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Decmeber '19 Bokksu: Snowy Hokkaido
Frozen Lake in Japan

Snow Day Snacks!

This month we celebrate Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture and the snowy winters it's famous for. Discover snacks and flavors unique to Hokkaido, all paired with a cup of tea to keep you warm!

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Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor
Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor
Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream
Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream
Hokkaido White Raspberry
Hokkaido White Raspberry
Onigiri Senbei: Zanshari
Onigiri Senbei: Zanshari
Negi Baka Okaki Rice Crackers: Green Onion
Negi Baka Okaki
Rice Crackers: Green Onion
White Black Thunder
White Black Thunder
Jaga Pokkuru
Jaga Pokkuru
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk
Kitsune no Shippo
Kitsune no Shippo
Calpico Mochi
Calpico Mochi
Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yaki Toukibi
Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yaki Toukibi
Shiroi Koibito: Black & White
Shiroi Koibito:
Black & White
Yasashii Yuzu Gummy
Yasashii Yuzu Gummy
Mayo Arare Rice Crackers
Mayo Arare Rice Crackers
Sencha Tea
Sencha Tea
Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor
Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor
Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream
Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream
Hokkaido White Raspberry
Hokkaido White Raspberry
Onigiri Senbei: Zanshari
Onigiri Senbei: Zanshari
Negi Baka Okaki Rice Crackers: Green Onion
Negi Baka Okaki
Rice Crackers: Green Onion
White Black Thunder
White Black Thunder
Jaga Pokkuru
Jaga Pokkuru
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk
Kitsune no Shippo
Kitsune no Shippo
Calpico Mochi
Calpico Mochi
Sencha Tea
Sencha Tea
Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor

Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor

Manufacturer: Realize Planning
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Mie Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

Hokkaido is known for growing the tastiest corn in Japan, which is why this snack uses all Hokkaido corn. The kernels are fried to give them a crisp flaky texture and then seasoned. To balance the natural sweetness of the corn, this variety features both buttermilk and soy sauce for a yummy savoriness. If you’re like us and too impatient to savor it kernel by kernel, we recommend enjoying small handfuls at a time to get a concentrated dose of flavor.

Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream

Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream

Manufacturer: Day Plus
Common Allergens: Egg, Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Alcohol
Product of: Tokyo
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

Not meant for the extraordinary faint of heart, this kakinotane Open up this bag to the smell of freshly-baked sweet cream bread. The moment you tear into this bread, you’ll find yourself diving face-first to get the fullest experience of the abundant softness. Deliciously fluffy, this snack is layered with cream from the Tokachi district of Hokkaido. Bread in Japan is taken very seriously and the best of the best is fragrant, soft to the touch, and will make you believe in love all over again.

Hokkaido White Raspberry

Hokkaido White Raspberry

Manufacturer: Bon Bon Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Made in Hokkaido, this airy and crisp rye cookie is coated with a layer of white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed raspberries. This selection was made by Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono for our Memories of Hokkaido box in 2018. As one of Hokkaido’s most beloved snacks, we had to bring it back! The rye, rice, and corn puff biscuit highlights threel Hokkaido specialties. This cookie is finished with a smooth white chocolate coating (another thing Hokkaido is known for) and a sprinkling of tart, crushed freeze-dried raspberries.

Onigiri Senbei: Zanshari

Onigiri Senbei: Zanshari

Manufacturer: Masuya
Common Allergens: Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Mie Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

Zanshari translates to “cooked with rice.” This senbei has a delightful crunch and simple taste that cleans your palate and lets you enjoy the truest taste of a traditional senbei! Reminiscent of the mountains of snow so beloved in winter months, transport yourself to the middle of the coldest time of the year as you eat this snack, and stay warm with the close memories of a warm bowl of rice this senbei brings to mind.

Negi Baka Okaki Rice Crackers: Green Onion

Negi Baka Okaki Rice Crackers: Green Onion

Manufacturer: Sanshin
Common Allergens: Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tokyo
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

I hope you like green onions, because they really are the star of the show for this rice cracker! Negi baka literally means “stupid about scallions,” or “scallion-aholic”. The okaki are fried to a crisp in scallion oil, and then coated with yes, even more green onion! Appearing as the scallion’s back-up dancers are garlic, black pepper, and a hint of wasabi. Might want to hold off on smooching after eating these, but they are so worth it.

White Black Thunder

White Black Thunder

Manufacturer: Yuraku Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tokyo
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Black Thunder is one of Japan’s more popular candy bars. It’s a mix of chocolate, chocolate cookies, and puffed rice, delivering an intensely chocolate flavor in a flash of lighting. Each bite is rich yet light, and just a tad bit crunchy. The classic Black Thunder bar is enrobed in a snowy white chocolate coating to make White Black Thunder, and adds a creaminess to every bite. As shown on the package, White Black Thunder is a Hokkaido limited specialty, made only for the famously snowy prefecture.

