Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cacahuate Japones a.k.a. Japanese Peanuts























We found these little fellas at a Mexican grocery store.

They were over in the candy/snacks area...don't remember if the kids picked them out or if I did.

Japanese Peanuts? I thought maybe they were a variety of peanuts, rather than a regular old peanut coated with a shell that is flavored with soy sauce.

I tried looking for a recipe - thinking maybe you could make your own - but didn't find anything.

These peanuts have a hard shell - so it adds some crunch. The kids and I really liked them - and you can well imagine them being a bit addictive. They do have a salty flavor with a hint of sweetness and also some spicy hotness.

The ingredients on the package include: peanuts, wheat flour, rice flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, soy sauce and potato starch.

If you are wanting to give someone some homemade mixed nut or "nuts & bolts" party mixture - I think these would be a nice addition.

16 comments:

Pete Schwarz said...

I have extensive tasting experience with these fellows and can vouch for their tastyness.

According to this website: http://www.easymexicanfood.com/japanese_peanuts.html they are the invention of a Japanese immigrant in Mexico, who knows if they have a few variation of these peanuts in Japan.

Personally I tend to like the kinds with chili in the crust, makes for more of an interesting flavor.

Kelly said...

Where can I find them in Florida? I fell in love with them in a Mexico resort. I like the spicy ones also. Found sweet ones in Citrus county Florida at First Asian Store, but prefer spicy. E-mail me at sweetestkelly@embarqmail.com

Anonymous said...

Did you ever find the Japones in Florida? I've looked for them for years and every time we go back to mexico we bring some home. I'd love to find them here in the US.

Anonymous said...

You can find them easily in Texas.

Anonymous said...

www.driedfruitmall.com has 8 flavors available either by 1 lb or 5 lb orders, single flavors or mixed.

site used to be called Fuits Star.

stumbled back on to it when I did a search for these after I lost the site link and searched for "japanesepeanuts". Think the renamed site was the 3rd link on the google list.

Anonymous said...

www.mymexicanpantry.com

Anonymous said...

I found them the other day at Walmart, in the checkout line, with all the other snacks from Mexico. I don't know if my local Walmart is unique in carrying these or if all Walmarts carry them, but you might check to see if your Walmart has them too.

Anonymous said...

I also found these here Japanese Peanuts http://www.alegrofoods.com/

Anonymous said...

Help! I cannot stop eating them. These are addictive, do not buy them.

Just returned from Cabo and I too thought they were a tpye but found out they are a style. Absolutely perfect in terms of texture and flavor - slighty sweet, slightly spicy, and little less salty. A wonderful snack.

Anonymous said...

They are in the 7-11's in northern California. I love them.

Anonymous said...

I think I got mine at Walmart too. They are great, but the package drives me crazy. An hispanic name, but they are Japanese. On the back it says they are ditributed from Omaha NE, but they are MADE IN CHINA!

Anonymous said...

I found them in kroger in GA.

Anonymous said...

I found them at a maverick gas station in Salt Lake City.

Anonymous said...

Found them in Big Lots in Ft. Pierce, Florida...

Anonymous said...

Found at my local.flea market by the pounds. I eat them.with add them to a bag of takis chips diced cucumber (cueritos) chamoy sauce

Anonymous said...

I love them especially with salsa tapatia