10 Best–Selling Chocolates in Japan that Will Make a Perfect Gift

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  • When you visit Japan, you might have trouble choosing what souvenirs to bring back home. But don’t worry. Now you have the information on the chocolate that has been dominating Japan’s sweet tooth since forever. Now, let’s find out what are the top 10 most popular chocolates in Japan, and let’s get some as souvenirs. Almost all of them can be bought in most souvenir shops and convenience stores. I guarantee that your family and friends will love them!

    10. Almond Chocolate from Meiji

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    This product has been on sale since 1955, and it is the first product that the Japanese people could taste the almond with. As a result, the almond chocolate spread throughout Japan within moments, and this brand has maintained its name and reputation until now!

    9. Meiji Milk Chocolate

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    This chocolate first went on sale in 1926. It is the perfect combination of cocoa and milk, making all Japanese fall in love with this milk chocolate. Meiji milk chocolate is not only used as a snack but also as an ingredient for many other sweets and cakes in Japan.

    8. Choco Flake from Morinaga

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    Choco Flake are the Corn Flakes covered in chocolate. It first started selling in 1967. Taste the chocolate sweetness and enjoy the crispness of Corn Flakes at the same time, you will love it.

    7. Choco Ball from Morinaga

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    Choco ball from Morinaga Company has been on sale since 1960. It is a chocolate ball with approximately 1-centimeter diameter, stuffed with different flavors. You get to choose whatever taste you like from biscuit, strawberry, peanut, caramel, milk and others!

    6. Apollo Chocolate from Meiji

    Apollo Chocolate has been on sale since 1969. The original flavor is milk and strawberry. However, if you go to a different region in Japan, you will likely find more than these two Apollo flavors. For example, in Kansai you can find green tea flavor, and in Hokkaido, there is a limited melon type. The design and the name of this chocolate were inspired by the Apollo 11 spacecraft that was the most widespread news on the year of its production.

    5. Kinoko No Yama from Meiji

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    Kinoko No Yama has been on sale since 1975. It started with the Meiji company officer’s idea that he would like to eat a biscuit with Apollo chocolate. Later, it was innovated into the combined snack. The word “Kinoko” means “mushroom”, and Kinoko No Yama snacks are made in mushroom shapes. The stem is made of a biscuit, and the cap is made from milk chocolate.

    4. Crunky from LOTTE

    The Crunky first started selling in 1974. It is the milk chocolate stuffed with the puffed rice grains. That makes Crunky chocolate sweet and crispy at the same time.

    3. Tirol Choco

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    Tirol Choco first appeared on the shelves in 1962. The main idea was to let all children enjoy eating delicious chocolate at a low price. At that time, the price was only 10 ten. However, with the rise in production cost, Nougat had been added to reduce the cost and to maintain the price. Due to the Oil Crisis in 1979, the Tirol Choco had to raise its price to 30 yen. Its sale rapidly fell at that time. However, since the Tirol Choco is a big piece of chocolate, it could be divided into three little pieces and could be sold at 10 yen price, again. By doing this, Tirol Choco could regain its name of a “10 Yen Chocolate”.

    2. Koeda from Morinaga

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    Koeda chocolate has been on sale since 1971. It is the small chocolate stick covered in the puffed rice grains. Almond is also sometimes used as the alternative instead of puffed rice grain.

    1. Takenoko No Sato from Meiji

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    Takenoko No Sato from Meiji was on sale for the first time in 1979. It is the innovative product after Kinoko No Yama. Takenoko No Sato is different from Kinoko no Yama since it is made from a cookie and it is the bamboo shoot shape, which is called “Takenoko” in Japanese.

    Well, now that you know the 10 most popular chocolate types in Japan you surely don’t need to worry about finding the right gifts anymore. Which one do you think would taste the best?

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