Kyoto candy

Posted by Linda on 24. 2012 0 comments
Ever since my last trip to Japan when I visited the ancient city of Kyoto some years ago, and tried some of Kyoto's regional specialties, including these pretty little multicolored Kyoto candies/lollies, I've been quite fascinated by them. You can buy them mainly in Kyoto, there's very little places in other parts of Japan that sell them, let alone outside Japan. But I was a little surprised when I saw these little packets of Kyoto candies selling at JList.com, and I wasn't hesitant to order a packet from them

the beauty with these little Kyoto candies is not really their taste, but their appearance, just by looking at them you can see that they are sophisticated and difficult to make, mainly due to all the different patterns and pictures embedded in the center of these candies. I was fortunate to have been able to witness with my very own eyes the making process of these candies, and I have to say, there's really no other reaction you can have but to stare at these dedicated candy makers at work in awe. These candies are made into long candy sticks and then cut into little pieces, but it takes a lot of effort to make just one candy stick, and they are made by carefully molding one layer at a time into shape and it's time-consuming. Another reason why it takes so long to make these little candies is that these are all carefully handmade, unlike many commercial confectioneries in the world these days which are machine-made. Then again, these Kyoto candies are not commercial candies, these are specialty candies, even in Japan these candies are mostly given as gifts, even though they are still reasonably cheap in terms of cost.

'Kinoko no Yama' cookies - Purple sweet potato

Posted by Linda on 13. 2012 1 comments
'Kinoko no Yama' is the brand name for a popular snack from Meiji, they're basically little "stem" shaped cookies with chocolate on top to replicate the shape of a mushroom, hence its name ('Kinoko' literally means mushroom in japanese). I saw this purple sweet potato flavor at Tokyomart and it sparked my interest, partially because I had tried the original milk chocolate flavor before and quite liked it.



Morinaga 'Koeda' - Afogatto chocolate + Meiji 'Fran' - Cereals & milk chocolate sticks

Posted by Linda on 04. 2012 0 comments
I'm so sorry for not updating for the past 2 weeks or so, I've been so busy juggling work and my studies and updating my numerous other blogs, I just didn't have the time to update this blog too.
But to make up for my lack of updates in this past 2 weeks or so, today I will be posting not one, but 2 snack reviews it's quite rare for me to post more than 1 review on the same day, so today is definitely a rare occasion

Today I will be reviewing 2 relatively new releases from 2 of Japan's largest snack manufacturers; Meiji and Morinaga (Glico and Lotte being the other largest companies), and they both prominently involve chocolate!
firstly, I bought this newest release flavor of Morinaga's popular chocolate twigs snack 'Koeda' (which literally means 'small twig' in Japanese) in new affogato flavor from Tokyomart:

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