This month, we celebrate the month of February in Japan; a season filled with love and lots of chocolate!
This month, we celebrate the month of February in Japan. First up, Happy Valentine’s Day! Did you know that in Japan, it’s the girls who must give chocolates to guys they admire?
So when do the guys give chocolates to girls? Exactly a month later on March 14th, is White Day which is the day that we're more familiar with; the day that the guys give chocolate to girls.
Chocolate isn’t the only food that’s popular in February; it’s also strawberry season in Japan, so we’ve included a bunch of strawberry snacks too! And since February is still very much in the midst of winter for most of Japan, we’ve also brought you some snacks from the snowy city of Kanazawa.
Chocolate Arare (チョコあられ)
From a rice cracker store in Kyoto, comes a snack 10 years in the making! These chocolate-covered mini rice crackers have even been featured on TV in Japan. They come in two pouches: “bitter” & “sweet”. The bitter pouch includes matcha green tea, dark chocolate, and white chocolate covered crackers. The sweet pouch contains strawberry, milk chocolate, and white chocolate covered crackers.
Chocolate Fruit Crunch (クランチショコバー)
These chocolate crunch bars are made by a boutique store in Hakata (an old merchant city in southern Japan). This delicious snack is made from the freshest locally sourced fruits, cocoa from Madagascar, and cream from Hokkaido. It comes in 2 flavors: strawberry and blueberry.
Pururun Strawberry Mochi (あまおうぷるるん)
This snack is made by the same store (Hakata Fuubian 博多風美庵) that made the Chocolate Fruit Crunch Bar. Their mochi is made from the finest rice in the area and then stuffed with seasonal strawberries from the island of Kyushu.
Gold Okaki (箔のかおり)
These crepe crackers are delicately baked and then dipped in a ginger emulsion. It’s then topped with real edible gold foils, which are made by hand in the snowy city of Kanazawa. The artisans of this city have been making gold foils for over 500 years and still make them by hand to this day using techniques which have been passed down through generations.
Chocolate Senbei (チョコせんべい)
Heart-shaped airy senbei rice crackers covered in rich milk chocolate from Hokkaido. Enjoy!
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