Friday, 31 January 2014

Meiji Meltykiss Chocolates - Winter Limited Edition

Happy Chinese New Year!! 新年快樂!恭喜發財!龍馬精神!(Canto: san nin fai lok, gong hei fat choi, long ma jing san; Mando: xin nian kuai le, gong xi fa cai, long ma jing shen) It's the year of the horse this year. Plus it looks like it's going to rain again in London this weekend (you can never rely on the weather reports). So wrap up warm, wear wellies (in case) and enjoy yourself... Might be skipping China Town this weekend as it's always hectic. But we will see.
Happy Chinese New Year!!
Today also marks my second anniversary of blogging!! Yay!! Two years of blogging, and I'm thankful to other bloggers, friends and passerby's (even if it is for a brief second) PLUS the spammers who read, skim or click on my blog. ^_^ A click still counts! I still get enthusiastic at the numbers of pageviews per month. ^_^

So carrying on for the chocolate lovers, Meiji have released a Winter Limited Edition of Meltykiss Chocolates (I think it's the box not the chocolates that are the limited edition...). I bought these really cheaply in Hong Kong (so proud of myself), as they are quite expensive in the UK. These small boxes of chocolate are really light and don't feel like they have chocolate in them. But they do, they really do. There's about 15 small square pieces in each box carefully wrapped into individual chocolate pieces. A bit different to the ones I have had so far. It filled my suitcase too! Should've reviewed them in Hong Kong so that I could've bought other stuff. Oh well. XD
Stack of Meiji Meltykiss Chocolate boxes

Meltykiss Winter Limited Edition
I started off with the Green Tea flavoured one. It's a tiny cube of chocolate with green tea flavoured chocolate in the middle. It nicely melted into my mouth and also onto my fingers as I was taking pictures. The green tea flavour lingers into your mouth for a good few seconds, and if you're a green tea addict you will definitely become addicted to these.
Green Tea flavour

Back of the box

Opened it from the side of the box

Small piece of chocolate

Green tea filling
Next was the Royal Milk Tea flavour. It has the same design as the green tea flavour. It tastes like original bubble tea melting into your mouth. Ooooh. I like this one. But I'm sure tea lovers will like this chocolate too. Scrumptious!
Royal Milk Flavour

Back of the box

Opened it from this time... the right way round!

Nice chocolatey centre
Do you like strawberries? I do. And I definitely LOVE this Fruity Strawberry flavour. It tastes like there's a really sweet strawberry inside with real juices or a jelly-like strawberry liquidy substance. Do you get my drift? Ah, buy it if you don't believe me!
Fruity Strawberry flavour

Back of the box

Strawberry pink centre

This next one is the Creamy White Chocolate. No surprises with this one. Just ordinary chocolate that melts into your mouth... Yummy.
Creamy Milk flavour

Back of the box

Dark Rum is the last one I tasted. Dark Rum? Alcoholic chocolate? Woah. For rum lovers this is the perfect chocolate for you!! It smells and tastes of rum. It might not get you drunk but they taste so good!! I love rum (especially rum cake and rum 'n' coke). It has a lingering rum taste. I love this one too. :D
Dark Rum flavour

Back of the box

Ordinary chocolate with a strong hint of rum :D
All the chocolates have no bad aftertaste, very light chocolate and just something to die for. If you're struggling for a Valentine's chocolate gift, I think these are the perfect gifts (especially the strawberry, royal milk tea and rum flavours). 

I don't think I like sharing out Japanese chocolates... Sorry Miss Pinky and Mr Bear. You two are not getting any. ¬,¬""

Cost in Hong Kong: HK$21.90 per box (~£1.83)
Cost in London: approx. £4.50!!! Expensive... you might be able to find it cheaper online...

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Fujiya LOOK Chocolat

Ah the antibiotics are working! And it's making me hungry all the time.

Tonight, instead of doing an eeny-meeny-miny-mo, I just had a look at the boxes, and decided I wanted to try out Fujiya's LOOK Chocolat as there's three flavours in this box.
Fujiya LOOK Choclat

Back of the box
When I opened it, the inside box explains the different designs for each chocolate. The two designs on the left hand side is bitter chocolate. The two designs in the middle is for the mild flavour and the two designs on the right are for the white chocolate centred flavour. Coooool!
Opening the box

Wrapper is even cool!
There's 18 pieces of chocolate. So one by one I tried them... From Bitter-Mild-White then in reverse order.
18 pieces of individual chocolates
The bitter chocolate is not as bitter as the Dars chocolate I tasted yesterday evening. It has a very light bitter taste, and this would be enjoyed by those who like less bittery dark chocolate. There's no lingering bitter taste to these ones.
Bitter LOOK Chocolat
The mild one tastes like ordinary milk chocolate. Not too sweet. But enough chocolate in one bite.
Mild LOOK Chocolat
The white chocolate centred one has a very light taste as most white chocolate does. This has a very smooth texture to it. This one's my favourite out of the three.
White LOOK Chocolat
The only downside to all three of these is the aftertaste. It kind of dries out my mouth and tongue - like milk does. It's not like Hershy's though, but it makes you want to drink some water.

