawagoe Pudding is open from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • Kawagoe Pudding is around a 10-minute walk from Honkawagoe Station and a 20 to 25-minute walk from Kawagoe Station.
  • You can also take a bus from Kawagoe Station’s east exit or Honkawagoe Station and get off at Nakachō (仲町).

Other Recommended Dessert Shops and Cafes Along Kura no Machi Ichibangai Street

When you visit Kawagoe (川越), Kura no Machi Ichibangai Street (蔵の街一番街) being on your itinerary is a must. The street isn’t just about Kawagoe’s landmark, Toki no Kane Clock and those old black-plastered luxurious warehouse-style houses. The historical ambience and the shops and restaurants that line the road have attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists every year!

So, refer to our article on the Must-Visit Dessert Shops and Cafes on Kura no Machi Ichibangai Street!

Other Attractions in Kawagoe

Kawagoe’s historical area has many attractions, shops, cafes, and workshops that might interest you. You might also want to visit a couple of interesting shrines and temples and perform simple rituals that might boost your fortune!

So, refer to our Guide to the Little Edo, Kawagoe, for more travel ideas!

Click the photo for the attractions in Kawagoe!

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