10 Best Japanese Biscuit Snacks

When it comes to biscuit snacks, Japanese companies are outmatched. With an array of unique flavors and presentation to offer, there is plenty to select and plenty to enjoy. Thus with this list, Anime Impulse is here to guide you through the best Japanese biscuit treats to try!

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10. YBC Picola

Slender, crisp, buttery--just a few of many words to describe how appetizing YBC’s Picola is! Though sweet biscuit egg rolls can be found in splendid variety across the world, no other company produces them quite like YBC. The thin, wafer-like shell of Picola is an absolute pleasure to bite into, with flavored confection swirling through and around the entire, making every tasty chew a pleasure unmatched by anything else. Coating the inner hollow center is a layer of delicious cream, of which can be your choice of chocolate, strawberry, matcha, or even white mocha.

Whether you refer to Picola by its name, or other regional variants such as love letters or barquillos, there is worldwide appeal to referring to these treats as what they are: delicious!

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9.  Meiji Hello Panda

Without question, the textbook definition of “too cute to eat” would be Meiji’s Hello Panda snacks. Upon each perfectly crisp and crunchy bite-sized biscuit is an adorable image of Hello Panda’s precious mascot, typically in the middle of playing some kind of sport such as fencing or hockey. The pictures are printed across all available flavors for the snack line, with every panda-shaped cracker shell filled with sweet, creamy confection. Biting through the biscuit’s outer casing to get to the yummy creamy center brings nothing short of satisfaction.

No matter if you are in the mood for chocolate, strawberry, and/or vanilla, Hello Panda will greet your tastebuds with a delicious welcome!

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8.  Bourbon Lumberjack Tree Trunk

With how delicious Bourbon’s Lumberjack Tree Trunks are, you will be wishing that the entire tree was offered instead! Taking each delectable, miniature tree trunk into your hand will make you feel like a mighty giant with every savory bite. Sweet and smooth milk chocolate serves as the trunk’s base, forming a delicious ‘outer bark’ that partially encases its marvelously crunchy biscuit center. Together, they make for a perfectly tasty duo that makes it easy to pick up but hard to put down. Be sure to give thanks to the hardworking lumberjack who is present on the cover for all his hard work in providing you a superb snacking experience!

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7. Meiji Takenoko no Sato

Meiji and snacks go together like panda and bamboo. It is nothing else but perfect for Meiji to produce its Hello Panda line, in addition to its Takenoko no Sato treats. Translated to “bamboo village”, Takanoko no Sato are like a reverse Hello Panda, with a biscuit serving as the center while chocolate forms the coating. Whereas Hello Panda is more like a cracker, Takenoko no Sato features a sweet, almond cookie biscuit.

Meiji goes above and beyond this this particular treat, as each cookie piece is then partially dipped into milk chocolate for a thin layer, only to be coated yet again with its darker counterpart, which is molded to look like that of a bamboo shoot. All three combine together for a magnificent snack, contrasting flavors and all. After a bite of one of these, you will see why pandas adore bamboo so much!

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6. Kabaya Saku Saku Panda

While biting into biscuits with adorable pandas printed on them may prove to be difficult, trying to work up the will to even pick up a Saku Saku Panda biscuit to eat is near futile! Though each Saku Saku bears looks utterly delectable, you may feel hesitant totake a bite once you see the wide array of cute, precious expressions presented. However, the three tasty layers presented in each biscuit piece offers a temptation that is utterly irresistible!

With a crispy biscuit base, milk chocolate is stacked right on top, only to be glazed over with white chocolate. The two chocolates are carefully arranged to ensure each panda face remains as cute and visually appealing as possible. When layered over one another, the three tiers of sweetness make every bite a sheer delight!

Though the milk and white chocolate is Saku Saku Panda’s defining flavor--for obvious reasons--the biscuit snack also comes in the flavors of apple custard and matcha, in addition to other variant forms like wafer and chocolate. Regardless of how you want to sate your tastebuds Kabaya’s bears have you covered!

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5. Glico Caplico

As though Glico’s treat offerings are not eye-catching enough, the company goes beyond what is expected of the common snack with their Caplico line. After all, what stops carts in a grocery store more than ice cream? The gorgeous array of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry cones on Caplico’s packaging is just too tantalizing to walk away from, and the taste is just as delightful as it looks!

Depending on the selected size, wafer biscuits are presented in a lovely cone shape roll to truly capture the ice cream experience. The roll cone is then filled to the brim with sugary frosting, creating a magnificent flavor to reach with every bite. While strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla are tried and true flavors that never fail to disappoint, Caplico’s Giant version comes with unique kinds such as melon and apple. However, no matter the size or the flavor, Caplico will make you scream for its snack-ready ice cream!

