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There was two more delicious chocolates we can find in supermarkets and convenience shops in Japan.

Pocky Chocolate Cracker

Pocky Chocolate Cracker

I found them in a Japanese food shop in London recently at 1.85 for the almond chocolate and only 1.50 for the Pocky chocolate cracker.

Premio Crispy Roasted Almond Chocolate

Premio Crispy Roasted Almond Chocolate

The almonds are very light and crispy, the sweet cracker with the chocolate coating do not let me stop eating the packet half way.

Comparing with most of chocolate sold in supermarkets in the UK which have less high quality cocoa and much in taste of sugar, buttery and something else, the chocolates are definitely worth to eat at the reasonable prices which is one of the rare products found in the UK.

If I live in Japan, I in fact would not buy such expensive brand chocolate as those chocolate sold in supermarkets are delicious enough in Japan.

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I bought some chocolate sold in a large supermarket in the UK the other day.

The ‘Gu’ 70% cacao chocolate truffle at about £3 was acceptable taste.

In comparison, the Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar, I could taste lower content level of cacao with higher content in other ingredients such as sugar and other products.

Even at this level of chocolate in Japan with the photo shown below in example, they have high quality of standard with off course reasonable prices, 60g at 88 Yen, which is about 55 pence as at middle of June 09.

Lotte Ghana Chocolate Solid 60g at 88 Yen in April 09

Lotte Ghana Chocolate Solid 60g at 88 Yen in April 09

I used to bite Cadbury chocolate when I am hungry and want to get lunch quickly, as there are no attractive lunch sold in high street food markets and even no sandwich high street shops in London.

As heated dishes can not be sold in such shops I have to go to take away shops and queue at the end of long line as there are only few attractive take away shops.

In Japan, we can have ready-to-eat lunch boxes heated up with their microwaves at the convenience shop tills which are 7 days 24 hours open and located almost every a couple of kilometers in populated areas, even instant cup soup can be served with hot water at their tills.

And off course the tastes of the food are much better in those convenience shops as high standard of demands by consumers stimulus their competitive markets at reasonable prices in Japan. It is really mysterious why services and products in the UK do not work as such to be improved to the level of services which are satisfied by consumers.

It is very difficult to find acceptable food, any products and services at fairly reasonable prices for acceptable standard of value we receive, even in this middle of the recession in the UK.

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The chocolate balls with peanuts inside is one of the favourite snacks I sometimes buy in the UK.

The chocolate balls below is long and probubly the best seller in Japan and I can finish the little box of chocolate balls in a minute.

 

Morinaga Choco Ball Peanuts

Morinaga Choco Ball Peanuts

As you can see in the photo, around the peanuts, there is thin coating of biscuit. Nicely roasted peanuts together with the light crunchy biscuit make the chocolate balls very light and that’s why I can not stop eating. 

If you like chocolate balls you may want to try it to taste the difference. Japanese food shops in London usually sell it.

If you are based in Japan, I guess you must have known this popular chocolate already.

There are caramel chocolate balls as the sister product of the peanuts chocolate balls and they are also lighter taste than the caramel chocolate balls sold in the UK which probably contains much more sugar in them.

When I am eating so much sweet food in the UK I often feel as if my teeth are melting! I must check amount of sugar of those sweets.

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I bought GODIVA chocolate today as it seems people around me in the UK do not really taste differences.

All the GODIVA chocolate I bought today was perfect, the fillings with much quality cacao mixed. In addition, the chocolate never have excessive level of buttery ingredients, nor too much white sugar.

A couple months ago, we received Russian chocolate and it was similar to the chocolate assortments often sold in the UK. Almost all chocolate had various flavoured jelly, nougat or caramels without quality chocolate. The chocolate coating outside have too much sugar and butter rather than quality cacao.

As even the chocolate sold in supermarket in Japan almost never taste like those, it is utterly mysterious matter and I wonder that either they do not in fact experienced better chocolate in their life or their habit of food life which they can not change any more as the taste has been recognised by brain as the best since they were small enough.

I used to receive this kind of sweets, food, or household products very often in Japan as we tend to like reciprocal presents, not limited to the formal thanksgiving presents, called Oseibo in December, Ochugen in July every year, but to casual thanks presents in more frequent opportunities between various societies than those in the UK.

Presents are usually selected best to show their thanksgiving and respect. The recipents present back some gifts which seems with the same or similar value and those frequent processes over ages may be able to brace their companion relationship firmer. 

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I have explored another British chocolatier, PRESTAT, the products of Queen purveyors’ appointment, recently.

The photo below, Organic Milk Chocolate Wafers Infused with Earl Grey Tea, I found in the souvenir corner of Japanese department store in London, at just below £10.

PRESTAT Organic Milk Chocolate Wafers Infused with Earl Grey Tea

PRESTAT Organic Milk Chocolate Wafers Infused with Earl Grey Tea

 

Best before date was in 1 year time and even though it is not raw chocolate with only 2 weeks period to be consumed, the taste of chocolate was acceptably delicious.

There are no much flavour of butter and sugar, like other chocolate sold in the UK, but with nice flavour of earl grey tea, which makes the chocolate with especially noble impression, unlikely to imagine from the design of packages.

If recipients like Earl Grey tea, presumably a lot of Japanese do, it is a good choice as souvenir.

I believe that many Japanese including myself do not like mint flavoured chocolate, where many European or people from other areas like them, though.

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Chuao from THEOBROMA

I bought Chuao chocolate cubics below on the other day as it seems the Chuao cacao from Venezuela was on the topic recently in Europe. The name of the chocolatier is Theobroma.

The Chuao Ganache Amer, bitter chocolate was simple and I believe many people like this. It cost about 250 yen each chocolate cubic.

I prefer chocolate fillings like this without odd flavoured fillings. It is remarkable that we can find delicious food easily at reasonable prices in many cases in Japan.
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I have given chocolate assortment souvenir bought from William Curley to my family the other day.

Their review in fact was that the chocolate coting is on average rate, the eccentric filling is unlikely popular in Japan.

William Curley Chocolate Assortment

William Curley Chocolate Assortment

I should have chosen plain chocolate bars or chocolate sheets. It is cheaper as well.

They insist that they can buy delicious chocolate like the photos below in supermarkets in Japan at one tenth of the price!

Sepiart Chocolate
Sepiart Chocolate
Meiji Macadamia Chocolate
Meiji Macadamia Chocolate

Well, they are right. We do not need to check around to find better chocolate. But in London, I can not resist to find proper chocolate as it is difficult to meet delicious chocolate in supermarket in the UK, and particularly important, it is almost impossible to find such sensitive delicious cakes like William Curley’s in the UK.

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