4. Ramen-Flavored Potato Sticks
If there’s one thing many college kids have in common, it’s the memory of many bowls of instant ramen for a quick meal. Did you know there are instant-ramen-flavored snacks in Japan? Get the taste of ramen without the 3-minute wait with chicken ramen-flavored potato sticks. Yes, these potato sticks really do smell and taste like ramen! Or, for those who prefer yakisoba the fried noodle favorite at summer festivals, check out these bite-sized yakisoba chips.
5. Rich Orange Biscuits
Everyone loves to indulge in a cookie or two especially after a long day of classes. Similar to an Orea, Rich Orange Biscuits are the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth with and they come in convenient, individual packaging so you can throw one (or three) into your lunch bag.
6. Instant Hoshino Hojicha Latte
For those who prefer something lighter, or as a pick-me-up later in the day, Japanese hoshino hojicha latte sticks are a great treat! Simply tear open a stick, pour the powder into a hot cup of water, stir, and sip away. These convenient latte sticks are especially popular with students and office workers in Japan because they are easy to store.
7. Warabi Mochi
Who says the summer fun is over? Enjoy warabi mochi, a special mochi treat covered in delicious black sugar syrup and soybean flour. This type of mochi is made with bracken starch, and its consistency is lighter and more jelly-like compared to the round rice mochi most people are familiar with. It’s conveniently packaged to carry with you as you go, and is perfect to toss into your backpack for a special dessert without any hassle.
8. Candied Iyokan Citrus Peel
Sweeten up the end of your meal without the guilt with candied citrus fruit. The sweet but slightly bitter iyokan tastes like something between an orange and a grapefruit. It comes from Ehime, one of the leading citrus producers in Japan. The bitter peel of the candied iyokan pairs well with the sugar, making it an “a-peeling” treat for those who don’t like overly sweet snacks.
Start the school year fresh with the fish-shaped sweet, taiyaki! Taiyaki are shaped like tai, Japanese red seabream, which are believed to bring good luck. This popular festival fare is made by pouring the batter in a special fish-shaped pan and filling it with red bean paste. Though you probably can’t bring the original with you to school, Japan also has a flavorful, modern cream-filled taiyaki in convenient packaging.