Sweets Brand Made in Pierre Hermè Releases New Sugar-Coated Cookies

20.December.2021 | FOOD

Made in Pierre Hermè, a sweets brand dedicated to sharing the wonders of Japan with the world, is now selling karintou, a type of fried-dough cookie coated in brown sugar and sesame seeds. 

 

 

Karintou: ¥810

 

The thinly-baked cookies have a gentle sweetness from the domestic flower, and combined with the fragrant sesame seeds baked into the dough, it’s impossible to eat only one. 

 

 

Left: Shimantogawa Genryu Green Tea: ¥1,404 / Right: Shimantogawa Genryu Roasted Green Tea: ¥1,404

 

These tea varieties are the best to enjoy with karintou. Grown in the tea fields above the Shimanto River in Kochi Prefecture, these leaves are surrounded by fresh water and clean air. Thanks to the moderate temperature and the natural veil created by the fog, sunlight is slightly blocked, giving a more mellow flavor to each green tea.

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    1

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    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

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    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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