Glico Cheeza: The Best Japanese Cheese Crackers for Beer
The hot summer season perfect for icy chilled beer is just around the corner here in Japan. When we Japanese think of snack food for beer, I think many will bring “Otsumami (おつまみ)” to mind.
For the unfamiliar, Otsumami is the Japanese word for finger foods and nibbles eaten as accompaniments for alcoholic drinks, and the representative example includes “Kamaboko (かまぼこ)“, dried squid snacks such as “Saki-ika (さきいか)” and “Surume (スルメ)“.
Kamaboko and those dried squid snacks are traditional Japanese foods with a long history. In contrast, when it comes to modern Japanese Otsumami snacks, I think Chiitara is one of the most beloved ones.
Other than Chiitara, there are a bunch of Otsumami with a distinctive umami taste in Japan, and those Japanese snack foods go perfectly with beer. Out of those, today I picked up one of my favorite items.
Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese Flavor
What I introduce here, Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese Flavor is a relatively recent product from the leading Japanese confectionery company “Glico (グリコ)”, but it already has gained wide popularity and become one of Otsumami staples.
The primary reason why I love this flavor of Glico Cheeza is that these cheese crackers are packed with lots of flavor of cheddar cheese compared to others. That is mainly because the dough is made by mixing with fresh cheese, and then baked crisply.
As a matter of fact, the Glico Cheeza Cheddar Cheese cracker contains as much as 53 % of natural fresh cheddar cheese. The other main ingredients in it are milk sugar, starch, salt, fermented seasoning, onion seasoning, and yeast extract.
Taste and Texture
As mentioned above, since these crackers are really savory with lots of umami taste, I especially love this cheddar cheese flavor in the Glico Cheeza series. Not only the taste, but the Glico Cheeza cheese cracker is actually also great in texture. It indeed has a delightful crispy texture that makes you satisfied, as you can imagine from the photo above.