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4. Meiji Chocorooms

Between pandas and bamboo shoots, Meiji takes eccentric snack presentation a step further with their Chocorooms line. It is not very often that you hear someone raving about munching down mushrooms whenever they are feeling peckish. However, with one bite of a Chocoroom, you will understand the reasoning.

With its biscuit cracker “stalk” that is crisp to perfection and a smooth creamy “top”, Chocorooms will have you scarfing down a bag in no time. While a chocolate and strawberry mushroom may seem nonsensical in theory, the taste of its flavors in creamy form will make perfect sense as you snack. Despite how the chocolates adorning each mushroom stalk are firm and solid--a perfect match for the crunchy biscuit stalks--they are creamy in taste, which provides a delectable contrast to the other flavors present. Next time you are in need of an amusing treat that will put the “fun” in fungi, be sure to check out Chocorooms!

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3. Glico Collon

Though the name of this Glico treat never fails to make people do double takes, the Collon snacks are not to be missed out on by title alone! Rich, delicious frosting is perfectly packed into a thin but tasty hollow cookie biscuit shell, which provides a satisfying crunch before one’s tastebuds are immersed in delectable cream. The tiny size of Collon treats makes snacking fun and convenient, but all the more difficult to put down! Whether you decide to spoil yourself with strawberry, matcha, chocolate, or cream, Collon will surely not let you down, but will also lift up your spirits!

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2. Meiji Yan Yan

It is difficult to frown when you have a cup of Meiji’s Yan Yan. Rich, smooth cream--with your choice of chocolate, strawberry, and/or vanilla--and 10+ appetizing biscuit sticks go hand in hand for an amusing yet tasty snacking experience. There is an indescribable satisfaction to taking these slender crackers and dipping them into the flavored frosting dip, the amount of delicious coating determined by you, the eater. Not to mention, the adorable animal images and phrases that are printed on each stick are sure to uplift your mood--all while you lift up a delectable stick of Yan Yan to your mouth!

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1. Glico Pocky and Pretz

Unparalleled in taste and legacy, Glico’s Pocky and Pretz remain the superior biscuit snack of all. Whether dipped in creamy confection or not, Glico’s signature slender, biscuit sticks make for the most ideal and convenient treat. As Pocky continues to reign supreme as Japan’s staple snack food--especially amongst anime fans--while Pretz holds itself well, both brands continue to expand upon its already sizeable roster of flavors, exploring and seeking out new ways to entice tastebuds. Whether you feel compelled to pick up a box of grape Pocky or try out some pizza Pretz, these two Glico products have something for everyone to enjoy!

When it comes to biscuit snacks, Japanese companies are outmatched. With an array of unique flavors and presentation to offer, there is plenty to select and plenty to enjoy. Thus with this list, Anime Impulse is here to guide you through the best Japanese biscuit treats to try!

Cooking in Cosplay: Omelette Souffle

world's best breakfast item ever.

world's best breakfast item ever.

Featured Anime: Shokugeki no Soma, Season 1, Episode 14

Everyone knows the fabulous food anime, Shokugeki no Soma, contains epic cooking scenes featuring the titular character. In episode 14, Yukihira Soma competes in the Breakfast Buffet Challenge and struggles with his decision to create a fluffy egg omelet soufflé. Eventually he creates a live-show to draw a crowd as he cooks each omelet and manages to make 200 servings in less than half an hour! Check out our recipe on how to make your own personal omelet souffle!

Easy-to-print recipe PDF here.


Ingredients

2 Eggs (separated)
Heavy cream (optional)
Pinch of Salt and pepper to season
Tomato sauce (ketchup if lazy)
Parsley to season

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Directions

1. Separate the egg yolks and whites into two bowls. 

2. Season the yolks with salt and pepper. You can add a little heavy cream to help get the eggs fluffier, as Soma did in the episode. Then beat them with a fork until it is one consistency. 

3. Whip the egg whites until you get stiff peaks. You can use a whisk and hand whip it yourself, or you can save yourself some time and energy and use an electric hand mixer. Make sure your whisk and bowl are completely clean and dry beforehand, otherwise your whites will not fluff up enough. 

4. Slowly fold in the yolks with the egg whites until it is a nice yellow color. You don't want to go too fast, as you will deflate the bubbles you whipped up. 

5. Heat some oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Then add the eggs and cook for about 1 minute. 

6. Cover the pan with a lid and lower the heat. Steam for another minute or two. 

7. Remove from the pan and fold it in half while sliding onto a plate. 

8. Add your special tomato sauce and sprinkle parsley if you have it. Serve immediately for full orgasmic effects. 

it looks just like Soma's.

it looks just like Soma's.

10 Best Matcha Snacks

Whether brewed to steaming perfection, or blended into a refreshing smoothie, matcha green tea makes for a marvelous drink that is fitting for any mood and/or occasion. However, to not make the most of its naturally smooth, creamy composition would be an absolute injustice. Thankfully, with a near endless array of snacks for this powder tea to take form in, there is plenty to choose from and we here at Anime Impulse are more than happy to guide you through the wonders of matcha treats.

