I really enjoy the vast variety of awesome and sometimes weird snacks found throughout Asia. So when my husband went to Okinawa for a short trip (without me ;_;) I made sure to tell him to bring me home the most awesome Japanese snacks he could find! He didn’t disappoint and I’ve sampled some really tasty sweets from Okinawa and now I’m going to share them with you! One things you should know first, the packaging was 99% in Japanese and my translator app wasn’t helpful so I’m not entirely sure what any of these are called nor what’s in them. I only know what tastes good! (But please if you know the proper names for these sweets please let me know! If you are offended by my lack of knowledge, sorry! Please correct me!).
This box of sweets features a variety of different beni imo sweets. Beni imo is a purple sweet potato. The taste is similar to that of yams/sweet potatoes or sweet red bean paste. It’s really quite good! The assortment came with 2 – 4 samples each individually packaged. The wetter treats, like the boats all came with their own little freshness packs. The harder cookies were like shortbread or butter cookies. They long purple ones were my particular faves, but I also liked the white and purple puffs and the shisa cookies were great also.
I liked the other more cake like beni imo sweets as well! They are quite filling though, so even though they are small just eating one is enough in many cases. The beni imo filling is quite sweet and dense. In spite of the different shapes, these cakes all tasted relatively the same. While the harder cookies ran from butter cookies (shisa cookies) to shortbread these all were the same sort of sweet cake crust with beni imo fillings. Yes, the dark square looks like a brownie, it even has the same density and consistency but there’s no chocolate in there! Just beni imo!