'Tirol' chocolate - Coffee jelly

Posted by Linda on 25. 2011 1 comments 0 trackback
gosh! It's been so long since I last blogged about Tirol chocolate!
Today I'll be blogging about the coffee jelly flavor, I ordered a set of 4 blocks of this @ NapaJapan:
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each block had a piece of REAL coffee jelly embedded in a thick layer of coffee chocolate and topped with a thinner layer of white choc. I loved this! Both the choc and jelly brought out a very strong pleasant and accurate flavor of freshly brewed coffee, the coffee jelly was nicely thick, firm and chewy, and the choc was melting in your mouth.
Also, the size of each piece of these Tirol chocs were bigger than the classic Tirol flavors I had tried in the past, adding to my delight.
I have not tried an awfully lot of Tirol chocs, but among all those that I have tried so far, this is definitely one of my favorites!and it should be one of Tirol's most popular flavors.

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I certainly recommend you try these delightful Tirol chocolates, especially all the special flavors such as this Coffee jelly flavor! You can order these Tirol chocs @ NapaJapan:
http://www.napajapan.com/Products.asp?brand=68
for most special flavors, you can order them in a set of 4 pieces starting from US$2.79 @ NapaJapan, take my word for it, they are so worth the money!

Corn tea drink

Posted by Linda on 18. 2011 2 comments 0 trackback
a interesting & healthy drink from Hung Fook Tong (a famous Chinese food & beverage company originating in Hong Kong); Corn tea drink:
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initially I wasn't sure what kind of tea the company used to make the drink...until I took my first sip and realized that it was black tea. Despite the addition of sugar to the drink, the tea retained a lot of its rich aroma & taste, the little bit of sugar merely added a bit of sweetness to the drink. The flavor of the corn on the other hand was a bit of a disappointment...it was way too subtle, I could barely taste it, the taste of black tea was so dominating everything else, that the flavor of the corn was virtually non-existent. The drink tasted more like simple sweetened black tea, rather than corn black tea.
But all in all, it was still a refreshing drink, and it did quench my thirst, so that definitely accounts to something.

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Category :Drinks
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'Watering Kissmint' gum - Peach & peach

Posted by Linda on 17. 2011 1 comments 0 trackback
I have long been intrigued by these popular 'Watering Kissmint' chewing gums from Glico, mainly because of its unusual but very tempting name. So when I saw that these gums are available at JList.com, I decided to finally give it a try & I ordered the Peach & peach flavor:
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these thin wide strips of gum were infused with loads of juicy peach flavor, there's 2 types of peach used; white and yellow peach, hence the flavor is "peach & peach". You can see in the 2nd photo above that each piece of gum has these thin pink lines running vertically down the strips of gum, these are supposedly lines of flavor of the white peach.
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when I opened up the packet, I noticed at the back of the top flip that those pink lines are labeled as "water lines"...I'm not sure what that meant exactly, or the purpose of those pink lines, but I'm assuming they're trying to emphasize on the brand name.
Anyway, I really liked the peach flavor of the gum, so rich & fruity, not to mention they freshen your breath and they were indeed "juicy"...I guess that's how the brand name came about, ne?
Although the peach flavor doesn't last very long...which is the only aspect I will fault on.
But overall, after trying this flavor, I definitely recommend these Watering Kissmint chewing gums! I think I'll try the grape flavor next time.

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Category :Gums
Tag :japanese glico

'Toppo' biscuit sticks - Matcha mousse

Posted by Linda on 15. 2011 5 comments 0 trackback
here's another popular biscuit stick snack brand that I'm sure some of you have at least heard of; 'Toppo' from Lotte. It's similar to Glico's famous 'Pocky' sticks, only Toppo is the inverted version, instead of having chocolate coating the biscuit sticks, Toppo sticks have choc filling inside each stick. Here's the matcha mousse flavor:
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melt-in-your-mouth sweet matcha mousse chocolate filling the COMPLETE length of each biscuit stick, yum! And the biscuit sticks themselves were crunchy & crispy.
Although Pocky will always remain my #1 snack, These Toppo snacks are really yummy to munch on too, and they're available in some exciting flavors too, so why not pick up or order a pack? This matcha mousse flavor is so far, one of my fave Toppo flavors.

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you can order Toppo snacks, as well as Pocky & other great Japanese snacks at NapaJapan:
http://www.napajapan.com/Default.asp

Pocky - pumpkin & caramel milk

Posted by Linda on 11. 2011 3 comments 0 trackback
it's been about a week since I last posted a entry...sorry for the slow updates, I've been quite easy this past week or so.

Anyway, more Pocky to blog about!this is the caramel milk flavor:
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it's one of the classic favorites of this famous brand, indeed, after so many years, it still remains as one of my favorites too! Sweet caramel milk flavored light brown chocolate (with extra calcium content!) surrounding 80% of the crunchy biscuit sticks, perfect! And I like the cute animal prints on the packet!
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here's the pumpkin Pocky:
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another classic fave, sweet pumpkin chocolate coating 80% of each crispy biscuit stick, these were 'almost' just as yummy as the caramel milk! Again, cute packaging, and I really like the pretty bright pastel orange color of the choc. Just a little bit more pumpkin flavor in the choc coating & it would've been all around perfect!
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'Pretz' - Scallop butter & Ogura toast

Posted by Linda on 03. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
here's 2 more 2010 summer special flavors from eastern Japan for 'Pretz' snack; Hotate (scallop) butter & Ogura toast...firstly the Ogura toast from the city of Nagoya:
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I heard Ogura toast is a popular specialty from Nagoya, it's basically sweet azuki (red bean) paste spread on buttered toast...I've never tried it before, but it sounds yummy so I hope to try it someday. And since I'm oblivious to how Ogura toast is suppose to taste like, I didn't have much reference to judge on the accuracy of the flavors for the Pretz sticks...but since the flavor is suppose to be azuki paste on buttered toast, I assume some degree of azuki & butter taste were required. The pretzel sticks were crispy & crunchy as usual, but the real test were the seasonings...I couldn't really taste the butter, because it was too subtle...but I was able to taste the mild sweetness & flavor of the azuki, so at least they hit the nail on that aspect.
Overall, it was a nice flavor, quite interesting...a little more butter flavor and it would've been just right...but I feel like this flavor is gearing more towards sweet, rather than the usual savory.
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now onto the Hotate butter flavor:
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hotate (scallops) are very popular in north-eastern Japan, especially when flavored with butter...and that was the inspiration for this Pretz flavor.
What can I say, I enjoyed this more than the Ogura toast flavor frankly...the seasonings brought out a stronger flavor of the scallop & butter, bringing the flavors to a higher level of accuracy for its respected flavor. To the point that I was also able to taste that slight "fishiness" of seafoods (like scallops) with each pretzel stick. Scallops was the dominate flavor, although the butter taste was quite strong too.
Overall, scallops & butter make a great combination, mark my words! And when partnered up with crunchy pretzel sticks, it spells 'delectable' all over it!
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in conclusion, I think these 2 flavors are well worth trying out! Especially if you love Pretz snacks (like me)!
You can order these Pretz snacks @ NapaJapan.

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