From salty and savory rice crackers to intricate, handcrafted wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) - and everything in between - Japan offers snacks and sweets to suit every occasion and season. Yet the finest quality treats stay true to the Japanese philosophy of delicately balanced flavors using simple, fresh ingredients.
Our Japanese Snacks and Sweets: “Raku” Care Package gets its name from the kanji 楽 (raku) which means “fun and easy.” We hope this Care Package brings you bite-sized bursts of enjoyment as you taste the varied flavors of Japan’s best snacks and sweets.
HONENYAKI SENBEI (RICE CRACKERS) (豊年焼 煎餅)
Producer: Kitayama Seika
Ingredients: Norimaki (seaweed): Uruchi rice (domestic), soy sauce, sugar, starch, kelp extract, shiitake mushroom extract, seaweed, dried bonito powder, yeast extract, salt; Soy sauce: Uruchi rice (domestic), soy sauce, sugar, starch, kelp extract, shiitake mushroom extract, dried bonito powder, yeast extract, salt; Negi and miso: Uruchi rice (domestic), soy sauce, miso, negi (spring onion), sugar, starch, kelp extract, shiitake mushroom extract, dried bonito powder, yeast extract, salt; Ume no hana (plum flower): Uruchi rice (domestic), soy sauce, sugar, ume (Japanese plum), starch, kelp extract, shiitake mushroom extract, dried bonito powder, yeast extract, salt (all include soy and wheat)
Size: 1 x 25g cracker per flavor (4 crackers total)
These senbei (rice crackers) are made from a special type of thick yet soft, domestic rice known as Uruchi rice. The rice is polished, dried for 12 hours, then double-baked to enhance its flavors and add a beautiful brown color. The shape of each cracker is unique as skilled craftsmen make them one by one by hand.
AKAMOKU KAKINOTANE (アカモク 柿のタネ)
Ingredients: Glutinous rice (domestic), organic tamari soy sauce (Aichi prefecture), malt starch syrup (Kagoshima prefecture), akamoku (seaweed) powder (Kanagawa prefecture), salt, spices, bonito powder (domestic), shiitake mushroom powder (Kumamoto prefecture), kelp powder (Hokkaido) (includes soy and sesame)
Kakinotane a popular type of rice cracker made from glutinous (mochi) rice. These kakinotane are seasoned with organic tamari soy sauce brewed in traditional wooden barrels, and powdered bonito (skipjack tuna), shiitake mushrooms, kelp from Hokkaido, and akamoku (a nutritious Japanese algae) with a touch of sweetness to balance the rich umami flavors
BLACK SOYBEAN KINAKO YOKAN (黒豆きなこようかん)
Producer: Kona Kohbo Usa
Ingredients: Sugar, raw bean paste, reduced starch syrup, black soybean flour (Usa City, Oita Prefecture), agar, salt
Size: 2 x 58g
Yokan is a firm jelly dessert and is one of the most popular types of wagashi (Japanese sweets). Our yokan is made from a rare black soybean called kurodamaru, which are larger than regular black soybeans and have a richer flavor and stronger natural sweetness, making them the perfect choice for yokan.
UME (JAPANESE PLUM) GLACÉ (梅グラッセ)
Producer: Up To You
Ingredients: Ume (Japanese plum), sugar
Size: 5 plums
These special sweets are made from a rare variety of Japanese plum known as Benisashi ume. Prized for their tart flavor and juicy texture, the plums are fermented and preserved using only sugar, then aged for over 6 months to create this delicious sweet and sour treat.
SOUR YUZU CHIPS (ゆずスッパイチップス)
Producer: Suki Tokusan
Ingredients: Yuzu peel, granulated sugar, citric acid, vitamin C
Yuzu is Japan's beloved citrus fruit with a flavor best described as a cross between a tart lemon, a sweet mandarin orange and a fragrant grapefruit. Here the aromatic, peel has been thinly sliced then artfully stewed in natural granulated sugar to achieve a balance between sweet and sour known as amazuppai.
MATCHA SENBEI (CRACKER) (抹茶せんべい)
Producer: Suki Tokusan
Ingredients: Wheat flour, sugar, eggs (from Miyazaki Prefecture), starch syrup, matcha (from Kyushu Prefecture), potato starch
These local treats combine the sweetness of a cookie with the crispy crunch of a cracker, and are finished with matcha, the prized powdered green tea traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony, making them the perfect balance of bitter and sweet.
GRAINS ZENZAI (DESSERT SOUP) (雑穀ぜんざい)
Producer: Yoshida Furusato VIllage
Ingredients: Mochi rice (Shimane Prefecture), sugar (beet sugar), azuki (red beans) (Shimane Prefecture), 16 kinds of mixed cereals (mochi brown rice, naked barley, germ pressed barley, glutinous wheat, young brown rice, glutinous black rice, glutinous millet, glutinous red rice, pearl barley, green soybean, awa millet, black soybean, yellow soybean, azuki bean, Japanese millet, corn), salt
Nothing will make you feel like a child again like a warm sweet bowl of zenzai. Zenzai is a traditional Japanese dessert soup made with azuki (sweet beans) and plump hot mochi (glutinous rice). Unique to this zenzai is the mix of 16 different grains which add wholesome tastes and textures to the sweet mellow soup.
*Like wine with food, teas are the perfect pairing with Japanese snacks and sweets. We recommend try our Japanese Green & Specialty Teas: "Ryu" Care Package
***Please note that due to COVID-19 there is an additional temporary $5 shipping charge on this product at checkout due to the changes in Japan Post's shipping methods. Delivery times may also be longer than usual.
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