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15 + More, Wasabi Flavored Snacks from Japan

A feature on Japanese snacks, wasabi edition! Which one will captivate your tastebuds?! 

 

1. Wasa-Beef   w/ No Beef

わさビーフ

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http://blog.livedoor.jp/guusan313/

We suspect the most famous wasabi flavored snack in Japan is the wasa-beef chips. Although, in this version they have removed the beef so all that is left is wasabi lol Rumor has it that they are extremely spicy.

Wasa-Beef   w/ No Wasabi

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http://www.excite.co.jp/News/

There are also versions of these chips that have removed the wasabi flavoring… This one is not spicy at all. Since these chips are not exactly a wasabi product, this is a bonus introduction. 

 

2. Ganko Age-Potato Chips   Yaki-Nori (Baked Seaweed) Wasabi Flavor

頑固あげポテトチップス

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3. Pringles   Wasabi Mayonnaise Flavor

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http://m-df315e986826af00-m.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/

Mayonnaise goes with everything. So, naturally it is delicious paired with wasabi as well.

 

4. Kaki no Tane (Kaki-Peanuts)   Wasabi Flavor

柿の種

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http://iewine.jp/

There is no one in Japan who dislikes or is unfamiliar with Kaki-peanuts, often abbreviated as Kaki-P. Once you start snacking on them, you won’t be able to stop.

 

5. Jagarico   Wasabi & Soy Sauce Flavor

じゃがりこ

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http://sunaonakokoro.com/

 

6. Potato Chips   Horseradish & Soy Sauce Flavor

ポテトチップス

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From Japan’s original potato chips manufacturer/distributor, Calbee.

 

7. Wasabi-Nori Taro

わさびのり太郎

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A budget-friendly snack that has been around for a very VERY long time. I used to eat them often when I was a kid. They can be found at certain convenience stores even today so if you happen to come across one, why not give it a try. I highly recommend it.

 

8. Teshioya   Wasabi/Salt Flavor    

手塩屋

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9. Pretz   Rice Pretzel, Wasabi Flavor

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From the universally loved Pretz. A mild deliciousness.

 

10. Happy Turn   Ume (Sour Plum) Wasabi Flavor

ハッピーターン

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http://gudenchu.com/

Another long-lasting popular snack that has jumped on this wasabi-bandwagon is the adorably wrapped Happy Turn rice crackers. The powder stuck to the crackers is referred to as “Happy Powder” and is said to bring you happiness. The Happy Turn crackers can be enjoyed on three levels in the following order; Happy Powder —> Ume —> Wasabi (sweet —> sour —> spicy). 

 

11. Jagabee   Wasabi Salt Flavor

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http://www.masaemon.jp/

 

12. Kinoko no Yama (Chocorooms)   Wasabi Soft Serve Flavor

きのこの山

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http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/syouchiyama

A Shizuoka wasabi soft serve ice cream flavored chocolate sweets. I wonder if there is a wasabi flavor for the Takenoko no Sato (Chococones), which is equally as popular as the Chocorooms. 

 

13. Wasabi Ramune

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Ramune is a Japanese soda that is especially popular at street festivals. When you combine the carbonation from the soda with the sting of the wasabi, it is very refreshing.

 

14. Wasabi Caramel

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15. Kit Kat, Tamaruya Honten Wasabi Flavor

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Here comes another flavor from Kit Kat! Even as a native Japanese person, we are astounded by the number of Japan’s Kit Kat flavor options.

Related: Kit Kats in Japan, how many flavors do you know?

 

Bonus #1: U.F.O.   Wasabi Mayonnaise Flavor

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http://gigazine.net/

 

Bonus #2: Ippei-chan   Wasabi Mayonnaise Flavor

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The wasabi inspiration has also extended to Japan’s instant yakisoba (fried noodles) collection! Personally, I am an Ippei-chan fan.

*This list includes seasonal items and items exclusive to certain regions.

 

GJ Personal Summary

  • Must Try At Least Once: Kit Kat, Tamaruya Honten Wasabi Flavor
  • Most Delicious: Happy Turn, Ume (Sour Plum) Wasabi Flavor
  • Best Beer (Booze) Snack: Kaki no Tane (Kaki-Peanuts), Wasabi Flavor
  • Quick/Handy Snacking: Wasabi-Nori Taro
  • Spiciest: Wasa-Beef, w/ No Beef. It is great as a penalty/punishment food in games!

 

Related:
18 Best Ice Creams in Japan You Will Definitely Want to Try
Tips to Choosing the Perfect Souvenir Pocky: The Beloved Snack of 50 Years
Which to Try? 31 Snacks that are Japan’s Longtime Favorites

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