No.1 Product in the Rakuten Ranking of Okaki Crackers
A few days ago, I wrote about the difference between the three traditional Japanese rice crackers, Senbei, Okaki, and Arare.
Among them, when it comes to Okaki rice crackers, I think Bourbon Cheese Okaki is one of the most popular and best-recognized.
In fact, with over 30 years of history, it is today widely enjoyed as an afternoon snack with green tea.
As you can see in the photo, Bourbon Cheese Okaki has rich cheese cream in the center, and the Okaki itself delivers a savory and mild soy sauce flavor.
The combination is exquisite, making the snack addictive.
Number 1 Cheese Okaki in the Weekly Rakuten Ranking
In recent years, emulating the Bourbon’s product, some food companies are creating new types of Cheese Okaki rice crackers.
And when I went out shopping the other day, I bought the pictured one named Torokeru Cheese Okaki.
That was the first time I picked it up. But I was attracted to the description saying the product has taken first place in the weekly Rakuten ranking of Okaki 188 times.
By the way, Rakuten (楽天) is one of the largest Japanese online marketplaces, together with Amazon Japan.
Torokeru Cheese Okaki Rice Crackers
Now let’s see the contents. These Torokeru Cheese Okaki rice crackers are different from Bourbon Cheese Okaki in that they have a cheese powder coating instead of a cheese cream center.
While the covering has a mild yet rich camembert flavor, the Okaki cracker inside is lightly salted.
The snack was pretty good, but after the sampling, I found Bourbon Cheese Okaki still my best
because the Cheese Okaki classic is not only yummy but has a very familiar taste to me.