Gyuhi confectionary originates from China where it was prepared for festive occasions.⋅ Because the Chinese confectionary was soft as a “cow's hide”, the confectionary was called “gyuhi” (a “cow's hide” in Japanese) througout Japan. It was also called “gyuhi”-cowhide due to its dark and dirty color as it was⋅brown sugar-based.⋅During the Edo Era, the Uesugi Family used gyuhi for military rations due to its long shelflife.⋅ During this time, gyuhis were made from kneading a mixture of arrowroot powder, bracken-starch, sugar, and rice; then mixing it with starch syrup⋅and cooling.