Miso is eaten all over Japan, but nowhere more so than in Aichi prefecture where you can find it flavour oden, noodles, and even bread and cakes. Hatcho miso is a variety of red miso made from soy and known for its dense, rich flavour and relatively low salt content compared to miso made from rice or salt or barley in addition).
Originating from Nagoya, it stands to reason that Giant Hatcho Miso Pretz by Glico Japan is the region-limited flavour for Aichi prefecture. Here, a giant biscuit stick is covered in powdered hacho miso.
Straight from the packaging, each biscuit stick has visible specks of red hatcho miso seasoning and smells like sweet beans, recalling the azuki paste filling of manju. This translates to a sweet earthy flavour — still recalling a less sweet, but crunchy azuki paste filling a manju – that develops with a mild heat mid-bite before leaving a more savoury earthy miso flavour in the finish that lingers long in the aftertaste. With the rich sweetness of hatcho miso, this Giant Haccho Miso Pretz is more of a dessert Pretz like Matcha Vanilla Double Pretz.
The box of Giant Hatcho Miso Pretz contained 16 packs each with 2 pieces. It is a limited edition for the Aichi Prefecture and was manufactured in Japan and purchased in Nagoya, Japan in 2014.