Dora Choco: Mini Dorayaki Pancake with Chocolate for Kids
One of the most famous, long-serialized Japanese manga, Doraemon is on the air around the world and widely enjoyed. The main character, the gadget cat from the future, Doraemon is well-known for loving yummy buns.
Actually, the pancake that appears in the popular manga is a traditional Japanese confection called “Dorayaki (どら焼き)“, which consists of 2 round, moist pancakes with sweet Azuki red bean paste “Anko (餡子)” in between, as shown below.
But in modern times, Dorayaki comes in many varieties and various types, and among those, what is popular with children is the Dagashi version.
“Dagashi (駄菓子)” is a Japanese word for cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies whose price ranges 10 to about 100 yen (about 1 USD), so kids can buy a variety of Dagashi even with their small pocket money.
Since today I purchased a famous Dagashi Dorayaki snack that is marketed mainly toward children at a supermarket near my house, here I will introduce it.
The Dorayaki pancake I purchased this time is this Dagashi called “Dora Choco (どらチョコ)” from Yaokin, a Japanese food company well-known for “Umaibo (うまい棒)” corn puffs.
In the package, there are 2 soft, moist pancakes packed, which just look like traditional Dorayaki buns. But these cakes are pretty small compared to the regular variety.
Besides, instead of sweetened Azuki red bean paste, thick, gooey chocolate cream is sandwiched between the 2 pancakes. What is better for kids, the Dorachoco cake only costs 30 yen in Japan.
The main ingredients of the Dora Choco Dagashi pancake are almost the same as those in traditional Dorayaki buns, that is, sugar, wheat flour, hen’s egg, starch syrup, and honey. Instead, the former uses chocolate cream more favorable to kids.
In brief, the Dagashi treat, Dora Choco is the mini Dorayaki pancake for kids with rich chocolate cream in the middle.
The Chocolate Dorayaki cake is a long-seller widely known as a Dagashi snack in Japan and is available in many supermarkets around the country.