Flagship product of ManYokan
“Iinuma Chestnuts” are the highest quality branded chestnuts in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan’s number one chestnut-producing region.
Iinuma Chestnuts are specially cultivated to be “Ikkyu-ikka (one fruit one burr),” although Japanese chestnuts commonly bears three fruits within one burr.
Iinuma Chestnuts account for only 0.2% of the chestnut harvest across Japan. Only ten farmers in Japan produce this chestnut.
“I never had such a delicious chestnut before!” was how shocked I was when I first met the Iinuma Chestnut, and this immediately triggered my confectionary artisan’s spirit, “I must create a product using this chestnut!” After the encounter, I carefully spent a year to select the right ingredients, maximize the chestnut’s flavor, and balance the taste to perfection, to complete the ManYokan Hitachi.
The large size and sweetness of Iinuma Chestnuts used characterize the ManYokan Hitachi.
Iinuma Chestnuts are cold-aged over two weeks immediately after harvest to maximize the original sweetness and flavor of the chestnut.
The Chestnut’s flavor and taste are also maximized by hand peeling the fruit one by one and leaving traces of the thin and bitter skin so to deepen the Chestnut’s taste.
Eleven Iinuma Chestnuts are lavishly used in one ManYokan Hitachi.
Artisans meticulously handcraft each product using Japan’s highest quality Hokkaido Tokachi-grown red beans for the sweet bean paste, which perfectly matches the robustness of Iinuma chestnuts.
The ManYokan Hitachi undergoes a 5-day aging process after production to delicately blend the sweetness of the chestnuts and texture of the paste. This is due to the large size of Iinuma chestnuts.
This process brings out a supreme taste, embracing a harmony of texture, sweetness, and aroma.
The ManYokan Hitachi has become a product that even chestnut lovers can enjoy and be satisfied with.
Furthermore, the ManYokan Hitachi shone as the Silver Award winner in the Food category at the prestigious global packaging awards, “Pentawards 2022.”