Fernando Martinez - Freelance Social Media Marketing & Website Building
1. Koala's March
Released to the public on 1980 by the LOTTE company, Koala's March are delicious cream-filled cookies shaped and illustrated like over 200 different cute koalas. The cookies are normally sold in one of four different flavors such as: chocolate, strawberry, matcha and banana. Also, you can feel good about yourself by eating these delicious treats, as the LOTTE company gives a share of the profits made from the cookies to the Australian Koala Foundation!
Kisugai gummy candy is my favorite out of all of the different Japanese candies I have ever tried. The kisugai company claims that their gummy candy has "the taste of real fruit" and that they use real fruit juice. This shows as their delicious gummies taste just like the real thing. The gummies have a really nice consistency and truly taste exactly like the fruit it's trying to emulate. Kisugai has over ten different flavors of gummy candy and I can personally recommend the lychee one.
Mochi are wonderful cakes made of rice and filled with whatever appetizing ingredient the maker deems tasty. The packaged version sold by the "Royal Family" Brand comes in a wide variety of flavors including: red bean, durian (I recommend staying away from this one unleast you truly love durian...), taro root, green tea and others. These are kind of a hit or miss for some people as the consistency of mochi of rice dough is strangely satisfying to chew for some and a nightmare to others.
Meltykiss are the fanciest chocolates you'll ever have tried and as all Japanese candy they come in a variety of delicious flavors including: green tea, dark chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. The packaging for these chocolates from the Meiji company makes them look like something out of a fancy gift basket and their wonderful taste and fluffy texture makes them one of the most addictive little treats you'll ever find.
Caplico sticks are certainly on the weirder side of the Japanese candy spectrum. They are sort of like ice cream cones filled with an assortment of different toppings. I recommend eating these with a good ol' glass of milk because they sure as hell leave your mouth dry. Just as the aforementioned Melty Kiss chocolates these come in an amazing looking fancy cardboard packaging.
If you are ever in Japan and looking to have a soda you really need to try these babies! Ramune is a wonderfully tasteful Japanese soda which comes in hundreds of different flavors. Personally my favorite one is Lychee as it is sweet and its particular flavor just gives you an incomparable sense of satisfaction.
Finally I give you one of the most popular and known of all of the Japanese candies. Pockies have gained such renown at this point that you can even get them on your local candy store or gas station! The Pocky was a product created a couple of years back by the Glico company. The premise of this candy is something I personally find beautiful, they designed it to be a gift and the official motto of Pocky is share happiness. As most Japanese candy, Pocky comes in such a rich assortment of flavors that there are way too many to number. Another special characteristic from Pocky is that some flavors can only be found exclusively on certain areas of Japan. So if you really want to get that special red bean Pocky you've been aching for, you'll most likely have to travel a long way round.