Karintō

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Karintō
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TypeSnack food
Place of originJapan
Main ingredientsFlour, yeast, and brown sugar

Karintō (花林糖, karintō, (ateji)) is a traditional Japanese snack food. Sweet and deep-fried, it is made primarily of flour, yeast, and brown sugar. It has a deep brown and pitted appearance, and takes the form of a bite-sized pillow or short cylinder. Although traditional karintō is coated with brown sugar, recently other variations appear in the market, such as white sugar, sesame seeds, miso, or peanuts.

History[edit]

Karintō's roots are unclear, with primary origination theories being either China from around the Nara Period or being derived from a Portugal snack in a later period. In either case it has been available from street merchants since at least the Tenpō era, roughly from 1830 to 1841.