Monday, July 16, 2012
Meiji Corot - Strawberry Chocolate Drops
These Meiji Corot - Strawberry Chocolate Drops (Corotto Maroyaka Ichigo) are part of the Meiji Corot line. I’ve had the standard milk chocolate version (review here) before and enjoyed the Japanese style of milk chocolate.
This version is a solid white chocolate drop flavored with strawberry puree. It’s a little expensive for the style of candy (as are most Japanese candy imports), but it felt like a summery version of M&Ms.
The ingredients are pretty good, it’s a real white chocolate product with cocoa butter, though there is some palm oil and some preservatives. (Meiji also makes a bar form of this, but from my recollection, it did not have the same ingredients.)
The candies resemble the size and shape of the new Hershey’s Drops. They’re about 3/4 of an inch across, but pretty thick through the middle. They have a very light glossy glaze on them to keep them from sticking together. The package only has 1.34 ounce in it, in this case it was 11 pieces of candy.
The strawberry flavor is light and authentic. It’s a mix of the creamy notes of milk, the sweetness of sugar and the berries and then a light tartness, kind of like strawberry ice cream. There’s a little grit to the pieces as they melt, I attribute that to the real dried fruit puree used.
They’re not artificially sweet or sticky tasting, it’s a lot like a room temperature ice cream. Crisp and authentic.
I’d buy these again, though I don’t really want more than one package at a time. I found that dividing it into two portions was plenty for me as a little treat. Meiji does well with their flavored chocolates, though I’d prefer if it didn’t have any palm oil at all in it. As an import I have no idea if it’s made in a facility with wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or shellfish. It does contain milk and soy and the shellac coating makes it inappropriate for vegetarians.
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