Cabbage Taro: Okonomiyaki Sauce Flavor Corn Puff Snack

Do you know the name of the Japanese company selling the most famous Dagashi snack in Japan “Umaibo (うまい棒)“? 

Actually, it is “Yaokin (やおきん)” that plans the sales of Umaibo, and the Dagashi is produced by the snack food manufacturer “Riska (リスカ)”.

Kyabetsu Taro (キャベツ太郎) from Yaokin

Yaokin Kyabetsu Taro Corn Puff Snack

Other than Umaibo, Yaokin carries a large variety of Dagashi snacks which include what I introduce here “Kyabetsu Taro (キャベツ太郎)”.

In its name, “Kyabetsu (キャベツ)” means cabbage in Japanese, while “Taro (太郎)” is a common Japanese boy’s name.

So it seems that the Japanese snack Kyabetsu Taro is literally referred to as Cabbage Taro in English-speaking countries.

The Cabbage Taro was introduced in 1981 and now has gained popularity. As shown above, it is a corn puff snack featuring Okonomiyaki sauce flavor.

Okonomiyaki pancake

Known as a specialty of Osaka, “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼き)” is a Japanese savory pancake similar to pizza, and the brown sauce for Okonomiyaki tastes like a sweet barbecue sauce.

As with other corn puffs, the puffed corn of the Cabbage Taro has a light, crispy texture, while the taste of the overall snack is quite savory and satisfying like Okonomiyaki.


Cabbage Taro Corn Puff Snack

Although the name of the Dagashi includes the word “Kyabetsu (キャベツ)” meaning cabbage, the snack Yaokin Kyabetsu Taro doesn’t contain cabbage at all.

The Cabbage Taro is a puffed snack made from high-quality corn kernels, flavored after the taste of Okonomiyaki sauce, and dusted with green nori (seaweed) particles “Aonori (青海苔)“, like Okonomiyaki.

Origin of the Name

Brussels Sprouts

According to Yaokin, there seem to be various opinions about why the product name includes Kyabetsu. But the company says that one primary reason for that is the corn puffs look like brussels sprouts.


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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