Not that Papa?!?


Papa Hemingway

When I first heard about Beard Papa and saw the logo, I was wondering if there was a Hemingway connection. “Totally unrelated,” I was told. Humm…  Clearly, I  needed to do some Google research to find out the real scoop.


Beard Papa

Apparently, Beard Papa is a chain of cream puff bakeries that started in 1999, in Osaka, Japan and can now be found throughout Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore and the U.S.

According to the company’s website, the mascot, Beard Papa is the grandfather of founder, Yuji Hirota ( “bearded, father-figure”). In Osaka, Japan, Yuji grew up with cream puffs or “choux cream” much the way Americans are raised on bagels and donuts.


Classic Cream Puff

Their mission has remained unchanged, “to pursue uncompromising quality in serving the World’s Best Cream Puffs. By remaining focused in our quality commitment and attention to customer service, Beard Papa’s has courted a devout following of puff lovers who will attest that once you taste our cream puffs, there is no comparison.”

The website has a comprehensive description of what goes into a cream puff.
Seems like these are aimed to be highly addictive like Krispy Kremes.

I did a quick side-by-side comparison between the Beard Papa Vanilla Custard Cream Puff and the Krispy Kreme Original Glaze.

Beard Papa was less sweet and slightly more caloric.

Beard Papa retail outlets can be found in Northern California (Berkeley, San Francisco and Cupertino), in 14 Southern California locations, 3 locations in NYC, 3 in the Seattle, Washington area and many throughout Hawaii.


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