The Top 50+ Best Japanese “Must Try” Snacks!

Yup That’s right, you read that correctly! I’m going to share with you a list of 50+ Japanese snacks that you must try in 2018. Why 50+? Because we added some few bonuses if you stick until the end.

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1.Senbei

Senbei, are a type of Japanese rice crackers. There’s a variety of different forms of senbei rice crackers. Spicy, salty, with seaweed, without seaweed. If you travel to Japan, you will see them almost everywhere. Mostly consumed as a snack with some beer or sake. Find our selection of Japanese rice crackers here:

2. Crepes

Some will argue that crepes aren’t an Japanese original idea, and they might have borrowed the original idea from the French. But they sure did master it and made them with their own twist. You can find crepe stools everywhere in Japan with a wide selection of toppings to choose from.

3. Pocky

Pocky is arguably one of the most famous Japanese snacks in our western world! You might even be able to get some from your local grocery shop already. But probably not all of the flavors. So what is Pocky? a chocolate-coated biscuit sticks! Simple concept. You can find today a multitude of different tastes Find our selection of Pocky here:

4. Dorayaki

They are a red-bean filled pancake. It’s basically two small pancake patties wrapped around a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste.

5. Melon Pan

Is a sweet bread bun, no it doesn’t taste like melon (most of the time) but it looks like one that’s where the name comes from. They are super popular in Japan and can be found in most bakeries and also most convenient stores (like 7/11)

6. Manjū

Manju is a famous traditional Japanese candy. They are usually made from a red bean mixture (from adzuki beans and sugar) but you can nowadays find a lot of other taste combinations. They are said to be originating from China and brought back to Japan more than 700 years ago

7. Dango

Is a sweet dumpling made from “Mochiko” (rice flour). The texture is similar to a Mochi. Dango is often served on a skewer.

8. Daifuku

This is what most westerns consider to be “Mochi”. Daifukumochi (大福餅), or Daifuku (大福) (literally “great luck”), is a Japanese confection consisting of a small round mochi stuffed with sweet filling, most commonly red bean paste made from azuki beans. But you can now find many variations

9. Pretz

Pretz the famous Pretzel brand from Japan made by Glico. You can find them in a lot of taste variations and in a lot of shops.

10. Castella

Is a form of Japanese sponge cake made from sugar, flour, eggs, and starch syrup. Now a specialty of Nagasaki, the cake was brought to Japan by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century. The name is derived from Portuguese Pão de Castela, meaning “bread from Castile”. Since then the Japanese have been making Castella and perfecting the recipe with additional “Japanese flavors” like matcha Castella.

11. Kaki No Tane

Kaki no tane, is a common Japanese snack. It’s a mix of soy-flavored rice crisps and peanuts. Mostly enjoyed alongside a beer or sake at the bar.

12. Wasabi Peas

A classic Japanese snack, the famous wasabi peas. Simple green peas covered by a wasabi flavored mixture. Usually, consumed with beer or sake as a snack before dinner.

13. Imagawayaki

They are a pan filled with some sweet red bean paste ( azuki bean paste). A really popular street food that you can find all over Japan, especially during Japanese festivals. They have a texture that is different than a Dorayaki.

14. Umaibo

Umaibo is a corn snack really similar to Cheetos in terms of consistency but they look different, usually presented in a cylindrical form. There are many different tastes to choose from. You have probably already seen some as it is one of the most famous Japanese snacks.

15. Choco Banana

Choco banana

Like the name suggests, It is made from chocolate and banana. Usually a Banana in a chocolate coating and dressed with different toppings like sprinkles or other pieces of fruits. They are commonly eaten during summer festivals in Japan

16. Anpan

Anpan

Another red bean paste filled bun! This one is more of a soft and sweet bread, kind of like a brioche. And made from an Ex- samurai ^^. Give it a try if you haven’t already

17. Kinoko no Yama

Kinoko no Yama

Is a snack made by Meiji. They look like small mushrooms but are actually made from chocolate. Although you can find other variation of tastes. They are a fun snack to buy if you want to play a joke on your friends

18. Arare

Arare

Arare is probably the most famous Japanese snack that you don’t know the name. It is a small rice cracker flavored with soy sauce. You can find them in most supermarket nowadays. Now you know how to call them :)

19. Anmitsu

Anmitsu

Is a really popular Japanese dessert, made from a mix of jelly made from red algae, fruits, ice cream, and red bean paste. If you want to try a real traditional Japanese dessert, you should try some Anmistsu!

20. Karintō

Karinto

Karintō is a traditional Japanese snack. It is a sweet and deep-fried snack made of flour, yeast and brown sugar. If you have a sweet tooth you should try it!

