You'll have to fly to cold Hokkaido to try these 7 hot sweets—but at least you don't have to leave the airport!


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New Chitose Airport is special not only because it's located in Hokkaido, the coldest place in Japan. It also has a plethora of Japanese "okashi" sold exclusively at that airport! Sapporo TV recently asked 180 airport employees there to rank their favorite in­airport sweets. Here's what they said—with their mouths full, of course.


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Jaga-Pokkuru (10 packs for 864 yen)

Not your average processed potato snack! These cute little guys are made locally at the aptly-named Potato Farm; The fact that each one is made from real Hokkaido potatoes, crisped and with special techniques, makes these treats lip-smacking good. Kopokkuru, the Ainu god of happiness for whom these snacks are named, would no doubt agree.


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Kaitaku-okaki (390 yen per pack)

Kitakaro is a Hokkaido-based online confectionary that often gets people all abuzz. One of their most popular snacks and most reasonably-priced goodies, Kaitaku-okaki is a rice-based munchy that goes great with beer or tea. Some people might hear the words "rice-based" and head for the hills; but don't worry, okaki is more like popcorn and less like the bland hockey-pucks that doctors make you eat on a diet! This one even comes in six varieties.

Caramel Biscuit

caramel bisket by glico at hokkaido new chitose airport

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Caramel Biscuit (8 packs for 960 yen)

Then there's Glico's limited edition Caramel Kitchen Caramel Biscuit, which can be found only at the New Chitose Airport Shop. This 960 yen delight may be a new kid on the block, but he's already king of the neighborhood! It's the aroma the caramel gives off as it rocks your taste buds, not to mention the crunchy texture, that makes it an absolute must for this list!

Cheese Omelet

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Cheese Omelet (8 packs for 1296 yen)

Next there's the cheesy brainchild of Hokodate's local pastry sensation, Pastry Snaffle, called simply the "Cheese Omelet." This bigger-than-bite-sized pastry is something you can really get your teeth into; you'll want to come back for more after it melts in your mouth! What's the secret to all that melty goodness, you ask? No pesky machines, of course! Every pastry is lovingly handmade. Speaking of hands, there's no need to bother with a knife and fork—the locals think of this omelet as finger food, and so should you!

Dojima Prince Roll

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Dojima Prince Roll (1296 yen)

After that we have a match made in heaven, with uber-famous-in-Japan confectionary conneisures Royce and Moncher's collaborative masterpiece, "Dojima Prince Roll." The chocolate cream inside this high-class royal roll lives up to it's lofty name, delivering a sophisticated sweetness that never goes over the top while keeping you satisfied.

Biei Corn Pan


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Biei Corn Pan (5 bread-cakes for 1080 yen)

This product is just bursting with local Hokkaido flavor. There's a 2-bag per person limit on these things, but they have proved to be so popular that they often fly off the shelves before noon! What are they? Succulent bread-cakes made completely without sugar or water, sweetened only by the natural goodness of corn. This corn, made specially at the Biei Farm in Biei-cho, Hokkaido, gives these bread-cakes their down-home name: "Biei Corn Pan," or Biei Corn Bread (5 bread-cakes for 1080 yen). This isn't the exactly the cornbread your mamma used to make—it may even be better! Just don't tell mamma, OK?

Yaki-tate Cheese Tart

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Yaki-tate Cheese Tart (6 tarts for 1080 yen)

We've saved the best for last! This baby, Kinotoya's "Yaki-tate Cheese Tart" (6 tarts for 1080 yen), was ranked the #1 favorite! "Yaki-tate" means "fresh from the oven," and I think we can all agree that the name fits! Golden-brown on the outside and creamy on the inside, these tarts are so popular that long after their debut, people are still lining up in droves just to taste the sensation. While they're certainly great when fresh, rumor has it that "Yaki-tate Cheese Tarts" are just as good when cool. But don't take my word for it...try for yourself!

Well, I may live in Tokyo, but this list might just inspire me to buy a plane the airport! I know, blame my sweet tooth.

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