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Wafer/Cookie

Nov
15



Crunky Strawberry Tart

Following up on last week’s review of the Crunky Purple Potato Chocolate, today’s another variation of the Crunky bar that I haven’t seen before: Strawberry cheese tart. The package is gorgeous with it’s pink background and bright, saturated red strawberries. Crunky is a jumbled engrish name which I think mixes “Chocolate” of “Chunky” or “Crunchy”. Or maybe they tried for “Crunchy” and screwed it up. It’s hard to say. But it sure is amusing.

This Crunky bar is a pretty light pink color. The crisps are easily visible and you also see little red flecks of strawberry pieces. It smells sweet of that “Japanese strawberry flavor” that’s this interesting mix of fruity/bubble gum/floral flavors. It comes across as playful and fruity.

The taste starts of sweet and…. tasting like cream cheese. There’s a very distinct cheesy note to it. Then you get the Japanese strawberry flavor that starts off very fruity and leave a hint of flowers in your mouth. It’s very nice. The texture of the crisps makes the bar’s texture much more interesting for sure. The bar doesn’t come across too sweet, but it’s not bizarre at all, especially if you’re have strawberry flavored Japanese candies before. I liked it, especially since the cheesiness of it added a new level of depth to the flavor.

So this candy was pretty accurate in regard to it’s flavor description! Yummy and unique, if you come across it it’s a nice change from a normal candy bar.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links Lotte Website


Nov
10



Crunky Purple Potato Box

Trips to Japanese markets are always like Christmas in a way. You go in there not knowing what to expect and you always find interesting things that feel like presents to take home. My most recent trip to Mitsuwa Market yielded a lot of new candy surprised. One of them was this Lotte Crunky Sweet Potato Crisp chocolate.

One of the most popular sweet potatoes varieties in Japan are purple inside. Yeah, you heard me, purple. So naturally when they’re in season you find this sort of stuff in stores, purple potato chocolate. The image on the box depicts a bright purple color, so I’m curious to see the real thing. Like some Japanese candies, this box has individually wrapped single serving portions of the potato chocolate. Each little packet hold two squares of chocolate. As soon as I open one up I immediately take photos of it. This is just too strange to behold!

The color is much paler than the box suggests. It’s more of a light lavender than a intense purple. You can see the crisps in the chocolate easily, and it makes me excited to taste it as I love the texture they bring.

 

Crunky Purple Potato

Taking my first bite, the texture is awesome as the chocolate is nice and creamy and the crisps are crunchy and crispy, which is a great contrast. As for the flavor? Well, it’s sweet, a little starchy, but overall it’s kinda bland. Not that I mind, but I was hoping for something a little more punchy. Something that tasted more of potatoes. Still, I was impressed, as many white chocolate candies are just overpoweringly sweet.

There’s a novelty to eating purple chocolate so I’m glad I gave this a try. If you’re a fan of Crunky, Nestle Crunch, white chocolate or the color purple you might like this chocolate.

Rating: Not Worth It

 

Not Worth It

Links Lotte Website


Nov
01



Wilbur Crisped Rice Bar

Back when I visited the Wilbur Candy Company and got my Wilbur Buds to review for the site, I also made sure to grab something specific when I was there: The Milk Chocolate Crisp. I owe this mainly to Cybele with her post on this bar she did a few years ago. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since, and now I finally have my chance!

The bar is broken into squared segments that are easy to break. The underbelly shows ample rice crisps in the chocolate. The bar itself is think, about 3/4 inch, so it’s hefty with a wonderful chocolate ratio to crisps here. It’s not wimpy and thin like a Nestle’s crunch bar.

The chocolate smells delightfully sweet of notes of caramel, cream and malt.

The flavor is wonderfully rich and chocolatey. The chocolate has a great cream/caramel flavor to it, and is wonderfully complimented by the starchy, malty crunch of the rice crisps. They are very fresh and crunchy, and are just delightful to eat. I didn’t expect this bar to be as amazingly good as it is. Goes to show how something so simple can be extremely delicious if it’s executed correctly.

Wow, this bar is everything I imagined and more. It’s soooooo very good. Trying this bar is a must if you’re a chocolate lover.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard

Links Wilbur Chocolate Co. Website


Jul
10



Puku Puki Fish Chocolate Package

Isn’t this just adorable? It’s a confection based on….another confection. It’s a mock Tai Yaki, a fish shaped waffle that usually has a cream and red bean filling in it. It’s a popular street food in Japan and if you’re lucky enough to have one fresh, the flavor is so good it’s enough to make you roll your eyes back into your head. This version of tai yaki is actually more like another Japanese confection called “monaka”, which is a wafer cookie encasing the very same red bean filling. This is a fish-shaped wafer cookie with an aerated chocolate filling, a blending of two different sweets to make it something completely different. Confusing, isn’t it?

