Japan’s northernmost and biggest prefecture is noticeably different from the rest of the country, in scenery, culture and food.
This month we want to bring you a taste of all Hokkaido has to offer, with an assortment of fresh dairy sweets, traditional azuki bean paste treats and specialties like corn and melon. Join us for some northern flavors.
Tanaka Hashiten (Fukui)
Japan’s four distinct seasons are crucial to its culture. Besides festivals and rituals, their passing is also marked by seasonal flowers, like on this lacquered soup bowl.
Collaborating with Shizuoka-based tea maker Hagiri, we created this limited edition genmaicha. Pairing green tea with roasted brown rice from Hokkaido, this tea has a warm, nutty flavor. Pairing well with any kind of sweets or snacks, this blend is easy to drink and refreshing.
Brewing the tea in boiling water will bring out its full flavor, but we recommend using water heated to roughly 80-85℃. Steep for 3-5 minutes.
Slightly sweet Hokkaido milk meets moist and fluffy pastry in this milk danish. Using a special type of Japanese yeast, it has a long shelf life without artificial preservatives.
Morihaku Confectionary (Gifu)
Hokkaido melons fetch some of the highest prices in the world. Enjoy their refreshing taste with this luxurious jelly packed with flavor.
Delicious cookies with a mild cheese flavor. Their crisp texture and sweetness goes well with a cup of tea.
Hokkaido is famous for combining bake and no-bake cheesecake, get a taste of it with these cookies.
Mikuro Confectionery (Saitama)
Originally introduced by the Portuguese, castella is now a national favorite. These bite-sized mini cakes come in a cute bell shape and perfectly balance moist sponge cake with crunchy sprinkled sugar.
Daiya Confectionery X North Cleer (Hokkaido)
One of the most popular snacks to bring back from a trip to Hokkaido. These chocolates combine two of the prefecture’s specialties, sweetcorn and dairy. Crispy corn puffs meet sweet white chocolate.
Hokka Confectionery (Ishikawa)
Using Hokkaido grown wheat, these biscuits are pure nostalgia. Hailing from Japan’s era of modernization, they still contain zero additives. Kneaded and baked slowly to bring out the full aroma, they are popular with young and old.
Eguchi Confectionery (Fukuoka)
Sweet azuki beans are yet another specialty Hokkaido has to offer. Encased in crispy rice wafers, this traditional treat is perfect with a cup of tea.
Hiyoshi Confectionery (Shimane)
Dorayaki is a well loved traditional treat, and with sweet Hokkaido red bean paste sandwiched between sponge cake it's not hard to see why.
Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)
This refreshing jelly perfectly combines fresh yogurt with mandarin pulp. Ideal for cooling down on a hot summer day.
Combining classic Japanese dorayaki with a Western style filling like chocolate works extremely well. Perfect for dessert or afternoon tea.
Sanshu Confectionery (Saitama)
Shrimp rice crackers like this senbei are hugely popular for a celebration in Japan. Packed full of flavor, they’re perfect for a light snack.
Morihaku Confectionery (Gifu)
This arare made with Hokkaido grown corn is ideal to balance out a cup of tea for an afternoon break.
We decided to embrace the mystery this month.
What will luck bring you?