Kawaii Japanese Snack Finds in Amsterdam

Whenever I’m in Amsterdam I usually stop by Toko Dun Yong. This is a Chinese supermarket near the Central Station, where you can find lots of Asian food, snacks and kitchenware. This time I discovered some new Japanese snacks in their assortment and would like to share them with you (visually that is ;)).


I remember the package of this snack from the interwebs and was so happy to see ‘in real live’! I sorted through the packages to find the nicest one -compulsive blogger tendencies- while Metin kindly waited for me ❥

So what is this Tohato Caramel Corn all about? The snack itself looks a bit like fried shrimps, so I feared the worst. BUT I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the taste, it’s sweet (although not too sweet) and the texture feels nice as well. I’ll definitely pick up another pack of Strawberry Caramel Corn on my next trip.


Next up are two packs of Morinaga Bolu-Chan Planet candy:



With the white Bolu-Chans I expected a mint flavor, but I still haven’t got a clue what they are supposed to taste like. The chew candy tasted artificial and it stuck to my teeth, so this might not be the best choice healthwise ;)
The darker Bolu-Chans taste like cola and I prefer them over the undefined white ones. But I think this is a candy you can do without, although the illustrated packages look great.

At the candy shelf I also noticed that Dun Yong now sells some Kracie DIY candy kits! I still have a couple of DIY kits at home, so that’s why I decided to buy a pack of Kracie Puchitto Kudamono Grape Candy:



Upon opening the package I noticed a strong (slightly chemical) grape scent. Inside you’ll discover 10 snacks shaped like a bunch of grapes. Now the fun part is that you can actually pull the grapes off ^_^ The candy tastes both sweet and sour which I enjoyed, but it might not be for everyone. Also I wouldn’t recommend eating the whole bag at once, because my sugar level already spiked after eating one bunch of grapes with a couple of Bolu-Chans.

Other snacks -from Toko Dun Yong or similar shops- that I can recommend are Koala’s March cookies, Wasabi Snack Jacks en Pizza Pretz.


What is your favourite Asian candy or snack?

Makiko Arai’s Smiling Felt Animals

The next couple of weeks I’d like to introduce you to a couple of Japanese wool felt artists. I’m especially intrigued by wool felted animals that either look super realistic and/or very cute.

First up is Makiko, she creates critters from wool felt or clay and also animates them for TV shows.

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Deer

Makiko has released a book with basic techniques and DIY projects called: ‘Animals that smile’. It’s in Japanese, but the step-by-step photo’s are probably clear enough for you to work with. You can get it from Yesasia and Etsy.

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Squirrel

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Monkey

Most of the wool felted animals look super cute and come with an engaging smile. I really like this style ❥

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Parakeet

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Icebear

Keep an eye on Makiko’s creations through her blog, official website or on Facebook.

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