The Godzilla of Toast

This “Maple Monbranc” Honey Toast is just what it looks like: a solid half loaf of white bread topped with ice cream, maple syrup, prolific extrusions of sweetened chestnut paste, whipped cream, half a candied chestnut and two sprigs of parsley. This is just one variety – you can order your slab of goodness topped with berries, chocolate, caramel, you name it.

In Japan, where an adult-sized dessert can usually be eaten in about two and a half bites, Honey Toast stands out for its sheer size. Standing about 6″ tall, this monster is challenging to tackle even for veteran knife and fork users.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.