Shiroi Koibito: Langue De Chat Cookies from Hokkaido
Although I recently haven’t visited Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of Japan,
when I go on a trip to Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, I often buy Ishiya-Seika’s Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人: meaning white lover) at the end of the stay in the city.
Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人) from Ishiya Seika
Thanks to the development of the internet, Ishiya’s nationally famous confection, Shiroi Koibito, is easy to obtain today, even if you have no chance to visit Hokkaido.
I ordered the sweet on Amazon Japan a few days ago and got this box today! The Ishiya Shiroi Koibito is originally a Hokkaido-limited product.
But nowadays, not only can the confection be bought on Amazon, but it is also quite well recognized by overseas people.
What is Shiroi Koibito?
The Shiroi Koibito white lover consists of Langue De Chat cookies with white and dark milk chocolate fillings,
which the Sapporo-based confectionery company Ishiya Seika (石屋製菓) put on sale in 1976.
Now, Shiroi Koibito has become one of Hokkaido’s best and most famous sweets, and I think there are few Japanese who don’t know it.
It is more of a gift or souvenir than a casual everyday snack, by the way. Now, let’s look at the contents.
With the dark blue packaging removed, the blue and white box with a golden heart flame at its center shows up.
I opened the box peeling off the golden seal, being very excited.
When you lift the lid, the picture of delicious-looking biscuits comes into sight.
There is a leaflet inside the box introducing confections that Ishiya Seika boasts.
Langue De Chat Cookies
The Shiroi Koibito comes in 2 types of Langue De Chat cookies with white and dark milk chocolate fillings, as mentioned above.
The white packet contains the dark chocolate sandwiched cookie, while the moss green one packs the white chocolate cookie.
The biscuit part is pleasantly crispy, and the milk chocolate inside gives you satisfaction.
I like the white Langue De Chat cookie better because the white chocolate in between is very milky and addicting.
Since Ishiya Shiroi Koibito is very popular with foreign tourists, it has an English-version ingredient list on the dark blue paper packaging.
Where to Buy around Tokyo
According to the leaflet, Ishiya Seika has a directly-managed store named Ishiya G (Google Map) in Ginza, Tokyo.
But the branch doesn’t sell the Shiroi Koibito Langue De Chat cookie, as it is a Hokkaido-limited item.
Instead, you can buy the sweets at the Blue Sky in Terminal 2 of Narita Airport.