Why not coat Kaki no Tane rice crackers with Chocolate?

Kaki no Tane is a classic Japanese rice cracker associated with the persimmon seed due to its orange color and is also known as Kameda crisps or Kakipi. By the way, the snack name, “Kaki no Tane (柿の種)” literally means persimmon seeds in Japanese.

Kaki no Tane Rice Crackers

Kaki no Tane is baked without using oil. It is said that the reddish orange color of the rice cracker comes from red chili pepper and food colorings, and the snack is seasoned mainly with soy sauce. It is savory and a little spicy in taste with some saltiness.

As for the variation, many varieties of Kaki no Tane are available at supermarkets in Japan. In addition to the regular Kaki no Tane (Amazon.com), wasabi-flavored one (Amazon.com) is especially popular.

Besides, some Kaki no Tane snacks have a coating. Speaking of this type, chocolate-coated Kaki no Tane is a standard item that is widely enjoyed in Japan.

Chocolate-Coated Kaki no Tane Rice Crackers

Although milk chocolate cream is most often used as a coating for Kaki no Tane, various flavors of chocolate, such as strawberry and hojicha (ほうじ茶 : roasted green tea), can also be used in the snack.

In fact, the trail mix I purchased this time includes milk-chocolate-coated and strawberry-chocolate-coated Kaki no Tane rice crackers, together with dried banana chips, roasted almonds, and dried cranberries.

When the Kaki no Tane rice cracker is coated in chocolate, the sweetness of the coating mostly offsets the spiciness and saltiness of the snack itself.

Additionally, since the crunchiness of the rice snack is perfectly left, Kaki no Tane and chocolate unexpectedly make a great pair.

It might be difficult to obtian these chocolate-coated Kaki no Tane rice crackers outside of Japan, but don’t you want to try the outstanding combination?

Easy Chocolate-Coated Kaki no Tane Recipe

Chocolate-Coated Kaki no Tane Rice Crackers

Actually, it is easy to make chocolate-coated Kaki no Tane. A simple way: Purchase the regular Kaki no Tane (Amazon.com) and coat the rice crackers with chocolate.

More specifically, the basic way to make the Japanese sweet treat is as follows.

  1. Break a bar of milk chocolate into small pieces and microwave them until melted
  2. Put Kaki no Tane rice crackers into the chocolate sauce, and coat well
  3. Cool the snack in the refrigerator until the chocolate coating hardens

The recipe is easy, isn’t it? If you are interested in this Japanese snack recipe, it may be a good idea to try combining Kaki no Tane with various flavors of chocolate, and find your favorite combinations!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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