If we had to pick, hands down our favorite chocolates from around the world are the Japanese Kit Kats. Nearly every unique flavor we try has blown us a way. In fact, we've been trying to find a Kit Kat flavor from Japan that we don't like. So when we found the Matcha Green Tea and Azuki Bean Kit Kat, we hoped we had a winner. Can this possibly be the first Japanese Kit Kat that we don't like? Well, that's what we hope to find out tonight.
For a little while now we've sold a Green Tea Kit Kat as well as a Red Bean Kit Kat. We really like them both. In fact, we have a hard time keeping the Green Tea Kit Kats in stock. The literally sell out with in a mater of days! For some reason, Nestle Japan thought it would be a good idea to basically combine the two. In another turn of events, they decided to offer them in their Big Little Kit Kat collection. Basically, they are bite size Kit Kat Pieces that are dipped into chocolate, creating a Kit Kat ball of sorts. They pack big flavor, in little pieces. In this scenario, the Matcha Green Tea flavor is infused with white chocolate and the Azuki bean is layer between the Kit Kat wafer. Sounds good? Well for the first time ever, we hope it's not! Now on with the taste test.
Our testers tonight are among some of our most seasoned. For years now, they've been munching on the best (and worsts) snacks from around the world. We eagerly ripped open the bag and found 7 green Kit Kat balls. The smell from the package was very leafy. There is no mistaking the potent Matcha Green tea fragrance. First bite, almost all green tea. We actually didn't note the Azuki bean until the second and third bites. The chocolate is earthy with a hint of creaminess followed by a slight sweet sensation. When the bean flavor kicks in, you get a unique treat that is surprisingly pleasant and well rounded.
So, as you may have guessed. Our search for a Japanese Kit Kat that we don't like continues. We actually liked the Matcha Green Tea and Azuki Bean Kit Kat, and we think you will too. However, we don't currently stock it yet! So you'll have to wait if it's the flavor you are searching for. Not to worry, click the button below and check out all the other great flavors we offer for sale here in the US with international shipping. As always, keep on snacking world!
I am going to let you in on a little secret. Even though we own what has become a pretty decent size international snack company, we don't really eat that many snacks. Don't get us wrong, we love candy, chocolates, chips, and everything else we sell. However, if we ate everything we'd be out of business. So I personally attempt to limit my snacking to when I write reviews like this one.
However, recently I've been sneaking snacks here and there. I've noticed a trend forming. I've been grabbing Candies from Ukraine when no one is looking! Why? Well they are small, well priced, and overall pretty amazing. So tonight, instead of sneaking a piece of two I decided to randomly pull five piece of candy from Ukraine and highlight them here on our blog.
Roshen is the biggest candy company in Ukraine. In fact, Roshen is the 18th largest confectionery manufacturer in the world. They make a ton of great snacks and pretty much everything we've sampled from them has been enjoyable. So far, all of our snacks from Ukraine are made by Roshen. So our random sampling comprises of 5 Roshen Candies. On with the show!
Up first is fittingly the first candy from Ukraine I sampled ever. It's the Korivka Roshen. It's very sugary, with some how managing to not be too sweet. It's soft with a crunch that continues thorough out. There is a kick of vanilla that brings it all together. It's known as the Candy Cow and is comprised of a milk fondant center that is coated in sugar.
This is one candy from Ukraine that I have yet to try. I've always wanted too, but they sell out faster than I can sneak one. This foreign treat is glazed cake, berry jelly, and marzipan. Sounds like a great combination - and it is too! The chocolate is thin but maintains it's integrity. The berry jelly is strong and sweet, but dies down as you progress through the snack. The marzipan acts a subtle base that really brings it all together.
Now this is a real treat. It's the sweetest Ukrainian snack we've sampled tonight but it's truly decadent. There is a fudge like chocolate and nut filling encased in a rich chocolate shell. It's nice that instead of blending the chocolate and nut filling, Roshen layers it. So far this is our favorite, but there are two more candies to try.
This is different. Nougat is common in American snacks but never so prevalent. The center tastes a little bit like a stale, chewy marshmallow center. Which is good, but different. The chocolate is high quality like the rest. So far, the Nougat Roshen Vanilla is our least favorite candy from Ukraine, but we think you'll still enjoy it. So order like 100 or so?
If you like flavors you haven't experience before then you'll want to give this Ukrainian chocolate a a try. From the outside, it looks like a high-end treat that can be found pretty much anywhere. However, the inside is filled with rich dark chocolate and sesame seeds. It as a slightly burnt taste that made me think of popcorn. It's enjoyable, but not normal.
There you have it. We hope you enjoy are review of 5 Random Roshen Candies. Right now we have 24 different kinds for you to sample at home. Maybe you'll come back and let us know what you think? As always, keep on snacking world!
We know it's been too long since we've posted here on our international snack blog. What's been the hold up? Well we've added tons of new snacks from around the world, so much of our time has been spent on writing descriptions and other tasks that come with running a successful online store. So enough excuses, let's get on with our snack review.
For those who have followed along over the years, you might be wondering why we are reviewing Lotte Happy Promise Custard Cakes again. Well, we've just added Orion Custard Soft Cup Cakes to our inventory of Korean snacks and we thought it would be fun to compare the two. Lotte and Orion are the two biggest brands out of South Korea so we genuinely want to know which custard cake is better. Our review panel tonight consists of myself (a 33 year old American-ish male) and our Director of Taste (my 13 year old American son).
So our first comparison is the packaging. The Orion Custard Soft Cup Cakes have recently gone through a design update and that is what initially caught my attention. Personally I like the new package. It's fun, shows the product, and has a cool retro flair to it. My son however prefers the Happy Promise Custard Cake packaging. He said "it's simple and clean." I am more visual, so to me showing the actual product was a big bonus. However, with two reviewers - this one is a draw.
Well these are custard cakes, so let's compare the custards first. Orion Custard Soft Cup Cake had less filling. It was however, creamier and better tasting. The Lotte Happy Promise Custard Cake had ample filling and we did appreciate that, however it was less flavorful. Both of us agree, round 2 goes to Orion.
So now onto the cake portion of this Korean Snack. They are cakes after all! Like the last category, this one was unanimous as well. We both preferred the Lotte cake. Orion is correct by calling their version soft. It was soft, and moist considering it's a mass produced packaged cake. The Lotte version was airy and light. The cake was also sweeter and just overall more pleasant. So round 3 clearly goes to Lotte.
So if you've been keeping up with the several sentences above you know at this point we are at a draw. Now saying they are equal is a cop out and we won't have it. So we decided to declare a winner even though it's pretty much a tie. What is our favorite Korean custard cake? We have to go with the Lotte Happy Promise Custard Cake. What do you think? We love to have other weight in below. Lucky for you, World of Snacks offers both of these yummy cakes for sale in our international snack store with shipping here in the US and around the globe. Keep in snacking world!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.