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Amezaiku, Handmade Candies from Japan

Most sweets and candies these days are made in factories and come pre-wrapped for sale in supermarkets, convenience stores and big-box stores. But this was not always the case. If you’ve ever been to a festival in Japan, there’s a chance you’ve seen a candy artist swiftly but carefully pulling, stretching, clipping and bending liquid sugar into fantastical shapes before it hardens. This is a Japanese art called amezaiku, and there are only a few dozen artists left in Japan who practice it. Luckily, there are a few shops were amezaiku candy can be purchased year round. The small,...

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Coco Ichi Curry and Cheese Snacks

Everyone has their own favorite snack foods, but sometimes half the fun of snacking is in trying something new. If you’re someone who likes unexpected flavor combinations, the Japanese company Kameda Seika has something for you. Known for its crispy rice crackers in a variety of flavors, the snack maker has now teamed up with famed curry shop Coco Ichibanya on a truly unusual product. The new snack is a mix of crispy rice crackers coated in a slightly spicy curry flavor, together with softer, cheese-flavored rice crackers. The spicy and cheesy tastes make a surprisingly good combo that have a...

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Michelin-Starred Cup Noodles

The Michelin Guides are like the bible for foodies, including only the very best restaurants across all cuisines. Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants that any other city in the world, and one of those restaurants is Nakiryu, a ramen shop specializing in spicy dandan noodles. Now, you can get this same famous ramen in an instant version, as Nakiryu has joined forces with cup noodle expert Nissin Foods. The noodles, available at select convenience stores across Japan, may not be exactly as those from the restaurant, but they’re pretty close. Online reviews have people raging, saying they’re the best...

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The Latest Japanese Kit Kat Flavor: Cough Drop

Kit Kats in Japan are known for their unconventional flavors, which include everything from wasabi to ginger. But the latest one may just be the strangest yet. Nestlé Japan’s newest limited-edition Kit Kat flavor is cough drop, released to coincide with the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifying bid. The candy bars contain  2.1 percent cough drop powder to help soothe the throats of screaming fans. The packaging features famous Japanese football announcer Yasutaro Matsuki, along with phrases including “one more point!” and “go, everyone, go!” Get a box of your own and put yourself in the mood for cheering...

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Yoku Moku Cookies are Loved the World Over

Noriichi Fujinawa founded Yoku Moku after World War II as a way to bring people joy after the war. Still today, his confectionery and cookies are beloved around the world and are a favorite gift item or souvenir from Japan. Perhaps the most famous products are the “cigare” rolled cookies and the double chocolate cookies, each of which is available in a variety of flavors. The what the company sells the most of are its assortments. Beautifully boxed, individually wrapped and ready for gift giving, these give recipients the opportunity to try a variety of Yoku Moku’s famous delicacies....

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