For many of us, the only way we survive the long, cold winters is with the help of some tea (okay, a lot of tea). But thanks to Bokksu, tea doesn’t just have to come in the form of a comforting winter drink, because now you can enjoy it in your snacks, too! Take a look at these decadent tea-flavored Japanese snacks, available on the Bokksu Market now, and stock up your pantry before the season is over.
If you’re thinking “you had me at matcha,” just wait, because it gets better. The Matcha Chocolate Stick Cake from Nakajima Taishodo is made with the highest grade matcha sourced from Uji, Japan, and contains deliciously soft chocolate chips throughout the cake. Matcha, chocolate, and cake – what else could you need?
If you’re looking for a great on-the-go tea-flavored snack, the Chocolate Azuki Beans: Uji Matcha might just be the perfect match(a). These magical beans have to make quite the journey before arriving at your doorstep; First, the azuki beans are sourced from the Tokachi area of Hokkaido, where they are then made into amanatto by dipping the beans in refined sugar. After that, the beans are dipped again, this time in white chocolate, and coated with Kyoto’s famous Uji Matcha powder.
Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore, thanks to the Kyoto Matcha Waffle Sandwich from Maeda Seika! Each snack contains two golden, crispy waffles cookies separated by a layer of smooth white chocolate and matcha cream made with matcha from Kyoto. The white chocolate is included to make sure the bitterness of the matcha doesn’t overpower the rest of the cookie, and trust us when we say – it does a pretty darn good job.
Not to be dramatic, but everyone needs box of Uji Matcha Pudding Mix to survive this winter at home. The directions couldn’t be simpler: just dissolve the mix in hot water, let it chill, and serve! So don’t be afraid to pull out this silky smooth pudding mix on those nights where you just want to stay in and bake, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning up.
You’re probably going to need a snack pairing for your tea this winter, and we have just the thing. Made in Nara, these French-inspired Nara Wa Langue De Chat Matcha cookies are made with a buttery cookie outside and earthy matcha filling that will taste great with any of your favorite teas or coffees.
Matcha Chocolate Daifuku Mochi We couldn’t make a list of Japanese sweets without including the best snack of all: mochi! The Matcha Chocolate Daifuku Mochi from Seiki is a type of daifuku, or stuffed mochi, made by kneading matcha powder into the mochi dough, and wrapped in a delectable white chocolate cream filling. Is your mouth watering yet, because mine is!
The only thing better than cozying up with tea this winter is pairing your tea with a tea-flavored snack. Or, if you’re looking for a larger selection of Japanese snacks, don’t forget to check out the Bokksu Market for all your sweet, savory, or senbei needs!
By Jillian Giandurco