Friday, October 25, 2013

Top 6 Weird Candy From Japan (Sapporo) | Bizarre Japanese Food

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.

bizarre japanese food from sapporo

I enjoyed many appetising dishes from Sapporo, but I also stumbled upon a few strange Japanese snacks. 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 Sapporo TV Tower. 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? As far as strange Japanese food goes, this one wasn't too bad.

strange japanese food from sapporo

I found the next three sweets at the Sapporo Beer Museum. Bizarre Japanese Food list take two : I suppose a beer museum is the most appropriate place to find beer cake, beer chocolate and beer jelly, right? 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 discovering strange Japanese snacks are half the fun whether you like them or not, right?

strange japanese candy beer cake
strange japanese candy beer chocolate
strange japanese candy beer jelly

And there you have it. My small take on weird things to eat in Japan. And now a question for you. What was your favourite strange food you encountered on your travels to Japan? Was it a weird Japanese sweet? Or perhaps a street food or a strange japanese candy. Let me know in the comments below.

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