*Kibi dango* are millet dumplings that originated in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture. *Kibi dango* look and taste similar to [mochi](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/mochi-recipe), but these confections are traditionally made with millet flour, not sweet rice flour.\nThe *Kibi* of *Kibi dango* refers to Kibi Province, the former name of Okayama Prefecture. The sweets have been popularized by the Japanese folktale *Momotarō*, which tells the story of a boy born from a peach. In some versions of the tale, the boy embarks on a hero’s journey and uses *Kibi dango* to recruit an army to defeat demons. According to another story, the sweet dumplings were first offered at Kibitsu Shrine in honor of the ogre-slaying deity Kibitsuhiko—believed by some to be the true identity of the character Momotarō.\n*Kibi dango* are sweet millet dumplings made famous by a Japanese folktale.