One of the things I like most about living abroad is all the new things there are to eat. From traditional products of that country for example, in Japan, such as sushi, tempura, ramen and okonomiyaki, to famous local dishes such as Kumamoto’s horse meat sashimi, Kagoshima’s black pork hot pot and Osaka’s takoyaki, to snack foods in a wide variety of strange and unusual flavours. Dining abroad is a form of constant entertainment and pleasure.
On arrival into a new country, one of the first things I like to do is scope what kinds of sweet snacks are readily available in corner shops and grocery stores. It’s always good to have a good chocolate bar to fall back on when you need something familiar! After discovering my go-to option, sometimes I forget to occasionally take a risk and try something new, meaning that many more delicious snacks go undiscovered – a tragedy for any dedicated candy addict.
When perusing the chocolate aisle in my local supermarket recently, something caught my eye that I just couldn’t resist trying. Meiji is my favourite brand for chocolates in Japan and I knew immediately that anything made by them will be good. More than that, my discovery has turned out to be my new favourite chocolate in Japan.
The Meiji Chocolate Balls are little boxes of delights, at about 35 grams and around 180-200 calories per box they’re a decent size for a snack, or for sharing if you’re feeling particularly generous. Each box contains a bag filled with little balls of chocolate which coat a fruity, jelly-like cube. They come in three flavours – Apple, Limone and Orangette. Of these three, the apple is my favourite – the flavour is sweet but also slightly tart and blends perfectly with the creamy milk chocolate. The lemon is also deliciously tangy, and the orange flavour is slightly more bitter for those who don’t like their chocolate to be overpoweringly sweet.
It’s good to have favourites but it’s also good to try new things. Sometimes those new things you try end up being your new favourites that you’ve been missing out on all along. Living abroad is a wonderful opportunity for adventurous eaters to constantly try new things and expand their culinary horizons. So if you live in Japan, don’t get stuck in a rut of eating the same old bento box every day – make the most of every opportunity and try something new. You never know what you’ll discover!
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