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ISO Black Sesame Ice Cream

I'm in love with black sesame ice cream. However, the ones i've been tasting recently haven't been the same as before. It used to be black as night, firm/hard texture, richer, very smoky and would stain my teeth at first bite. It has gotten lighter, soft, gray-er, less smokier and unenjoyable. Seriously there is a difference! If anybody knows where I can find the latter picture that would be greatly appreciated. (Restaurant or supplier) Thanks!



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  1. I`m not able to help you but I sympathize with your problem. It seems inevitable that the quality of many good food products will eventually diminish. Once a food becomes popular, they start to cut corners to increase profit, until one day the `same`product does not even resemble the original one. In your case, it appears that they have drastically reduced the amount of black sesame seeds they use. Such a shame.

    1. I would love to know where one would find black sesame ice cream that is black as night too, just like in the second picture.

      I have had some, but definitely not in Toronto. The best bet would be to make your own, but it would require some sophisticated equipment to finely grind the sesame without burning it.

      1. I seem to recall the sesame ice cream at Zen being like the one you want. Perhaps ask them for their supplier, or ask to buy a litre from them.

        1. I recall seeing black sesame ice cream at the Korean supermarket, Galleria, and I think also JTown as well.

          1. I always have the sesame ice cream at Inatei in Richmond Hill, it is exactly as you've described. Yummm

            1. @TorontoJo, thanks for the suggestion, Zen fortunately had it in 2009 but unfortunately switched to the grayish one recently. I should've asked but didn't had the courage to discuss about ice cream quality... maybe if the search fails i will consider.

              @Demeter, Inatei doesn't serve the one i'm "specifically" vouching for (unless they testing out suppliers?) but they do have a decent light black sesame cheesecake made in house.

              I've previously had it at Aoyama, Nami, Zen... tried Guu, Yuzu, Sushi Couture, Japango, Kaji... still no luck. On the side note, there is a pretty damn good dairy free black sesame ice cream at Hibiscus...

              2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

              122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

              55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

              398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

              236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

              Sushi Couture
              456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

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              1. re: junkie

                oops, totally didn't see your second link. that super dark variety looks more like a sorbet than an ice cream. the milk would immediately turn it gray, no?

                1. re: Demeter

                  I have had sesame ice cream that looked that black before. It was in Japan and I did not order it myself, so I am not 100% sure that it was a dairy-based ice cream and not something else.

                  But it sure tasted like it, and definitely out of this world.

                2. re: junkie

                  You have definitely proved yourself to be a most devoted black sesame ice cream fan! I would have gone to Aoyama, Nami or Zen in a blink if only I knew they carried it. Please keep us posted about your findings, thanks!

                  2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

                  55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

                  1. re: junkie

                    we asked on our visit after they switched and they just said they had to switch suppliers. the waitress even said "yea, it's not as good.." im guessing something happened to the old, better variety

                    1. re: junkie

                      Maybe ask Manpuku? Theirs is (was?) really dark too.

                      105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA