Japan is a country of seasons. It is blessed with the four seasons, and autumn is especially a time where people enjoy the delicacies that the season has to offer. We even express autumn by saying it is the “season of appetite”.
“Kuri kinton” is a Japanese confectionery made from chestnuts that is available usually through September to January. So if you are in Japan in the colder seasons, it is a must try! It is said that “kuru kinton” originated from Suya(sorry, site is available in Japanese only) in Gifu prefecture, and people today still relate to Suya when they hear “kuri kinton”. If you are lucky, you can find Suya pop-up stores in Takashimaya department stores in Tokyo, but other Japanese confectionery stores sell their own version of kurikinton as well.
The ingredients used for making “kuru kinton” is very minimal. The chestnuts are roasted, mashed, then mixed with sugar and then shaped using a moist tea cloth. Although the ingredients for kurikinton are minimal and can be made in just a few steps, it is a time consuming task opening each and every chestnut (believe me, I have done it before!).
The aroma of the chestnuts along with the texture and taste is just delicious, and goes perfectly with green tea!