Kaminari Okoshi: Puffed Rice Crackers from Asakusa, Tokyo


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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  1. Shirley says:

    Hello Tomo,

    For many years, I had a very dear Japanese friend living in Tokyo who sometimes sent me gifts of Japanese food. Sadly she died recently, but I have an unopened box of Tokiwado’s kaminari okoshi which I would like to give to young (13 years old) English friend who is gluten intolerant, but very interested in all aspects of Japanese life. The ingredients list above states: “They are rectangular blocks of sweet and colorful rice crackers traditionally consisting of puffed rice grains, starch syrup, sugar, and tiny bits of peanuts.” Can you tell me whether any of these contain gluten please – it is very important as I do not wish to harm the child. Thank you very much in advance.

    • Tomo says:

      Hello, Thank you for the comment.
      Yes, as you say, the main ingredients in Kaminari Okoshi are puffed rice, starch syrup, sugar, and peanuts. But just in case, I went to Tokiwado’s official website and checked whether their Kaminari Okoshi contains some wheat, and the description says it partially contains. So I’d say the puffed rice snack may contain gluten, not 100 % sure, though.

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