Cheese Almond Rice Crackers from Sanko Confectionery
The prefecture where I live, Niigata, is Japan’s largest producer of rice, and the rice is well known for being tasty. So Niigata’s Sake rice wine and rice snacks are prevailing nationwide.
For example, when it comes to the rice cracker, Kaki no Tane (柿の種) is famous. It is a spicy, savory, orange-colored snack that originated at Naniwaya (浪花屋).
Other than Kaki no Tane, Niigata has various kinds of rice crackers widely enjoyed in Japan, which include Kameda Happy Turn, Potapota Yaki, Age Ichiban, and this Sanko Cheese Almond.
Sanko Cheese Almond (三幸 チーズアーモンド)
The product I introduce here, Cheese Almond (チーズアーモンド), is a long-selling rice cracker produced and sold by the Niigata-based confectionery maker Sanko-Seika (三幸製菓).
Sanko introduced this in 1985. The package contains 16 individually packed rice crackers topped with whole roasted almonds and processed cheese.
These rice crackers are a variety of Senbei (煎餅) because they use non-glutinous rice called Uruchi-Mai (うるち米) as their main ingredient.
Taste-wise, the cracker itself is savory, brushed with soy sauce. Meanwhile, the processed cheese is rich and creamy, and the almond is pleasantly crispy, which makes the overall snack quite addictive.
In Japan, the Cheese Almond cracker is a favorite among all generations, and the snack matches perfectly with any beverage, including alcoholic drinks.
Lastly, for your information, here are the ingredient list and nutrition facts label of the Sanko Cheese Almond rice cracker.
|Almond, Non-glutinous Uruchi rice, Whey powder, Vegetable oil/fat, Cheese powder, Starch, Skim milk powder, Soy sauce (including Soybean and Wheat), Dextrin, Bonito extract, Milk sugar, Modified starch, Emulsifier, Seasoning (including Amino Acid), Colors (Carotene, Paprika pigment), Flavoring, Antioxidant (Vitamin E), Spice extract|
|Calories||527 kcal (15 kcal per piece)|
|Salt equivalents||1.16 g (0.03 g per piece)|