Hokkaido sweet treats: Getting your Snaffle’s fix


Whet Your Wanderlust

Snaffle’s is something of a Hokkaido institution. It’s a relatively new Japanese patisserie, having only been established in 1998, but one that has developed a rather loyal following with outlets in the north of Japan (Sapporo and Hakodate), along with two branches in Singapore.

While visiting Japan’s port city of Hakodate, I visited the Snaffle’s outlet in the Red Brick Warehouses in Kanemori.

Snaffles Store

The specialty at Snaffle’s is their bite-sized cheesecake (which they also inexplicably call a catchcake), a diminutive 2 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. There’s a delicate sponge cake on the bottom with a super-light, melt-in-your-mouth baked cheesecake on top. They also had a chocolate version for the chocoholics. The milk they use is farm-fresh (thick with floating milk fat, as they describe on their website), they developed their own cream cheese, and they use a special variety of egg called “Salad Mood.” How could one resist??

Though I was cheesecaked out having overdone it with…

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