Brief Overview of Japanese Snacks
Cute and Tasty Japanese Snacks
Japanese snacks are confectionery that can be bought for a small amount of money. It is said that there are more than 2,000 Japanese original snack foods, and more than 100 new snack foods newly created in Japan. every yearJapanese snacks are sold in almost every kind of shops in Japan, includes convenience stores (Seven Eleven, Lawson, Family Mart, etc.), large shopping malls and supermarkets. Over the years, Japan has come out with some of the most interesting snack foods ever encountered. The flavor combinations defy reason and the cuteness is off the charts, so Japan is basically like the mad scientist of the snack world. Nowadays, Japanese snacks are very popular especially among tourists, as you will see many tourists buy tons of Japanese snacks and bring them back to their countries.
History of Japanese Snack
Originally, in the Edo Period, Dagashi (old Japanese confectionery) was made with grains and thick malt syrup, eaten as a snack by ordinary people, and called "ichimon gashi" (one coin confectionery) because of its low price. In some local domains, when stored 'hoshi ii' (dried boiled rice) was disposed of, it was used to make dagashi, which soon became established as traditional local food and which is still sold today. In particular, Sendai Domain, Aizu Domain, Shonai Domain, and Nanbu Domain were well known for this. Dagashi was named to mark the contrast with "jogashi", which were snacks of a higher quality, and in the Kansai area dagashi are also called "zatsugashi" (miscellaneous confectionery). In those days the ingredients for dagashi were limited and the use of expensive refined sugar was prohibited. The phrase 'the sweetness of dried persimmons' is associated with traditional dagashi and it is considered to be reflective of the period. Most of the Japanese snack sold today can trace their origins back to the Meiji Period but many of them were developed after the Second World War; there are many kinds, which are made to be fun to choose and not to bore kids and even adults. Some of them contain a chance to win a small gift, and this is one of the reasons they are popular among kids.
PockyThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Ezaki Glico. It consists of chocolate-coated biscuit sticks variations of strawberry, milk, green tea, honey, banana, and cookies and cream flavored coatings.
Caramel CornThis is a Japanese snack food made by Tohato. It is a toasted crunchy corn cracker tastes like caramele pop-corn.
MilkyThis is a Japanese candy snack manufactured by Fujiya since 1951. It is a milk taste soft candy. Famous Hokkaido milk is used in the candy.
Hello PandaThis is a Japanese biscuit manufactured by Meiji Seika. Each biscuit consists of a small hollow shortbread layer, filled with either vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate filling.
Kappa EbisenThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Calbee. It is a crunchy, shrimp-flavored snack resembling french fries that is very popular in Japan.
Koara's MarchThis is a bite-sized cookie snack with a sweet filling. The filling comes in various flavors, such as honey, vanilla, cafe latte and banana.
PretzThis is Japanese snack made by Ezaki Glico. Like Pocky, Pretz is stick-shaped and comes with a texture similar to pretzels. Unlike Pocky, Pretz is dusted with seasonings instead of enrobed in a flavored fudge.
YanYanYan Yan is a snack food made by Meiji Seika. It comes in a package with two compartments. One side has biscuit sticks, and the other has chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla flavored frosting used for dipping.
Kaki no TaneThis is a common snack in Japan. The two elements of Kaki-no-Tane are small crescent-shaped fragments of senbei (soy-flavored rice crisps), and peanuts.
Hi-ChewThis is a fruit-flavored chewy Japanese soft candy sold by Morinaga. This edible chewing-gum is Japanese invention.
PucchoThis is a chewy Japanese confectionery made and sold by UHA. They often contain gummy "balls" of flavor that are more chewy than the rest of the square.
ChelseaThis is a Japanese snack produced by Morinaga. It is a classic butterscotch caramel candy with two tastes, regular taste and Yogurt taste.
DarsThis is a Japanese chocolate snack produced by Morinaga. It is a bite-sized pure chocolate with milk, bitter, and white chocolate flavors.
