February 2011
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Watering KissMint Muscat

Ah! Another Watering KissMint flavor. Yes, when I was in Famima that original time, I couldn’t help but get another flavor besides the Lychee and Lemon. They had a berry flavor, a mint flavor, but when I saw this muscat grape flavor I knew I wanted to go for this one. It was original, plain and smile, and a flavor not found commonly amongst American styled chewing gum.

The grape shared the same beautifully styled packaging as the Lychee and Lemon except the color scheme is different. Here it’s purple instead of yellow, which is very fitting for the flavor.

The gum smells sharp and perfumey like a muscat grape. The aroma is easily noticeable once you open the package to grab a piece.

The flavor is very sharp and pronounced at first. You get that wonderful juicy, apple/peach flavor of muscat grapes with that strong tart edge to it. It’s really lovely. The flavor comes across as very juicy and authentic as opposed to American grape flavors which are more bland and sugary-sweet. The flavor on this one lasted much longer than the Lychee Lemon flavor, so I was able to chew it for a very long time.

This flavor is awesome to me, it’s unique and has flavor stamina when chewed. I’m going to have to go back and get more, for sure.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

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Peppermint Creme Hearts

Peppermint Cremes are a confection usually made with sugar and cream cheese and flavored with peppermint oil. These are festively heart shaped. I love how there’s glints from the granulated sugar on them.


Watering KissMint Lychee Lemon

It’s literally been years since I’ve had a Japanese gum. I first and last had it back in 2004 when I was in Japan doing an architectural study for college. It was a big exploration to go into one of the many convenience stores to find fun candy to try.  I found this packet of Watering KissMint in a Famimia in Hollywood during one of my lunch breaks. It reminded me back of those fun days of traveling, so I picked up a few flavors and took them home to review.

The packaging is nice. A silver background with splashes of color that conveys the “watering” in the title so well. The case is slim, so it’d easily fit into a pocket or purse. Inside there’s gum sticks wrapped nicely in silver foil, eight pieces in total. The sticks are shorter than the ones we find in America. They are wide and thin like most of them, but they’re only 3/4 of the length. Still, they’re a nice size and look very attractive in the packaging.

The gum smells sweet and peachy with a hint of grape, which is the best way I can describe a lychee’s flavor and aroma. I don’t smell any lemon mixed in there, as the lychee is such a strong smell.

The flavor starts off very strong of lychee, with very sharp perfumey notes of peach and muscat grape. Then the flavor sours slightly and you get the tartness of lemon. The two flavors mix well together, a nice sweet/sour mix that is very refreshing and clean to chew. I notice that the flavor disappears pretty quickly, at least it doesn’t last nearly a long as American gum flavors. Still, I really enjoyed it.

This is a nice departure from more domestic flavor you find in gum here. I enjoyed the originality of the flavor and if it lasted longer (I like to chew my gum for a long time) I would be going back for this more regularly.

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

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Vosges Black Salt Caramel Bar

This is probably the most “classic” chocolate bar I’ve ever seen made by Vosges. Everyone is familiar with the caramel chocolate candy bar. Still they find a way to add a touch of their exotic sensibilities to it by adding some sea salt into the mix. Still, when I first saw this bar I was curious how they didn’t add some other more strange item into the mix. Interested to see how they pulled off something more mainstream, I finally bought one to try.

The dark chocolate is a gorgeous, deep, rich brown color with an intense gloss. Very sleek and sophisticated. The bar is thin like the Blood Orange Caramel, as it snaps easily and there’s only a delicate well inside holding the caramel.

You bite down on the bar and the chocolate easily gives way to a rich caramel interior. You immediately taste the salt, then the rich buttery notes of the caramel, which are superb. The chocolate then overtakes the flavor with lovely creamy notes with a flavor that’s more coffee and cream. They all blend beautifully on your tongue and give a great flavor sensation. Wowza, what a caramel chocolate bar this is.

Like the Blood Orange Caramel, this bar is a step up from a more traditional candy bar. The excellent quality of ingredients makes this bar a real standout and really worth enjoying sometime if you want to splurge.

Rating: Hoard



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Sucre: Truffle Hearts

Nothing says love like three beautifully made heart truffles. I love the iridescent shimmer these have and it shows how even a simple detail can make chocolate feel more special.

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