Shiroi Koibito : Ishiya’s Famous Langue De Chat Cookie
Although recently I haven’t visited Japan’s northern region Hokkaido, when I went on a sightseeing trip to Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, I used to buy Ishiya Confectionery’s “Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人)” at the end of the stay in the city.
Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人) from Hokkaido
In recent years, thanks to online shopping sites, the Ishiya’s nationally famous confection is easy to obtain, even if you don’t have any chance to visit Hokkaido. In fact, a few days ago I placed an order for the sweet with Amazon Japan and got this today.
Even though the Ishiya Shiroi Koibito is originally a Hokkaido-limited product, today not only can the confection be bought on Amazon, but it is also well-known to overseas people.
What is Shiroi Koibito?
For those who don’t know much about Shiroi Koibito, the Hokkaido-limited confection is Langue De Chat cookies with white and dark milk chocolate fillings, which the Sapporo-based confectionery company “Ishiya-Seika (石屋製菓)” started selling in 1976.
In Japan, Shiroi Koibito is one of the most popular Hokkaido souvenirs and I think there are few Japanese who don’t know of it. The confection is more of a gift or souvenir than a casual everyday snack.
By the way, “Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人)” has a literal meaning of “White Lover” in Japanese. Now, let’s check the contents!
With the outer dark blue package removed, the blue and white bag with the golden heart flame in the center part appears.
I opened the bag by peeling off the golden seal, being very excited.
When you open the lid, the picture of delicious looking biscuits quickly comes into view.
Inside the box, there is a small brochure too in which confections representative of Ishiya-Seika are listed.
Langue De Chat Cookies
As I wrote above, Shiroi Koibito is made up of 2 types of Langue De Chat cookies with white and dark milk chocolate fillings.
Different than what you may expect, the white packet contains the dark milk chocolate sandwiched cookie and the moss green packet contains the Langue De Chat cookie with a white chocolate filling.
The biscuit part is pleasantly crispy, while the milk chocolate is really sweet and satisfying.
I prefer this white chocolate sandwiched Langue De Chat cookie, for the filling is really creamy with an addicting taste.
Since Shiroi Koibito is very popular with visitors from abroad, there is the English-version ingredient list on the outer product package.
Where to Buy Ishiya Shiroi Koibito in and around Tokyo
According to the accompanying brochure, although Ishiya-Seika has its directly-managed store “Ishiya Ginza” in Ginza, Tokyo, the branch doesn’t sell the company’s flagship product Shiroi Koibito as the confection is a Hokkaido-limited item.
But, if you use Narita Airport, at Blue Sky in the Terminal 2, you can buy the Shiroi Koibito Langue De Chat cookie.