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Is everything in Japan too expensive but you still need to bring something back to Singapore? Buying souvenirs can be such a chore with the amount of quirky items Japan offers so we always end up buying food items, especially in Hokkaido, famous for its Hokkaido milk. These are the 7 most popular food from Hokkaido that tourists love to bring back for their family and friends to lessen your burden of having to crack your brains or scour the internet for souvenirs to bring back home.
1. Cheese Pudding (from Kinotoya)
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This one's a no-brainer — Kinotoya's Cheese Pudding is so popular that they were rewarded by TV programs with the most popular dessert that boosts the longest queue. Because of it's heavy cream and use of Hokkaido milk, Kinotoya's Cheese Pudding taste far better than what you can get in supermarkets.
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Are you a big fan of cheese? As crazy as we are about cheese flavoured items, ain't nobody got time to queue an hour for Kinotoya's BAKE Cheese Tarts in ION Ochard.
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A golden crunchy, crumbly crust with cheese stuffing, it's not hard to understand Singaporean's craze for Kinotoya's BAKE Cheese Tarts, especially if you're a cheese lover.
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Fear not if you ran out of Japan yen or you're still waiting for cheap flights to Hokkaido — the snaking queues in Ion Orchard are getting shorter as the hype dies down. Originating from Kinotoya itself, the BAKE Cheese Tarts in Singapore tastes just as authentic as the one you can purchase in Hokkaido.
ION Orchard, #B4-33, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore
10am - 10pm
3. White Cake (from Ishiya)
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Who can forget Ishiya Chocolate Factory in Hokkaido? Not only is Ishiya's White Cake photogenic, bringing out minimalistic-lover in you (flat lay anyone?), the cream sponge cake is amazingly soft and fluffy, best paired with a cup of tea. Tip: bring Ishiya's White Cake for a family gathering because it'll be snapped up within seconds, leaving your nosy relatives no time to ask when are you getting married.
4. Marron Coron (from Amatou)
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Amatou's Marron Coron is a biscuit made of 3 layers and coated with chocolate and it comes in a variety of flavours like cheese, almonds, cacao and walnut. Said to be Hokkaido's national snack, it's been 50 years since Japan started selling Marron Coron and they remain popular among both locals and tourists. Remember to try out the different flavours if you're adventurous!
5. Freeze-Dried Strawberries Coated in White Chocolate (from Rokkatei)
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Who doesn't know that chocolates and strawberries creates a perfect combination? As always, the Japanese are more creative: the slight sourness from the strawberries blends perfectly with sweetness from the rich chocolate coating, resulting in a perfect, interesting flavour. Freeze-dried strawberries adds a crunch to the original flavour as well!
These freeze-dried strawberries comes coated in two types of chocolate, black or white — we reccomend the freeze-dried strawberries coated in white chocolate because it brings out the best taste of Hokkaido milk, making it a perfect souvenir gift.
6. Rokka (from Rokkatei) — liqueur candy
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Beautiful intricate designs on the packaging, Rokkatei's Rokka is the most appropriate gift for your alcoholic family and friends! You'll be greeted by six bright colours upon unwrapping Rokkatei's Rokka, each representing a different flavour, wine, brandy, plum liquor, peppermint, cointreau, haskap. Pop one liqueur candy into your mouth and liqueur flows out of the candy. Mhmm, yummy.
7. Double Fromage (from LeTAO)
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Hands up if you're still craving for cheese! LeTAO's Double Fromage is a double-layered cheesecake: a cheesy treat of dense, baked cheesecake covered by Castella cake crumbs. Other than the typical Double Fromage cheese flavour, we highly recommend the green tea and chocolate flavour as well.
Looking at photos of these snacks are enough to make us drool. Yum! Can't wait to get packing now? Remember to pack light so you can bring home more souvenirs for your family and friends.
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