Parents are forever telling kids not to play with food, but Japanese artist Makoto Asano does just that. He carves smiling faces into tubs of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, using nothing but the flimsy plastic spoon they come with.
Asano’s ice cream faces may look childish to some people, but there’s a certain whimsical quality about them that makes them stand out. Each face is carved out of a different flavor of ice cream, with sauces and toppings forming features such as hair, mustaches, or beards.
The flavors that Asano uses are typically new and limited-time offerings from Häagen-Dazs, exclusive to Japan. Some of them are interesting (and weird) – like mitarashi kurumi (sweet soy sauce and walnut) and kinako kuromitsu (soybean powder and sweet syrup).
“My hobby is making ice cream laugh,” Asano wrote on his Instagram account, where he regularly posts pictures of his ice cream art. The talented artist paints cute faces on bananas as well.
Asano isn’t the only Japanese artist interested in working with food. In the past, we featured Keisuke Yamada, a self-taught artist who turned plain bananas into edible masterpieces, and who could forget talented chef Okistugu Kado, who made incredible Star Wars sculptures with vegetables!