#781 “Kurikinton”~my favorite seasonal snack~
My favorite sweet in autumn is “kurikinton”.
It is made of chestnuts and its shape also looks like chestnuts. It is usually available from September to January. It is a special seasonal sweet from Tokai area. Nakatsugawa area in Gifu is famous for it.
It is different from “osechi kurikinton”.
When you hear “kurikinton” and if you are not from Tokai area, you might think of the “osechi kurikinton”, which is a special dish for the Japanese New Year. This time I am not referring to that one. “Osechi kurikinton” is sticky and uses a different recipe than the Tokai version.
I learned about this kurikinton the first time when I moved to Nagoya 15 years ago. Before that I have never heard of this version. It is easier to buy it in Tokai area more than other areas in Japan. Of course, you should be able to find it on internet or in the department stores where you live.
My favorite shop is “Suya”.
There are some famous shops for making kurikinton. My favorite shop is “Suya”. Because it is not too sweet and the taste of chestnuts really stands out compared to other shops.
I buy kurikinton from Suya every autumn. I’m look forward to the kurikinton season.
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