Japanese Tea Company Creates Matcha Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Ochame, which translates to tea strawberries, is a twist on the well-known chocolate truffle
matcha strawberries

Image courtesy of Itohkyuemon

Strawberries are covered in a coating of white chocolate mixed with matcha powder.

Japanese tea company Itohkyuemon, founded in 1832, knows a thing or two about tea. It is considered by many to grow the finest matcha green tea in Japan, and also sells a number of tea-based confectionaries, according to Rocket News 24. Its latest creation, special for Valentine’s Day, is called Ochame, which translates to ‘tea strawberries.’

Ochame is a twist on a traditional chocolate truffle, with a strawberry at its center and covered in a coating of white chocolate mixed with matcha powder. The treat gets its intense green color from a mixture of two varieties of stone-milled green tea: dark, flavorful okoicha and milder jousucha. The resulting confectionary is a mix of bitter matcha, sweet chocolate, and tart fruit.

Itohkyuemon will begin selling Ochame in-store at its three Kyoto branches beginning February 1. They can also be ordered online at $11 for a 2.5-ounce container.

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