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10. Tohato Caramel Corn - Matcha Green Tea

With its famous Caramel Corn snacks, Tohato continues to produce treats that weave seamlessly in and out between two extremes. A light, airiness that contrasts with a satisfying crunch, delicate puffs that are fully stuffed with addictive sweet flavor, and so on. While Tohato’s Caramel Corn is known for its expansive variety to select from--strawberry, almond, and even ramune--its matcha is simply flawless. The snack’s namesake caramel works wonders with the matcha flavor, making it utterly and wholly impossible to just have one of these tasty puffs! Opening any bag of Caramel Corn is a one way trip down the rabbit hole, and you will find yourself determined to reach all the way to the bottom!

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9. Meiji Rich Matcha Biscuits

Like that of an upscale Oreo, Meiji Rich Matcha Biscuits are the physical embodiment of decadence. With 51% real matcha blended flawlessly into a white chocolate cream, these Meiji treats are ones to definitely savor. The matcha center is perfectly sandwiched between two chocolate cookies, which--as aforementioned--draws delicious parallels with another famous American sweet. Tastebuds are treated to a splendid duality between the creamy bitterness of the matcha cream and the equally bittersweet cookies--the latter of which actually draws out the  authentic, rich green tea flavor while seeming sweeter by comparison. Paired with some coffee, or even better, a hot cup of matcha tea, these biscuits are far too good to pass up!

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8. Lotte Crunky Chocolate - Matcha and Cookie

A classic staple of go-to Japanese chocolates, Lotte’s Crunky does wonders with its Matcha and Cookie flavor. White chocolate is blended seamlessly with a subdued matcha flavor, making the entire confection not too heavy on the bitterness often associated with green tea. However, the creaminess that matcha is known for shines through thanks to the complement of the white chocolate. With copious amounts of Crunky’s rice puffs stuffed within, along with the magnificent addition of chocolate cookie pieces, it will be a struggle to decide between sharing with others--as the chocolate bar’s smooth texture makes it convenient to break and split apart--and keeping it all to yourself!

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7. Mikawaya Green Tea Mochi Ice Cream

Matcha is commonly enjoyed as tea, but it makes for an utterly spectacular ice cream flavor--especially in mochi form! Mikawaya’s Mochi Ice Cream makes for a frozen delight with its wide array of flavors, with green tea among its most stellar of the bunch! A small ball of creamy, green tea flavored ice cream is chilled to absolute perfection. Wrapped nice and snug within a soft, chewy mochi outer layer that is lightly dusted with flour, Mikawaya’s mochi ice cream is the perfect bite sized treat for any season. No matter if it is a sweltering summer day, or the chilliest winter night, this snack is enjoyable anytime, anywhere!

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6. Nissin Crisp Matcha Milk Choco

Bitterness and all, matcha often gets associated with creamy, smoothness. On the other hand, Nissin’s Crisp Matcha Milk Choco is as delightfully crispy and crunchy as it can get, and there is not a thing wrong with it! When the milky matcha flavor is infused into this treat’s round-shaped, corn flake stuffed surface, there is only joy to be had with each and every bite. Already split into 8 pieces, the Crisp Matcha Milk Choco only brings forth more bliss when shared with others. Nissin may be known for having the art of Cup Noodles down to an art, but they have equally mastered sweets and snacks down to a science!

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5. Fujiya Milky

Fujiya’s Milky is a time-honored confection in Japan. With the adorable Peko-chan adorning each bag, one cannot help but feel curious about what she finds so delicious. Though, with one piece of Milky, tasters find clarity through with each savory chew. And with Fujiya Milky’s take on matcha--with Peko-chan joined by the equally iconic and adorable Hello Kitty--passing up on these candies is essentially a losing battle. Whether due to the drawing power of two of Japan’s most famous adorable mascots, or the seamless and delightful blend of creamy milk and matcha within the chewy centers of Milky, one is surely compelled to give these Fujiya snacks a try!

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4. Carême Quattro

There is no better spot for the matcha flavor of Carême’s Quattro than 4! True to its name, Quattro biscuits are presented in a delightful medley of four tasty components stacked upon one another. A flavored cookie biscuit serves as Quattro’s base, upon which a splendidly semi-bittersweet chocolate is layered. Stuffed within the chocolate is a nice, gooey matcha-flavored syrup, with a creamy and rich green tea chocolate topping the whole treat off.  WIth 51% authentic Uji matcha infused within this already grandiose snack, go and ascend to 4 levels of flavor previously unreached by other confections!

