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Karintō (かりんとう) is a type of fried wagashi (traditional Japanese sweet).

It’s normally made with wheat flour, yeast, and brown sugar.

But nowadays there are many modern variations of karintō which use different ingredients.

Naturally, matcha karintō is one of them.

The origin of this sweet is unclear.

Some theories suggest that it came from China, and others that it came from Spain.

Either way, it’s often a cheap and common sweet in Japan.

I have tasted the traditional brown sugar version, and liked it.

I find it pretty sweet and crispy.

This wagashi can be addictive for people with a sweet tooth like me.


In my opinion, it pairs well with matcha.

Here’s a karintō from Amazon in case that you want to taste it.

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