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Great for Souvenirs Too! A Summary of Super Popular Premium Snacks at Hankyu Umeda

We introduce all the popular snacks that Hankyu Umeda Main Store has developed and evolved in collaboration with major snack food companies. It includes the latest information on lines too. <The information is from KansaiWalker (issued June 6, 2017)>

The Popular Gummy Candies That Are Even More Real with Fruit Bits and Moistness

The newest collaboration with a corporation is a store specializing in a new type of premium gummy candies. The new candies based on the popular Cororo by UHA Mikakuto are juicy and have bits of fruit in them. When you put them in your mouth, you'll be surprised by the realistic texture that is like eating the actual fruit.

Cororo (4 bags of 2 each; 540 JPY/each)

The newly introduced Cororo Pineapple (left; 540 JPY) and Summer Orange (right; 540 JPY)

Clockwise from top left are the Muscat, Lemon, Grape, and Ume.

It has been so popular since the grand opening that there are constant lines. Popular flavors and limited-offer boxes may sell out before midday, so be sure to get there early.

■ UHA Mikakuto Cororo <Sold: All year; Good before: Two months from production date; Carry at: Room temperature; Delivery: Not available; Regional delivery: Not available>

Thickness that Brings Out the Potatoes' Texture and Flavors is Testament to the Dedication to Quality

GRAND Calbee is new type of potato chips made jointly by Umeda Hankyu and Calbee with a dedication to achieving the texture of the season. The wave cut potato chips that maximize the flavors of the potatoes are available only during the spring and summer, and are so crunchy and flaky that you may feel like you can create beats with them.

GRAND Calbee (15g x 4 bags; 540 JPY/each). Brown Sugar Syrup flavor (left) and Shikuwasa (Okinawan lime) flavor (right).

Clockwise from right top are Honey & Mascarpone, Salt, Butter, Cheese, Sicilian Sale & Lamon and Tomato & Basil flavors.

When it's crowded, there is a line that forms around the shop and extends to the side of the escalator. Depending on the time, you may be able to purchase without lining up.

■ Calbee GRAND Calbee <Sold: All year; Good before: Three months from production date; Carry at: Room temperature; Delivery: Available; Regional delivery: Available>

A Cream Puff Shop Wields Its Expertise to Create a New Type

Beard papa GRANDE is a collaboration with the cream puff specialty chain, Beard Papa. Beard Papa developed a new type of choux crust using a proprietary technique. A chewy crust is covered with a super thin and crispy croissant dough. There are monthly creams in addition to the standard creamy custard.

Crispy Choux Custard, Blanc, Caramel Macchiato (270 JPY each).

Crispy Choux Custard (270 JPY).

Crispy Choux Blanc (270 JPY). If it is a regular weekday, you may be able to purchase without lining up. It can be crowded in the evenings at the weekend.

■ Muginoho beard papa Grande <Sold: All year (Caramal Macchiato till the end of June and Blanc till the end of September); Good before: End of purchase date; Carry at: Refrigerated, up to two hours; Delivery: Not available; Regional delivery: Not available>

The Original Collaboration with a Corporation that Remains Popular

Bâton d'or is the premium series of Ezaki Glico's signature product, Pocky and Pretz. Since its release in 2012, it has become synonymous with lines in the confectionery stores area of department stores. They still pretty much sell out every day. The chocolate Milk and Yubari Melon flavors of the Cool type that are eaten cold were introduced for a limited time last year to great acclaim, and have been released again this year.

Bâton d'or Yubari Melon Cool and Milk Cool (5 bags of 4 each; 601 JPY/each)

Clockwise from top left are Bran Salt, Matcha Sugar, Lemon Sugar, Maple Sugar, Sugar Butter, and Almond Sugar (6 bags of 6 each; 501 JPY/each). The line from the shop breaks and continues at another spot, so join the line in accordance with the staff's instructions.

■Ezaki Glico Bâton d'or <Sold: All year (some are sold for a limited time); Good before: Within 45 days of production date; Carry at: Room temperature; Delivery: Not available; Regional delivery: Available>

Evolving Through Four Production Techniques! Popular for the Rich Flavors

TANEBITS are a form of Kameda Seika's popular Kakinotane that have evolved through four methods consisting of "charring," "deep frying," "smoking," and "marinating." Cracked Peanuts White Truffle Salt Flavor have also been introduced so that they can be mixed with the TANEBITS in a variety of different combinations.

TANEBITS (15g x 4 bags; 540 JPY each). Clockwise from left top are Tempura Ume Shiso, Cracked Peanuts White Truffle Salt Flavor, and Crunchy Fry Kabosu.

Clockwise from top left are Tamari Double, Tempura, Cheese Soy Sauce, Sakura Smoke, Crunchy Fry, and Kogashi Soy Sauce (540 JPY each). They can be purchased without lining up on a regular weekday, but there may be some lines at the weekend.

■ Kameda Seika TANEBITS <Sold: All year (some are sold for a limited time); Good before: Within 150 days of production date; Carry at: Room temperature; Delivery: Available; Regional delivery: Available>

A Variety of Flavors! Go for the Flaky and Light Type in the Summer

Happy Turn's are a special Happy Turn with a variety of flavored powder sprinkled on crackers made with rice produced in Japan. Last year, a type with white chocolate mixed into the crackers was released during the fall and winter only. This spring and summer, the Crispy Type with a light crunch and texture was updated re-released.

Happy Turn's (includes 12; 540 JPY/each). Clockwise from top left are Camembert Cheese, Caramel Sal, Matcha Latte, Wasanbon, Salt Butter, and Strawberry. They can be purchased without lining up on a regular weekday, but it may be crowded at the weekend.

■ Kameda Seika <Sold: All year (the new Cheese Curry flavor is available till the end of August and the Corn flavor is limited to 200 a day); Good before: Within 150 days of production date; Carry at: Room temperature; Delivery: Available; Regional delivery: Available>

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.27.2017]

*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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