Friday, April 07, 2006

These "cat" chocolates come in all different varieties, although none of them are moggy-shaped or feline-flavoured. Along with "blonde cats", these "platinum cats" are the latest on the shelves. I was taken with them because of the stylish box, the promise of "milk and salt" flavour and the blue chocolate. They were disappointing. I liked the shape- nice and thin, lovely just out of the fridge- but the flavour was nothing spectacular. Oh well. Just have to wait for the new "brunette" and "blue-rinse" varieties.
Let's see....4/10
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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Is it a gummi? Is it a marshmallow? The manufacturers don't seem to know either because they write exactly that on the packet. And, indeed, they are something between the two. One could also say they have the texture of something resembling a cross between polystyrene and foam rubber. Actually, I liked the texture. Flavour-wise, these ones, as you can see, are "yogurt" flavour (but resembled no yogurt I have ever sampled) and are also available in grape flavour or new green apple. I have also tried the green apple flavour and the tasted the same as the yogurt so...hey-ho. In all, not my favourites. They are incredibly, tooth-achingly, sweet but somehow acidic at the same time. I could practically feel them burning holes in my stomach-lining. They are reasonably priced because they are aimed at the under-10s so that acid-sensation does come cheap, if that's what you're after. Maybe kids just have strnger guts. After all, they do eat, like, worms and stuff, don't they?
I give these: 5/10
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Friday, March 10, 2006

Ahh, can't have a Japanese snack site without a pocky or two. These are your basic run-of-the-mill Pockies. No frills, no bells, no juggling, nothing but pure unadulterated biscuit and melon-flovoured-chocolatesque coating. Dreamy!
Rating: 10/10 Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 03, 2006

Just what you want in the winter, a nice warming mug of tomato potage. Potage is the moniker given by Japanese to any soup that isn't coloured water. This is instant stuff and I wasn't expecting much. Good thing. Nice colour but not creamy. All the bits that go into making it "potage" rather than "soup" sort of settle at the bottom of your mug so you have watery stuff at the top and sludge at the bottom. Doesn't taste to bad but if you have a big mug, you may need to add two sachets at once. Posters in the supermarkets suggest that this might be an ideal breakfast for your kids.
Rating: 5/10 Posted by Picasa

Monday, February 27, 2006

Continuing the fruity theme of the last post. Morning fruits, this is. The idea is that you sprinkle this on your yogurt or cereal in the morning (or on your rice and fish, if you are a traditional sort of guy/gal) and you will experience all kinds of benefits. It's not bad. In cluded in the mix are dried bananas, grapes, kiwi, strawberries and mango along with aloe impregnated pumpkin seeds (no idea) and mini chocoballs.
Rebel that I am, I ate this in the evening. Made a change.
Rating: 9/10 Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 23, 2006

This sorry-looking specimen tastes better than it looks, if sweet and squidgy is your thing. So, it's a light sponge filled with sweet whipped cream. The USP is the (count 'em) three whole strawberries concealed within the cream. In a country where one saves up to buy a punnet of 12 strawbs, you can imagine that this particular snack doesn't come cheap. 250yen is the going price but for that you do get more than your daily recommended intake of fat and carbs, not to mention the Vit C boost from the fruit so it's not all bad. I give it...
Rating: 8/10 Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Going to be on me hols for the next couple of weeks so have posted a few snacks in advance to keep your tastebuds tingling.

"Plum snack" from the local convenience store. They are pink rice crackers in blossom form and taste like sour plums. It was only 100 yen for the relatively big bag, part of Daily Yamazaki's budget range. Good on price, then, but could have been a bit more plummy.
Rating: 8/10 Posted by Picasa