Sunday, April 5, 2009

Meiji Hokkaido Azuki Takenoko no Sato

Takenoko no Sato Azuki

I'm trying a new layout! Please bear with me while I work out the kinks. Anyhow, this is another one of the spoils of my Toronto trip last month. I'm always up for a different flavor of Takenoko no Sato (or Kinoko no Yama) and had yet to be disappointed...until this one.

I didn't know Hokkaido was known for azuki (red beans), but the island is known for agriculture in general, so nothing would surprise me. Azuki and an (sweet red bean paste) are often too sweet for my taste, which is strange, since it is so popular in Japan and I'm used to super sweet American candy like Skittles. Once, I made an from scratch, and it involved quite a lot of sugar.

Takenoko no Sato Azuki

As you can see, the little chocolates are kind of a dusty rose color (oddly similar to the color of my wedding dress), which is much lighter than real azuki beans (you can see them on the box).

The texture of these was weird. It really did seem like I was eating an, right down to the texture of the beans. The chocolate (if it can even be called chocolate) was very soft and grainy and had no snap to it at all, which threw off the usual balance of crunchy cookie and smooth chocolate that I love about Takenoko no Sato. The flavor was very mild, but because of the texture, it seemed very authentic.

If you are a big azuki fan, by all means, check these out. Otherwise, they are just a neat novelty.


Meiji Website (Japanese)


Kelly said...

I love the new look!

Yes, hokkaido is known for azuki. As my husband is from hokkaido, whenever we go there i get completely azuki'd out by the time we come home! We sometimes go to an azuki farm where they make azuki bean coffee, it is totally yum!!

I really wanted to try these but they were $5/box in the supermarkets here and I just thought it wasn't worth it as i can get better quality when i go back to japan. Pity, i probably would have loved them too.

Great post!

ebidebby said...


Wow, azuki coffee? That sounds really good! I want to go to Hokkaido next year, since I've never been there, and I will be sure to look for that.

I got them for 2.69 USD, which wasn't too bad. The chocolate was just so weird on these; my friends also tried them and thought it was more like frosting.