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IKEA Japan Is Now Selling an All-Black 'Ninja' Hot Dog

Kirstin Fawcett
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Japan’s fast food chains love to go over to the dark side. Last fall, Burger King Japan unveiled two “black” hamburgers, made from a bamboo charcoal-tinged bun, beef patties containing black pepper, and a squid ink sauce. Now, TIME reports, IKEA Japan is selling a jet-black “ninja” hotdog that’s served on a matching bun.

IKEA is famous for serving classic Swedish dishes, like meatballs and poached salmon. But in honor of the Scandinavian furniture company’s 10th anniversary in Japan, the company decided to offer the “Ninja Dog”—named so, Rocket News 24 reports, because it resembles a ninja’s scroll—for a limited period, from July 1 to December 31, 2016.

Just like Burger King’s black burgers, the Ninja Dog gets its black color from edible bamboo charcoal (a substance that IKEA Japan claims helps rid the body of toxins). It costs 300 yen, or US $2.92.

A word to the wise: If you’re planning on swinging by IKEA Japan and sampling a Ninja Dog for yourself, make sure to arrive with an appetite. The hot dog’s bun is nearly 8 inches long, and the wiener itself is nearly one foot long.

[h/t Time]

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