- Mayuka Ueno
Only in Osaka in the autumn! 5 Souvenirs You Can Only Buy in Autumn
Here are 5 souvenirs using seasonal ingredients that you can only buy in the fall in Osaka, an exciting city for sightseeing!
1. Potato Crisps from GRAND Calbee
GRAND Calbee is a consistently popular high-class potato chip brand. Every year from October to March they sell a product called Potato Crisps. They're 3 times thicker than regular potato chips, and they're ruffled, so they're the perfect texture. Other than the standard flavors of salt or rich butter, one of the yearly pleasures is looking forward to what new flavors they'll debut. In 2015, they offered bagna cauda, baked apple, and almond caramel flavors. While it often sells out due to its limited nature, it's definitely something you should try if you can.
2. Dojima Marron Roll from Moncher
It wouldn't be an understatement to say that Japan's most famous roll cake is Moncher's Dojima Roll. It's a roll cake made with cream that's rich but not too sweet, wrapped in sponge cake that has an eggy taste. The autumn-only Dojima Roll is the Dojima Marron Roll. It uses plenty of marron paste, yellow chestnuts, and chestnuts' inner astringent skin. The chestnuts are cut into chunks and have a perfect balance of texture with the slightly-sweet marron cream. This is a treat that people that like mont blanc will definitely enjoy. You'll taste chestnuts to the very last bite.
*Photo is of the regular Dojima Roll
3. Autumn-limited flavors of Bâton d'or from Glico
Bâton d'or is a pretzel made with a pleasant, mellow buttery aroma. In the spring and summer, the lineup is filled with sugar-coated pretzels, and in the fall and winter they offer mainly chocolate-coated pretzels. They start selling regionally limited flavors and fall flavored products from the beginning of October, and last year the Osaka-only purple yam flavor was extremely popular. The pretzel is sweet and salty, and the harmony between it and the flavored chocolate is addicting. Definitely try to get some of the seasonal flavors!
*Photo is of the matcha flavor.
4. Fruits Daifuku from Isshindo
Isshindo is a popular brand that makes wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) using seasonal ingredients. They mostly sell daifuku (mochi rice cakes filled with anko, sweet bean paste), mochi, youkan (jelly made from agar, sugar, and anko), and other similar types of wagashi. Their Fruits Daifuku is an extremely popular, famous product that changes with the season. In the fall, they offer daifuku stuffed with different juicy fruits, such as pears and persimmons. When you take a bite, it melts in your mouth and you won't be able to resist the Japanese-like sweetness. Also, from July to March, they sell daifuku stuffed with mandarin oranges, so that's another popular item you should check out!
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
5. Autumn-limited Matsutake Mushroom-Stuffed Chimaki from 551 Horai
551 Horai is such a famous souvenir from Osaka that it's almost synonymous with the area. They're most famous for their pork buns, but they also sell other products like shumai, gyoza, and chimaki. Chimaki is mochi rice (sticky rice) mixed with ingredients that are wrapped in a bamboo leaf then steamed. The autumn-limited product is the chimaki made with matsutake mushrooms, and it's very popular every year. Matsutake mushrooms are a symbol of fall in Japan, and it also has other ingredients like ginkgo. The rice is seasoned with soy sauce so it has a gently sweet taste and you can enjoy the richness of the mushrooms. This is a must-try for people who want to eat Japanese autumnal flavors.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
Getting souvenirs that are limited to the season gives them an extra-special touch and they're sure to be a hit! Please go with enough time to wait in line to get these items.
*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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