21. Yukimi daifuku

Yukimi daifuku

Another really famous Japanese treat! Daifuku can be found in a lot of different forms and flavors. The Yukimi Daifuku is Lotte’s take on that traditional dessert, it is a vanilla ice cream ball wrapped in a thin layer of mochi.

22. Kit Kat matcha

Kit Kat matcha

I don’t think I need to explain to you too much what a Kit Kat is. But the Kit Kat matcha is a Japanese market exclusive (one of many others). A marvelous matcha flavor kit kat, if you haven’t tried yet, you should try it asap!

23. Popin Cookin

Popin cookin

Popin Cookin is pretty popular now abroad thanks to some viral youtube viral videos. It’s easy to understand why once you try it yourself. It is a DIY candy experience like you can only expect coming from Japan. Have fun making sushi (and more) looking candy and finally eat it once you make it!

24. Konpeito

Konpeito

Konpeito is a Japanese sugar candy, similar in texture to our gummy bears. If you have a sweet tooth you should try this as well.

25. Jagariko

Jagariko

Jagariko is a famous Japanese snack manufactured by Calbee, They are a French fried looking snack made from potato and available in a variety of flavors.

26. Big Katsu

Big katsu

We all know Japanese Katsu, but have you heard of Big Katsu? Probably not. They are mostly sold in Japanese convenience stores. Looks like a normal Katsu (breaded pork cutlet) but are actually made from shredded fish surimi.

27. Every Burger

Every burger

A very Kawai Japanese snacks. As the name suggests, it’s a mini burger shaped chocolate cookie. Mostly available in Japan but you can also find them on Amazon.com

28. Ichigo Ame

Ichigo Ame

Have you been to a fair already? Great. Have you eaten Candy Apples? This is the Japanese version of Candy apples, but instead of apples, it’s big juicy strawberries! They are available from street vendors, particularly during peak strawberry season.

29. Nikuman

 Nikuman

Nikuman is the Japanese name of the famous Chinese Baozi. They are a steamed bun with pork filling. They are popular in various Asian countries. Perfect for cold winter days!

30. Kakigori

Kakigori

On the contrary, Kakigori is a perfect summer dessert! It is a Japanese shaved ice dessert. You can find it in many different flavored syrups. This is a really refreshing dessert.

31. Cup Noodle

Cup noodle

Cup noodle is a brand of instant ramen noodle invented and manufactured by Nissin in Japan. They become an icon snack throughout the years as it is a super easy way so satisfy any cravings. Open the lid and pour hot water, stir for couple minutes and voila! A delicious ramen noodle cup to enjoy!

32. Monaka

Monaka

Monaka is like the Japanese version of an American ice cream sandwich. In the Monaka you won’t find ice cream (most of the time), you will find Jam made from Azuki bean and sesame seed or chestnut jam. And the «sandwich» is made from Mochi! What a perfect combination for your taste buds!

33. Bisuko

Bisuko

Bisuko is another snack made by Glico. Similar to «Monaka» they consist of two plain biscuits sandwiched together with a creamy paste in between. They are quite popular for kids an enable a fast snack on the go. They even feature the face of a kid on their packaging. (And it’s a girl!)

34. Amanatto

amanatto

Amanatto is a traditional Japanese candy made mostly from adzuki beans. The recipe is quite simple, it consists of dried beans covered with sugar and syrup.

35. Edamame

Edamame

If you are reading this article it is most likely that you already know or tried Edamame, but let me explain it anyway. Edamame is probably one of the most popular Japanese snacks usually served as a starter or to accompany beers. Edamame is soybeans in their pods, the pods are boiled or steamed and served with salt on top. A must try if you haven’t !

36. Lotte Koala

Lotte Koala

Lotte Koala, another famous Japanese snack. They are not rare to find in shops in America. You can spot them easily with their packaging featuring Koala’s. It’s a simple bite-sized cookie snack with a chocolate filling.

37. Anpanman korokoro

Anpanman Korokoro

Anpanman, a famous Japanese character, is being featured on this snack packaging and branding. But they are actually made by Fujiya (a chain of confectionery). So what is it? Simple biscuit with a chocolate topping and each biscuit is designed like Anpanman or his friends

38. Masuya onigiri Senbei Rice crackers

Masuya Onigiri Senbei Rice Crackers

Senbei is traditional Japanese rice crackers. The particularity of this snack is that they are formed like an onigiri. Simple and delicious they are a must for any type of snacking.

