Nov 21

Annin Dofu Blended Crème

in Dessert, Drinks, Fuji Mama Chindouchuu, Japan, LFM Videos, Travel

Homemade Annin Dofu Blended Crème

We are currently in northern Washington state visiting Mr. Fuji’s sister-in-law and her cute little family.  As I contemplate sitting down to our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow with family, I am especially grateful for friendship.  During our visit to Japan this summer, my friend Noriko and I made several trips to Starbucks for ice-cold creamy blended crèmes (coffee-free frappuccinos), to help keep us cool in the humid summer heat.  Noriko introduced me to a customized blended crème made by mixing soymilk with almond syrup to make a drink that tastes like annin dofu, an addictive almond jelly that is popular in Japan.

Annin Dofu Blended Crème

At one point, we sat sipping our drinks, watching our kids play happily, blissfully unaware of the adults.  We marveled at their ability to communicate, despite the fact that Noriko’s children speak very little English, and the Fujilings speak very little Japanese.

The Girls

I was watching some video of the kids playing recently, which was making me homesick for Japan, so I decided to share a bit of that video as the next installment in my Fuji Mama Chindouchuu series, as well as my re-creation of that annin dofu blended crème.

Fuji Mama ChindouchuuI am so grateful that we were able to take the girls to Japan with us this year.  Learning about another part of the world and making new friends are both wonderful things.

Watching the girls play, I am grateful that they have the opportunity to learn that friendship can cross barriers, like oceans and language.  I am grateful for my own friendships that I have gained over the years in various parts of the world.  My life is so much richer because of those I am privileged enough to call friends.


Having a friend like Noriko is not only wonderful, but dangerous too, because she gets me hooked on things like the “annin dofu” blended crème I fell in love with this summer.  Unfortunately Starbucks doesn’t carry almond syrup anymore here in the US, so I can’t order this drink here.  Fortunately, the drink is super easy to make at home.  All of you need is a handful of ingredients and a blender!  One of the ingredients I used was a pinch of  xantham gum, which can be found in the gluten-free baking section of some grocery stores.  Xantham gum is totally optional, but helps prevent the drink from separating after you make it.

Almond Syrup and Xantham Gum

Top your finished drink with some freshly whipped cream for an extra treat, and then sip your way through this sweet, creamy cold almond drink.

Annin Dofu Blended Crème

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Annin Dofu Blended Crème

Makes about 4 servings

1 1/2 cups unsweetened soymilk
2 tablespoons almond syrup
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) xantham gum
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
Freshly whipped cream, to garnish (optional)

1. Put the soymilk, almond syrup, granulated sugar, and xantham gum in a blender jar, and pulse to combine.

2. Add the ice, cover and process for 30 to 40 seconds, or until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses, top with freshly whipped cream (optional) and serve immediately.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Noriko Kurata Inami via Facebook November 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

Awww…look at out kiddos playing! I miss you guys.


Noriko November 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Look at the girls plotting to do something in the pic from the chanko place…haha.


Fuji Nana November 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

What a darling video and lovely sentiments. I will have to make myself an annin dofu blended creme and watch it again (and again and again). Hmmm, might need more than one drink…


Jayne November 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’ve had “dou foo fa shake” about 10 years ago, which I imagine would taste similar to this! I’ve only ever had it that once and I don’t know why! It was so good. I might need to buy some “dou foo fa” soon to make my own shake. :-)


love ichigo November 22, 2012 at 12:34 am

The girls are so adorable! I was in Japan this summer too and found mango puddings with tropical tea drinks at Starbucks! It was very tasty. Whoever in charge of Starbucks in japan are doing very creative.
Wish you the very happy Thanksgiving!


The Ninja Baker November 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

懐かしい!Thank you for bringing a taste of Tokyo back to the USA.

As a towheaded blonde whose first language was Japanese until age 5,and lived in Japan for 17 years, I can vouch for the value of opening the eyes of kids to other cultures. I believe it is tantamount in these sometimes troubled times.

Bravo, Rachel!


Fuji Bestie November 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

oh my gosh, that looks so tasty!


jenjenk December 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

wait…wait…what are they saying?? Dango??


Jenny March 9, 2015 at 11:55 pm

Omgosh! Annin-dofu is my favorite dessert! Will definitely be trying this out, maybe with almond milk too (or some Amaretto mixed in hehe)!


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