Sakuma drop candies - Kobe pudding & Okonomiyaki

Posted by Linda on 19. 2012 0 comments
I haven't reviewed about these wacky drop candies from Sakuma in a while so today I will be reviewing 2 flavors of these candies, the Okonomiyaki flavor from the city of Osaka, and the pudding flavor from the city of Kobe in Japan.
I ordered both of these with my last order with JList.com.

Firstly the Pudding flavor from Kobe:

I was excited upon seeing this particular flavor in their catalogue as I love caramel pudding so I knew I just had to try this out, and I wasn't disappointed. Each piece of candy was bursting with sweet goodness with a hint of pudding flavor.
Kobe is famous for its beef dishes, but their pudding is also popular, Kobe pudding has a rather different taste to typical caramel pudding, it tends to be less sweet because a bit of liquor is often added to the caramel sauce, so it's sometimes not suitable for kids, but rather for adults. However, the taste of liquor was nonexistent in these candies or perhaps it was never added to begin with, probably because the makers at Sakuma want these candies to be kids-friendly.
Overall these Kobe pudding drop candies were packed with good sweetness, a little less accurate in the flavoring, but nonetheless, candies are suppose to be sweet and these were no doubt lovely & sweet.

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Hokkaido Corn caramels

Posted by Linda on 20. 2012 0 comments 0 trackback
here's a lovely goodie I got from NapaJapan, it was part of an order I made with them some months ago.

Anyway, this is a box of corn caramels made in the northern Japanese island Hokkaido using 100% best quality corn grown on the island:
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each piece of these Hokkaido corn caramel had a very soft and chewy texture and consistency but were not sticky, unlike typical caramels which are hard and tends to stick to your teeth. I think I have stressed numerous times in the past why I dislike caramel and that I tend to avoid it, the main problem I have with typical caramels is that they stick to your teeth and I hate that. There has only been a few exceptions over the years of caramels I've let slide from this common hatred I have of caramels, mainly because they did not have that irritating sticky texture. And these Hokkaido corn caramels share that same quality with those few exceptions, these caramels were just lovely, really, beautiful soft chewy non-sticky texture and they had a lovely amount of sweet corn flavor, the corn flavor wasn't too strong, but certainly not mild either, just the right amount to please my sensesI was even able to smell the sweet aroma of corn when I first opened the package, before I was even able to savor a piece of this sweet corn goodness
I expected nothing less of the manufacturers in Hokkaido, Hokkaido produce are really some of the best quality foods & sweets you can find in Japan, with that said, they're some of the best in the world too!

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Sakuma drop candies - Matcha (Japanese green tea)

Posted by Linda on 27. 2012 0 comments 0 trackback
here's another goodie I ordered from J-List.com, and it's another container of drop candies from Sakuma! Upon seeing the vast majority of Sakuma candies being sold out on their site, I took the liberty of ordering up as many flavors of these Sakuma candies still in stock from their site, and I ended up ordering 4 remaining different flavors.

Aside from the Choco Banana crepe flavor I reviewed a few weeks ago, this is the Matcha flavor from the city of Kyoto; the oldest city of Japan, which is the home of many legacies of Japanese history & culture as well as serving as the capital city of Japan up until 1869. I love Kyoto, it is one of my favorite cities in Japan besides Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, as well as being one of my most favourite places in the world to visit!

For those who aren't familiar with Matcha, it is a type of Japanese green tea which is fine powdered, it's very high-end and is the staple in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Because matcha is very rich & bitter in flavor, it is typically served with sweets that are particularly sweet to wash down the bitterness of the matcha. Matcha powder has also become a very popular flavouring used in traditional Japanese sweets such as Wagashi, as well as ice cream and western-style sweets & confectioneries.
Matcha powder itself is generally quite expensive just for a less than decent amount, so unless you're rich, it's typically bought for special occasions or not so often.

Anyway, enough with the lecture about Matcha, so let's move on to the review:
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Sakuma drop candies - Choco Banana crepe

Posted by Linda on 10. 2012 2 comments 0 trackback
It's been months since I last blogged about these wacky drop candies from Sakuma, so I decided it's high time I brought the attention back to these fascinating candies, and this time I'm going to shine some light on another sweet food-inspired Sakuma candy.

Like many of Sakuma's candies which are special releases from certain regions or cities across Japan, these Choco Banana crepe flavored candies are from the famous diverse fashion district of Harajuku located in Tokyo, Harajuku is also one of the most popular fashion capitals in the world:
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as soon as I opened the tin, my senses were immediately welcomed by the sweet smell of chocolate, which took me by surprise. I eagerly popped a candy into my mouth and was further pleasantly taken aback by the accurate sweetness infused into these candies. The sweet aroma and taste of chocolate was surprisingly strong and accurate, the flavor of the banana was also detectable by my taste buds. Initially the flavor of the banana bear much similarities to artificial flavoring, however I dismissed the probability of the use of artificial banana flavoring when the natural somewhat slight bitter aftertaste of banana kicked in. Since artificial banana flavorings do not leave any natural aftertaste.

Among all the different Sakuma flavored drop candies I've tried over the years, I think these choco banana crepe flavored candies are the most accurately executed in terms of flavor, as well as 1 of the best in my opinion. This has also become my new personal favorite Sakuma flavor candyjust slightly trumping the Cheesecake flavor.

