Bourbon Choco Anpan: Chocolate-An Filled Mini Snack Buns
Based on the definition of “An (餡)” given by Wikipedia Japan that I introduced in the previous entry, chocolate cream can also be considered a kind of An paste, because it is made from cacao beans, sweetened with sugar and kneaded.
In fact, the newly released snack from Bourbon I have now uses chocolate-An in place of the quintessential An (Anko), sweet Azuki red bean paste.
Bourbon Choco Anpan
I bought this Anpan snack for about 100 yen (about 1 USD) at a 7 Eleven convenience store near my house. The product contains chocolate cream filled mini snack buns, though the Japanese bun Anpan usually has a filling of Azuki red bean paste.
These snack buns have little moist and are somewhat dry compared to usual larger Anpan buns, but somehow they can be said to be a mini version of normal Anpan rather than something far from the standard.
The filling inside the bread looks like the representative An sweet Azuki red bean paste, but it is smooth and mild chocolate cream.
In addition to having the image of the baker with a mustache like “Jam Ojisan” on the package front, this product is convenient to carry around and the snack buns are also really easy to eat. Besides, appearance wise they look just like real Anpan buns, so I think this item can be a great treat for children.