A Treat to Receive! Five Select Sweets Perfect as Hiroshima Souvenirs
Hiroshima, a nature-rich city surrounded by the sea and mountains, has a lot of tasty food to offer. Here are five sweets you'll want to take home to family and friends, and for yourself.
1. Yamadaya's Momiji Manju
Momiji manju is a classic souvenir from the famous tourist destination, Miyajima. It is a maple-leaf-shaped castella sponge cake with anko (sweet red bean paste) filling and various shops sell their own unique versions. Those by the long-established Japanese sweets shop, Yamadaya, have soft, traditional flavors. In addition to the basic sweet anko filling, they also offer a variety of fillings such as custard cream, chocolate, and matcha. There are also versions that have the Hiroshima specialty produce of lemons and mandarin orange in them.
Momiji Manju (smooth anko filling called koshian) (contains five: 460 JPY (incl. tax))
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2. Nishikido's Nama Momiji
Nishikido's Nama Momiji was created as a new Hiroshima specialty sweet. Although it looks similar to momiji manju and has a similar name, it is namagashi (non-baked Japanese confectionary). The outer layer is made using sticky rice flour and rice flour, so it has a moist and chewy texture. There are three types of fillings to choose from: yuzu citrus koshian; tsubuan, anko with some beans still intact; and matcha, characterized by a slight bitterness and aroma.
Nama Momiji (two each of three flavors) (contains six: 770 JPY (incl. tax))
3. Innoshima no Hassaku Jelly by JA Onomichi City
Innoshima no Hassaku Jelly has a unique package that will catch your eye. This is a sweet that uses an abundance of Hassaku, a hybrid orange that originates in the Innoshima Island on the Seto Inland Sea. Large pieces of hassaku are in a jiggly slightly-sweet gelatin. The bright acidity of the hassaku and soft flavors of the gelatin go together perfectly! It is popular among a wide audience, from adults to children. It can be purchased from Eejan Onomichi, a market managed by JA Onomichi City that sells farm-direct produce, as well as at various JR stations around Hiroshima.
Innoshima no Hassaku Jelly (contains five: 950 JPY (incl. tax))
4. Kameya's Kawadori Mochi
Kawadori mochi made by the long-established sweets shop, Kameya, is a well-known confectionary beloved by locals. It is a bite-size mochi sweet made by adding walnuts to high-quality gyuhi mochi (made by mixing sticky rice flour with sugar or mizuame sweetener) and covered with kinako (roasted soybean flour). It is namagashi, which does not keep, so be sure to purchase it the end of your trip.
Kawadori mochi one layer (contains fifteen: 648 JPY (incl. tax))
5. Backen Mozart's Wild Oat Cookies
These Wild Oat Cookies have flavors that one never tires of. This is the product with the most repeat purchases at Backen Mozart, a Western-style sweets shop established in 197 . They are cookies made using meticulously developed methods and carefully selected ingredients such as wild oats, which are high in minerals and nutritious, freshly-ground almonds, wasanbon Japanese sugar that melts in your mouth, and aromatic fresh butter.
Wild Oat Freshly-baked Cookies (contains ten: 756 JPY (incl. tax))
All of these are popular products, so you won't be disappointed whichever one you choose! If you're having trouble finding a gift to take home, please consider some of these.
*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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