Meiji Apollo: Strawberry Chocolate Shaped like Apollo 11
I love chocolate candy, especially I prefer chocolates produced and sold by the leading Japanese food company “Meiji (明治)”. When I think of chocolate products by Meiji, what comes to mind right away is Meiji Marble Chocolate and Meiji Apollo. As I wrote about the former in this article before, today, I will talk about the latter Meiji Apollo.
Meiji Apollo Strawberry Chocolate
As you know, in July 1969, Apollo 11 succeeded in landing on the moon’s surface, and in commemoration of the Apollo 11’s monumental achievement, the chocolate product, Meiji Apollo was introduced by Meiji on August 7, 1969.
As you can see in the photo above, the Apollo chocolate was designed in the motif of the command spaceship of Apollo 11 and is shaped like that. It has a two-layer structure; the upper part has a strawberry flavor, while the lower part is milk chocolate.
The product is also available in tubes, big and jumbo sizes, and rarely includes the “Lucky Star (ラッキースター)” chocolate shaped like a star.
Meiji Appolo has been a long time favorite strawberry chocolate of both children and adults in Japan, as it holds a good-old taste that hasn’t changed for decades. It has a mild, gentle cacao flavor and the taste balance between the upper strawberry chocolate and the lower milk chocolate is perfect.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
According to the ingredient list and nutrition facts, with 261 kcal per one bag (46g), the Japanese chocolate candy Meiji Apollo consists of sugar, vegetable fat, cacao mass, milk sugar, whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, strawberry powder, emulsifier, colors (beet red, flavonoid), and flavoring.
If you are interested in classic Japanese candies, the Meiji Apollo strawberry chocolate is undoubtedly a must-try item. The taste of the 2 tier chocolate is really good and reminds many Japanese people of their childhood memories.