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As the weather begins to warm up in Japan, the culinary landscape is also making a seasonal transition, bringing us light and refreshing flavors designed to keep us cool and full during the hottest months of the year.

At Mister Donut, they offer a new series of donuts called the “Angel Fruit” series, which uses local fruits to elevate their long-running Angel Cream donut to heavenly proportions.

There are a total of four flavors in the series: Hokkaido Melon, Setouchi Lemon, Fukuoka Amaou Strawberry, and Osaka Delaware Grape. However, the Osaka Delaware donut, which costs 20 yen more than the others, is exclusive to the Kansai region in and around Osaka, so our Tokyo-based reporter Tasuku Egawa couldn’t tell. Take only three for a tasting when they come out. June 1.

▼ From left to right: Hokkaido Melon, Fukuoka Amaou Strawberry and Setouchi Lemon, priced at 180 yen each.

While the new donuts feature the same powdered sugar filling as the chain’s regular Angel Cream donut, each has now been cut in half to showcase the cream filling, which is usually tucked inside the closed donut.

▼ It’s a great decision, because the cream is topped with a colorful fruit jam that makes them irresistible to the eye.

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They are certainly beautiful, but how do they taste? Let’s start the tasting, starting with the Angel Fruit Hokkaido Melon.

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It was a very tasty combination, with the familiar angel cream taken to a new level of deliciousness with the addition of the melon, which had a texture somewhere between jam and jelly. The melon flavor was wonderfully pronounced, the cream and batter working to rule the fruity notes while a scattering of pistachios provided a fantastic textural contrast.

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▼ The next step is the Angel Fruit Fukuoka Amaou strawberry.

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▼ This donut also has a beautifully bright and fruity filling.

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Tasuku was delighted to see that the pistachios were also present here, and when he took his first bite, he found the fruit paste to be significantly more tart than the melon. Tasuku loves the tangy sweetness of strawberries, and this donut delivered just that, making the melon variety much sweeter in comparison.

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▼ Finally, we have the Angel Fruit Setouchi Lemon.

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▼ Another beautiful display of fruit and cream inside.

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This golden, almost transparent jelly shimmered beautifully in the light. As for the flavor, it was deliciously tart in a different way to the strawberry, which displayed more sweetness.

For Tasuku, the Setouchi Lemon was the best donut of the bunch, as it was stuffed with the perfect kind of lemon refreshment that taste buds tend to crave on a hot summer day.

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Still, you can’t go wrong with any of the Angel Fruit Fritters, because each one is angelic unto itself.

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