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3. Sanritsu Couque D'asses

The name of this snack may make your head turn, but it will surely bring delicious joy to your mouth! What makes for a more perfect pair than tasty shortbread cookies and velvety matcha chocolate? Sanritsu’s Couque D’asses cookie brand is looking for some contenders! The perfect complement for your hot drink of choice, Couque D’asses have plenty of flavor to offer and savor! Each langue de chat--or cat tongue--cookie is baked to crisp, thin perfection and filled with a rich green tea chocolate filling, creating the utmost exquisite snacking experience. While Couque D’asses have a variety of flavors to select from, do your tastebuds a favor and choose matcha!

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2. Glico Matcha Pocky

There is no more famous and renowned of a Japanese snack than Glico’s Pocky! While recognized by its classic chocolate flavor, Pocky comes in many forms with its ever growing variety, with its matcha version serving as a deliciously stellar treat! While Glico’s signature biscuit sticks are a savory delight in themselves, they are utterly irresistible when coated in a delectable layer of green tea flavored cream. Thin and slender as they may be, these Pocky sticks do not hold back even the slightest with taste! Convenient for snacking, perfect for sharing, Glico’s Matcha Pocky makes for a perfect green tea indulgence!

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1.  Nestle Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat Bar

Truly the creme de la creme in more ways than one, Nestle’s Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat bars have set an unmatched standard amongst matcha snacks. While most may be taken aback by Kit Kat of all treats having a green tea flavor, do not let astonishment keep you from sampling this matcha perfection! The decadent creaminess of the Uji matcha-flavored white chocolate cannot be compared, especially as it thoroughly surrounds and coats the wafer biscuit within. One can expect a magnificent contrast of flavors between the bittersweet matcha of the chocolate and the sweet wafer center. For Kit Kat fans and matcha lovers alike and more, this treat is not to be missed!

Cooking in Cosplay: Flower-topped Hamburgers

only the japanese can do something so cute with a hamburger patty.

only the japanese can do something so cute with a hamburger patty.

Featured Anime: Rozen Maiden, Episode 8

In Rozen Maiden, Sakurada Jun finds his life completely changed with one online purchase. This happened to be a very beautiful, porcelain doll that also happens to be alive. Suddenly, Jun becomes her master and ends up taking care of several other living dolls that arrive. By episode 8, Jun and his sister Nori are living with three dolls. Nori makes Hinaichigo favorite dish, flower-topped hamburgers! This hamburger steak dish is a common home-cooked meal in Japan, but with a cute addition. Check out our recipe for this super cute dinner!

Recipe adapted from @へたくそ料理 runnyrunny999 and Japanese Cooking 101

Easy-to-print recipe PDF here.


Ingredients

Hamburger Steak patty

200 g (about half a pound) ground beef
150 g (¼ ) onions
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp ketchup
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
Nutmeg (opt)
1 beaten egg
15 g (about ¼ cup) panko
30 mL (3 tbsp) milk

Sauce

Water
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup worcestershire sauce
1 part worcestershire sauce, 1 part ketchup (err on more ketchup)

Egg

1 egg
1 flower-shaped egg mold

Directions

Makes about 4-5 patties

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1. Finely chop about a quarter of an onion.

2. Fry chopped onions in frying pan until softened and set aside to cool. 

3. In a large bowl, soften the quarter cup of panko crumbs with three tablespoons of milk.

4. Add the meat and mix with your hands. Knead until the meat is sticky. You don't have to use 100% ground beef; you could use any combination of ground meat substitute, such as 50% ground beef - 50% ground pork or 100% ground turkey. Whatever is your preference. 

5. Add the sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Then knead it again until it is well mixed. 

6. Add the cooked onions you set aside and knead to mix.

7. Beat one egg in a bowl, then add to the meat mixture and knead. 

8. Once you have thoroughly mixed the meat, separate the meat into balls for the patties. Pass each ball back and forth between your hands to remove any air pockets. If the meat is too warm, you can place it back into the fridge to cool down a little. At this point, if you have too much meat, you can saran wrap a portion and freeze to make later. Make sure you've formed the meat into whatever you'll make next time before you store it.

9. Flatten each ball into patties. Indent the middles slightly to make sure they cook all the way through. 

10. Heat some cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then place the patties in the pan. Flip over when each side is golden brown. This should take about a minute or two, depending on how thick your patties are. 

11. Cover the frying pan and change the heat to low. Cook for about another 3 minutes. Uncover and check if each side is browned enough. Then remove from heat. 

12. Place the hamburger steak patty onto a plate. 

13. To make the sauce, use the same pan you just cooked the patty in. In a bowl, mix a 1:1 ratio of ketchup and worcestershire sauce together. We used about 1/4 cup of each, but you can change the amount depending on how many patties you are making. Mix in a little bit of water and stir until evenly combined. 

