In Japan, when you’re invited to someone’s home, you always bring something to them. Even if it’s a good friend you see often, you bring something. That something is usually a savory (rice crackers) or sweets (chocolate, cookies, cream puffs, etc.) so you can eat it over nice up ‘o tea and some good conversation. This is a product that we usually receive or buy for ourselves. Mom and I have both received it as a thank you gift or Christmas gift from our students. It’s on the expensive side in the states but if you’re looking for a product (holiday gift) to give to teachers, in-laws, neighbors, this is it. It comes in a tin that you can reuse it for whatever you please after you eat the goodies.
We have a lot of these tins around my parents’ home, storing a variety of things like candles, magnets, stickers, pens and pencils. They come in a variety of sizes so not only do you enjoy the goodies inside, but you can use it to store things as well! My husband describes them as light and delicious. There are different types of biscuits that are available for purchase. They’re all thin butter vanilla cookies with different things in it. My favorite is the billet au chocolat au lait (milk chocolate) and the billet aux almondes chocolat (milk chocolate with almond slivers). Think really thin cookie dough cut into rectangles folded over in half to make a square with chocolate between the folds. My husband likes all of them and doesn’t have a favorite. They also have macadamia nuts, milk coffee (this one’s rare and yummy) and cigares (rolled up version of the biscuits so that it looks like a cigar). You can purchase them by selecting one type of cookie or you can purchase a tin that has a variety of things in it.
In the states, you can buy it at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman or online at Horchow and JAL. My dad bought it in Japan on his last visit and my husband and I have been enjoying one or two morsels each day with tea. So yummy.