Creamy Dessert Makes a Mockery of Tradition

Posted on September 26, 2009

Could it be true? Has Japan, the land of the eternally small—small homes, small cars, small people—decided to turn over a new leaf and venture into the world of bigness? Could a gargantuan creme caramel spell the end of Japan as we know it?

As if to spit in the eye of centuries of Japanese miniaturizing, the people at Takara Tomy have created the astounding Giga Pudding, a flan so large you have to make it in a bucket. Luckily, the bucket’s included.

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Giga Pudding’s a cinch to make at home. Just follow the simple directions on the pail, and then remove every single thing from your teensy-weensy Japanese refrigerator so you can somehow wedge it in there. A few hours’ wait and presto!, creamy dessert for you and 19 of your closest friends.

You’d have thought they would go about it in steps. They could have started with a Kilo Pudding, for instance, then graduated to a Mega Pudding. But no—with this invention, Takara Tomy’s mad dessert scientists have propelled pudding directly to the Giga level, to a size larger than the average Japanese head.

Some observers believe this insult to tradition can only lead to trouble. Rumors are already circulating of Yakuza gangsters strong-arming their way into parties and scooping off the Giga Pudding’s sugary brown top for themselves. Some people will stop at nothing!

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DanBing

DanBing has lived in one Asian country and traveled in various others, engaging in activities that ranged from teaching English to playing Irish music to researching articles to marrying. The best part was usually the food, though the marriage hasn’t been too bad either. But of all his many accomplishments he is perhaps proudest of his close–extremely close–association with the person who wrote The Devil’s Food Dictionary: A Pioneering Culinary Reference Work Consisting Entirely of Lies (www.frogchartpress.com).
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11 comments
debuchi
debuchi

That pudding looks like it's just about the right size for me though :D

Will
Will

Awesome :D I tweeted this for you (@turningotaku)

Sandra Vanessa Diaz
Sandra Vanessa Diaz

Is this Japo-Mex? It looks like flan to me. (a mexican dessert for those of you who haven't heard of it) Yeah, it's exactly like flan.

weelad
weelad

Godzilla wanted a dessert of the proper dimensions.

Fudge
Fudge

author to this post cant write. go back to college and try again!

storm
storm

i believe it's more of an insult to labeled the Japanese people with the perceptive of all of them are small in everything. This post practically makes them sounds like dwarfs! Not everything's follows the Western measurement standard for normal size! (=_='') And this post is hardly a Weird Asian News...

wombat#9
wombat#9

pretty soon there will be mini basketballs rolling around Japan

Trish
Trish

It's the Japanese/Chinese version of flan. It's custardy and flanny, especially depending on which kind you get- the prepackaged refridgerated kind are more jelly-like and the homemade kind are more custardy- likewise prepared brown topping is jelly like- but the actual homemade brown topping is caramelized sugar. It's name translates to "pudding" ("pu ding"), so if you hear about a Japanese/Chinese pudding product/flavor referred to only as pudding, this is it.