Hey Bokksu Fans! I’m Danny Taing, the founder of Bokksu, and I am thrilled to introduce you to Summer Festivals in Japan! Matsuri has become a time for celebrating family, friends, and tradition. Natsu matsuri is known to kids as a time to catch goldfish with a net and play booth games like ring toss. To many others it is known as a time to don their prettiest yukata and enjoy the fireworks going off in the night sky while munching on classic festival foods like takoyaki and taiyaki! This month, we have curated some of our favorite festival-themed snacks to bring the matsuri to you! Our first snack is Goldfish Apple Yokan. This full-bodied jelly is chewy and delicious while still subtly sweet from Aomori’s famous apples. It’s delicious when chilled and its adorable goldfish wrapper hints at the popular festival game goldfish scooping. Our second snack is Firework Rice Crackers. A peanut is hidden inside each of these exciting black crackers designed to resemble a ball of firework gunpowder! Our third snack is Honey Castella Cake. This fluffy sponge cake is perfect for a summer tea time treat since its light texture doesn’t weigh you down. Flavored with honey, bite-sized Castella like this are a classic festival treat in Japan. Our fourth snack is Handmade Apple Candy. These adorable hard candies are shaped and colored by hand to look like real apples! Because they are made using apples that are locally grown and seasonally available, the natural apple flavor comes through with freshness. Our fifth snack is Dondon Yaki. Named after the sound of the beating taiko drums that are ubiquitous at festivals in Japan, these little savory senbei are bursting with flavor. Our sixth snack is Piccolo Dolce Strawberry & Yogurt. This velvety smooth treat is a delightful mix of yogurt-flavored mousse and a cushiony bed of strawberry jelly. Our seventh snack is Fried Seaweed with Sudachi. Elevating the humble seaweed to a snack that packs a punch with the tart taste of the sudachi citrus fruit, you’ll find yourself unable to stop at just one chip! Our eighth snack is Tai Strawberry. Taiyaki is a traditional Japanese cake named and shaped after Japanese sea bream. This fun snack has a crisp shell enclosing a light and tasty strawberry mousse. That’s so delicious! Our ninth snack is Chocolate Banana Langue De Chat. This delicious and delicate cookie holds a rich banana sweet cream sandwiched in between two crispy chocolate butter biscuits. Mmm! Our tenth snack is Edamame Rice Crackers. These little green packets contain an otsumami snack mix. The puffs themselves have a natural sweetness from the edamame beans and a sprinkling of salt for balance. Our eleventh and final snack is Matsuri Bayashi Senbei. This packet of rice crackers comes in 6 flavors: soy sauce & nori, shrimp, aosa nori (sea lettuce), black sesame, chili pepper, and salted. Our tea pairing this month is Iced Green Tea
Powder. This green tea powder is made from the finest Shizuoka tea leaves. Shizuoka Prefecture’s tea is among the top three teas of Japan, prized for its beautiful color. I hope this month’s tasty festival-themed
snacks transported you to the energetic and unique Summer Festivals in Japan! Happy snacking!