Sunday, April 26, 2009


Recently I've been eating anpan for my afternoon snack. I've tried making it myself, but since the weather isn't warm enough to start baking bread, I've been buying my anpan.

What I usually do is buy two different kinds, cut them in half eating one of each half then saving the other halves for the next day's afternoon snack.

From Bigot (pronounced bee-go), I tried the yuzu (citron) anpan 105 yen (about US$1.05) and sakura (cherry blossom) anpan 126 yen (about US$1.26).

The yuzu had bits of citron mixed in with the sweet white bean paste. The bread was sweet like brioche but a bit dry.

The sakura had a nice sweet and salty cherry blossom flavored bean paste and the bread was also sweet like brioche and like the yuzu anpan, the bread was a bit dry.

From Anri, I tried their chestnut anpan 126 yen (about US$1.26) and pumpkin anpan 126 yen (about US$1.26).

The chestnut anpan was filled with lots of chestnut paste. The bread was sweet and very soft.

The pumpkin anpan was filled with lots of pumpkin paste. The bread was also very soft and sweet.

The thing I liked about these anpan was that there was a lot of filling and it didn't seem like they used the sweet bean paste.

And from Kokoroniamai Anpanya, their matcha (green tea) anpan 105 yen (about US$1.05) and kurumi (walnut) anpan 105 yen (about US$1.05).

The matcha anpan was filled with a green tea cream mixed with a little sweet bean paste. The bread was also very soft and sweet.

I was disappointed with the was just a walnut roll, I thought there would at least be sweet bean paste inside but there wasn't anything in the center.

All the ones with fillings were delicious. The walnut was good as a roll but like I said disappointing as an anpan.

What have you been eating for your afternoon snack?


HanamiGallery said...

mmm matcha anpan. honestly though they all sound great! here we usually split an energy bar for a snack, because they are high in protein they really curb appetite.

Lori said...

Lately I've been having saimin and/or pb&j sandwiches after work. :)

K and S said...

that sounds like a great snack Hanami :)

mmm pbj sandwiches, haven't had saimin in ages Lori!

Take care you two.

genkitummy said...

I love an pan! I wish I could buy anpan with different fillings, but I still enjoy the an filled ones.

my afternoon snack...I'm not sure. I'm trying to be healthier, so I guess my snack of the moment is frozen fruit.

K and S said...

I should look into frozen fruit for the summer months here Genki!

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

That is quite the anpan selection! I think the match one sounds the best. ;-) I have been a on microwave popcorn snack kick lately--the one I keep buying is with salt and LOTS of black pepper.

K and S said...

ooh does it come with the black pepper or are you adding it in Deb? it sounds delicious!

Take care.

Jenster said...

I admire your willpower because I don't think I could stop at just eating half of one.

For snacks, we try to eat healthier (but that doesn't always happen). I usually have a cup of coffee so I can keep up with the kids' afternoon activities. We also make a lot of fruit smoothies using orange juice, frozen berries and sometimes yogurt. And when there's time, I'll try to bake some banana nut muffins so we can get something that's sweet and filling but still good for us!

I could really go for an anpan and cup of coffee right now.

K and S said...

mmm smoothies and banana nut muffins sounds so good, Jenster. I almost always need coffee in the afternoons too. Though sometimes I do get on my tea kicks.

Take care.