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Morinaga traditional caramels - Yaki-imo (roasted sweet potato)

Posted by Linda on 11. 2012 0 comments 0 trackback
One might find it odd that I dislike caramel and tend to avoid any sweets that contain caramel, and yet I continue to buy these traditional caramels from Morinaga. The main reason for this is because there's just such a array of interesting flavors for these Morinaga caramels and more new flavors released every year, there's matcha flavored caramel, pudding flavor, even coffee caramel, I've also reviewed about the Milk and Azuki flavors.
But another reason is because ever since my first delightful experience with the milk flavor, the unusually soft, creamy and non-sticky texture & consistency of the caramels, I've been hoping, just hoping that I'll be able to experience that same soft and melty texture across the range of Morinaga caramels...unfortunately, all the subsequent flavors I have tried have been rather disappointing, to the point when I was on the verge of sticking to just the milk flavor...but, I haven't given up hope yet.

This is the Yaki-imo (roasted sweet potato) flavor:
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Sakuma drops candy 'Anago-meshi'

Posted by Linda on 22. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
It's been so many months since I last blogged about these legendary but always fascinating candies from Sakuma, the last Sakuma drops candy I reviewed was the Takoyaki flavor back in March.
If you've followed this blog for a long time, then you might remember I had pointed out before that Sakuma mostly draws their inspiration from various Japanese savory foods and cuisine, although they have released a couple of sweet food-inspired candies too. The number of different flavors for these Sakuma drop candies available are in abundance, and ever so growing with more new flavors added each year.
Here is another one of Sakuma's many savory food-inspired candy; Anago-meshi from Hiroshima prefecture:
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Hiroshima prefecture located south-west of Honshu (Japan's largest and main island) is the birthplace of the famous Japanese savory pancake dish Okonomiyaki. But it's a lesser known fact that Hiroshima is also famous for another popular dish called Anago-meshi, which is basically broiled conger eel on top of rice. Hiroshima was one of the destinations I was fortunate to visit during a trip I took to Japan about 3 years ago, had several pleasant experiences with this dish while I was in Hiroshima city and since then I've been quite fond of Anago-meshi.

Morinaga traditional caramels - Azuki (red bean)

Posted by Linda on 09. 2011 2 comments 0 trackback
These traditional caramels from Morinaga have a VERY long history, they are one of the most recognized and oldest Japanese confectioneries ever produced, its history dates back to 1897 when these traditional caramels were first produced in Japan during the Meiji Restoration! That makes these Morinaga traditional caramels 114 years old! With the Milk caramel being its debut flavor, it wasn't long before these traditional caramels found its way in every shopping basket across Japan. For many generations, Morinaga's famous traditional caramels have been a very popular family treat, in recent years, you'll find an array of different caramel flavors.

After my delightful first experience with the Milk caramel flavor, I was eager to dig into a new flavor, so for my second try of these famous caramels, I picked the azuki (red bean) caramel with much excitement.
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Kasugai - Flower's Kiss candy

Posted by Linda on 27. 2011 2 comments 0 trackback
Here's another pack of goodness I bought from my last trip to Tokyomart; 'Flower's Kiss' candy from Kasugai!
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what initially captivated my attention about this candy while I was wandering along the stacked sweets & candy aisle of the grocery was the beautiful and colorful packaging. Intriguing, I picked up a pack of these candies and read the label that said "Flower's Kiss Candy", I thought in my head "what a attractive name!" and fueled my fascination even more, so without hesitation I put the pack in the shopping basket.
As I got home, this pack of 'Flower's kiss' candy was one of the goodies I was most eager to dig my fingers into! As I opened the pack and sorted through all the little individual packets of candy, I noticed that there were a total of 15 different kinds of pretty flowers printed on the packets along with the names of the flowers, with some of the same flower prints printed on several packets.

Puccho - Cola

Posted by Linda on 30. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
I've known about 'Puccho' for quite some time now, I've read reviews for these gum-like chewy candies from UHA on numerous other blogs over the years, and I just so happened to come across these Puccho candies being sold at one of the local Asian groceries around my neighbourhood last week, so I decided it's about time I give this brand a try myself.

this is the cola flavor:
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each piece of the candy had a nice chewy texture like caramel candy without the stickiness, and the cola flavor was very rich and accurate. There were also some fizzy bits embedded in each piece to further compound the cola flavor and give it that 'fizziness', which I thought was a nice touch as the experience was almost like you're drinking fizzy cola.
However to be perfectly honest, even with its good points, for some reason there was nothing about these Puccho cola candies that truly "wowed" me. I can't really pinpoint the problem...I liked the rich cola flavor and the addition of the fizzy bits was a neat enhancement. I guess I simply don't find anything particularly special about it.

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Meiji 'Chelsea' candy - Butter scotch

Posted by Linda on 10. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
I thought I had tried every single 'Chelsea' candy flavor there was in existence, until I was delighted to discover this new butter flavor available at NapaJapan, so I didn't hesitate to try it
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What can I say? The guys at Meiji have done it again! Sweet, smooth and creamy texture candy with rich butter taste, it can't get any better than this! These candies were absolutely delectably irresistible!I regret only ordering one pack, I should have ordered 10 packs all in one go! This is how great these candies are!
Meiji can do no wrong with their 'Chelsea' scotch candies (except maybe the yogurt scotch, then again it depends on personal preference), and I have loved just about every Chelsea candy flavor I have tried! But I think it's safe for me to declare that these butter scotch candies are definitely the BEST of all the Chelsea candies I have tried so far!And maybe even the best candies I have ever tried overall! No, I'm not exaggerating!

Although, I did notice that the taste and texture of these butter scotch candies are strikingly very similar to the German Werther's Original caramel candies, but it was brought to my attention that these Chelsea butter scotch candies are often regarded as a "deluxe version" of Werther's Original. And I certainly agree to that, it may have a similar taste and texture to Werther's Original...only it's even better!

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