Friday, October 25, 2013

Peculiar Candy From Sapporo

Japan leads the pack when it comes quirky snacks and eccentric treats. Many times I've found myself scratching my head wondering if we really need another rendition of sweet potato flavoured KitKat or a new brand of plum flavoured potato chips.

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I enjoyed many appetising dishes from Sapporo, but I also stumbled upon a few bizarre treats. Living in Japan, this is nothing unusual where caramel covered potato chips are considered a normal treat and mixed almonds and anchovies are a party snack. The first one I found was at the top of the Tower of Sapporo. Everyone enjoys flavoured chocolate right? (My personal favourite is strawberry chocolate!!) But no, the Japanese take it a little further and add their own spice to the mix. The three flavours of chocolate below is miso-ramen chocolate, curry chocolate and beef bowl chocolate (WUT?!?!). These are all dishes native to Japan. I decided to take the plunge and buy a beef bowl chocolate. I was expecting the worst, but honestly, it wasn't half that bad. The taste was quite subtle, but the flavouring paired well with the dark chocolate. It reminded me of chilli chocolate. I wonder if chilli flavoured chocolate is considered an eccentricity in Japan?

sapporo chocolate wierd miso ramen curry beef bowl

I found the next three sweets at the Sapporo Beer Museum. That being said, I suppose a beer museum is the most appropriate place to find beer cake, beer chocolate and beer jelly. Not being a fan of beer myself I declined buying a whole box of one of these treats, but later I found a small box of beer flavoured caramel and couldn't resist. It wasn't really my cup of tea, the bitter taste of the beer didn't match well with the sweet gooey caramel, but I suppose you have to try everything once, right?

sapporo beer museum beer cake wierd
sapporo beer museum hokkaido beer chocolate
sapporo beer museum hokkaido beer jelly

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