Glico Cheeza : The Best Japanese Cheese Crackers for Beer
The summer season perfect for chilled beer is just around the corner here in Japan. When we Japanese think of snack foods for beer, many will bring “Otsumami (おつまみ)” to mind.
Otsumami actually refers to the finger foods and nibbles eaten with alcoholic drinks, and the typical example includes “Kamaboko (かまぼこ)“, dried squid snacks such as “Saki-ika (さきいか)” and “Surume (スルメ)“, and a wide range of snack foods available at supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan.
Kamaboko and those dried squid snacks are traditional Japanese foods with a long history. In contrast, when it comes to modern Japanese Otsumami snacks, Chiitara is one of the most famous snack foods.
Other than Chiitara, there are a bunch of Otsumami snacks with a distinctive umami taste, and they go perfectly with beer. Out of those, I purchased one of my favorite items today.
Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese Cracker
It is Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese (Amazon.com) that I bought this time for this blog article. It is one of my most favorite Otsumami snacks for beer. This snack food is a relatively new product from a leading Japanese confectionery maker “Glico (グリコ)”.
The reason why I love this Glico Cheeza is that the cheese cracker is rich in body taste and flavor of cheddar cheese as compared to others. This is because these crackers are made by combining dough with natural cheese, and then baking it crisply.
As a matter of fact, the ingredient of this Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese includes 53 % of natural cheddar cheese. As for the other main ingredients, they are milk sugar, starch, salt, fermented seasoning, onion seasoning, and yeast extract.
Among all the flavors of Glico Cheeza, especially, I love this cheddar cheese flavor, because these crackers are really delicious with lots of umami flavor of cheddar cheese.
In addition to the taste, the Glico Cheeza cracker is also excellent in texture. Specifically, it has an addicting really crispy texture as you can imagine from the above photo.
As for me, this Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese is undoubtedly the best cheese cracker I have ever eaten, so the Japanese cheese cracker and chilled beer are one of the perfect pairs for me.