Friday, March 31, 2006

Chocolate Disk

On one of my recent visits to Mitsuwa, the local Japanese grocery chain, I found this. Even the woman at the checkout thought it was cool.

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Basically it’s a blister pack of M&M-style candies. The disc is the size of a regular CD with a larger hole in the middle. The candy coated treats aren’t quite real chocolate, there’s a large amount of vegetable oil in there in addition to the cocoa butter, so I knew before I even got them home that they wouldn’t really rival M&Ms or the fantastic seasonal Hershey’s Candy Coated Eggs.

Still, the sherbet colored candies and super-sealed individuality was compelling. My low expectations were completely met. The candies are well made, the shells are smooth and consistent but freakishly slippery. The taste is sweet and crunchy with a mild chocolatey taste, but of course the texture of the actual chocolate is rather lost.

I suppose blister packs for little candies is extra-hygienic, but I found that just as many of the candies wound up bouncing around and onto the floor as I tried to pop them out through the foil. It’s a fun novelty item, but in my mind if you’re going to go through the trouble of wrapping them up like this, at least do it with something of value.

Note: There are 26 candies in the disc.

Name: Nagewa Choco (Chocolate Snack)
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Furuta
Place Purchased: Mitsuwa (Little Tokyo)
Price: $.99
Size: .88 ounces
Calories per ounce: 125
Categories: Chocolate, Japan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:46 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. These look like birth control pills to me….

    Comment by Susan on 3/31/06 at 12:03 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Susan - I thought so too!

    Comment by Cybele on 3/31/06 at 12:22 pm #
  3. We have those in Malaysia too! They’re pretty common, and pretty cheap.

    Comment by Tiara on 3/31/06 at 1:53 pm #
  4. I was gonna say it, but Susan beat me—they’re the pill indeed.  For Chocolate, though. ...Chocolate control?

    Comment by Tindy on 3/31/06 at 5:35 pm #
  5. Kind of pricey for Sixlets.  To avoid bouncing one across the floor (and having to invoke the 5 second rule), pierce the foil with your thumbnail before you push the pill through.

    Comment by Dave on 4/01/06 at 12:23 am #
  6. Susan I must agree, I was wondering what she was reviewing when I saw the picture. YUCK! lol. I can see them being slippery though.

    Comment by Eliza on 4/01/06 at 3:24 am #
  7. If you’d said there were 28 of them, I’d have thought this was an April Fool’s joke along the lines of Susan.

    Comment by Tricia on 4/01/06 at 1:59 pm #
  8. But if I forget to eat a couple of those, do I have to use an alternate form of cocoa for the rest of the month?

    Comment by Julilla on 4/03/06 at 8:52 am #
  9. Cebele, I have not seen something like this for a long time.  When I was a kid, this candy was like a toy to me, it was just fun to have it.

    Comment by Meow Meow on 9/19/06 at 5:14 pm #
  10. They look like the kind of Birth Control Pills Rainbow Bright would take…
    A poor attempt at Portion Control maybe?

    Comment by Sara Em on 10/28/08 at 3:54 pm #

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