sweet treats from Tokyo Sweets PH

Anyone who knows me personally should know that I looove sweet things. Macarons, cupcakes, milk tea, you name it! So when Ruth of Tokyo Sweets PH contacted me about sending me a little gift, I just had to accept! Tokyo Sweets PH is a newly opened shop that aims to bring everyone their favorite Japanese treats for very affordable prices. I love sweets a lot, and even more so if they're Japanese! For me, Japanese sweets have just the right amount of sweetness that I like. I also love that they pay a lot of attention to making their packaging so, so cute. Things that are both sweet and cute are my ultimate weakness, after all! (〃艸〃)

They sent me three things from their shop: Tokyo Banana Giraffe, Kikyo Shingen Mochi, Matcha KitKat!

The first thing that I got was this, Tokyo Banana Giraffe! So pink wtf. I love it.

Tokyo Banana is quite popular in Japan! Early last year I kept seeing it on Instagram (about 50% of people I stalk/follow are Japanese..) and I was so curious about it. I first thought that it was a keychain of sorts, but it was actually a cake, haha! And now, I finally got to taste it!

Seems like it has a lot of different variants.. this one is called 'Giraffe' only because of the pattern, ehehe.

So fuwa-fuwa! The inside is a yummy banana caramel custard. Nom!

Tokyo Banana is, as I've said, quite popular in Japan, and is often given as a souvenir. Because of its popularity, sometimes you have to line up for a looong time just to get a box. Basically though, it's just a banana-flavored custard cake. Don't get me wrong, I liked it a lot, and ended up eating the whole box within two days.. It's just that I was expecting something more.. special, really, but it was just that. I still recommend getting it though, since it's so cute. You can give it to your friend (or your girlfriend *hint hint*) as a gift. I'm pretty sure they'll like it. There's also a chocolate and milk cookies variant, which you can get in time for Valentine's Day! (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)

The second sweet treat that they sent me was called Kikyo Shingen Mochi (桔梗信玄餅), which came in a traditional-style paper bag.. Among the things I was sent, this was actually the first thing that caught my attention. It's because I love the color red and I looove things with Japanese patterns.

A peek inside..

So cute! One of the things I love about Japanese things is that they always, always pay attention to every detail. Inside the paper bag are six small (about the size of your palm) individually-wrapped mochi covered in kinako (soy bean flour), and comes with a tiny bottle of kuromitsu (lit. black honey; brown sugar syrup).

It also comes with this tiny stick.. thing. You use it for eating the mochi, as it can get a bit messy.

Ta-da~! You don't have to put it on a plate like I did, but I wanted to emulate the photo in the pamphlet that came with it, ehehe.

I don't really like mochi or the locally popular ice cream variant, but I really liked this! Aian did as well, and he's quite picky when it comes to sweets. The taste.. hmm. I can't describe the taste well though! The taste that I get is sweet, but not too sweet. There's also a lingering aftertaste that's slightly salty.. not really, but it will remind you of soy sauce. It's because of the kinako that comes with it! (Soy sauce comes from soy beans, after all.. /stupid) Overall, it was really good! In my opinion, it's much nicer to get as a souvenir since the feeling is more.. Japanese. Am I making sense? Haha! Definitely a must-try! (I even kept the red paper bag, since it's so cute.)

Last but not least, I also received a box of Matcha KitKat! My favorite (*´艸`*)

I didn't open the box because I still had some KitKat left in the fridge.. so I kept these instead. Saving it for a special occasion, or something, ehe. Anyway! It's obvious that I really like this one because I love matcha so much. Just imagine matcha in KitKat form-- it's not too sweet, and not too bitter either. The aftertaste is definitely matcha. I like it a lot! One box containts three pieces of KitKat, I think. A bit pricey considering that it's only KitKat, but I love it so much so I don't really mind!

Out of the three, if you're looking for something to give as a souvenir, I hiiighly recommend the Kikyo Shingen Mochi. The other two are okay too, but it's just that that one has a more special feeling, in a way. The only downside though, is that it has a really short shelf life, as it has little to no preservatives. Tokyo Banana is the same, I think. Other than that, it's a really nice gift to give. Also, I don't think there are any other online stores that sell this (I've only ever seen them selling KitKat..), so this is definitely something new.

Tokyo Sweets PH also offers other Japanese specialties, such as Ginza cheesecake. You can check out their offerings on their Facebook Page here. Also, they're currently doing a Race to 500 giveaway on their Instagram, where the winner gets a box of Tokyo Banana + Strawberry Cheesecake from Ginza, so do check that out! (=´∀`)人(´∀`=)