Do you want to buy something that's reasonably priced, easy to find, and unique to Japan? This article introduces 5 kinds of chocolate that can be found in Japanese convenience stores or supermarkets.
1. Kinoko no Yama and Takenoko no Sato
Kinoko no Yama (mushroom mountain) and Takenoko no Sato (bamboo shoot village) are, as their name suggests, chocolates unusually shaped like mushrooms and bamboo shoots. A crunchy cracker is wrapped in milk and chocolate with a cacao aroma. The colorful packaging is perfect as a souvenir! The second picture shows a limited-time version that was sold in the past, the Hokkaido Azuki flavor. Until now, there have been many limited-time flavors, like Uji Matcha Milk and Roasted Chestnut, delighting many fans of the snack. It's been gathering a lot of attention not only for its classic flavors, but also for its limited edition ones!
Reference price: 198 JPY (incl. tax)
2. Tirol Choco
Tirol Choco is a bite-sized chocolate and a longtime bestseller that is loved by many in Japan. Starting from the classic Milk flavor, which contains fresh cream, up to the Kinako Mochi flavor, which tastes exactly like real kinako mochi, this chocolate that satisfies in just one bite is extremely popular. There are many other flavors so it could be fun to buy several and compare them. These are recommended for times you feel a little hungry while traveling!
Reference price: Approximately 10 JPY to 40 JPY
*price changes depending on the size and ingredients
3. Anpanman Peropero Choco
Anpanman is a very popular Japanese cartoon character adored by children. Packed with the cuteness of cartoon characters, the Anpanman Peropero Choco is a kind of chocolate sweet popular among both children and adults. Other than Anpanman, the main character, many different and unique characters are available, including his rival Baikinman! The chocolate is on a stick so there is no need to worry about dirty hands! The Anpanman Peropero Choco is so cute you'll want to take a photo of it - It really is the perfect souvenir!
Reference price: 87 JPY (incl. tax)
4. Koala's March
Koala's March is a sweet with a cute koala printed on it. The crunchy biscuit is filled with a generous heap of mellow chocolate - a perfect balance that surely makes many people become addicted after they try it once. You'll notice that the biscuits have several koalas with many different facial expressions drawn on its surface. There are 365 kinds in total! Among them are also some extremely rare ones, like the Appendicitis Koala or the Eyebrow Koala. They are both delicious and fun to look at! This snack will make you feel super excited and is definitely recommended as a souvenir.
Reference price: 98 JPY (incl. tax)
BAKE is a bite-sized chocolate where you can enjoy a new type of texture. Made with an original technique, its main features are the fragrant and crunchy texture and the smooth chocolate that spreads in your mouth. It is roasted thoroughly so it will not melt even during hot days! BAKE is obviously delicious eaten as is, however, there is a secret way to eat it that makes it even more delicious. Try following the directions below:
1. Put 5 pieces of BAKE on a plate
2. Microwave it at 500W for 30 to 40 seconds (plastic wrap is not needed)
Your steaming hot BAKE is ready!
Go and try these chocolates, which are packed with plenty of taste in each piece.
Reference price: 118 JPY (incl. tax)
Did you find the perfect chocolate souvenir? There is no doubt that your friends and family will enjoy these chocolates unique to Japan!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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