Your trip to Japan isn’t complete until you’ve stepped into a convenience store. These so-called Japanese "conbini" routinely release new items under their own private label. Family Mart, in particular, has an incredible selection of chocolate snacks and cakes under its Family Mart Collection lineup.
We've rounded up 10 products from Family Mart that make excellent souvenirs and are sure to be crowd-pleasers!
Whole Wheat Honey Rusk 128 yen (138 yen tax incl.)
These dice-sized rusk sweets come in a resealable package that fits nicely in your suitcase or carry-on. Made with whole wheat flour and coated with honey on one side, these snacks deliver just the right amount of sweetness.
Chicken Flavored Baby Star Ramen Bites 100 yen (108 yen tax incl.)
Brought to you by the Oyatsu Company, who knows a thing or two about snacks. After all, oyatsu means snack in Japanese. Unlike traditional ramen, Baby Star Ramen is small, round, fried and meant to be eaten with your hands. When you open the package you’re greeted with the wonderful aroma of chicken. Priced at 100 yen, these Baby Star Ramen Bites are a great buy if you have spare change left over at the end of your Japan trip.
Squid Crackers 100 yen (108 yen tax incl.)
You’ve never seen senbei (Japanese rice crackers) like these cute squid crackers! These squid-flavored crackers finish with a strong soy sauce flavor. Once you try them, you’ll surely see why these are one of the best-selling snacks in the Family Mart Collection — they have been sold in Japan since May 2014!
Crispy Ham Cutlet With Sauce Flavored Snacks 89 yen (96 yen tax incl.)
Ham cutlets, slices of ham dipped in batter then deep-fried, are a staple in delis and diners across Japan. This fried snack is a spin-off the savory side dish and has a light, crisp texture. Oyster sauce, along with ham extract, makes you feel as if you really are taking a bite into a ham cutlet. At only 89 yen, you certainly get your money's worth!
Doughnuts With Red Bean Paste Filling 100 yen (108 yen tax incl.)
Made with adzuki beans from Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, the texture of the crushed beans paste contrasts nicely with the doughnuts’ smooth outer shell. Eight bite-sized doughnuts come in each package, making them a great souvenir to hand out to friends and coworkers when you return.
Light and Sweet Caramel Corn 100 yen (108 yen tax incl.).
Caramel Corn is brought to you by Tohato, of one Japan’s leading snack manufacturers. You'll experience an explosion of textures with this caramel-flavored snack. Plus, you’ll have fun searching for the peanuts at the bottom of the bag.
Assorted Biscuits, 6 Varieties 284 yen (306 yen tax incl.)
The 18 biscuits in this package are mini versions of 6 popular varieties by Bourbon, one of Japan’s oldest snack companies. Bite into the Baum Roll, a roll cake covered in creamy white coating, for a blissful moment of luxury.
While this assortment of snacks is pricier than other treats on this list, they are individually wrapped, making them easy for you to share with friends and family.
Florentines 128 yen (138 yen tax incl.)
Roasted almonds and homemade caramel are signature ingredients of florentines, aromatic baked treats perfect for snacking. Take a moment to savor the scent of butter. You’d think these were made in a patisserie!
Double Chocolate Baumkuchen 149 yen (160 yen tax incl.)
Double Chocolate Baumkuchen is a must have for chocolate lovers. Chocolate is blended into the batter and the cake itself is coated with bitter chocolate. You‘ll want to savor every bite of this cake so whip out a fork and spoon and indulge yourself.
Custard Cream Taiyaki 130 yen (140 yen tax incl.)
Taiyaki, a fish-shaped cake cast in a metal mold, is perhaps one of Japan’s most popular street foods. It’s typically filled with sweet bean paste, but this time, the waffle-like exterior is filled with a smooth custard cream. The only problem is figuring out which side to bite into — the head or tail?
Try these popular Japanese convenience store foods!
1. Custard Cream Taiyaki
2. Double Chocolate Baumkuchen
4. Assorted Biscuits, 6 Varieties
5. Light and Sweet Caramel Corn 100 yen
6. Doughnuts With Red Bean Paste Filling
7. Crispy Ham Cutlet With Sauce Flavored Snacks
8. Squid Crackers 100 yen
9. Chicken Flavored Baby Star Ramen Bites
10. Whole Wheat Honey Rusk
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