14. Add the sauce to the frying pan and cook the liquid down on low heat. Once it has been reduced a little, remove from heat and set aside. 

15. Heat up a pan with oil in it. Use a flower-shaped egg mold and oil the sides. Place an egg with the yolk in the middle and fry. Try to push the whites around to make sure each of the petals is filled. You might also have to push the yolk to center it. Once all of the white has cooked, remove from heat.

16. Pour your sauce on top of the hamburger steak. Then place the flower egg on top. Garnish the plate with french fries and broccoli

17. Feed it to your magical dolls.

simple yet so beautiful.

simple yet so beautiful.

10 Best Japanese Sour Candies

The quintessential array of Japanese snacks for any anime fan often include Pocky, ramune, maybe even green tea flavored Kit-Kats. These treats are plentiful and readily available at your local supermarket. However, the familiarity with these sweets sometimes excludes the lip-puckering sour delights that Japan has to offer. With this list, Anime Impulse will show you all the candies to definitely keep an eye out for!

10. Hi-Chews Sours

Like Sailor Moon and Dragonball, you cannot go wrong with any of the many tasty selections offered by Hi-Chew, and their sour candies are no exception! Whether you decide to partake in its offered flavors of lemon, grapefruit, and/or lime, you are surely in for a treat, especially when paired with Hi-Chew’s perfectly smooth, soft candy textures and long-lasting taste.

While other sour candies make for a test of mental wits with its bold, impactful flavor, Hi-Chew Sours make for a much easier snacking with its light tanginess. For those who want a gentle sour indulgence as opposed to a relentless barrage of lip puckering flavor, Hi-Chew Sours make for the perfect selection!

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9. Kabaya Purreal Gummy Candy

Whether it’s a keychain blind box from your favorite series, or a piece of Kabaya’s Purreal Gummy Candy, there is delight to be had all around--even if sour levels may vary for the former. With a flavor selection consisting of grape, watermelon, and green apple, Purreal gummies are an absolute delight to eat!

Each flavored gummy cube is coated with a copious amount of sour powder, which--when melted away--welcomes one’s tastebuds to an utter nirvana of juicy, jelly sweetness within its center. For those looking for the perfect balance of sour and sweet in their candies, Purreals will surely not disappoint!

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8. Shigekix Super Sour Gummy

While “Shigekix” is meant to be a Japanese term to reference “energy” and “kick”, the candy may as well redefine sour candy as a whole! Every little resealable bag is full of disc-shaped candies, all of which are coated with a light dust of sour flavor while packed to the brim with tongue-twisting tartness.

With its sizeable list of flavors such as lemon, soda, mixed berry, orange, cola, and grape, Shigekix Super Sour Gummy definitely knows how to give your tastebuds a powerful kick of flavor--which in turns calls to mind of a notable squad captain from a somewhat similarly named series…

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7. Meigum Super Sour Chews

It will only take the First Impact of Meigum Super Sour Gum to cause devastation of epically sour proportions! While each candy piece is about the size of a pea, you will easily and immediately get a mouthful of flavor. Trying to eat more than one at a time is certainly not for the faint of heart!

Once the intense sour coating subsides, you will be treated to a small, chewy sweetness that fleets away like a passing daydream, which will certainly have you reaching for more! Flavors currently available include lemon and--in a wonderfully new take of typical flavors--apple vinegar. For those looking for an endurance test of the tongue, these candies are some notable contenders!

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6. Yaokin Sweet & Sour Paper Candy

Paper never tasted so sweet! Yaokin Sweet & Sour Paper Candy will turn heads and twist mouths with its unique take on Japanese candy. Do not let its thin appearance fool you--each bite into its slender surface is packed and bursting with flavorful sour sweetness! With three classic flavors of cola, green apple, and lemon, the entire length of its gummy texture is nearly doused with a splendid amount of sour sanding.

Much like the Saiyuki quartet in their quest to the West, consuming the entire length is a deliciously treacherous journey from beginning to end, with a satisfying payoff overall!

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5. Kanro Candemina Sour Candies

Japanese packaging is renowned for its artful aesthetic, a sense of simply looking too good to eat or tear into. With its eye-catching presentation, both for packaging and look, Kanro Candemina Sour Candies seek to entice all senses. With every gummy piece presented in a uniquely wavy shape, Candemina has especially drawn in anime fans with a recent collaboration with Touken Ranbu, featuring special-shaped gummies!

As if their eclectic blend of sour and sweet isn’t enough, it is hard to look away from Candemina when you have such beautiful characters showcased on the packaging. Coming in an array of flavors such as grape, melon, orange, and soda, Candemina will leave you clamoring for more flavor and future collaboration!

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4. Nobel Sours Gummy Candy

For some, the appeal of drinking Cola is the delightful fizzy burn on the throat that comes about with each gulp. With Nobel Sours Gummy Candy, one would not even have to wait to enjoy such a sensation. Once the gummy candy surface touches upon your tongue, you will immediately bear witness to a delightfully tasty conflict between sour and Cola fizziness.

