Ayumi’s Favorite Snacks of 2022

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While 2022 was full of delicious snacks from beginning to end, here are the favorites of Sakuraco founder Ayumi, along with information about what makes them so special.

Soba Boro
Taniguchi (Kyoto)

Common Allergens: Eggs, Wheat, Buckwheat
May Contain Traces Of: N/A
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Ingredients: Wheat flour (produced in Japan), sugar, chicken eggs, buckwheat flour / inflating agent

Boro is the Portuguese word for cake and gives a hint to the origin of this buckwheat treat. One of Japan’s very first ‘Western style Japanese sweets’, boro are light cookies with a biscotti-like texture perfect for an afternoon tea snack. Boro made with buckwheat like these are a Kyoto specialty and a popular souvenir.

Mangetsu Pon Ama-Kara Soy Sauce
By Matsuoka Confectionery (Osaka)

Common Allergens: Wheat, Soy
May Contain Traces Of: N/A
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Ingredients: Wheat flour (manufactured in Japan), soy sauce (containing soybeans), sugar, salt / seasoning (amino acid)

With its 100th birthday rapidly approaching, this rich, soy sauce flavored senbei has been a favorite of young and old for a while. With its round shape reminiscent of the full moon, the auspicious rabbit was chosen for its cute retro packaging.

Romansketch Biscuit
By Takara Confectionery (Yokohama)

Common Allergens: Eggs, Dairy, Wheat, Soy
May Contain Traces Of: Peanuts, Almonds, Oranges, Sesame, Bananas, Apples
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Ingredients: Flour (made in Japan), sugar, shortening, glucose, powdered candy, vegetable oil and fat, cornstarch, salt, vanilla paste / inflating agent, emulsifier (contains soybeans), flavor (contains egg and milk ingredients), color (caramel, carotene

19 different designs of famous Yokohama landmarks are printed on two crispy biscuits that sandwich midly sweet vanilla cream. A popular souvenir evoking the atmosphere of Yokohama.

Konbu Arare
By Maruyone Confectionery (Toyama)

Common Allergens: Soy
May Contain Traces Of: Shrimp, Wheat, Dairy
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Ingredients: Paddy glutinous rice (domestic), vegetable oil (contains soybeans), kelp (Rausu 70%), salt, kelp powder (kelp (Donan 30%))

Konbu, or edible kelp, is a staple of Japanese cuisine as it is used to make dashi broth. Rich in nutrients and with no other seasoning than salt used, this arare is a truly healthy snack.

Kyoto Moon Viewing Gaufrette
By Gion Tsujiri (Kyoto)

Common Allergens: Eggs, Dairy, Soy
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Ingredients: Sugar (domestic and foreign production), liquid egg, rice flour (domestic), shortening, starch, matcha, vegetable oil and fat, whole milk powder, honey, lactose, dextrin/expanding agent, emulsifier, flavor, antioxidant (vitamin E)

Japan’s most famous matcha is grown in the city of Uji in Kyoto prefecture. Gion Tsujiri began growing their prized matcha here in 1860, with their time-consuming method of stone-grinding unchanged since then. This Sakuraco exclusive sandwiches rich Uji matcha cream between two crisp wafers branded with a tsukimi theme.

White Peach Cookie
By Hidano (Nagano)

Common Allergens: Eggs, Dairy, Wheat, Soy, Peaches
May Contain Traces Of: Buckwheat
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Ingredients: Flour (produced in Japan), margarine (edible vegetable oils and fats, refined edible oils and fats), sugar, liquid egg, skimmed milk powder, white peach juice powder (concentrated peach juice (domestic), dextrin), white peach puree (white peach (Okayama Prefecture), sugar) / expansion agent, flavor, emulsifier, color (red 3, red 106, carotene), antioxidant (vitamin E, vitamin C)

A cookie filled with sweet white peaches grown in Okayama prefecture. Full of aroma and ideal with a hot cup of tea.

Retro Animal Yochi Cookie
By Shimura Kaseido (Saitama)

Common Allergens: Dairy, Wheat, Gelatin
May Contain Traces Of: Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Cashews
Vegetarian Friendly: No
Ingredients: Wheat flour (manufactured in Japan), sugar, starch, shortening, glucose, lactose-based foods, salt, gelatin/expanding agent, coloring (paprika color, caramel, gardenia, beet red), thickening agent (processed starch), flavoring

These classic sugar-glazed cookies in the shape of animals and auspicious symbols are bound to unleash nostalgia in anyone biting into them. With their satisfying crunch followed by a light sweetness they are perfect for spicing up a cup of tea.

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