- Mari Hiroki
Try These New Kashi-Pan Available at Japanese Convenience Stores
Japanese convenience stores release new kashi-pan (sweet buns) every year. They're not expensive, but have a high quality taste and look! This article will introduce some cute and delicious kashi-pan that are popular in Japan right now!
What are kashi-pan?
First, let's define what kashi-pan means. In some countries, people think of "sweet buns" as a type of cake that's leavened using yeast. This differs from Japan, where kashi-pan are bread products with a strong confectionery element like a sweet filling or topping. The term "sweet bread" might also bring to mind something like pastries or French Viennoiseries, but not all kashi-pan are made from a dough with a high fat content like those types are.
Almond Stick Cake (Seven-Eleven)
This Almond Stick Cake (129 JPY (incl. tax)) is made with a soft and fluffy dough that has a sweet flavor and the mild flavor of egg. The dough is topped with sliced almonds that are not just sweet but aromatic as well. At 468 calories, this is likely to satisfy you if you're feeling a little hungry.
Seven Cafe Belgian Waffle (Seven-Eleven)
Seven Cafe Belgian Waffle (127 JPY (incl. tax)) has the mellow aroma of butter and the sweet taste of Belgian pearl and brown sugars. You'll enjoy not just the flavor but the crunchy texture of the pearl sugar. This waffle goes perfectly with black coffee.
Chestnut Danish (Family Mart)
The large size and spiral shape of this Family Mart Chestnut Danish (139 JPY (incl. tax)) is quite eye-catching! It's filled with a generous amount of chestnut paste made with chestnut, red bean, and sugar. You're sure to enjoy the chestnut's sweetness and texture. This danish is topped with powdered sugar that adds a sweet accent. Its reasonable price makes this a very satisfying choice.
Machi no Pan French Bread French Toast (Lawson)
Lawson's newly-launched "Machi no Pan" aims to be a bakery "where you can find breads you'll be craving you're feeling hungry." The new French Bread French Toast (150 JPY (incl. tax)) is made from "levain", a type of bread that uses a starter made of wheat flour, rye flour, and water. This starter is fermented over a long period of time so that lactic-acid bacilli and yeast can grow.
This item stands out for the flavor of the syrup and the soft and chewy texture of the bread that has been made specifically for French toast.
Hokkaido Red Melon Moist Melonpan (Lawson)
The new Hokkaido Red Melon Moist Melonpan (135 JPY (incl. tax)) is another recommended kashi-pan. Red melon, a type of melon with red flesh, is more richly sweet and fragrant than green melons. Hokkaido-grown red melon juice is used not only in the dough but in the cream and whipped filling as well, making this a very luxurious bread. The natural sweetness of the red melon is very satisfying.
These were some of the new kashi-pan you can buy in Japanese convenience stores. This year there's another great range of carefully-made, cute, and delicious kashi-pan to choose from. These items are not always available in every location, so if you see any you'd like to try in-store, make sure to pick them up while you can!
*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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