Cheese Kakidane : Cheese-Coated Kaki no Tane Rice Crackers

“Kaki no Tane (柿の種)” is a classic Japanese rice cracker known as Kameda Crisps in some countries outside of Japan.

The rice cracker is mainly seasoned with soy sauce and red chili pepper and features a little bit spicy, savory taste.

It has a crescent shape kind of associated with a persimmon seed as the snack name Kaki no Tane literally means persimmon seed.

Kaki no Tane (柿の種)Kaki no Tane

The classic rice cracker, Kaki no Tane originated in Niigata, the prefecture where I live, and is widely enjoyed in Japan as an “Otsumami (おつまみ)” or an accompaniment for alcoholic beverages.

Today, Kaki no Tane comes in many varieties and some are coated in some food. For example, chocolate is a typical coating for Kaki no Tane. In addition, there is one more popular coating for the rice snack, which is cheese.

Bourbon Cheese Kakidane

Bourbon Cheese Kakidane

“Cheese Kakidane (チーズ柿種)” is one of representative Kaki no Tane snacks coated in cheese, which is produced and sold by Bourbon, a major Japanese confectionery company whose head office is located in Niigata Prefecture.Specifically, the Bourbon’s Kaki no Tane rice cracker is coated in a mild and rich cheese cream. While regular Kaki no Tane snacks are slightly spicy and hot in taste, the heat of Cheese Kakidane snacks is offset by the mild taste of cheese. Therefore, you will hardly get the spicy taste while crunching the rice cracker.

Regarding the texture, while the outer cheese cream layer is soft, the inner Kaki no Tane rice cracker retains its original crunchy texture. So you can enjoy the difference.

In conclusion, mild cheese cream goes really well with Kaki no Tane rice crackers and imparts depth of flavor to the spicy snack.


Bourbon Cheese Kakidane Ingredients

According to the ingredient list on the back of the package, this Bourbon Cheese Kakidane rice cracker mainly consists of starch, non-glutinous rice, soy sauce, sugar, dextrin, salt, bonito extract, red chili pepper, vegetable fat and oil, milk sugar, cheddar cheese powder, processed cheese, and powdered yeast extract.

Where to Buy Cheese-Coated Kaki no Tane Rice Crackers

Cheese-coated Kaki no Tane snacks, like this Bourbon Cheese Kakidane, are available at many supermarkets in Japan. If you are interested and get a chance, why not give it a try?


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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