Kameda Kotsubukko: Classic Sweet Fried Rice Crackers
The prefecture where I live, Niigata is the largest producer of rice in Japan. The harvested rice not only has a good reputation for its tastiness but also is processed and turned into specialties.
Such Niigata’s specialties include “Sake (酒)” rice wine and “Senbei (煎餅)” rice crackers, and in the prefecture, there are many nationally famous Sake breweries and Senbei manufacturers.
For example, “Kameda Seika (亀田製菓)” is one of them, which is a leading Japanese confectionery company well-known for rice cracker products including Senbei.
Kameda-Seika Kotsubukko (亀田製菓 こつぶっこ)
From the drawings of characters on the package and so on, I think Kameda Seika Kotsubukko is a snack marketed mainly towards children.
It is a deep-fried rice cracker released in 1982 and can be classified as an “Age Senbei (揚げ煎餅)“.
The package contains 4 small bags of fried rice crackers. The golden brown rice snack looks kind of similar to the “Kabukiage (歌舞伎揚)” fried rice cracker due to its uneven surface.
But compared to the latter, the former is small, bite-sized as “Kotsubu (こつぶ, 小粒)” literally means “small grain (piece)” in Japanese.
Kotsubukko has a nice crunch that everyone can like. Besides, probably for children, the taste is light and sweet. It is soy sauce-based but accented with honey, which gives the snack a gentle sweetness.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
The specific ingredients used in the Japanese treat are non-glutinous Uruchi rice, vegetable oil, soy sauce (including wheat and soybeans), sugar, honey, starch, isomaltooligosaccharide, spices, powdered soy sauce, salt, processed starch, shell calcium, seasoning (including amino acids), caramel pigment, paprika pigment, and trehalose.
The Kotsubukko cracker has 143 kcal per (small) bag, and for the growth of kids, contains 94 mg of calcium.