Viennetta is an outstanding and addictive frozen “cake” of ice cream layered with crunchy dark chocolate.
Vanilla is the best flavour although chocolate and a few other flavours are available.
The second last time I ate it was in 1997.
I had seen it in Canada around that time but never bought it. It was too expensive for my very limited student budget.
And then Viennetta disappeared from Canadian stores! Gone. Gone. Gone.
I think this disappearing act elevated an already seriously delicious treat to one of mythical status.
Desperation set in! People could not stand it anymore!
The public dreamed of this treat, drooled when they thought about it and became manic. How will we survive without Viennetta?!
When I lived in Japan, I saw Viennetta but I didn’t bother buying it. (I know. I know.) My love was strongest for Parm ice cream and a few other brands. Really, there are so many fantastic ice cream products in Japan that it’s impossible to walk away without something good every shopping trip.
Is Viennetta back in Canada??
Back in April 2016, we went to T & T, a very popular Asian food store in Canada. While their ice cream section has some staples, the stock can change quickly.
Today we found Viennetta! It took a nanosecond to decide to buy it.
We didn’t care that it was imported from Japan and would be at a premium. Cost wasn’t even an issue!
We also didn’t care that we still had more shopping to do and our precious ice cream cake might melt in the car.
After years and years and years, we were so close to munching down on a treasured classic dessert.
We somehow held ourselves back during lunch before pouncing on the box. Truth be told, it had to go in the freezer to resurrect any semi melted layers of crispy chocolate.
It only took a second of eye contact with Hitoshi to decide to have a slice of that ice cream cake as soon as we finished lunch instead of waiting for after dinner.
And it took a mere minute or two to finish off the cake after we’d had those first few bites.
We have no idea how long the cakes will be in stock. Heading back to T & T tomorrow to buy every box on the shelf is the only reasonable thing to do.
Did you grow up eating Viennetta before having it suddenly disappear, never to be seen again at your local grocery store? Are you one of the lucky ones living somewhere in the world where you can eat Viennetta every single day if you want to?
July 2016 Update – Viennetta disappeared again shortly from T&T after April 2016. A reader found Viennetta in a BC store in late June and hubby did another check and… it’s back! Who knows for how long but we’re going to dig into some tonight.