Royce ChocolateRoyce is a Japanese chocolate manufacturing brand. It is famous for one of the Japan's finest chocolate selections.
Pure GummyThis is a Japanese gummy candy produced by Kanro. Gummies are coated with a layer of rough sour powder and sugar. The texture is softer then gummy bears, but firmer then fruit jellies.
Black BlackThis is a brand of caffeinated chewing gum produced in Japan by Lotte. The gum's name is derived from its charcoal-like color.
Watering KissmintThis is a Japanese gum snack produced by Glico. It is popular because of its juiciness when you chew it.
Kyabetsu TaroThis is a Japanese snack food made by the Kado. It consists of balls of corn about 3 cm in diameter flavoured with small pieces of nori and Japanese brown sauce.
Choco BallThis is a Japanese chocolate snack manufactured by Morinaga. It consists of delicious chocolate coated balls of peanuts. It has many flavor variations.
Kinoko no YamaThis is a Japanese chocolate snack produced by Meiji. It is a mushroom shaped snack, with the chocolate 'mushroom' top and the biscuit 'stem'.
Takenoko no SatoThis is a Japanese chocolate snack produced by Meiji. t is a bamboo shoot tip shaped biscuits dipped in chocolate on the top.
PuccaThis is a Japanese baked pretzel candy with a chocolate cream center. It is also available in strawberry and milk flavors.
ToppoThis is a Japanese chocolate and bread-based snack made by Lotte. It consists of a hollowed bread stick with a filling of chocolate. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla filling.
Yukimi DaifukuThis is a Japanese brand of mochi ice cream manufactured by Lotte. It consists of a ball of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a thin layer of mochi.
Kataage PotatoThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Calbee. It is a potato chips which specially made to emphasize the firmness and crunchiness.
Bokun HabaneroThis is a Japanese snack food manufactured by Tohato. The snack consists of potato rings, and is moderately very spicy. The name means "Tyrant Habanero".
JagaricoThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Calbee. It is a stick shaped potato snack with salad, cheese, butter flavors. It has unique texture of fries and chips in one.
Kara MuchoKara Mucho is a Japanese snack food manufactured by Koikeya. The snack consists of potato sticks or potato chips, and is moderately spicy.
JagabeeThis is a Japanese snack produced by Calbee. It is a real, thick, natural-cut, potatoes into the perfect grab-and-go snack with lightly salted taste.
Jaga PokkuruThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Potato Farm located in Hokkaido. This is like jagabee, but it uses only Hokkaido fresh ingredients.
WasabeefThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Yamayoshi. it is a potato chips with taste of hot Wasabi (Japanese horseradish) and beef.
BakaukeBakauke is a Japanese snack food produced by Kuriyama Beika. It is a thin banana-shaped senbei (Japanese rice crackers) with various flavours added.
DontacosThis is a Japanese snack food manufactured by Koikeya. It is a tortilla chip that comes in four flavours: Mexican Chili, Seafood, Super Hot Chili, and Rich Butter Grilled Corn.
Happy Turn'sThis is a Japanese snack food manufactured by Kameda Seika. It is a fried-rice snack covered in a sweet buttery powder.
Green Tea KitKatGreen Tea Kit Kat is a chocolate-covered wafer biscuit bar with Japanese green tea taste produced by Nestle.
ApolloThis is a Japanese chocolate snack manufactured by Meiji. It consists of two part of different taste chocolate of Vanilla and Strawberry.
Green Tea OreoGreen Tea Oreo is a sandwich cookie consisting of two chocolate wafers with a sweet Japanese green tea taste creme filling in between.
Tasty StickTasty Stick is a famous Japanese snack food produced by Riska. It is made by corn base cracker with variety of flavours Pizza, Teriyaki, Curry, Takoyaki and so on.
OttottoThis is a Japanese snack food produced by Morinaga. It contains several seafood shape small crackers in the bag with salt or cheese flavor.
Baby Star Crispy Noodle SnackThis is a Japanese snack food made by Oyatsu Company. It is a noodle shaped crackers with many flavors.