Imokenpi: A Classic Japanese Sweet Potato Snack

When it comes to potato snacks, potato chips are a classic widely enjoyed in many countries.

In addition to the crisps, several varieties of potato snacks have been long-time favorites in Japan, which include what I bought today “Imokenpi (芋けんぴ)”.

Imokenpi (芋けんぴ)

Imo Kenpi

In its name, “Imo (芋)” is the Japanese word for “potato”, and Imo-Kenpi is made from a sweet potato called “Satsuma-Imo (薩摩芋)”.

It is similar to Karinto sticks featuring a pleasantly crunchy texture. Because of that, Imokenpi has another name of “Imo-Karinto (芋かりんとう)” whose basic recipe is like this.

Goma Imokenpi

These Imo-Kenpi sticks are made from Satsuma-Imo sweet potato cut into thin rectangular strips, deep-fried in vegetable oil, and candied with sugar syrup.

Imo Kenpi Sticks

Due to the dry sugar glaze on the surface, these sticks have a hard, crunchy texture and are easily broken. As you can see in the photo above, they often come with black sesame seeds.

Where to Buy

Imokenpi Japanese Candied Sweet Potato Sticks

As Imokenpi is one of the most common, casual Wagashi confections, the sweets are available at most supermarkets and convenience stores in Japan. By the way, Kochi Prefecture is a famous production area of the snack.


Imokenpi Sticks Ingredients

Lastly, for those who are interested in the ingredients of this Imokenpi, here is the label.

According to that, this Japanese treat only consists of Satsuma Imo sweet potato, sugar, vegetable oil, black sesame seeds, oligosaccharide, and salt.

(Reference Page: Wikipedia 芋ケンピ )


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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