What do you come up to your mind when it comes to Japanese foods? Sushi, Tempura, Wagyu, Katsu? Yes, they are already famous and widely accepted in Japanese restaurant outside Japan. But, Japanese food is great in not only main dishes also sweets as well.
Speaking of Japanese sweets, what do you know? Maybe, if you're a big fan of Japanese cuisine, you've heard of 'anko' (red bean paste) and matcha desserts which gain more and more popularity in western countries.
Yet, most of Japanese standard and classic sweets are still unknown to people outside Japan unfortunately. Shiroi koibito (白い恋人 meaning 'a white lover' in Japanese) is a cookie-sand style white chocolate sweet and it is originally local sweet in Hokkaido which in the northern part of Japan. Hokkaido has a great beautiful nature and nice foods from its rich land. It has been one of most popular destinations for Japanese for many years. In addition, Hokkaido is attracting more and more foreign tourists in recent years. Niseko is famous for skiing resort and has been favourite for Austrian winter sports enthusiasts.
This sweet is inspired by French langues de chat (literally a cat tongue!). It didn't take a time to spread the popularity of this gem of sweet throughout Japan and now this is familiar to everyone in Japan. Why? Once you try them, you will soon understand why we love so much this. Today, more than one million cookies are manufactured and shipped from own factory to shops.
Actually, you can visit this manufacturing factory. It's located in suburban area of Sapporo, which is capital city of Hokkaido. They have chocolate and cookie museum as well. Its buildings have a design of medieval English style. Yes, you read it right. Take a look at these pictures.
You can experience to make real Shiroi Koibito in museum and more attractions. When you have chance to visit Hokkaido, this place is definitely a must-go! Of course, don't forget to buy a lot of' Shiroi Koibito' there. Just manufactured and delivered...
In the meantime, for those who cannot make it to Hokkaido tomorrow. Tokyo Direct have a collocation of Shiroi Koibito. Please check our website for further information.