2 Types of Cheese Arare Crackers that are Widely Enjoyed in Japan

“Senbei (煎餅)”, “Okaki (おかき)”, and “Arare (あられ)” are 3 traditional rice crackers widely enjoyed in Japan. 

Even among those, Senbei is the quintessential Japanese rice cracker made by baking pounded non-glutinous rice.

In contrast, Okaki and Arare are made with glutinous rice and it is generally said that Arare is the small version of Okaki rice crackers.

Traditional Senbei, Okaki and Arare, all of them are typically seasoned with soy sauce or salt, but modern ones are available in many types and flavors.

Cheese Arare (チーズあられ)

2 Types of Cheese Arare

When it comes to the popular type of Japanese rice crackers, especially “Cheese Arare (チーズあられ)” is loved by many Japanese. From the above photo, you might wonder why there are 2 bags of Cheese Arare.

Actually, Cheese Arare comes in 2 types, that is, traditional one and modern one. As you can see from this photo, they are completely different things 

Traditional Cheese Arare Rice Crackers

Traditional Cheese Arare Rice Crackers

This one is a traditional type of Cheese Arare. This type generally consists of a pipe-shaped Arare rice cracker filled with cheese cream.

The outer cracker is made from glutinous rice and has the same crunchy texture as traditional Arare rice crackers. It is a savory snack flavored mainly with soy sauce.

In brief, traditional Cheese Arare is characterized by its addicting combination of the savory soy-sauce-flavored rice cracker and the mild rich cheese cream.


Traditional Cheese Arare ingredients

As for the ingredient, this traditional Cheese Arare is made mainly with glutinous rice, vegetable oil and fat, milk sugar, malt dextrin, soy sauce, cheese powder, powdered skim milk, sugar, powdered bonito extract, yeast extract, and salt.

Modern Cheese Arare Wheat Crackers from Yaokin

Modern Cheese Arare Wheat Crackers from Yaokin

When it comes to modern Arare crackers, many Japanese will bring this Yaokin’s Cheese Arare to mind. “Yaokin (やおきん)” is a Japanese confectionery company specializing in Dagashi snacks including Umaibo (Amazon.com) corn puff snack bars.

Actually, this Cheese Arare cracker is made from a mixture of wheat flour and natural cheese powder. The wheat snack is light and puffy in texture and melts in the mouth.

Its taste is also light so you will never get tired of eating the modern Cheese Arare. This Yaokin’s snack is loved by children and adults alike and available at most supermarkets in Japan and on some online shopping sites outside of Japan.


Yaokin Cheese Arare ingredients

As for the ingredient, this Yaokin’s Cheese Arare is made mainly with wheat flour, vegetable fat and oil (rapeseed oil), starch, salt, natural cheese, powdered skim milk, baking powder, and flavorings including amino acid.



Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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