I’m not sure of these is exactly a “candy”, as a good chunk of it is the wafer outside. Still, the chocolate filling is giving me enough reason to bend my definitions a little.

 

Puku Puki Fish Chocolate

So this is a very simple treat. The wafer exteriors are light and crispy. The flavor is bland with a little hint of vanilla, but otherwise nothing terribly noteworthy. The interior chocolate is soft, and the aerated chocolate reminds me of a Cadbury Wispa. The flavor is sweet and lightly of chocolate. It has a creaminess to it and it’s very smooth in he mouth, contrasts nicely with the wafer exterior.

I really liked this.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links
Meito Sangyo Website


Jun
09



Kitkat Sweet Potato Box

Continuing on with my reviews of all the Japanese Kit Kats I’ve acquired in the past couple of months. I’ve been following (and tasting!) the Japanese Kit Kats for a few years now (since 2006) and I have to say I’m impressed with the new and fun flavors they keep coming out with. When I began it felt like I was limited to green tea, red bean, strawberry and maybe soybean thrown in there. Now the flavors reach all over and I really can’t say what to expect next. I like that.

Sweet Potato:

I was immediately interested in this Kit Kat when I first laid eyes on it online. I think the only other Kit Kat that got me so excited were the Pumpkin ones that came out for the past two Halloween seasons. I love sweet potatoes, so I was horribly curious as to how they’re lend themselves to this candy.

First, the sweet potatoes shown on the box is a type of dish called daigakuimo where Japanese potato/yam chunks are fried, then covered in a sugar glaze and black sesame seeds. If you ever get the chance to try this, and you’ll often see it in bento boxes in Asian markets, I do recommend it.

Ok, back to Kit Kat. The fingers have a wonderful light orange creamy color. They smell sweet and very strong of vanilla and cream. I’m reminded of thick homemade custard or pudding. The flavor mimics the aroma perfectly, as it’s very creamy, sweet and heavy on vanilla and caramel flavors. I’m sad to report I get no official sweet potato flavor here. I could get really disappointed by this and let it drag my whole experience with this Kit Kat. Yet, I find myself enjoying it for that really rich custard taste, so much so that I don’t care if it’s supposed to be sweet potato. It’s tasty just as it is. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the packaging that lied to me, not the flavor elements of this one.

 

Kitkat White and Yellow Peach Bag

White and Yellow Peach:

This bag of minis are white chocolate based peach flavored Kit Kats. The packets inside are colored either pink or yellow, yet I haven’t been able to taste a difference between the two.They certainly look different from one another though. The pink one is a creamy white, and the yellow a light orange color. For some reason slices of cheddar and American cheese come to mind. They both smell very juicy and peachy. I take a bite of one then the other, and I repeat the process a few times to just say they taste basically the same. The flavor is sweet, lightly of peach which is very juicy and floral with a perfumey smell. The flavoring isn’t too strong, and just enough ti cut the sweetness of the white chocolate. 

 

Kitkat Passion Fruit Bars '09

Passion Fruit Kit Kat

This is an interesting little Kit Kat, as it was included as a bonus in a box of Nestle flavored coffee drinks. I’m guessing they’re some sort of Valentines Day release, as the packages are covered in hearts. This have a dark chocolate outside with a passion fruit creme between the wafers. The bitter dark chocolate compliments the intensely fruity, juicy tartness of the passion fruit. It’s nice with notes of pineapple, apple, cherry, plums, peaches. The bar is beautifully bright and fragrant and really, really tasty. I’m reminded on one of the old regional Tokyo Kit Kats that came out a few years ago that was also stellar.

 

Kitkat Yuzu Bag 09

Yuzu:

The bar is has a milk chocolate base, nice and looks like a normal Kit Kat. It’s the smell that tells you there’s something different about this one. It’s a very bright smell of citrus with a strong tart note, and a kiss of hazelnut. It tastes like a normal milk chocolate Kit Kat, and despite the added flavors, and the chocolate remains the main flavor in this. It’s supplemented by very nice tart citrus note, it’s neither orange nor lemon. I also get a hint of hazelnut there too, which I find confusing as there’s no hazelnut in this Kit Kat. Very interesting. I really like it and overall I’m reminded of the flavors of Manner Biscuits that my Mom is crazy for.

Two thumbs up Japan! Keep ‘em coming!

Rating: Sweet Potato:
Hoard

 

Hoard

Others:
Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again


Links Kit Kat Japan Website


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