(C)Chocolate House Mon Loire
Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture is packed with tourist attractions that are famous all over the world. But that’s not all, as the city also offers a wide variety of specialty dishes that visitors are sure to enjoy. Below are four tasty sweets and pastries that you have to buy as souvenir if you ever get to visit Kobe.
1. Leaf Memory from Mon Loire
Mon Loire is a chocolate specialty shop which has its main branch in Kobe. The display racks inside the store are filled with beautiful chocolates that look like gems. The packaging of chocolates take into account the hot and humid weather of Japan, and is designed in such a way to prevent condensation, guaranteeing the freshness and richness of the chocolates. Of the wide variety of chocolates in Mon Loire’s selection, the one that you have to try is Leaf Memory - chocolates shaped like small leaves. It comes in dark chocolate, matcha green tea, caramel, cranberry, and many other flavors, with three flavors wrapped in a drawstring purse-like packaging. These chocolates are hugely popular, thanks to their mild flavor and smooth texture.
Sample price: 712 JPY (incl. tax) for a pack of nine pieces
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2. Kawara Senbei from Kameido Sohonten
Established in 1873, Kameido Sohonten is a long-established confectionery store that boasts a history of over 140 years. Its signature product is the Kawara Senbei that is made by hand by artisans using traditional methods that have not changed since the shop first opened. Kawara Senbei is a kind of baked snack that is made from eggs, sugar, and wheat. People love its crispy and pleasant texture, as well as its mild sweetness. It is shaped like a "kawara" (earthen tile used for roofing), with a figure of a brave warrior seared on the surface. There are various sizes available, ranging from the small kawara, a square measuring approximately 7cm, up to the extra-large one measuring approximately 27cm.
Sample price: 540 JPY (incl. tax) for 12 pieces of small kawara
「KAWARASENBEI -roof tile shape cookie-」
「KAWARASENBEI -roof tile shape cookie-」
3. Gaufres from Kobe Fugetsudo
Kobe Fugetsudo is a shop that has been in business for over 120 years. They are famous for their wide array of sweets that fuse tradition and innovation, with Gaufres being their signature product that has been on the market for over 90 years. A snack of thin, fragrant biscuits with a filling of cream that has a refined sweetness, Gaufres is available in three flavors - vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. You are sure to enjoy its nice, crispy texture and the aftertaste of the cream that quickly melts away in your mouth. Gaufres is also popular for its classic and adorable appearance.
Sample price: 1,080 JPY (incl. tax) for a can of eight pieces of Gaufres 10S
4. Tansan Senbei from Mitsumori Honpo
Tansan Senbei (carbonated rice cracker) is a confection that is popular as a specialty of Arima Onsen (Arima Hot Spring), which is one of the three oldest hot springs in Japan. Arima Onsen is known for having various hot springs with different water quality, such as a spring containing large amounts of iron and a radium spring.Tansan Senbei is a kind of thin, baked rice cracker that uses carbonated water from one the many hot springs of the area, the Tansan-sen (carbonated hot spring). It is a simple senbei that is made by kneading wheat flour, potato starch, sugar, and salt with carbonated water then baking, and has a distinct, mild sweetness. Enjoy the simple and delicious taste of this senbei that has been popular since the Meiji period (1868 – 1912).
Sample price: 500 JPY for 16 pieces (paper bag)
The four souvenirs featured here are not only popular among tourists, but with local customers as well. Make sure to buy some to bring home!
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