Fukuoka has a number of delicious confections to offer. Here are 5 sweet treats from Fukuoka that have been loved by locals for many years and are perfect as souvenirs.
1. Nanban-Orai (Sakaeya)
Sakaeya's Nanban-Orai (160 JPY (incl. tax), per piece) is a classic Fukuoka confection, and it's very popular and famous among Fukuoka residents. The castella is made using almond powder and plenty of butter, and the pie pastry and raspberry jam filling match perfectly. The surface is crispy, while the inside has a soft texture with a sweet and sour flavor. There are various flavors, like the popular Raspberry, Blueberry (only available in spring and summer), Marron (only available in autumn and winter) and the limited edition Matcha (all 160 JPY (incl. tax), per piece). Nanban-Orai can be purchased at places such as Fukuoka Airport and Hakata Station. We highly recommend this item as a souvenir.
2. Hakata No Hito (Nikakudo)
Nikakudo's Hakata No Hito (329 JPY (incl. tax), for 6 pieces) is a famous Fukuoka souvenir. It is a dessert combining Japanese and Western styles. Yokan, the traditional Japanese confection, is inside a German cake called baumkuchen. Hakata No Hito is especially suited as a souvenir as it is bite-sized.
From the time of Nikakudo’s establishment in 1972, they only offered the one flavor. However, in 2015 a new flavor, Amaou Strawberry Milk, was introduced. Additionally, there is the limited edition Japanese-like Yame Matcha, which we also highly recommend. Hakata No Hito is available for purchase in places like Fukuoka Airport and Hakata Station.
3. Kurobo Chikushiji (Kurume Kurobo Honpo)
Kurobo is a Fukuokan baked confection which uses flour, eggs, and brown sugar. Kurobo Chikushiji by Kurume Kurobo Honpo uses strictly selected ingredients, such as a blend of flour from Chikugo Fukuoka and other types of flours from Kyushu, as well as fresh eggs and brown sugar from Okinawa. The brown sugar syrup is carefully poured on the beautifully baked pastry to create this delicious treat.
The simple, sweet flavor of brown sugar will be addictive for those with a sweet tooth. Kurobo is a healthy product. It is recommended during the summer as it is high in minerals, which can help the body to avoid heat stroke. The price is 1,370 JPY (incl. tax) per box (which contains 30 bars). There is a main store in Kurume, and a company store in Takamiya.
* The photo is for illustrative purposes.
4. Hakata Torimon (Meigetsudo)
Hakata Torimon (560 JPY (incl. tax), for 5 pieces) of Meigetsudo is a very famous Hakata confection. It is available for purchase in places like Fukuoka Airport and Hakata Station. Hakata Torimon is an omanju (Japanese traditional bun filled with sweet bean paste) combined with features of Western confectionery. The sweet white bean paste, containing plenty of butter, is inside a thin pastry made using fresh cream. Its delicious flavor is popular among men and women of all ages. It goes perfect with tea or coffee! This is a product anyone would be happy to receive as a souvenir. It's a great treat for when you're feeling a little peckish.
5. Kurimanju (Kogetsudo)
Kogetsudo, in Kokura, Fukuoka, is a long-established Japanese confectionery store founded in 1895. Kurimanju is a classic item which can be found in many Japanese confectionery stores. However, the kurimanju of Kogetsudo is especially famous for its manufacturing process, which has not changed since the store was founded.
Kurimanju is comprised of small chestnut grains covered in white bean paste, which is in turn covered with a thin layer of pastry. It is baked beautifully so that the surface of the pastry shines. The white bean paste is creamy and has a sophisticated sweetness, and the chestnuts inside have a rich aroma.
The kurimanju of Kogetsudo can be purchased from many stores in Kokura, and is also available in the Hakata Station Building, the Daimaru Hakata store, and the Mitsukoshi Fukuoka store. It is 1,188 JPY (incl. tax) for 10 pieces.
Did anything catch your eye? There are many traditional confectionery treats loved by local people that are only available in Fukuoka. We hope you are able to find your favorite item and share it with your friends.
*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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