I recently discovered a Japanese snack called Yan Yan. I don’t recall ever seeing Yan Yan while I was in Japan, but I found them for sale from Tofu Cute (an online shop selling kawaii things and Japanese snacks such as Pocky). I was sold on Yan Yan when I discovered they are not only a snack, they are educational too…
First, let me tell you about Yan Yan as a snack. Yan Yan comes in a pot like this:
The pot is half filled with biscuity sticks, and the other half contains a serving of flavoured icing-like goo. Yan Yan comes in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and yoghurt flavours. I went for the vanilla one, which was sickeningly sweet, but quite yummy and addictive.
Each stick has the name of an animal, an accompanying picture, and a little message in English printed on it.
I’m not sure quite what the purpose is of these messages – some seem to be advice (Mouse – Do not be timid), others are facts (Giraffe – Tallest mammal), and others are just… odd (Whale – Biggesy mammal).
Japan, you and your snacks have done it again! 😉