Each time I visit Japan, I never fail to check out their stores, convenience stores or value shops (e.g. Daiso or other shops that do not go by this name but are just simply the 100-yen shops), to scout around for food items that I have not tried before. I love snacking, and Japanese snacks are surely one of the best to snack on, particularly when they always lure consumers like me with their seasonal offerings. Just plaster a “Season Limited” tag on the packaging and I’m sold. Easy right? Of course it’s not like I like all types of Japanese snacks, but my weakness tends towards chocolates (Kit Kat anyone) and stuff from Pretz/Pocky/Jagabee. My love affair with chocolate is not a very consistent one, but over the last few years I have been consuming copious amounts of it, perhaps I am stressed out unknowingly over some things I mull over, and so the craving for chocolates grew stronger. Besides, they are really convenient souvenirs to get when I travel, whether it’s for myself or for others. Most people like, or do not mind, receiving chocolates or foodstuff as souvenirs, but lately I have stopped this souvenir-gifting because I find the practice a little tiring.
So this time, I brought back some items too, Hokkaido chocolates in corn and melon flavours. Ok, I know I went to Tokyo and not Hokkaido, but who cares right?
These were purchased from the huge 3-storey Daiso shop in Harajuku, displayed at the checkout counter. I don’t generally buy truckloads of things from Daiso, though I have witnessed customers buying up huge baskets of items, maybe as gifts (because they look like tourists anyway so they can’t be buying homeware or the likes), so while waiting to pay, these sneaky things found their way into my basket too.
I only just opened the box recently, and without trying to read the descriptions at the back of the box, I was pleasantly surprised to see the packaging.
Well, what would I have expected from a box of Japanese snacks but individually-wrapped items right? In fact, most of the bigger packs that I bought all contained individually-wrapped food, how thoughtful! But of course, it could be environmentally-damaging, since we buy these things home, and here in Singapore, the recycling culture isn’t that big. Although the Japanese use up a lot resources in their packaging, whether for food or other things, I believe recycling is a major activity in their country. I choose to think that whenever we sort our trash, the disposal of each type of trash is done properly and recycled where possible.
I ever encountered a cleaning staff in our very own Changi Airport emptying trash from the various bins (i.e. paper, plastic, etc.) into one giant trash bag when he was collecting the trash. Totally defeats the purpose of making people sort the rubbish and in the end do they all go into one giant incinerator?
Anyway, back to these chocolates! These are flavoured milk chocolates I think, and indeed there is corn and melon flavours respectively in each of them that I’ve tried, not strong but distinct present. And the best thing is that they are not expensive at all, one box probably contains about 10 pieces, I’m not entirely sure, but it only costs 105 yen per box, which works out to be about S$1.30 going by the current exchange rate (that has moved tremendously in our favour since the beginning of this year!).