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.


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!




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 (