Mr. Donut is doing a Snoopy-themed promotion once again. There are Mr. Donut-Snoopy goods that you can order, too.
It’s not just a Snoopy-themed doughnut or a toy–there’s a whole cute bag for it, and the “special” donuts even come in decorated holiday-themed boxes with more Peanuts characters printed on the inside.
The Snoopy doughnut has white chocolate frosting with whipped cream inside, and the Woodstock doughnut has lemon-chocolate frosting, with whipped cream again. Whipped cream on cakes and in sweets is really popular in Japan. I’m not really a fan of it, but I’ve already had the Snoopy doughnut twice–once because it was cute, and the second time because someone gave me Snoopy and Woodstock for free after an enkai (all-you-can-drink coworker dinner).
No one watches the Snoopy movies (like “A Charlie Brown Christmas”) or reads the comic strip here–people just like the characters, especially Snoopy, and know some of their names. I think it’s so cool how the Mr. Donut designers retained the sketched Schultz-style of art, and just drew doughnuts into it in the same style. I like that all the main characters are included on the bags and boxes, and not just Snoopy, Woodstock, and Charlie Brown (for example). Even though you only get the characters and not the stories about their personalities (like you would in a movie or the comics), nothing about the characters has been changed, either.
I also feel happy to have come from the town where Charles Schultz made Snoopy. Not all characters get as popular as Snoopy has–you can find him on merchandise at tourist locations like Miyajima, and on planners and stationary here (I hardly ever see Scooby Doo or Bugs Bunny, for example). It’s not like I had anything to do with the creation of Peanuts, but I’m happy to have come from a place that produced characters that people from Japan enjoy :)
19 more days ’till Christmas!
Song of the Day: Carrie Underwood, “Do You Hear What I Hear?”