Japanese sweets, broadly known as “okashi”,range from cheap and colorful dagashi (akin to penny candy) to intricately handcrafted wagashi (lit. “Japanese sweet”) made from seasonal ingredients.
Never meant to be overly sweet, this curation of our favorite okashi (along with a full length English brochure) is the perfect treat!
SOUR YUZU PEELS Producer: Suki Tokusan Prefecture: Miyazaki 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 YATSUHASHI Producer: Aoyama Mameju Prefecture: Kyoto 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. SUGAR UME (JAPANESE PLUM) Producer: Up To You Prefecture: Fukui 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. KAWAGOE POTATO YOKAN (JELLY) Producer: Kinoshita Seian Prefecture: Saitama Ingredients: Sugar (domestic), sweet potatoes (Saitama Prefecture), agar Size: 50g Yokan, a firm jelly dessert, is a popular type of wagashi typically made from adzuki (red bean) paste, agar, and sugar. This unique yokan is instead made from imo (sweet potatoes), a specialty of Kawagoe City.
This crunchy, sweet treat begins with local satsumaimo (sweet potato) from southern Kyushu which are fried with their skin on until crispy, then baked with a mix of butter, sugar and Yamauchi Honten’s own maboroshi miso, adding rich umami to the natural sweetness. HYŌROKU MOCHI CANDY Producer:Seika Shokuhin Prefecture:Kagoshima Ingredients:Starch syrup (domestic), sugar, maltose, glutinous rice, white sweet bean paste, oblate (starch wrapper), soybean flour, dried nori powder, powdered green tea (Kagoshima Prefecture), starch, soy lecithin Size: 50g
Hyōroku mochi is a local sweet made and sold exclusively by Seika Shokuhin in Kagoshima Prefecture and can only be purchased in stores throughout Kyushu. It combines the soft, chewy taste of mochi with a white sweet bean paste, nutty kinako (soybean flour), umami-rich dried nori powder and bitter sweet green tea. GENMAICHA (BROWN RICE TEA)CANDY Producer: Iwai Seika Prefecture:Kyoto Ingredients:Granulated sugar, starch syrup, brown rice tea Size: 100g
These handmade candies showcase the toasted, nutty flavors of genmaicha (lit. “brown rice tea”) which is made from unprocessed brown rice that is soaked, steamed, roasted and popped before being combined in an equal ratio with green tea.
These delightful crispy cookies blend the subtle, nutty buttery flavor of goma (sesame seeds) with the bitter sweet taste of Japanese matcha from Uji. Uji is the second oldest tea-growing region in Japan, producing some of the countries most refined green teas.
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