January 23, 2005
souvenirs from Japan
I tore myself away from Japan and got back home in Hawaii just a couple of days ago. Life was busier than normal for the last several days of my stay, and I've got a lot of photos of food stacked up from those days, so as piles of actual food that I brought from there. So much that I think I can live for a while on those food items, both virtual and real, in the blog world and real world.
To begin with, here I am sharing my "sweets of the month" from Japan with you. In Japan, mass manufacturers of sweets are doing massive launch of either "new" and/or "limited-edition" lines of sweet products every twice a year or so, and there are certainly loads of stupid consumers who make an easy target of their marketing tactics by running to the store and try every single new stuff that they can find (like me). All of these below are such new/limited versions that I found and liked this time.
Matcha KitKat. Nowadays Japanese chocolate companies seem to make matcha (green tea) versions of every single chocolate product they sell. This is one of such recent products, and it was actually good.
Black Sesame Koeda Chocolate. Koeda, so named for its resemblance to koeda or twigs, is a longstanding chocolate snack in the market. The original version is sticks of milk chocolate with small pieces of rice puff. This all-black version, featuring black sesame, is made of white chocolate with black sesame paste and loaded with roasted black sesame seeds and rice puff. If you like black-sesame sweets, you've got to love this.
DARS Gianduja Blanc. I like traditional gianduia combination of chocolate and nuts (Ferrero, Nutella, or even Valrhona), but this one, made of white chocolate, might be a bit unusual.
LOOK "Quality" Pistachio. LOOK chocolate was one of my favorites back in the day when I was little; it was a box of chocolates filled with four different kinds of paste, namely, strawberry, pineapple, banana, and almond. Since then it has evolved to have a lot of different sets of flavors, and this "Quality" version came as a deluxe edition featuring a rather luxury ingredient: pistachio (the other one was strawberry, which isn't all that luxury, but should be better than regular strawberry chocolates, I suppose). Each bite-size nugget is filled with pretty green nut cream and a whole pistachio nut and tasty, although there is an arguably tricky thing about it; the green filling isn't made with pistachios but almonds. There is no description on any part of the package that the cream is made using pistachio, so nothing is "fabricated", but it is a bit tricky and possibly misleading that the cream is colored green, although it is really minor and I like them anyways.
Now I wonder how long these will last in here.
posted by chika at: 1/23/2005 06:44:00 AM