【2018 Edition】Top 10 Must-Buy Souvenirs in Osaka (Snacks Edition)
Osaka is a city overflowing with delicious foods, so it would be such a waste to choose souvenirs in a half-hearted manner! With that, here are some recommendations that will spare you from the regret of thinking you should have chosen your souvenirs more carefully.
1. Baumkuchen of Rice - Gokan Emaki from Gokan
Gokan Emaki is a baumkuchen made with rice flour from Japanese rice as well other carefully picked domestic ingredients. It uses "wasanbon," a rare and luxurious sugar that is produced using traditional techniques in a limited number of areas in Japan. Aside from the classic Wasanbon Baumkuchen (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)), there are many other desserts available at Gokan, including the Uji Matcha Baumkuchen (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)) (available in April – September only). You can buy this treat from the Kitahama Honkan (main shop) as well as its branches in Umeda Hankyu and other spots.
2. Ties Baum from Legendre Patisserie
Legendre Patisserie, a beloved pastry shop in Higashi-Osaka with a downtown vibe, serves up a new take on the baumkuchen. Here, the popular Ties Baum (1,944 JPY (incl. tax)) is made by slicing a baumkuchen made with generous amounts of cultured butter into a shape that literally looks like a tree stump, pouring cream cheese into the center of the sliced cake, and then baking the cake again. The combination of textures between the crunchy baumkuchen and cheesecake is really quite interesting. You can buy this at any of the three branches of Legendre in Higashi Osaka City, although it may be available only in a limited quantity due to its immense popularity.
3. Madame Brulee from Madam Shinco
The Madame Brulee (1,500 JPY (excl. tax)) is a confectionery that was born out of Madame Shinco's desire to recreate the nostalgic taste of her mother’s cakes, and to turn the baumkuchen, which had been a thing of luxury in the past, into a dessert for the masses. It is characterized by the refined flavor that comes from the sweetness of the maple syrup that generously seeps into the cake, and the bitter-sweetness of the caramelized French brown sugar. You can have it chilled to enjoy the crunch of the caramelized sugar, or you enjoy it slightly warm. Either way, it's addictively delicious. In addition to the main location in Mino, you can purchase this treat at Shin-Osaka Station, Kansai International Airport, and other places.
4. Salted Chocolate from Ek Chuah
This salted chocolate comes from the specialty chocolatier Ek Chuah. Here, they offer two kinds of blended chocolates that are paired with umami-rich salt – the Salted Milk Chocolate (972 JPY (incl. tax)), which lets you enjoy the harmony of salt and chocolate, and the Salted Bitter Chocolate (972 JPY (incl. tax)), with a strong flavor of cacao that is perfect when enjoyed with alcohol. Note that the chocolate itself is not salty. Rather, they are thin chocolates that have been sprinkled with natural salt. You can buy this chocolate from the Daimaru Shinsaibashi branch, but we recommend you check out the Ek Chuah Karahori Kura Honten, in which you can enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere.
※Photo shows the Salted Chocolate Pair Set (1,944 JPY (incl. tax))
5. Castella from Nagasakido
This castella (540 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of five slices), made from only the finest eggs, sugar, wheat flour and mizuame (a Japanese sweetening syrup), is a baked sponge cake characterized by the aroma and refined sweetness of the eggs. Castella is a baked delight with a tradition spanning more than 400 years, and roots that can apparently be traced back to Portugal. This castella, which has been made by skilled chefs for about 100 years since the shop was first opened, has been certified by the Osaka Mon Meihin as one of the specialty goods of Osaka. You can purchase this castella from Nagasakido’s flagship store in Shinsaibashi, as well as from AEON and other retail shops.
6. Pon pon coco from pon pon coco
This is a new kind of okoshi (rice mixed with sugar syrup and other ingredients and then hardened), created by a 200-year-old shop that has long been in the business of making this traditional confectionery. It is a modern confection that is produced by combing rice with Japanese flavors like matcha green tea and brown sugar, as well as other flavors like maple, almond coffee, and strawberry milk. There are 12 flavors in all, with each piece costing 453 JPY (incl. tax). Try the pon pon coco (prices start at 1,560 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of three pieces), which will let you choose your favorite flavors. This treat can be purchased from the pon pon Ja pon Takashimaya Osaka Store, pon pon x Chris.p LUCUA 1100, and other shops.
7. Grand Calbee from Calbee
The Grand Calbee (540 JPY (incl. tax) – 580 JPY (incl. tax)) is only sold at the Hankyu Umeda Main Store. It is a box of high-end potato chips in which the potatoes, which fit the name "Grand" given that they are carefully selected for every detail down to soil quality, are roasted after they are fried. These exceptionally cripsty potato chips are three times the thickness of normal potato chips, and come in seven flavors, including salt, Hokkaido butter, chestnut, and slightly bitter chocolate. Once you start eating, you won't be able to stop! Some items tend to sell out by evening-time, so try to come as early as possible.
8. Osaka Petite Banana from Hyogetsudo
The Osaka Petite Banana (prices start at 648 JPY (incl. tax) for a set of six pieces) is a confectionery made by sandwiching banana and passion fruit-filled custard cream in between two pieces of a shortcake-like sponge cake. When you open the packaging, the sweet smell of bananas fills the air. The cake contains plenty of banana, and is moist on the inside while being crisp on the outside. You can buy this treat at Hyogetsudo’s branch in Little Osaka Dotonbori and at souvenir shops in Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka Station, Kansai International Airport and other places.
9. Bâton d’or from Glico
Bâton d’or is the premium version of Pocky, a treat loved in 30 countries worldwide. It consists of a pretzel stick with the rich smell of butter that is generously coated with milk, strawberry, matcha green tea and various other types of flavored chocolate coatings. The multiple-day resting period allows the butter flavor to meld with the chocolate, elevating the sweet above simple snack territory. It comes in elegant packaging with a high-class feel, and is priced at 501 JPY (incl. tax) on average, but prices can go up to 1,051 JPY (incl. tax). Due to that price, this popular treat is sometimes called the "500-yen Pocky." This is premium Bâton d’or can be purchased from only four stores in Kansai region, and five stores all over Japan.
10. Cube from Kakitane Kitchen
Kaki no Tane is a rice-based snack that resembles the seed (“tane” in Japanese) of a persimmon (“kaki” in Japanese). It is generally flavored with soy sauce and chili pepper, so it is popular not just as a simple snack, but also as accompaniment to alcoholic drinks. Cube (378 JPY (incl. tax)) is a box that includes Kaki no Tane, which comes in nine unique flavors such as Teriyaki Mayonnaise, Seafood-Style Salt and Japanese-style Curry, mixed with nuts. Enjoyed by people of all ages, this is the perfect souvenir for those looking for a savory treat. There is no packaging fee for the variety box. You can buy this souvenir at Kakitane Kitchen’s branches in Osaka Takashimaya and Umeda Hanshin.
From souvenirs that have long been loved by many, to souvenirs that even local rush to get their hands on – this article is filled with information on highly recommended souvenirs that you can find in Osaka. So, make sure to grab a truly charming Osaka souvenir!
*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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