These Cola candies are packed with fizzy sweetness within each piece, all coated in a thin but powerful sour powder. While Nobel Sours Gummy candy also includes watermelon and ramune, its authentic Cola flavor is a must try for all soda lovers, especially those who enjoy a bag of potato chips on the side!

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3. Kanro Puré Gummy Candies

With its perfectly chewy candy surfaces, Kanro’s Puré Gummy Candies are bridge together a delightful mix of sour and sweet. Presented in multitude of flavors--grape, lemon, and peach--Puré gummies come in heart shapes that are as pure as they are aesthetically pleasing. Each candy is generously covered in sour sugar, making every bite into its gummy center--made with real fruit juice--all the more a tasty delight.

Packaged in a conveniently resealable bag, these candies make for the ideal sour treat to take with you on the go, whether for a jam-packed convention weekend or to entice senpai’s eye with its heart-shaped sweetness.

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2. Bourbon Fettucine

Like the character roster in the newest idol game, there is a Fettuccine gummy flavor for everyone. Peach, soda, watermelon, cola, grape, honey & lemon--this Bourbon line of gummy candies has it all. No matter which flavor you decide to pick up and try--even if all are worth a go--its sour sugar coating remains to be light and delectable on the tongue.

This standout treat comes in a marvelously wavy shape, making each piece an absolute blast to eat and try. Though small and thin, Bourbon Fettucine are packed with flavor and remain to be the standard that other sour gummy candies strive to reach.

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1. Nobel Super Sour Candies

Warhead candy may reign supreme as sour candy, but a notable contender has arrived in the form of Nobel’s Super Sour Candies. With a new viral challenge making its round across the Internet featuring this lip-twisting treat, there is no better--no nobler--of a rival to go head to head with Warheads. Compared to its Sours Gummy counterpart, these lemon candies come with a delicious citrusy powder coating around its hard surface. These sweets are merciless with an immediate punch of sour flavor to your taste buds, which once cannot help but draw parallels to a certain S-Class Hero...

If you are looking to challenge your tastebuds, then Nobel Super Sour Candies are just for you. With its delicious sour taste, you will be sure to lose your umai-nd!

Cooking in Cosplay: Hamburger Steak Sushi

this is delicious

this is delicious

Featured Anime: The Idolm@ster, Episode 26

Perhaps the main fight between 765 Production and 961 Production is over, but that doesn't mean there isn't some rivalry between the members. On a day off, several of the members from 765PRO stop by a revolving sushi bar. Plate after plate, Shijou Takane enjoys everything that comes through on the belt. She is only stopped by one plate; a hamburger steak sushi. Jupiter's Amagase Touma has grabbed the plate at the same time and soon the two of them engage in an off-stage battle. Join us as we teach you how to make this delicious plate of sushi worth fighting for!

Recipe adapted from @へたくそ料理 runnyrunny999 and Japanese Cooking 101. Sushi rice recipe from Alton Brown.

Easy-to-print recipe PDF here.


Ingredients

Hamburger steak patties

200 g (about half a pound) ground beef
150 g (¼) onions
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp ketchup
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
Nutmeg (opt)
1 beaten egg
15 g (about ¼ cup) panko crumbs
30 mL (3 tbsp) milk

Sauce

Water
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup worcestershire sauce
1 part worcestershire sauce, 1 part ketchup (err on more ketchup)

Sushi Rice

2 cups Rice
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt

Directions

Sushi Rice

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1. Make rice.

2. Mix together the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt and dissolve using a microwave. Heat rice vinegar mixture in 30 second increments if the sugar does not fully dissolve. 

3. While rice is still warm, add in rice vinegar mixture and fold.

4. When cool enough to handle, form into small sushi shaped ovals. place them on a plate. 

Hamburger Steak Sushi

Makes about 8 sushi steaks

1. Finely chop about a quarter of an onion.

2. Fry chopped onions in frying pan until softened and set aside to cool. 

3. In a large bowl, soften the quarter cup of panko crumbs with three tablespoons of milk.

4. Add the meat and mix with your hands. Knead until the meat is sticky. You don't have to use 100% ground beef; you could use any combination of ground meat substitute, such as 50% ground beef - 50% ground pork or 100% ground turkey. Whatever is your preference. 

5. Add the sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Then knead it again until it is well mixed. 

6. Add the cooked onions you set aside and knead to mix.

7. Beat one egg in a bowl, then add to the meat mixture and knead. 

8. Once you have thoroughly mixed the meat, separate the meat into balls for the patties. Pass each ball back and forth between your hands to remove any air pockets. If the meat is too warm, you can place it back into the fridge to cool down a little. At this point, if you have too much meat, you can saran wrap a portion and freeze to make later. Make sure you've formed the meat into the patties you'll need next time before you store it.

