Taste Test: McDonald’s new Hojicha ice cream is taste-tea

It’s worth making a trip to the dessert kiosks.

Sherlyn Sim

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Published: 23 September 2022, 7:07 PM

McDonald’s new Hojicha – roasted tea in Japanese – flavoured ice cream was released along with the returning Samurai Burger and seaweed shaker fries on Sep 22. 

This isn’t the first time McDonald’s has released Japan-themed ice cream flavours. Previously, it also released the Yubari melon and matcha flavours. It is however the first time the Hojicha flavour is available. 

After trying it to satisfy my curiosity, here’s an honest opinion: It indeed tastes like tea.

On the first lick, the tea flavour was not very prominent and it tasted more like vanilla. However, what followed was a distinct aftertaste of tea which was quite pleasant. The flavour only intensified from there. 

While the ice cream flavour does live up to its name, those who drink hojicha regularly may find that it doesn’t taste as strong as an actual cup of roasted tea.


The Hojicha cone, which costs $1.20, is also available as a twist cone for the same price. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


For those sceptical of new flavours, perhaps opt for the twist cone with the vanilla flavour instead, where you can get a slight respite from the taste of roasted tea. 

On the other hand, the hot fudge sundae offered a different flavour profile. The sweetness of the chocolate balances out the bitterness of the tea, providing those who aren’t fans of robust tea flavours an option. 


The hot fudge sundae costs $2.20, just a dollar more than the cone. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/LIAM WILLETT


There is also a Hojicha McFlurry available that goes for $3.30. It is topped with crushed Oreo bits, just like the regular McFlurry.

The Hojicha ice cream is certainly worth the trip down to your nearest McDonald’s dessert kiosk, unless you are a fervent fan of the Japanese roasted tea.

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