Ikea Japan Unleashes All-Black ‘Ninja Dog’

Ikea Japan’s new hot dog is all black, except for the mustard

Ikea Japan just unleashed a new all-black "ninja" hot dog that's been rendered completely black by edible bamboo charcoal.

Ikea might be even more famous for its meatballs than its flat-pack, assemble-it-yourself furniture, but now there’s a new menu item that threatens to unseat all the others, because Ikea Japan has just unveiled a new “ninja” hot dog.

According to Rocket News 24, Ikea Japan’s new hot dog is meant to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary in Japan. It’s called the “ninja dog” because it looks just like a regular Ikea hot dog, except it is entirely black. The hog dog and its bun have both been turned pitch black with edible bamboo charcoal. The mustard and ketchup, however, are still red and yellow.

Turning food black with charcoal has been a big trend in Japan lately, and it looks like that’s still going on.


The new hot dog sells for just 300 yen, or about $2.95, and it goes on sale at Ikea Japan from now until December 31. It is a ninja dog, though, so maybe it will continue to surprise everyone by appearing again from time to time when nobody expects it.