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The Best Japanese Treats Get A Sakura Petal Makeover!

Nic ThibodeauNic Thibodeau
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January 25, 2018

While the chill winds may still be blowing outside, and we here at TokyoTreat huddle inside for warmth. Enjoying delicious and delectable Japanese candy and Japanese snacks. After going to visit a local temple, people in Japan are already preparing for the beautiful sakura petal season!

During this time, cherry blossom petals flood the skies and Japan turns pink! Not only does the nature throughout Japan take on a soothing pink hue, but the food does as well! You can find fascinating sakura flavors all through Japan. From supermarkets, convenience stores, bakeries, restaurants and even some vending machines. Let’s take a look at what some exciting Japanese sakura fusion food you can buy!

inarizushi with pickled cherry blossom leaves

Sakura Petal Inarizushi

Sushi is a worldwide loved food! The moreish combination of rice, vegetables and seafood makes for a truly unique and amazing culinary experience. So, of course you can get more intriguing combinations. Like natto sushi, spam sushi, and of course sakura sushi!

Inarizushi is a popular sushi snack that involves putting slightly tangy and sweet rice inside a juicy fried tofu pocket. The sushi gets a sakura twist by either topping it with the petals or inserting them into the rice itself! It’s a very natural, elegant way to add a pink touch to a widely eaten Japanese snack!

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green tea next to anko bread with sakura petals
The perfect umami combination! Green tea and a sweet bread. Image via Shutterstock

Sakura Petal anko bread

Anko, also know as red bean paste, is a slightly sweet and savory staple filling in Japan. Anko is often found inside breads, buns, mochi and so much more! During cherry blossom season the anko breads even get a pink makeover!

This cherry blossom season version uses white anko mixed with chopped salted sakura petals. The tasty fillings mixed together create a beautifully soft pink hue naturally. The savory, sweet flavor still stays intact while an aftertaste of the salted petals can be tasted!

Green and sakura pink macarons on a wooden plate
Sakura macarons are a fun & delicious take on the classic French sweet treat. Image via Shutterstock


Japanese snacks aren’t the only foods to get a bit of a change up! Sakura macarons are widely popular as well. Usually, these macarons use a cherry blossom buttercream, which is cream infused with salted petals. Alternatively you may see some topped with a sakura flower for a gorgeous snack!

These sweet pink treats are the perfect companion for a cherry blossom picnic!

Cherry Blossom pink cake on a plate
Delicate pink cakes fill bakery shelves from the end of March in Japan. Image via Shutterstock


Lastly, cakes! Cakes are probably one of the most popular Japanese desserts during this cherry blossom season! Within the cakes batter, salted sakura petals are mixed in for a hint of sweet savory flavor. Another method is to infuse the icing with sakura petal essence to ensure a sweet floral flavor can be enjoyed!

Now we are here, stomachs growling! Waiting for the cherry blossom season to begin so we can go chow down on these delicate Japanese treats!

Let us know in the comments below which of these you would love to try!

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