Akai Ribbon has continued their traditions as a small-batch maker to this day. While other makers might choose to have machines handle the whole snack-making process, Akai Ribon's employees are still hand-making their sweets, from rolling the dough of Kitsune no Shippo by hand to dipping it into a thick, creamy layer of maple white chocolate. Because of this, each pastry is unique and has that home-made quality that makes them so delicious.
Maple is featured prominently in many of Akai Ribon's sweets. Japan has a growing fondness for all things maple syrup and has even started producing some domestically. This snack maker's love of maple syrup truly goes beyond baking, even naming their second store, "Maple Club." Although Akai Ribon still relies on Canadian maple syrup, they are eagerly supporting the burgeoning Hokkaido maple syrup industry, and hope to soon be making all of their sweets with 100% local syrup.
Both of their storefronts are in Iwamizawa, and they're content to keep their footprint to Hokkaido. Those who know the delights of Akai Ribbon will gladly take the short train ride from Sapporo to enjoy the quaint atmosphere of their shops.