Dora Choco: Mini Dorayaki Chocolate Cake for Kids
One of the most famous, long-serialized Japanese manga, Doraemon is on the air in many countries and 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 sweet called “Dorayaki (どら焼き)“, which consists of 2 round, moist pancakes with sweet Azuki red bean paste “Anko (餡子)” in-between.
But in modern times, Dorayaki comes in many varieties and various types, among which, what is especially popular with children is the Dagashi version.
“Dagashi (駄菓子)” is the word for cheap, relatively small, unique Japanese snacks whose price ranges from 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 bought a famous Dagashi Dorayaki cake that is marketed mainly toward children at a supermarket near my house, here I will introduce it.
Dora Choco (どらチョコ) from Yaokin
The Dorayaki pancake I picked up 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 pieces of soft, moist pancake, which just look like traditional Dorayaki buns. But these cakes are pretty small compared to the regular variety.
Besides, instead of sweet Azuki red bean paste, thick, gooey chocolate cream is sandwiched between the 2 pancakes. What is better for kids, the Dora Choco chocolate cake only costs 30 yen.
The main ingredients of the Dora Choco Dagashi pancake are almost the same as those for 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 a nutshell, the Dagashi treat, Dora Choco is the mini-version Dorayaki cake for children with rich chocolate cream in the middle, and it is a delicious fusion of Japanese Wagashi and Western!