Delicious + Kawaii = Sublime! Japan’s Animal-Themed Desserts
We all know the feeling of happiness after devouring a delectable dessert. But when that sweet treat is kawaii – cute – on top of being delicious, that’s enough to make our hearts dance. That’s why we’re introducing animal-themed sweets that are so kawaii, you almost won’t be able to take a bite!
Hokkaido Bran Bakery’s Long-tailed Tit DoughnutDubbed the “snow fairy,” the long-tailed tit is a bird that, in Japan, can only be found in Hokkaido. At the Bran Bakery, they’re perched adorably atop doughnuts resembling nests and snow-blanketed mountains. They’re sure to put a smile on your face, and not just because the Hokkaido bran doughnuts offer such a comforting flavor.
Bran Bakery (道産小麦工房Bran)
Address: 1F Round One, 3-1 Nagayama, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Access: In front of Nagayama 2-2 Bus Stop (Dohoku Bus, others)
PiyorinThough shaped like a chick, at close inspection you’ll see that this charming cake boasts a pair of chocolate wings. Cocooned inside Bavarian cream is pudding made from Nagoya Cochin eggs. On top of that, a powdery layer of fluffy sponge coats the entire exterior. You can find them at the JR Nagoya Station, and some stores offer eat-in spaces for hungry visitors.
Address: Café Gentiane in JR Nagoya Chuo-dori Street at Nagoya Station (1-1-4 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi)
Access: 1-minute walk from the central ticket gate at Nayoga Station (JR)
Fumido’s Sweet Chestnut Bear MonakaStuffed between the crisp monaka wafers is a sweet chestnut paste. The best way to eat it is oshiruko (sweet red-bean soup)-style, and the sight of Mr. Bear soaking in a bath of chestnut paste will warm the coldest of hearts. If you visit Fumido’s Saku-G Cafe, you might even see him relaxing on top of a parfait.
Fumido (栗餡 風味堂)
Address: 414 Obuse, Obuse-machi, Kamitakai County, Nagano (main store)
Access: 11-minute walk from Obuse Station (Nagano Electric Railway)
*The information herein is as of March 2021.
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