Akafuku Mochi: Ise’s Specialty Ankoro Mochi Rice Cake
For example, when I think of Wagashi sweets made with Anko paste, what comes to my mind right away is “Ankoro Mochi (あんころ餅)”.
Ankoro Mochi (あんころ餅)
The reason why I instantly bring that confection to mind is that from the name it is obvious that Ankoro Mochi uses Anko paste.
In fact, Ankoro Mochi consists of a sticky white glutinous rice cake “Mochi (餅)” covered in Anko sweet red bean paste.
Ankoro Mochi has been a favorite of Japanese people for a long time and is widely enjoyed around the county today.
So if you have a plan to go on a sightseeing trip to local areas of Japan, you could find sweets similar to Ankoro Mochi.
As an example, if you visit the Kinki region around Osaka, you might see packages of Ankoro-Mochi-like sweets piled on the shelf in souvenir shops.
Akafuku Mochi (赤福餅)
It is very likely that the confection being sold there is “Akafuku Mochi (赤福餅)”, which isn’t a specialty of Osaka, but one that Mie Prefecture boasts.
The Difference: Akafuku Mochi vs Ankoro Mochi
Akafuku Mochi (赤福餅)
As its name indicates, Akafuku Mochi is a confection produced and sold by “Akafuku (赤福)”, a confectionery company whose head office is located in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture.
One primary difference between Akafuku Mochi and Ankoro Mochi is whether on the surface there are ridges or not. The former has, but the latter usually doesn’t.
Actually, Akafuku Mochi is considered a type of Ankoro Mochi and has a covering of “Koshi-An (漉し餡)”, a representative type of Anko paste made by pureeing peeled Azuki red beans that is smooth.
Akafuku Mochi is so soft that there is a possibility of collapsing its shape if you just give the container a tilt.
I love the fresh and smooth Koshi-An covering with the right amount of sugar, not to mention the very soft rice cake itself.
The maker, Akafuku has about 400 years of history, and its signature product Akafuku Mochi is very famous nationwide here in Japan, which is why the sweet treat is relatively easy to obtain in the Kinki region around Mie.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 赤福餅 )