Japan has some of the most delicious treats in the world. From pastry cakes to snack packs, there are a million and one ways to gain weight in Japan, with no regrets.
Omiyage are one of those ways.
Omiyage (n): local sweets that are brought back as souvenir gifts. You give Omiyage to your friends and coworkers after returning from a trip. Omiyage vary depending on the place – but each prefecture seems to have a specialty. For example, the Aomori prefecture is famous for apples.
You can go to apple picking in Aomori. You can eat apple snacks, apple crackers, and dried apple chips. Or you can even buy apple scented conditioner. But if you are thinking about picking up an Omiyage – look no further than the Ki ni naru ringo.
What is the ki ni naru ringo? It is a Apple Pie Pastry. It is also what happiness tastes like.
This apple pastry is made by taking a fresh Aomori apple, drilling out the inside, and dropping it in a vat of a sugary syrup for several months. They pull it out when it has gone sweet and soft. Then they fill the inside with a sweet pastry and breaded filling and wrap the outside with layers like a croissant. After that, the delicious contraption is baked until crispy on the outside.
It looks like this:
Wait, was that the sound of your stomach growing? That’s ok man, I totally understand you. It is just as delicious as it looks. The outside is salty and savory. The inside is sweet and soft. The filling is sweet and savory. It all blends together into a fantastic party in the mouth.
I’m not joking.
It’s a party for the mouth.
Next time you are in Aomori, swing by an Omiyage shop and buy a ki ni naru ringo (気になるリンゴ), the delicious Apple Pie Pastry. You won’t regret it.
[Packs are sold individually (for 600yen) or in a pair (for 1100yen) all throughout the Aomori prefecture or ports near Aomori]
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