JAPANESE SNACKS AND SWEETS: “Raku” Care Package

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From salty and savory rice crackers to intricate, handcrafted wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), Japan offers snacks and sweets to suit every occasion and season. This curation has a few of our favorites for you to enjoy!

Includes an in-depth English brochure with product descriptions, producer stories, suggested uses and full-color recipes. 

SNACKS

HONENYAKI SENBEI (RICE CRACKERS) 
Prefecture:Saitama
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 25gcracker 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 
Prefecture:Kanagawa
Producer:
TAC21
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)
Size: 35g

Kakinotanepopular type of rice cracker made from glutinousmochi rice. These kakinotane are seasoned with organic tamari soy sauce and other traditional Japanese seasoningsto create a balanced umami filled snack.

SWEETS

YATSUHASHI 
Prefecture: Kyoto
Producer:
Aoyama Mameju
Ingredients:Sugar, rice flour, kinako (roasted ground soybeans), ground cinnamon, sesame (includes soy and sesame)
Size:100g

Yatsuhashi from Kyoto are among the most famous souvenirs from Japan. Typically made from a combination of rice flour and sugar flavored with cinnamon, these crunchy, baked yatsuhashi also include kinako (roasted and ground soybeans), which adds a sweet, nutty flavor similar to peanut butter.

BLACK SOYBEAN KINAKO YOKAN 
Prefecture:
Oita
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 Japanese sweets. Our yokan is made from a rare black soybean called kurodamaru, which is larger than regular black soybeans and has a richer flavor and stronger natural sweetness.

UME (JAPANESE PLUM) GLACÉ
Prefecture:Fukui
Producer:
Up To You
Ingredients:Ume (Japanese plum), sugar
Size: 5 plums

These special sweet and sour treats 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.

SOUR YUZU CHIPS 
Prefecture:
Miyazaki
Producer:Suki Tokusan
Ingredients:Yuzu peel, granulated sugar, citric acid, vitamin C 
Size:30g 

Yuzu is Japan's beloved citrus fruit with a tart yet sweet flavor. Here the aromatic, peel has been thinly sliced then artfully stewed in natural granulated sugar to achieve a balance sweet and sour treat.

GRAINS ZENZAI (DESSERT SOUP) 
Prefecture:Shimane
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
Size: 150g

Nothing will make you feel like a child like a warm sweet bowl ofzenzai. Zenzai is a traditional Japanese dessert soup made withazuki (sweet beans) and plump hotmochi (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 also trying our Japanese Green & Specialty Teas: "Ryu" Care Package

 

DISCLAIMER: We provide ingredients and common allergens based on the packaging as a reference only. Please consume with caution based on your own individual health concerns as we cannot guarantee the presence or lack of certain ingredients, allergens and/or animal products.

 

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