Friday, April 26, 2013

Meiji Dark Rum Chocolate Sticks

One of my favorite items I picked up for Candy Blog review early on were some chocolate sticks from Japan. I thought their packaging was so clever and chic, I’ve been hoping to find them again. (Mostly I find they package their chocolate in little squares like the US.)

I was excited to see Meiji Dark Rum Milk Chocolate on eBay, so when my friends Robin & Amy were going to Japan, I put it on my wishlist. I got two boxes, which is good, because I ate the whole first box before even doing this review.

Meiji Dark Rum Milk Chocolate

The box has a curious design, featuring a cut crystal goblet with rum as the main element below a medallion with the name of the candy. I’m not that familiar with how to serve rum straight, as I usually mix it, but in a goblet or even a more petite appertif size would still not be the way I’d go. (I’d probably serve it in a snifter or a lowball.)

Inside the box, each stick of chocolate is in a little individual wrapper. The box is not really full, they’re loosely packed in there and the whole thing weighs barely more than an ounce, so there’s no way to overindulge here.

Most of the package is in Japanese, so I can’t say for sure what the weight actually is but the figure 2.2% is mentioned on the front, I’m guessing that’s the alcohol content ... and there is real alcohol in here.

Meiji Dark Rum Milk Chocolate

The sticks are three inches long and an ideal size (about 3.3 grams) for a very light treat.

One of my favorite candy bars is the Ritter Sport Rum Trauben Nuss, which also has real rum in it. This is a bit more pure, as it doesn’t have any fussy nuts or dried fruit in it. The sticks have a soft bite to them, this is not a dense or intense chocolate, though the rum notes are quite apparent when I opened it.

The chocolate has a quick and oily melt, a smooth and slick texture and a strange warm and cold sensation all at once. The oils in the chocolate (I suspect there are some other tropical oils in there) give it a cooling effect on the tongue, but the rum has a sort of warming effect on my throat. The chocolate isn’t very strong, it’s not terribly sweet and has a well rounded woodsy and milky profile.

I like my rum dark, I go for blackstrap because it has more of the smoky and toffee flavors. The rum here was more medicinal, more light, not quite smooth.

It’s not a candy for everyone, I find them pretty indulgent and a little weird, but I also enjoy rum balls.

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Name: Dark Rum Chocolate Sticks
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Meiji
Place Purchased: Gift from Amy & Robin (Thanks!)
Price: unknown
Size: 1.16 ounces
Calories per ounce: 156
Categories: Candy, Meiji, Alcohol, Chocolate, 8-Tasty, Japan

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:52 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewMeijiAlcoholChocolate8-TastyJapan

Comments
  1. Wow, you make that sound delicious.  If it has alcohol in it, doubt I’ll find it in any imports… Ohwell!

    Comment by Crissa on 4/26/13 at 2:21 pm #
  2. Must try this!!

    Comment by Barbara on 4/27/13 at 7:58 am #
  3. If you love this, you should try Melty Kiss x Macadamia nuts. SO good!

    Comment by Alice on 4/29/13 at 8:56 am #

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