39. Nobel umeboshi plum sour

Nobel Umeboshi Plum sour

The Nobel Umeboshi plum sour is a very traditional Japanese Candy. They are made from an exterior hard shell made from sour plum and a sweet and juicy interior. Sour candies are quite popular in Japan and pickled plum is also a popular flavor for candies and snacks. This is one of the most traditional Japanese candies you can try!

40. Jagabee potato snacks

Jagabee potato snacks

Shaped like real French fries Jagabee potato snacks are a fun and tasty way to enjoy French fries on the go. They come in a variety of different flavors like lightly salted or butter soy sauce. Delicious potato snacks to enjoy with some beer.

41. Hi-chew candy

Hi chew

Hi-chew candy is starting to become a bit more popular in the west. It’s not uncommon to see them in our local grocery shops around the USA. So what is it? They are a simple chewy flavored candy! They are individually wrapped and come in a multitude of different flavors. If you like gum or other fruity taffy, then you should try Hi-Chew

42. Fran

Fran

Fran is another brand (made from Meiji) of Biscuit stick covered with chocolate, like the Pocky that we mentioned earlier. If you like Pocky you should try Fran. They have a multitude of flavors to choose from as well.

43. Glico Collon Biscuit

Glico collon biscuit

Another Glico snacks! yes they have a lot of different snacks. So the Collon biscuit is a simple biscuit roll cut in small pieces (bite-sized) and filled with various flavors or cream. The most popular flavors are Vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and matcha flavor. Even if it sounds like a weird name, worry not, they are worth the try if you like Japanese snacks!

44. Maruesu Fried Seaweed — Wasabi soy sauce

Maruesu Fried Seaweed

Like the name suggests. This is some fried seaweed flavored with some wasabi soy sauce. Because of the fried aspect of it, the texture of the seaweed actually resembles our original potato chips that we love so much. There aren’t any snacks more Japanese than this. Seaweed, wasabi, soy sauce. You should try it!

45. Fettuccine Gummy

Fettuccine

Fettuccine gummy is another super sour Japanese candy. If you love Sour candies, you will love fettuccine gummies! They are also available in a multitude of different flavors

46. Pure Gummy

Pure gummy

The Pure gummy is one of the most popular sour candIes from Japan. They are 100% made from fruit purée with no artificial colors or flavors. They also come in a multitude of flavors. I love the grape and lemon flavors. Even though it’s a candy, they contain vitamin C, collagen.

47. Heart Uranai Moko Moko toilet-kun Candy toy

Heart Uranai Moko Moko toilet-Khun Candy toy

You know that Japanese flavors can sometimes be weird for non-Japanese. This candy is one of the weird ones... It’s a DIY candy looking like a toilet. In the package, you will get some candy powder that you mix in the toilet bowl. Then close the toilet bowl and shake the toilet. Open the lid and enjoy your candy. This Candy toy comes in several different flavors so you can enjoy different toilets :)

48. Pureal Gummy

Pureal gummy

The Pureal Gummy is similar to the Pure gummy. But contrary to them, they aren’t sour. They actually taste like a real fruit mix in a gummy texture.

49. Kororo Fruit gummy

Kororo fruit gummy

The kororo fruit gummy, is really similar to the Pureral gummy. They try to mimic the real taste of the fruit and offer a unique texture. Available in many different flavors like green muscat grape, mango, melon, orange smoothie, peach, red grape and more. If you liked the pureral gummy or want to try a unique Japanese candy, I highly recommend trying the kororo fruit gummy

50. Kasugai Tsubu Gummy

Kasugai Tsubu gummy

Another Japanese gummy candy! They come from Kasugai, a famous Japanese confectionery (one of the biggest in Japan at some point). They are soda flavored gummy available in various flavors such as melon soda, cola, grape soda. They come in a zipping resealable package.

Bonus

51. Mentos Matcha

Matcha mentos

We all know mento in the west, but have you tried the Japanese matcha flavored Mento? I don’t think so right? If you are a matcha lover you should try them out

52. J — Cola

J cola Pepsi

The Japanese market has a lot of exclusive products made only for the Japanese market. This is one of them. It’s a unique cola made from Pepsi. It’s a unique black currant flavor mix with the cola we already love.

53. Coke peach

Coca Cola Peach

This is one of those Japanese market exclusive products! The Coca-Cola Peach flavor! A unique variant of the Classic coke that we all love. It features a unique Japanese peach flavor.

54. Coke Clear

Coca Cola clear

Another weird Japan exclusive coke! This one is even more unique because it’s a transparent looking Coke! Featuring a light lemon taste and no sugar. If you’re a Coca-Cola fan, you should try this unique coke.

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