Shiroi Koibito: Langue De Chat Cookies from Hokkaido
Although recently I haven’t visited Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of Japan, when I go on a sightseeing trip to Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, I definitely buy Ishiya-Seika’s “Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人)” at the end of the stay in the city.
Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人) from Ishiya-Seika
In recent years, thanks to the development of the internet, Ishiya’s nationally famous confection Shiroi Koibito is relatively easy to obtain, even if you don’t have a chance to visit Hokkaido. In fact, a few days ago I placed an order for the sweet with Amazon Japan and got this box today.
Although the Ishiya Shiroi Koibito is originally a Hokkaido-limited product, today not only can the confection be bought on Amazon, but it is also quite well-known to overseas people.
What is Shiroi Koibito?
For those who haven’t heard of Shiroi Koibito, the Hokkaido-limited confection is Langue De Chat cookies with white and dark milk chocolate fillings that the Sapporo-based confectionery maker “Ishiya-Seika (石屋製菓)” began to sell in 1976.
In Japan, Shiroi Koibito is one of the most popular and best-known Hokkaido souvenirs and I think there are few Japanese who don’t know it. The sweet treat is more of a gift or souvenir than a casual everyday snack.
Incidentally, the literal meaning of “Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人)” in Japanese is “White Lover”. Then next, let’s see the contents!
With the outer dark blue packaging removed, the blue and white bag with a golden heart flame in its center part appears.
I opened the bag after peeling off the golden seal, being very excited.
When you open the lid, the picture of delicious-looking biscuits quickly comes into sight.
Inside the box, there is a small brochure in which confections that represent Ishiya-Seika are listed.
Langue De Chat Cookies
As I mentioned 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 chocolate sandwiched cookie, while 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 sweet and satisfying.
Personally, I prefer this white Langue De Chat cookie over the dark chocolate one, for the white chocolate filling is very milky and addictive.
Since Shiroi Koibito is very popular with tourists from abroad, there is an English-version ingredient list too on the outer paper packaging.
Where to Buy Ishiya Shiroi Koibito around Tokyo
According to the accompanying brochure, Ishiya Seika has a directly-managed store in Ginza, Tokyo, “Ishiya Ginza”, but the branch doesn’t sell the company’s flagship product Shiroi Koibito since it is a Hokkaido-limited item.
But if you use Narita Airport, at Blue Sky in its Terminal 2, you can buy the Langue De Chat cookie Shiroi Koibito.