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Japanese Candy Review: Meiji Grape and Cho-pan

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Meiji chocolate

Kit Kat isn’t the only Japanese chocolate that comes in interesting flavors that we don’t see much of in candy in this country. I got to sample two Meiji bars, one with a fairly traditional flavor combo, the other more intriguing.

Meiji Cho-Pan
These are little chocolate cups with a crunchy flaky praline filling. There’s supposed to be some cream between two layers of praline crunch, according to the picture on the box and the J-list catalog description. I don’t get much of a sense of cream, but that’s just as well, because I love the crunchy flaky thing they’ve got going here.

The only thing I have against this one is that the chocolate is a bit too mild for my taste. I do like milk chocolate, but I prefer it to be pretty dark milk chocolate. But if you’re the kind of person who likes milk chocolate for the very reason that it’s not dark chocolate, you probably will have no objection to these at all.

Meiji Grape Chocolate
I am a traditionalist about flavor combinations. No, not someone who is scared of new things. Someone who thinks that if chocolate-raspberry has stood the test of time, whereas no one makes anything chocolate-watermelon flavor, there is probably a good reason for that.

Well, I have never seen chocolate combined with grape in an American candy. But lately I’ve had some fruit-chocolate combinations that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by, like lemon. I also like the kind of grape flavor they put in Japanese grape products, which is different from ours.

On the other hand, J-list describes this one as “sure to shock the senses” which is maybe not exactly a good thing, right?

I am kind of weirded out by this one. The grape part is really, really good. Extremely fragrant, a very good version of that Japanese grape flavoring, really reminds me of chewing on the skin of one of those really good seeded purple grapes that you can only very rarely find, the ones that you can smell before you even pick them up off the shelf.

But the combination with chocolate… not so much. It’s the same very mild Meiji chocolate as in the Cho-Pan, so at least it doesn’t interfere too much with the grape. But now what I really want is a bar just of the grape filling. And – before you suggest it – I did try separating out the layers so I could eat just the grape part, but sadly, they are too thin.

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5 Responses to “Japanese Candy Review: Meiji Grape and Cho-pan”

  1. 1
    John Socrates Loyola says:

    A grape flavored chocolate? sounds yummy. Very interesting article. your article is so fun to read. great job. Grapes really are delicious, no doubt about that. So for reliable information about grapes, you may visit this site:

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    Laurie says:

    I’m with you on the Japanese grape flavour – it’s always struck me as more of a tangy “green grape” flavour, while American candies always go for the super-sweet “Welch’s concord” grape flavour. And have you tried any Japanese melon-flavoured things? Mm, mmm!

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    amy says:

    i love all the japanese candies, but i tend to stick to just fruit-no chocolate. and i love how the fruit flavors all taste sooooo authentic. lemon tastes like you’re really licking a lemon…mmmm. and the grape is just like you described. real grape. we’re so used to the same artificial grape flavor that it’s such a pleasant surprise to taste the real grape in candy. they’re all wonderful.

  4. 4
    Meghan says:

    Milka just came out with a limited edition milk chocolate milk creme/watermelon flavored bar, with crispy rice mixed in. It was pretty good actually.

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    Charemaine says:


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