Finland is familiar as the country that gave birth to the popular "Moomin" and "Marimekko" in Japan. Did you know that Finland's "most famous" donut and coffee shop had landed in Kichijoji, Tokyo?

The name of the shop is "Arnolds". It is said that it is a chain store with more than 40 stores in Finland, and it landed in Kichijoji in May 2013. The signature menu is an original donut that combines traditional Finnish fried confectionery "Munkki" with American donuts.

What does a Finnish donut taste like?
What does a Finnish donut taste like?

● What is Arnold's donut that originated in Finland?

Arnold's donuts that you can enjoy the unique texture that you can never imitate. It seems that no milk and eggs are used in the dough. The sweetness of the dough is low, and the glaze and toppings of various flavors and the jam inside enhance the deliciousness.

There are many opportunities to come in contact with donuts, such as the appearance of hybrid sweets such as "cronuts" and the gradual establishment of convenience store donuts, but it may be that you have never experienced a donut from Finland. So, I decided to check the taste late!

I went to Arnolds Donut
I went to Arnolds Donut

From the basic "sugar" and "cinnamon sugar" to the chocolate-clad "milk chocolate", the square donut "blueberry" with no holes, and the heart-shaped donut "heart" are lined up in the shop's showcase. Various colors and shapes up to "milk chocolate"! The price starts from 150 yen.

There are so many different donuts to choose from that you can do a psychological test!
There are so many different donuts to choose from that you can do a psychological test!

All are attractive and annoying lineups. Therefore, based on the recommendations of the clerk, we decided on three items: "Premium White Chocolate" (240 yen), "Heart Strawberry" (220 yen), and "Orange Marmalade" (200 yen)! You can eat in at the store, but this time I decided to take out.

There is also an eat-in space inside the store
There is also an eat-in space inside the store

● Premium white chocolate

Donuts glazing with Belgian white chocolate. It is a stylish visual with two lines of chocolate. I chose it because it fit my image of Finland and I was influenced by the mood of the city heading for Christmas.

It looks like a snowflake! Alazan is also elegant
It looks like a snowflake! Alazan is also elegant

The moment you stretch it, you can see the softness of the dough, which is fluffy like fried bread, and the simplicity of the taste! Certainly the dough itself is hardly sweet. If this is the case, it may be possible not only as a sweet donut, but also as a salty donut for meals. It's such a simple taste.

Thick fabric. Powerful under the edge
Thick fabric. Powerful under the edge

The white chocolate that covers the dough is thick enough to make a squeak when tapped with a fork. It is crispy when you bite it, but when you put it in your mouth, it melts at body temperature and resonates with the soft and fluffy mouthfeel of the dough. At the end, he showed us a wonderful synchronization that the milky sweet chocolate and the dough melt almost at the same time.

There is elasticity that pushes back even if you push it tightly
There is elasticity that pushes back even if you push it tightly

● Heart strawberry

A heart-shaped donut dough with strawberry glazing and custard-type cream inside. I was at a loss with heart milk chocolate, but if it's a heart shape, it's pink! So I chose this one. It's a little ahead, but it seems that it will be useful for Valentine's Day.

Visual to grab the maiden gokoro
Visual to grab the maiden gokoro

The cream inside is thick and melty, while the glazing on the outside has a strong strawberry acidity. Moreover, the sourness is slightly more pronounced than the sweetness, so the aftertaste is refreshing. I imagined the sweetness from the cute pink visuals, but the good impression is that the taste is well-balanced inside and outside.

Is the red crush in the glazing a strawberry?
Is the red crush in the glazing a strawberry?

The dough has a more moist and chewy texture, probably because it is packed with plenty of cream. You can also feel the chewy texture of the red lumps (probably strawberries) that you can see visually.

The cream is tightly packed
The cream is tightly packed

● Orange Marmalade

Triangular donut dough with chocolate glazing. Marmalade jam is packed inside. There aren't many (almost) equilateral triangle donuts like this! There are 3 gnawing mouths with an internal angle of 60 degrees, so I feel that it is very easy to eat.

Somehow like rice balls
Somehow like rice balls

Marmalade with flesh that retains a crispy texture is exquisite with the sweetness of citrus and the slight bitterness of the skin. By mixing with glazing chocolate in your mouth, you can enjoy an adult taste like "chocolate orange".

Marmalade jam was very delicious
Marmalade jam was very delicious

And after all this shape is easy to eat. You can easily bite while walking.

The cheeks do not get dirty even if they get stuck
The cheeks do not get dirty even if they get stuck

● The location of the shop is near "Tokyu Department Store"

Arnold's store is located at 2-13-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino City, Tokyo. Follow the road right next to Tokyu Department Store. Look for the bright green appearance.

Is the store like Scandinavian?
Is the store like Scandinavian?

Arnold also has a drink menu such as coffee, tea and juice, so it might be a good idea to stop by during your walk and have a break with donuts and hot drinks. Business hours are from 10:00 to 21:00.