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Minamoto Kitchoan

By Lynsey Beth Futa Photos By LAWRENCE TABUDLO
January 29, 2017

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Grace Dew and Grace Dew Chocolate (prices vary)

Resembling the dew that forms overnight on plant life, Minamoto Kitchoan’s Grace Dew jellies offer delicately juicy bites of fruit-shaped confections, made from Mother Nature’s best. And while these irresistible sweets are at the top of most patrons’ lists, the eloquent Japanese confectionery offers a cornucopia of other delicious delights, too.

Often compared to a high-class jewelry store, Minamoto Kitchoan in Ala Moana Center — and its new kiosk in Kahala Mall — displays its products in glass cases for costumers to behold. Each confection — whether the store’s traditional wagashi or items from its Western-influenced selection — is expertly wrapped and given the proper attention to detail every perfect gift should receive.

Always keeping patrons on their toes, Minamoto Kitchoan offers new goodies for each season, including a variety of New Year’s treats, which are still available. For spring, look forward to Sakura Mochi, as well as cherry-flavored items, such as Cherry Jelly.

As for confections you can savor year-round, try Leaf Pie ($2.50 for a bag of two pieces), which is made with 200-layers of butter cookie and topped with sugar crystals. Or, opt for the ever-rich Paves Au Chocolat ($20 per box), melting on taste buds in both traditional chocolate and refined matcha flavors.

Minamoto Kitchoan

Ala Moana Center: 947-0870; 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu; Kahala Mall (kiosk): 734-2220; 4211 Waialae Ave., Kahala
Ala Moana Center: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Kahala Mall (kiosk): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.