Which will win — your rumbling tummy or these adorable Scottish Fold faces?
Scottish Fold Manju was created as a collaboration between Animal Hyakka, a company focused on animal-themed ventures, and Awaya Soube, a Tokyo-based Japanese confectionery established in 1950. The creation of the confections was apparently inspired by the realization that the cat breed looks an awful lot like manju with their delightfully round faces and adorable folded ears.
The Scottish Fold Manju was released just this month, each piece of the new set looks absolutely delicious. They are sold in sets of four with each manju containing different fillings, which are, clockwise from the top left, red bean paste, white bean paste, chocolate, and caramel.
Now you just have to decide which one is the cutest and thus saved for last. Personally, I can’t stop squealing whenever I look at the grey one, so I’m not sure I’d even be able to get it in my mouth. But maybe your rumbling stomach will be stronger than that adorable face!
On the other hand, there are those who, somehow, aren’t really big fans of cats. But fear not, you haven’t been forgotten! Animal Hyakka and Awaya Soube released Mendako (flapjack octopus) Manju just last year — and they are no less adorable, as you can see below! They also come in a different set of flavors, which are, from left to right, mango, white bean paste, green tea, and strawberry.
Scottish Fold Manju are available exclusively through Animal Hyakka’s Yahoo! Mise store for 1,388 yen (about US$11.80) plus shipping. Mendako Manju are also available through Animal Hyakka’s Yahoo! Mise store for 1,296 yen (about $11.10) plus shipping. Unfortunately, it looks like only domestic shipping is available, but if you’re desperate to get some animal-shaped manju overseas, you can probably get a reshipping service like White Rabbit Express to forward them to you. However, you won’t be able to save them for long — the manju is recommended to be eaten withing ten days or within two to three days after opening the package.
And if you can’t get your hands on some Scottish Fold Manju, at least you can easy your aching heart with this adorable video of a Scottish Fold cuddling with her favorite toy!
Sources: Yahoo! Mise/Animal Hyakka (Scottish Fold Manju), ITMedia, AT Press
Featured image: Yahoo! Mise/Animal Hyakka (Scottish fold manju)
Images: Yahoo! Mise/Animal Hyakka (Scottish fold manju), Yahoo! Mise/Animal Hyakka (Mendako manju)