Crunchy Cream Puffs Are the New Snack Craze You Have to Try in Japan

They're almost sold out as soon as they're ready!

B2 LUCUA Osaka, 3-1-3 Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Contact: +81-6-6147-2927
Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
How to get there: It’s directly connected to JR Osaka Station.

You won’t miss CROQUANTCHOU ZAKUZAKU at LUCUA Food Hall with this distinct blue wall.

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CROQUANT CHOU ZAKUZAKU is a pastry shop that specializes in crunchy cream puffs using premium milk from Hokkaido. With three branches in Japan selling two million of these sweet treats yearly, there’s clearly no stopping ZAKUZAKU from expanding their reach all over the country. In fact, they recently opened their fourth branch at LUCUA Osaka’s LUCUA Food Hall--the first store in Kansai--this spring.

Croquant Chou Zakuzaku (¥250/piece). Enjoy the crunchy texture of the shell at every bite and the smooth Hokkaido custard cream filling that melts in your mouth.

Becoming a hot topic as “a new, never-before-experienced texture for cream puffs,” ZAKUZAKU’s bestselling croquant chou is covered with almond for that special crunch. The cream filling, on the other hand, is only piped into the freshly baked pastry shell upon order. This is to ensure quality taste and texture--which is also why it’s best to consume the snack on the spot!

Watch the staff prepare the croquant chou right in front of you while you wait.

Aside from their crunchy cream puffs, they also offer soft-serve ice cream sprinkled with the same almond crunch.

Zakuzaku Soft (Cup) (

Zakuzaku Milk (Cone) (¥450)

Zakuzaku Choco Dip (¥450)

Long lines at CROQUANT CHOU ZAKU ZAKU’s flagship store in Tokyo.

In addition to their stores in Japan, CROQUANT CHOU ZAKU ZAKU also has several branches overseas, which include Taiwan and China.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (18 April 2018)

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