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Kawaii Shiba Inu Marshmallows Too Sweet to Eat

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Shiba Inu are some of Japan's most beloved mascots, as evidenced by ad campaigns from telecoms company SoftBank, and the statue of the extremely loyal pooch Hachiko standing proudly in one of Tokyo's busiest areas. Thanks to the company Felissimo, consumers can take an even sweeter version of these lovable dogs home!

These sweet treats come from Felissimo, the same company that regularly tickles feline fans’ fancy with its cat-related merchandise and munchies. The Shiba Inu marshmallows are a follow-up to Felissimo’s kitty ones from a while back, and they keep the focus on the Shiba Inu’s goofy, lovable faces.

It’s hard to look at those silly smiles without wanting to pinch their cheeks, and the softness of the marshmallows should make doing so extra-satisfying. The marshmallows, which are handmade, are specifically shaped to mimic the dogs’ muzzle.

Since the Shiba is a Japanese breed, it’s only fitting that the marshmallows it’s inspired have a Japanese flavor too. Inside each is a filling of mixed of chocolate and anko (sweet bean paste), which should delight the palates of people raised on either side of the Pacific.

And again, this being Japan, the marshmallows come in an artistically illustrated box, perfect for gift-giving or keeping on display if you’re buying them for yourself.

Felissimo also recommends using the marshmallows as toppings for cakes, parfaits and other desserts.

The Shiba Inu marshmallows are priced at ¥1,296 (about US$11.70) for a box of nine, and can be ordered online here. Even Felissimo itself acknowledges that they may never actually get eaten, officially calling them the “too-cute-to-eat marshmallows,” but at least even if you never take a single bite, you’ll have nine delightful dogs smiling at you to fill up your heart while your stomach remains empty.

Source, images: Felissimo

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