Image courtesy of Itohkyuemon
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.