Jaga Pokkuru

Jaga Pokkuru

Manufacturer: Calbee
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

Jaga Pokkuru is made from 100% Hokkaido-grown potatoes. These high-quality potatoes are cut and processed using a unique method to achieve this snack’s signature crispy texture. The roasted salt further brings out the potato’s natural flavor. They may look like a simple french fry, but don’t be deceived. They’re wonderfully buttery, and every bite is just as delicious as the first. This Hokkaido-exclusive snack certainly lives up to the hype.

Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk

Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk

Manufacturer: Echigoseika
Common Allergens: Milk, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Niigata Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Light as air and snow-white, these milky mochi puffs look like fluffy snowflakes. From the same maker as fan-favorite Kinako Mochi Puffs, this variety features a Hokkaido milk coating. Slightly sweet and creamy, this delicious snack is made using domestic Japanese mochi rice and a secret process to transform it into the crisp and airy texture of this cloud-like confection.

Kitsune no Shippo

Kitsune no Shippo

Manufacturer: Akai Ribon
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Tree nuts, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Kitsune no Shippo is a flaky roll of pie dough that is topped with maple white chocolate and baked into the shape of an adorable fox cub’s tail. The sweet creamy chocolate coating of this Hokkaido-exclusive snack complements the buttery pastry without being cloying. Foxes can be found throughout Japan, including in Hokkaido where the Ezo Red Fox is slightly larger than its Honshu counterparts. They play a large role in Japanese folklore and are known to guard Shinto shrines or become shapeshifting tricksters. Don’t worry though, no tricks with this fluffy fox tail pastry!

Calpico Mochi

Calpico Mochi

Manufacturer: Nihon Bashikabou
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tokyo
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: No

Inspired by the popular Japanese drink Calpico, the outside layer is a sweet rice cake while the inside is a marshmallow layer covering the Calpico flavored jam center. Calpico (カルピス in Japanese), is a carbonated drink with a yogurt-like, acidic flavoring. A wonderfully new combination, the Calpico, marshmallow, and sweet rice cake will blow your mind. Whether you’ve tried Calpico before or this is your first time, this adorably delicate mochi will have you wanting to welcome even more Calpico into your life.

Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yaki Toukibi

Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yaki Toukibi

Manufacturer: Yoshimi
Common Allergens: Crustacean shellfish, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: No

Hailing from Hokkaido’s capital city of Sapporo, this crunchy mochi and corn snack becomes more addictive with every bite. Every cracker is infused with the flavor of sweet corn, one of Hokkaido’s major crops. Soy sauce is also sprinkled into the mix to add savory deliciousness to the natural sweetness. Don’t be surprised to find little corn kernels as well, they just tend to sink to the bottom of the bag.

Shiroi Koibito: Black & White

Shiroi Koibito: Black & White

Manufacturer: Ishiya Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: No

Indisputably the most famous Hokkaido snack, Shiroi Koibito is the perfect harmony of langue de chat and chocolate filling. This month we’re featuring both the white chocolate filling and the milk chocolate. Each is sandwiched by two delicate and buttery cookies that open with hints of vanilla and finish with a smooth chocolate taste. The chocolate filling of each is exquisitely creamy and leaves us dreaming of more.

Yasashii Yuzu Gummy

Yasashii Yuzu Gummy

Manufacturer: Sugimotoya Seika
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Aichi Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

We tend to feature Yuzu in the summer months for its refreshing quality, but it actually ripens in the winter! These gummies have a smooth and luxurious interior, and are coated with just enough rice flour to prevent them from sticking. In Japanese they’re named yasashii yuzu meaning “gentle yuzu” to hint at the sweet flavor within. This gummy has just enough delicate yuzu flavor to keep us reaching for more.

Mayo Arare Rice Crackers

Mayo Arare Rice Crackers

Manufacturer: Bokksu x Takeho Arare
Common Allergens: Eggs
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Kyoto
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

These modest handmade rice crackers are a perfect afternoon snack. Made simply with rice, seaweed, sesame seeds, mayonnaise and salt, it’s all about letting the ingredients shine. Each crunchy bite is thoroughly imbued with the intense flavor of mayonnaise, without being vinegary. For mayo lovers, this snack is a definite win, but even if you aren’t a mayonnaise person, give it a try, these crackers may just surprise you!

Sencha Tea

Sencha Tea

Manufacturer: Uogashi Meicha
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tokyo
Vegetarian: Yes

Welcome into your heart and homes a hot cup of sencha tea, perfect to keep you warm in the winter! Fragrant like freshly cut grass, this tea will have you reminiscing about warmer days and wondering why you didn’t cherish them like you cherish this tea. Sencha is a traditional steamed green tea of Japan and beloved for the fresh taste it carries. Enjoy your snacks in one hand and a cup of sencha in another! .

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