Meiji Karl: Corn Puffs Available Only in West Japan
Recently, there was a piece of sad news for many Okashi-lovers living in the eastern part of Japan, including me.
Actually, the leading Japanese confectionery company, Meiji has decided to terminate the sales of its long-selling corn puff snack “Karl (カール)” for east Japan.
This is mainly because the sales of the corn puffs remain sluggish due to good sales of potato snacks such as potato chips.
So, those living in eastern parts of Japan won’t be able to purchase the treat in their neighboring grocery stores after this September.
Meiji Karl: The Pioneer of Salty Snacks in Japan
Before Meiji Karl went on the market, sweet snacks were the mainstream in Japan. Meiji Karl was introduced into Japan’s market in 1968 and became the pioneer of salty snacks.
Currently, there are 5 flavors in the series, but the manufacturer, Meiji has decided to continue the production of only the 2 flavors, cheese, and lightly salted. This is lucky for me because my most favorite flavor is the cheese.
Meiji Karl Cheese Puffs
Meiji Karl Cheese PuffsImage: j-town.net
Meiji Karl Cheese is a flavorful, very tasty corn puff snack with a light crispy texture and a mild, rich cheese flavor.
Since I have loved the Karl cheese puffs since I was a kid, it is a pity that I won’t be able to buy the snack in my neighborhood, but to my joy, Meiji Karl is still being sold on some online shopping sites!