Monday, October 11, 2010
At Shiro-Hige Cream Puff Factory, you can get delicious cream puffs in the likeness of Totoro.
We were lucky enough to get behind the scenes to see how these little guys are made!
Shiro-Hige has a special iron cast where they bake them in small batches in the oven.
After the totoros are nice and crisp, they cut off the bottoms and prepare them for the delicious cream filling! There is the standard chocolate and vanilla-creme, however, the third flavor is seasonal. Right now, in the Fall, we had peach cream.
The final step is putting the little eyes, nose and either a leaf or a hat on each one of the totoros.
Hiro-Shige Cream Puff Factory is one of the few outside companies with a legal contract to be able to use Totoro's likeness from Studio Ghibli.
They make and sell over 250 per day except for their day off, Monday. In fact, you have to call in advance if you would like for them to specially make a fresh batch for you, since they sell out every single day. Each totoro costs between 390 yen - 430 yen.
Shiro-Hige Creme Puff Factory is located 2 stops from Shimo-Kita-Zawa on the Inokashira line at Takaido. The magic of Hayao Miyazaki even tastes good!
You can visit their website here.