The northernmost and second largest of Japan’s main islands, Hokkaido is famous for its powdery white snow, fresh produce, and dairy products. In fact, Hokkaido produces more than 50% of Japan’s dairy products! Milk from this region is famous for being extra creamy, and it is incorporated in many sweets Hokkaido is known for, including white chocolate. The Hokkaido White Raspberry is made with a crisp rye cookie covered in smooth white chocolate and dried raspberries for a sweet contrast of sweet and tart flavors.
We love mochi puffs all year round, but especially in the winter because they’re as fluffy and airy as freshly fallen snow! The kinako(roasted soybean flavor) is a Bokksu fan-favorite, with some describing it as a peanut-butter-like flavor, but better! We also recommend the creamy Hokkaido milk flavor, which feels like a cloud melting in your mouth.
Hailing from Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, comes this tasty corn snack! Corn is a top crop from Hokkaido, and the toubiki varietyis loved for its sweetness, boasting a sugar content even higher than melon! Each Sapporo Okaki bag contains dried toubiki corn mixed with okaki rice crackers flavored with soy sauce.
There’s nothing like hot corn on the cob slathered in butter, and this bag of fried corn kernels is an umami-packed experience! Buttermilk and soy sauce are added to the corn for a mouth-watering experience. You won’t be able to eat one kernel at a time!
Another one from Hokkaido? This is the last one on this list, we promise, but Hokkaido seriously is an agricultural powerhouse! Who can resist buttery potato crisps that taste just like a fresh order of french fries? Jaga Pokkuru are lightly salted, with each fry consistently crispy. Try it out for yourself and see why this is one of the most popular souvenir snacks from Hokkaido!
We sing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but what about sweet potato? Come fall and winter in Japan, it’s not uncommon to see food stalls pop up around tourist attractions to sell hot sweet potatoes, which many visitors buy to keep their hands warm and their tummies full. You’ll feel that same warmth right when you open one of these Golden Sweet Potato Cakes, as you’ll be enveloped in its buttery aroma complemented with cinnamon and rum.