Hokkaido is an area with plenty of farms, and as a result, lots of delicious sweets. Recently, the sweets aren't just delicious but they also look adorable, so they're getting lots of attention! Here are 5 sweets from Hokkaido you'll want to try at least once.
1. Bocca's Shiroi Purin
Bocca is a famous company that manages farms and raises cows with careful attention to their feed. The fresh milk from the cows is used to make cheese and desserts. Their Shiroi Purin (883 JPY (incl. tax) for 4) is a white flan-like pudding that uses plenty of that special milk. You break the balloon that encases the purin with your fork, and the round, pure white purin will appear after the pop. After you pour the specially made caramel sauce packaged separately, you can enjoy the caramel's perfect bitterness in harmony with the rich milky taste. Please try it.
2. LeTAO's Double Fromage
LeTAO creates a variety of sweets with the desire to "pursue the creation of nostalgic sweets with modern creativity for superior deliciousness." Their Double Fromage (1,728 JPY (incl. tax)) is a cake that has remained popular with their fans since the brand began. Rare cheese and baked cheese are layered on each other for contrast, and it feels like it will melt in our mouth. You'll miss out if you don't try it.
3. Siretoco Factory's Siretoco Doughnuts
Siretoco Factory's Siretoco Doughnuts (1,080 JPY (incl. tax) for 3), which are decorated with animals such as pandas, have become super popular lately. It's not just because the animals are cute. They're handmade one by one using fresh milk from Nakashibetsu, which is full of dairy farms, and local honey. Also, they're not fried - great for people who are looking out for their health! There are branches in Tokyo that offer different decorations and flavors from those in Hokkaido, so it might be fun to eat and compare them.
4. Rokkatei's Rokka No Tsuyu
Rokkatei is a famous Hokkaido sweets maker. They're famous for their Marusei Butter Sandwich and white chocolate, but they also have the Rokkatei no Tsuyu (350 JPY (incl. tax) for a mini can.) These bonbons are made by filling a thin skin made of sugar with liquor, so when you put it in your mouth, the sugar melts and releases the elegant aroma of liquor. There are six different liquors: wine, brandy, umeshu (plum wine), peppermint, Cointreau, and honeysuckle. They come in various colors so they're lovely to look at so they're great for souvenirs.
5. Royce's Pure Chocolate
Royce' is a company that offers more than 100 products with the aim of creating original sweets made with high quality ingredients. Their Pure Chocolate (443 JPY (incl. tax)) is popular even among their wide lineup. They use the best of Hokkaido, a huge milk producer, to make this mild chocolate made with fresh milk and carefully chosen cacao. They have more than 10 flavors including milk and bitter, so you can choose the ones you prefer. Of course, they have Hokkaido's famous white chocolate. In New Chitose Airport, there's a Chocolate World shop managed by Royce', and you can even experience how they make chocolate, so please stop by.
Hokkaido is a major producer of milk, an ingredient necessary for so many Western sweets. There are plenty of other delicious sweet shops in the area, so please search for the one you like best.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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