9. Flatten each ball into patties. Indent the middles slightly so that they cook all the way through. Be sure to form the ground beef into cute, finger-shaped, sushi-sized patties!

10. Heat some cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then place the patties in the pan. Flip over when each side is golden brown. This should take about a minute for each side.

11. Cover the frying pan and change the heat to low. Cook for about another minute. Uncover and check if each side is browned enough. Then remove from heat. Set aside. 

12. To make the sauce, use the same pan you just cooked the patties in. In a bowl, mix a 1:1 ratio of ketchup and worcestershire sauce together. We used about 1/4 cup of each, but you can change the amount depending on how many patties you are making. Mix in a little bit of water and stir until evenly combined. 

13. Add the sauce to the frying pan and cook the liquid down on low heat. Once it has been reduced a little, remove from heat and set aside. 

14. Top the rice with the patties. Drizzle the sauce on your two pieces.

15. Fight over a plate of two with your rival.

aw, they're so cute.

aw, they're so cute.

Best Romance Shoujo Anime

The shoujo genre is used to describe the anime and manga series whose target audiences are the young girls and women. These are generally the ones you will see that involve a female lead character, students in high school, young characters learning to grow up and developing budding romances along the way. But nowadays, shoujo anime series are not always about these stories, nor is the target audience solely for young girls. Here are our top romance shoujo anime series! These are sure to give you the warm fuzzies on the inside, with the near guarantee of some light-heartedness mixed in with some truly moving scenes.

10. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

What would our childhoods be without Sailor Moon? The OG magical girl in the iconic school sailor uniform will always have a place in our hearts. Tsukino Usagi is just a normal, bumbling middle schooler when one day, she runs into Luna, a talking cat. Her life is never the same after that when Luna gives her the power to transform into Sailor Moon. Thus, begins Usagi’s adventures as the famous Sailor Scout.  Usagi eventually finds the other Sailor Scouts and together they battle countless villains to save Tokyo and the planet. All the while fighting as Sailor Scouts, they still manage to survive being normal students during the day. The group of girls finds new friendships and lifelong bonds with each other. If you’re looking for shoujo anime, you can’t forget to see Sailor Moon.

9. Bokura ga Ita (We Were There)

This is heartfelt anime shows a relationship between two people with complications that will cause viewers to feel the pain with them. Takahashi Nanami is just starting high school when she soon begins to fall for the popular boy, Yano Motoharu. The two eventually develop a friendship and a relationship, but not without countless struggles. One of the main hurdles is Motoharu’s ex-girlfriend; he still hasn’t fully recovered from her death in the year before, nor of his suspicions of her cheating. Can Nanami and Motoharu find a way to overcome their issues and have a happy relationship? Bokura ga Ita is a shoujo anime that’ll definitely pull your heartstrings. With complications involving friends and family alike, it’ll be a journey to get to the end.

8. Sukitte Ii na yo (Say “I Love You”)

After suffering from a traumatic bullying incident when she was younger, Tachibana Mei has resolved to never trust anyone again, and decides to not make any friends. Because of this incident, she believes that everyone will eventually betray each other. She lives her high school years as a quiet, antisocial student, until she meets Kurosawa Yamato. For no reason at all, Yamato takes a persistent interest in her, and even gives her his number when she refuses all interactions. When she is in trouble and calls him for help, Yamato selflessly comes to her rescue and even surprises her with a kiss. Sukitte Ii na yo is an anime that focuses more on character development rather than an exciting, action-packed plot. It is truly a heartfelt anime that shows how one relationship can help transform a person and allow them to open up and befriend others.

7. Nana

Nana Komatsu, a naïve 20 year old who falls in love easily and becomes dependent on the people around her, leaves her small hometown by train after finally saving up enough money to move to Tokyo to reunite with her boyfriend and friends. By chance, she meets another Nana with the same age on this trip, and they develop a bond on the long train ride to Tokyo. Nana Osaki is a punk rock singer whose personality is the complete opposite of Nana Komatsu. Osaki is headstrong, independent, and very ambitious. She left her rural hometown as well in order to become a professional singer, even though she had been the lead vocalist of a popular band and she had been dating the bassist. The two Nanas have another fateful encounter and end up renting an apartment together. While Nana’s target audience may seem like a slightly older crowd than that for traditional shoujo, this is a greatanime series that showcases the wonderful friendship between two women with contrasting personalities, but a seemingly inseparable bond, as they go through life with romances, heartbreaks, and challenges.

