What are the best Japanese snacks?

The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Rich in culture, anime, manga, but best of all: FOOD. While Japanese cuisine isn't always affordable, the snacks always are! Here are some of the best Japanese snacks that will have you turning Japanese! (Disclaimer: won't actually turn you Japanese)

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    Pocky is a Japanese snack biscuit by Glico. The biscuit sticks are mostly coated in flavoring (usually chocolate) with a portion left uncoated to act as a pretzel "handle".


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    Gloria Rodriguez
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "you don't have to be japanese nor a weeb to know this snack. it's friggin everywhere. this is definitely the best japanese snack simply because it's so easy to find. i already feel like im in an anime every time i eat it!"
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    Daifukumochi (often referred to as just "mochi") is a type of Japanese sweet. The exterior is made of glutinous rice cakes (mochi) and is commonly filled with red bean paste but other fillings have been made. The term "Daifuku" means "great luck".


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    Ryan Richardson
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "i was first surprised to find out mochi wasnt actually ice cream flavored, and the red bean flavor was better than expected! definitely something to try!"
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    Senbei (also spelled Sembei) is a type of Japanese rice cracker. Senbei is often served covered in a variety of flavored sauces with a piece of nori wrapping it. These differ from Chinese Senbei which are floppy instead of hard.


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    Will He
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "i grew up eating these things all the time ! this was the best japanese snack when i was a kid!"
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    Dorayaki is a type of Japanese sweet snack comprised of a red bean paste wrapped by two pancakes. The origin of the sweet is that they were supposedly fried (yaki) in a gong (dora) left behind by a fleeing samurai, hence the name.


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    Teresa Reynolds
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "the feeling of pancakes and squishy bean paste is weird at first but after a while it's an odd combination that actually works. im just deducting points for it coming off as weird to me first time around"
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    Manju is a type of sweet Japanese snack. The snack has an exterior made of flour, rice powder, kudzu, and buckwheat, and a red bean paste filling. There are variations on the exterior flavoring, such as matcha (green tea), kuzu starch, and fruits.


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    Jonathan Young
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "i tried these things when i was last in japan and it still confuses me since there are a lot of japanese snacks that have red bean filling. still, it was pretty good, even though i wasnt sure if i was eating manju, mochi, or wahtever"
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    Castella is a Japanese sponge cake. It derives its name from the Portuguese term "Pao de Castela" or "bread from Castile", as the cake was originally traded in Japan by Portuguese merchants. The cake has since then changed to suit Japanese palates.


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    Gloria Reynolds
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "man, this really hits the spot! soft, fluffy, spongey, sweet. it's like chewing on a sugar cloud of enlightenment!"
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    #7Melon Pan

    Melon Pan

    Melon Pan (also spelled as Melonpan) is a type of Japanese sweet bread. The name refers to the bread's resemblance to rock melons or cantaloupe and not the flavor, although manufacturers have made melon-flavored variants in recent years.


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    Joseph Newman
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "pros: sweet and delicios, and can be either fluffy or crispy, depending on your taste. cons: mildly disappointed on what "melon" was actually referring to when i first tried it"
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    #8Kaki no tane

    Kaki no tane

    Kaki no tane (alternatively kakinotane or kaki-pi) are a type of Japanese snack. The snack is a mixture of crescent-shaped fragments of senbei rice crackers and peanuts. These are often consumed as a bar snack with drinks like beer.


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    Albert Silva
    Written on June 20, 2019
    "not something you'd eat normally since the taste of soy crisps and peanuts is a bit weird and can hurt your teeth, but as advertized, it makes a good drinking snack!"


Best What are the best Japanese snacks
1PockyFood 16 Paid
2DaifukumochiFood 14 Paid
3Senbei/SembeiFood 10 Paid
4DorayakiFood 3 Paid
5ManjuFood 3 Paid
6CastellaFood 3 Paid
7Melon PanFood 2 Paid
8Kaki no taneFood 1 Paid

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