These are very good to share amongst friends who have different chocolate tastes, however I wouldn't be buying them for the sake of a chocolate craving... Nevertheless, I finished them in less than half an hour!

Cost: HK$10 (~£0.83)

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Morinaga Dars Bitter Chocolate

Didn't know what to eat next (my throat is still sore as I believe I have tonsillitis, and have now been given some antibiotics to clear it up a bit ~~~ I don't want surgery!! <T_T>) so I did an eeny-meeny-miny-mo, but ended choosing something else from the pile of goodies. ¬_¬" The Geek doesn't make any sense.

In the end I chose this Dars Bitter Chocolate from Morinaga.
Dars Bitter Chocolate

Back of the box
It's a small packet of 12 pieces of dark chocolate. It's not actually in a bar, it's all in pieces so you don't have to break it.
Daaaars... ummmmmm

12 luxurious pieces
For dark chocolate it is bitter. But if you compare it to the UK market dark chocolate then this is less bitter - like taking a weak shot of beer.
Individual pieces of dark chocolate

The pieces are very small
It has a lingering bitter taste to it, which is ok for me... Just reminds me of a mild Marmite aftertaste.

If I could find it in the UK I would buy it again. It looks like these chockies are going in my belly tonight. :D

Cost: HK$11 (~£0.92)

Sunday, 26 January 2014

チロルきなこもちTirol Kinako Mochi Choco

Finally I have opened the packet of chocolate mochi which is featured in this video by Choc It Out. Check out his videos!

I bought this packet of chocolates in Snack Castle in Tai Po, Hong Kong (the ghostly character attracted me to it). My Japanese is very limited (so I had to look up the alphabet, which I'm re-learning) to look up what this is. But I already had a feeling it had something to do with mochi because of the picture on the front of the packet.
Kinako Mochi Choco

Back of the packet
This is called Kinako Mochi Choco from the company Tirol チロル. Kinako (きなこ) means roasted soy beans. And mochi (もち) is the jelly like dessert made out of pounded glutinous rice. Looking at some kinako mochi pictures, the mochi is usually dusted with kinako...

... In this case, these individually wrapped chocolates are meant to resemble the much loved dessert. The mochi is surrounded by caramel looking white chocolate, which is flavoured with kinako. I don't actually know what kinako tastes like, but there is a nutty taste to it that makes you go wow, nutty chocolate! It even smells of nuts (but they are really soy beans)... It's a bit like tasting a sweet peanut butter chocolate with jelly in the middle.
Individually wrapped chocolates

Looks like a block of caramel

There's the mochi!
I'm afraid these won't be shared out to friends or family... ¬,¬" They're all mine!

Now where I can buy more of these in the UK?!! Nowhere unfortunately, but you can find them on eBay if you are willing to pay the price although I got it cheaply in Hong Kong!

Cost: HK$11 (~£0.92)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Aji Ichiban Fish Sausage and Cheese Sausage

The weird and wonderful snacks from Hong Kong which are mainly from Japan start today! (I may have a sore throat right now, but I can still blog :D)

Today I'm starting off with these sausages. Not just any sausages. It's Fish Sausages and Cheese Sausages. ¬,¬" What the heck did I buy?
Fish and Cheese Sausages
I bought these in Aji Ichiban (a Hong Kong found company) which is a Japanese food snack store that is popular in Hong Kong and North America. I think these sausages are currently popular in the Asian world as I've seen them in Korean dramas and films recently. They just keep popping up, so I thought if I see them I will buy them and give it a go.

Well... I'm quite disappointed... It's all fishy. Bleugh.

Tasted the cheese one first. This one is salty. Fishy as ever. Smelt fishy too. It's not the best thing I have tasted this year... It was like tasting soft cheese with fish.
13 Cheese Sausages

Back of the package

Close up of a Cheese Sausage
The fish one was a bit different. It was hard to open, so I had to cut it from the top. I was feeling a bit resistant about this one, but this one tasted sweet, tasted almost like a frankfurter but definitely had the fishiness in it.
Fish Sausage

Back of the package

Close up of a fish sausage
Would I buy these again? Definitely a no-no from me! (-_-)p

Cheese Sausage cost HK$45 (~£3.75)
Fish Sausage cost HK$20 (~£1.67)

p.s. No naughty comments please... :P