Japanese Confections. Ooooh! Pretty!

by Wendy Copley on April 28, 2010

My husband is nice. Last Friday, he came home from the city with a lovely little surprise for me — a bag full of Japanese confections from a store on Market St. called Minamoto Kitchoan. I’m not sure if I’d ever even tasted a Japanese dessert before (not counting Pocky and Hello Panda!) so I’m no expert, but just by looking at them you can tell that these are some mighty fine treats. Even the way they were packaged was beautiful. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Oh wait! Before we begin, I should tell you that I’m not at all familiar with these foods. Most of these flavors were unfamiliar to me and the English translations on the labels are simplistic at best, so please forgive me if I’m completely inaccurate in my descriptions of these items. OK, let’s carry on!

The first package was a pillow box decorated to look like a blue fish. Nice, isn’t it?

Japanese Confections

The other side was the same fish, but it was red.

Japanese Confections

This is what was inside the box:

Japanese Confections

According to the English translations on the labels these were (clockwise from top left): bean cake, bean cake, bean cake, and chocolat mikasa.

The “bean cake” description was pretty frustrating as these were all very different in looks and taste and I would have liked a little more information about them. I thought this one was the prettiest:

Japanese Confections

It was a lovely pale green on the outside with a darker green center and it tasted like green tea. Zach and I thought it was tasty, but the boys both spit it out when they tried it, and Wyatt hilariously asked, “Why does it taste like that??”

The second package of treats was also prettily packaged:

Japanese Confections

This bag contained gorgeously packaged jellies. These look huge in the pictures, but each one was only about an inch and a half tall.

This one was citron flavored. I thought this one tasted the best and everyone else enjoyed it too. I wish I’d taken a picture of the jelly itself because it looked like a gorgeous, yellow jewel.

Japanese Confections

We haven’t opened this one yet. The label on it says it’s “bean jelly”. The packaging is gorgeous, but I’ll admit I’m a little apprehensive.

Japanese Confections

This one had the prettiest packaging:

Japanese Confections

And the jelly inside was beautiful too:

Japanese Confections

The flavor of this was fresh, delicate and slightly herb-y. I couldn’t find an English label on the package, so I have no idea what this was.

Aren’t they all lovely? I think we all had fun with this culinary adventure.

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