6. Ouran Koukou Host Club (Ouran High School Host Club)

Fujioka Haruhi is a poor student attending the elite Ouran Academy on scholarship. While looking for a quiet place to study, she discovers the empty Third Music Room. The Ouran Academy Host Club, consisting of 6 male students, now uses the room to entertain female clients with tea and sweets. While trying to run from these crazy club members, Haruhi accidentally knocks down and breaks an antique vase that’s worth ¥8,000,000. In order to pay back the cost, Haruhi becomes an errand boy for the club. Her short hair, slouchy attire, and gender-ambiguous face caused the Host Club to mistake her for a male student. On that first day of working, however, slowly one by one the members discover her true gender but keep it a secret. Haruhi was a “natural” in entertaining girls and she becomes a Host-in-training due to her wild success. What follows is the craziness that ensues while Haruhi works to get out of her debt, but while also developing interesting relationships with each of the club members.

5. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

At a high school that only recently switched from all-male to co-ed, Ayuzawa Misaki is the first female student council class president. She works tirelessly to make the school a better place for girls and is known as a strict boy-hating dictator. Despite her domineering appearance, Misaki actually has a secret: in order to support her poor family, she works part-time at a maid café. The Usui Takumi, popular boy at Seika High, discovers her secret one day and strikes a deal with her. He’ll keep her secret if she agrees to hang out with him. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is one of the most iconic and well-known shoujo anime series, showing the hijinks between the popular handsome guy and the straight-forward class president as they each begin to fall for each other.

4. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)

Mizutani Shizuku is a high school girl who cares only about her grades and the plans for her future. Yoshida Haru is a cheerful high school boy who sits next to Shizuku in class, and is known as a delinquent. Shizuku is assigned to deliver the classwork that Haru missed by skipping school, and when she arrives at his house, she is surprised when he immediately declares that they are friends. Each subsequent interaction with him shocks Shizuku even more; he even confesses to her after she stops his “friends” from taking advantage of his money. After Shizuku convinces Haru to return to school, Haru only bothers her more, from following her around school to disrupting her routine life. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun reveals the relationship between two anti-social people as they learn to open up to friends and family together and with each other.

3. Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You)

The very shy and quiet Kuronuma Sawako is often called Sadako due to her resemblance to the character from The Ring. Despite her outward scary appearance, she actually is a very sweet, shy girl who wants to make friends. She is often misunderstood and shunned at school due to rumors that she can actually see ghosts. Her life changes when the most popular boy in school, Kazehaya Shota, begins to talk with her and becomes her friend. With his help, Sawako is able to open up more freely with others and gains new friendships. This sweet love story between these two high schoolers is sure to leave a warm feeling in your heart. Kimi ni Todoke is a great shoujo that shows relatable characters finding themselves and growing up with their friends in high school. This shoujo also has two of the nicest main characters that will definitely give you a sense of nostalgia for your high school years.

2. Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride)

Yoshioka Futaba has entered high school and has resolved to show an outright dislike towards boys and to act brash with them. This is to prevent any more ostracizing by the other girls who were jealous of her popularity among the boys due to her cute and girly personality. However, when Futaba meets Makita Yuri, she realizes she doesn’t have to make these sacrifices anymore. Yuri is in a similar situation, where the other girls shun her because of her cutesy personality, but she doesn’t care because she would rather act herself than pretend to be someone else. Futaba drops her façade and soon reunites with a lost love from middle school, Tanaka Kou. Years before, he had suddenly moved away before he and Futaba had a chance to confess their feelings for each other. Now, in high school, Kou has changed his name to his late mother’s and his personality as well. Ao Haru Ride takes you in to the lives of high schoolers who have learned over the years that people can change, but that friendships can grow with these changes.

1.  Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona is not your typical shoujo anime. It does not take place in a high school with drama between high schoolers. Instead, it is about a princess who has been banished from her palace after witnessing her father’s murder, and her journey to take her kingdom back. Yona flees the Kingdom of Kouka with her bodyguard, Son Haku, after seeing her cousin, Suwon, betray her and her father when he kills King II. Life on the run teaches the spoiled princess that life in Kouka is not a perfect and idyllic as she thought. She sees first-hand the strife that commoners live in and realizes that taking back the throne is far from the work that needs to be done to improve the kingdom. Yona and Son Haku go on a search for the Four Dragon Warriors that, according to legend, are able to restore her to power and save the kingdom. Akatsuki no Yona is an exciting shoujo that takes you on the adventures of Yona on her coming-of-age journey.
 


The Ultimate DIY Guide to Lucy Heartfilia!

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Lucy Heartfilia!

Lucy Heartfilia is one of the most powerful Celestial Spirit Mages in the land of Fiore, and certainly the best in the Fairy Tail Guild. She is able to control 10 out of 12 Gold Keys, calling upon the different zodiac Spirits to help her fight and perform other tasks. Lucy Heartfilia may have a multitude of outfits throughout Fairy Tail, but we will focus on her blue outfit from the first episode.