Dagashi: Easy to Make Kinako Candy

Kinako Bar closeup

Hi guys! It’s Mrs. Wada back on duty after a loooong break. I tried to make a quick dessert using kinako, a roasted whole soybean flour, for our tea time the other day and I wanted to share it here.

I followed this simple recipe that I found on Cookpad website. It’s a dagashi called kinako-ame (きな粉飴, kinako candy), or kinako-bou (きな粉棒, kinako stick). It only requires three (3) ingredients to make.

Kinako Bar closeup

Kinako Candy Ingredients

  • 50 grams of kinako (roasted soybean flour)
  • 2 tbsps of honey
  • 1 tbsp of sesame seeds (or more if you like)
  • extra kinako for coating


  1. Combine the first three ingredients into a bowl. Mix well until it starts to form.
  2. Using a plastic wrap, form the mixture into a long bar.
    (Optional) Refrigerate the kinako bar for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut it into small pieces and coat it with kinako.
Kinako Bar closeup

That’s it! It’s very simple, right? Kinako candy is a Japanese snack you can find in dagashi stores, a store that sells classic Japanese snacks for children.

Kinako Bar with tea

We had it with tea and might be good with coffee, too. Give this healthy snack a try and leave us a comment below of what you think about it.

I’m thinking to try to make more Japanese sweets this year. You might like to try other simple Japanese snacks recipes we have here.

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Cafes in Japan: Honky Tonk (Old-style Japanese Cafe)


Howdy? Been stuck in kitchen lately as you see. Allow me to get some fresh air this time. There’s been this Kissaten (old style Japanese cafe) called Honky Tonk for literally decades in Okayama City.

Honky Tonk old-style Japanese cafe: Signage

I’ve passed by more than a thousand times but never made it for a drink. Well, it just doesn’t look like for kids. Anyway I am a grownup now, so I should be qualified finally.

Our cafe hopping history.

Grabbing a coffee in Japan

Kurashiki Coffee: Siphon Coffee Specialty Cafe

Exploring Starbucks Concept Stores in Japan: Kitano, Kobe

Honky Tonk: an old-style Japanese cafe

It actually does look cool, doesn’t it? Though sure a seventeen-year old Yoshi (me) wouldn’t have been brave enough to enter such a place for a cappa joe.

Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Front


As you enter, its own coffee bean roaster welcomes you. Cool.



Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Counter
Shop’s counter: It might be a good idea to seat at this area if you want to keep a distant from tabacco smoke.



It looks like from TV drama or something…..



Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Iced coffee aparatus
This is one got me really excited. (Ren)


Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Menu line-up
Honky Tonk’s menu (shop’s blend, coffee with milk and straight)


Honky Tonk also serves sweets and light meals like sandwiches.

Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Interior
The cafe is filled with antique furniture.


I shall have a seat now.

Foods & Drinks

Ren (Mrs. Wada) got specialty coffee called Cleopatra. I got one called Mocha Matari together with a baked cheese cake.

Here it comes.


My coffee had bitterness and heavier aftertaste than my regular coffee (sorry I don’t know how to describe coffee). On the contrary, Ren’s coffee had more (good) sourness so it sorta worked pretty well with sourness of the cheese cake, I think. Good combination.

Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Gorgeous cup and saucer
Gorgeous cup and saucer with a golden spoon


Honky Tonk Coffee Shop: Delicious baked cheese cake
Baked cheese cake – goes so well with coffee


Turns out smoking is allowed at this cafe (not in a separate room). I was a little surprised there is still such a place in this era! Be warned if you don’t smoke.


We liked both drinks and food but the smoke. Unfortunately, I’d have to deduct many points. We will keep looking for more cafes and report here. Stay tuned.

See you around!

Shop Name Honky Tonk
Business Hour 9:00-20:00 (Closed every 3rd Friday)
Address 9-25, Nishimachi, Nishifurumatsu, Okayama city
Phone number 086-243-6868
Website http://www.honkytonk.jp/ (only in JP)