Hokkaido sweet treats: Getting your Snaffle’s fix

Snaffle’s is something of a Hokkaido institution. It’s a relatively new Japanese patisserie, having only been established in 1998, but one that has developed a rather loyal following with outlets in the north of Japan (Sapporo and Hakodate), along with two branches in Singapore.

While visiting Japan’s port city of Hakodate, I visited the Snaffle’s outlet in the Red Brick Warehouses in Kanemori.

Snaffles Store

The specialty at Snaffle’s is their bite-sized cheesecake (which they also inexplicably call a catchcake), a diminutive 2 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. There’s a delicate sponge cake on the bottom with a super-light, melt-in-your-mouth baked cheesecake on top. They also had a chocolate version for the chocoholics. The milk they use is farm-fresh (thick with floating milk fat, as they describe on their website), they developed their own cream cheese, and they use a special variety of egg called “Salad Mood.” How could one resist??

Though I was cheesecaked out having overdone it with the Fromage Double at LeTao the previous day, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to savour a treat at Snaffle’s.

Snaffles Menu

This was their No. 1 dine-in recommendation – a crepe cake, the Snaffle’s take on the fairly common Japanese cream cake.

Snaffles Crepe Cake

Heavenly layers of crepe, custard and cream, layered with chunks of strawberry, banana and kiwi. I highly recommend getting your Snaffle’s fix on this. Just make sure to wash it down with an icy cold glass of super creamy Hokkaido milk.

Snaffles Tray

Snaffle’s
Kanemori Youbutsukan
13-9 Suehiro-cho, Hakodate-shi
Hokkaido
Japan

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