For Matcha Lovers! 10 Matcha Sweets From Japanese Convenience Stores and Supermarkets
Traditional Japanese Inspired Matcha SweetsMatcha tea is often enjoyed together with wagashi, a kind of traditional Japanese sweets. Japanese convenience stores stock a variety of affordable sweets and some of them come in a traditional Japanese style.
To the left is a matcha jelly parfait. The variety of toppings offers many different textures and a decent size.
To the right is one of Japan's classic sweets, dorayaki. Normally they would be filled with sweet red bean paste, but this version contains matcha mousse and whip cream. The dough is also a little chewier than your regular dorayaki.
Doramocchi Omatcha & Whip: 162 yen (LAWSON)
The parfait is composed of matcha jelly, red bean paste, fresh cream and matcha mousse. The topping includes shiratama dango (a type of chewy glutinous rice sweet) and chestnut.
Cake and Ice Cream With a Rich Matcha FlavorThe next sweets have a more modern and western feel. To the left is a matcha tiramisu roll cake from Lawson. The white center is a melt-in-your-mouth cream that sits on tip of a slightly bitter matcha espresso sauce. The smoothness of the cream perfectly balances with the bitterness of the matcha.
To the right is a limited edition matcha ice cream sandwich by Häagen-Dazs. This brand can be found in convenience stores all over Japan. The matcha ice cream contains crunchy chocolate chips.
Häagen-Dazs Matcha Ensemble 295 yen (Häagen-Dazs)
This is what the roll cake looks like when cut. The thick matcha espresso sauce is hiding underneath the cream.
A Matcha Drink DuoLet's take a break from sweets and try some matcha-flavored drinks, too. These you can find in both convenience stores and supermarkets.
One that caught my attention is the matcha chuuhai. Chuuhai (also called chu-hi) is a Japanese alcoholic drink that is usually a mix of shochu and carbonated water. This drink is often flavored with lemon but it also comes in a variety of other flavors. The matcha's natural bitterness sets this drink apart from the many ultra-sweet canned drinks that you can find in Japan.
For another interesting drink, Mt. RAINIER's matcha café au lait pairs matcha's unique aftertaste with the aroma of coffee.
Takara Matcha Wari Shochu: 153 yen (Takara)
Matcha Sweets to ShareGoing back to sweets, here are two that you can enjoy together with someone. The first one is Elise's matcha wafers, filled with matcha cream and coated in matcha chocolate. Can't go wrong with this texture combo.
I also found a luxurious-looking chocolate made of dark, white, and matcha chocolate.
Lotte Sasha Tokiwa Matcha: 220 yen(Lotte)
Lotte's chocolate has thin layers that add a pleasant texture to a delicious taste, but it also has an interesting story. It is inspired by the Japanese color tokiwa-iro. Tokiwa-iro is the deep green of Japanese evergreens like pine or cedar.
A Syrupy Chocolate and a Crunchy PieThese two have interesting textures and are also great for sharing. To the left, a matcha chocolate that contains three different types of filling: "juicy matcha", "crunchy matcha", and "strong matcha".
And lastly, to the right is a treat from one of my favorite snack brands, Fujiya. A matcha version of their delicious Home Pie. These crunchy bites have a buttery aroma that perfectly complements the bitterness of the tea.
Fujiya Home Pie: 299 yen(Fujiya)
I hope you found something you liked in this list. Japan has new sweets and snack every year, so it's fun to try a lot of different things.
I'll see you in the next list!
*The above article is based on information from May 2020.
*All prices are as found in convenient stores and tax-exclusive.
*Prices are subject to change.
*Due to stock conditions of each store some products might not be available. Please also note that some products may be available for a limited time or limited to specific stores.
About the Author
Faii is a Thai living in Tokyo. With a passion for photography, she enjoys life and travelling in Japan. She loves visiting cafes and seeking out delicious food joints.
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 06 18,2020 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team