After you’re all worn out and content from sightseeing, you definitely want to eat something sweet, right? For times like those, here is a selection of 5 delicious and cute sweet souvenirs that will be well-received at home.
1. Konpeito (Seikaan)
Seikaan’s konpeito candy has been gaining lots of attention recently as a souvenir to get in Osaka. Konpeito is traditional Japanese sugar candy that originated in Portugal but the konpeito at this store has evolved from the traditional konpeito into something much more fashionable! The multicolored konpeito is so cute that it seems a shame to eat it. It’s available in tin and bottle packaging which both have lovely designs so anyone would love to get them as souvenirs! Apart from the regular flavor, there are also matcha, roasted green tea, wine, wasanbon (fine-grained Japanese sugar), salt and many other unique flavors available (starting at 540 JPY (incl. tax)). We recommend the salt flavor for people who don’t like very sweet things. You can purchase them at places like Osaka Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Osaka Station. So don’t just get them as souvenirs, go ahead and have one for yourself!
2. Kakitane (Kakitane Kitchen)
The next item on this list is Kakitane from the Kaki no Tane specialty shop Kakitane Kitchen, the company store of Osaka’s okaki (thin, dried, baked mochi) shop, Toyosu. The regular Kaki no Tane are baked rice snacks coated in soy sauce for flavor. This shop has not only the usual soy sauce flavor but has a reputation for carrying a wide variation of Kaki no Tane so it receives many customers. With elaborately named flavors like Mellow Salad Buttered Potato Flavor and Exquisite Sweet-savory Teriyaki Mayonnaise, it sounds like an entire food menu! The most popular is the Rich Luxury Cheese flavor. Any one of them goes well as a snack with alcohol so it’s recommended for alcohol lovers. As a souvenir, there are some that come in a cute and easy to carry cube (1 box for 378 JPY (incl. tax)). You can purchase them at places like the Hanshin Umeda main branch and Osaka Takashimaya.
3. Mille-Feuille (CuBette)
The mille-feuille at the pie specialty shop CuBette is perfect for a little afternoon snack. You can buy them at the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Branch. The pie, made with layers of cream, is covered with a chocolate coating. Its bite-sized appearance is cute which makes it extremely popular. The chocolate and cream are perfectly compatible flavors and the flaky texture of the pie makes you want to eat more and more. The typical flavors are vanilla, strawberry, caramel, earl grey, and hazelnut. They cost 108 JPY (incl. tax) each so it’s very reasonable and you can choose your preferred flavors to buy as a souvenir. They introduce different flavors based on the season so if you happen to catch sight of those, be sure to give them a try. The bite-size is easy to eat making it a perfect companion for tea-time while you’re travelling around and a great souvenir for kids!
4. FukuFukuFu (Fukujyudo Hidenobu)
FukuFukuFu comes from Osaka’s veteran sweet shop Fukujudo Hidenobu. The repetition of the word “fuku” (happiness and good fortune) in the sweet’s name is like a prayer for you to be repeatedly visited by good fortune. The sweet itself is a simple and cute steamed Japanese-style cake. The batter is a blend of rice flour and wheat flour with fermented butter flavor added, then red bean paste is kneaded in which creates a soft, moist, fluffy texture. This addicting texture makes it very popular. It is available in a rich adzuki flavor, an aromatic matcha flavor, and there are also limited flavors depending on the season. In spring there is strawberry, mango in the summer, and more flavors that you can enjoy (5 for 1,080 JPY (incl.tax)). There are many other delicious sweets available at the store so go have a look! Apart from the Tezukayama head branch, Soemoncho store and Hankyu Sanbangai shop, you can purchase them in a number of department stores, such as the Daimaru Umeda store and Osaka Takashimaya.
5. Cupcakes (fait en bonbons)
This cupcake and canelé shop fait en bonbons is located in Nishi-Tenma. Their pastel colored cupcakes which are decorated in icing of different colors like pink and blue will make you fall in love at first sight! The cupcakes are decorated with shapes of everyday items that are too cute to eat. They have a wide variety of cupcake flavors like lemon and vanilla with a lineup that changes based on the season (prices from 360 JPY (incl. tax)). Not only does it look good, it’s also delicious with a moist texture and a taste that’s not too sweet! When you’re shopping for souvenirs, the cupcakes only keep for about 3 days so you have to eat them quickly. The canele which is sold by weight is also very popular so you can buy them both to bring home.
*The cupcake motifs may change.
Did anything strike your fancy? There are so many adorable sweets in Osaka, you’ll definitely have trouble deciding what to pick! Consult the selections in this article and find your favorites!
*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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