5 Souvenirs Packed Full of Osaka Merchants’ Attention to Detail
People from Osaka are known to be strict on taste, and these sweets are made so that they can be satisfied by them. Here are some souvenirs, from those made with the playfulness of Osaka merchants to limited-edition items that you should consider.
1. GRAND Calbee (Hankyu Umeda Main Store)
Imagine the potato chips you usually eat. GRAND Calbee (540 JPY (incl. tax)) are potato crisps that have a taste and texture completely different from that. They can only be bought at Hankyu Umeda Main Store, and they're so popular that when you buy them you need a numbered ticket. The potatoes are supplied by contracted farmers that are fussy about every detail down to the dirt, and are used to bring out the best of them in the final product. You should definitely try them and enjoy their surprisingly thickness and crispy texture. There are three categories, plain, meal, and dessert, with a total of 6 flavors. They're a snack that goes well with champagne, wine, and beer. The Shiawase BOX (3,240 JPY (incl. tax)) is a popular set that has all the flavors included. They only sell 100 per day, so make sure to get there early.*Numbered tickets begin distribution around 9:40 am at the Hankyu Umeda Main Store 1F 15th entrance.
2. Yakitate Cheesecake (Rikuro Ojisan no Mise)
The sweet smell and the bell that rings when a cheesecake is fresh out of the oven will make you stop without realizing at Rikuro Ojisan no Mise. They offer freshly baked cheesecake from opening to closing. You can buy a whole 18cm cheesecake for the reasonable price of 675 JPY (incl. tax). If you want a plastic knife it's only 11 JPY (incl. tax), so you can try the fresh cheesecake immediately! The warm cheesecake is delicious! It's fluffy, moist, and moderately sweet, and the raisins in the crust make a great accent. It has a light texture, so you might end up eating the whole thing by yourself! Some branches like the main branch in Namba have eat-in spaces so it might be a good idea to utilize them.*This is a product with a very short shelf life, so keep that in mind if you are planning on buying it as a souvenir.
3. Glico Man no Bekko Ame (Glico-ya)
Glico Man, the symbol of Osaka's Dotonbori area, is the face of Glico Man no Bekko Ame lollipops (480 JPY (excl. tax)), a souvenir that will definitely make an impact. Bekkou ame are sweets made from sugar and water, and you can often find them in Japanese festivals. You should definitely buy these lollipops before you take a photo with the Glico Man on Ebisubashi. While there are people who recreate the Glico Man pose, there are probably few people who manage to recreate his expression! Why not try it with the lollipops? After you take the photo, you can play out a drama of the lollipop on the bridge's handrail with the Glico Man as a background. If you upload the video, you might be able to create a unique memory of your trip! These lollipops are souvenirs that you can both eat and play with, can be bought not just at the Dotonbori store but also Tsutenkaku Smile Store and the Glico-ya in Kansai International Airport.
4. Kuidaore Taro Purin
Kuidaore Taro, one of Osaka's representative sights, graces the cover of this box. When you open it, you find his hat. Finally, when you pick it up...you'll smile without realizing it thanks to this cute design. Inside is purin (custard flan)! What do you do with the hat? There's no meaning to it so just laugh and enjoy it. This is a souvenir full of the playfulness of Osaka merchants. The flavor is genuine, as it's made in collaboration with the popular brand Dojima Sweets, so it isn't just any old souvenir. The purin, which is eaten with the sweet and bitter double sauce, is rich like a creme brulee. Kuidaore Taro Purin (1,150 JPY (incl. tax) for a box of 3) can be bought at Dotonbori, Tsutenkaku, Universal CityWalk Osaka souvenir shops, souvenir shops in major stations like Shin-Osaka Station and Namba Station, and Kansai International Airport.*Since purin is considered a liquid, you can't bring it in your carry-on on an airplane. If you're planning on bringing it home as a souvenir, please put it in your checked luggage.
5. Sendai no Gokujou Shichimi (Yamatsu Tsujita)
Shichimi is a Japanese powdered seasoning made of 7 kinds of spices, with the main being chili pepper. Yamatsu Tsujita's shichimi has been in production since 1902 thanks to its perfect level of spiciness and its aroma that comes from the quality of the ingredients. While it goes well with Japanese food like sukiyaki and yudofu (boiled tofu), but it's also delicious on steak or French fries. They sell packets of it, but 5g of Sendai no Gokujou Shichimi (378 JPY) is great for a souvenir. You can pick from about 30 cans with different Japanese-style designs, so the package is cute and stylish as well. Why not pick up a can of peppery Gokujou Shichimi and one of the citrusy Yuzu Shichimi? You can buy two at reasonable prices and pick cans with different designs. You can buy it in stores like Hankyu Umeda Main Store's Kitchen Stocker.*Photo is for illustration purposes.
Please take home some of these souvenirs as memories of your trip not just because of their deliciousness but because of the playful spirit embedded in them by their Osakan merchants.
*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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