Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi Candy with 2 Traditional Japanese Foods
Most Japanese children love “Dagashi (駄菓子)“, which is a snack genre unique to Japan consisting of cheap and relatively small Japanese snacks and candies. They are cheap, so kids can buy a bunch of Dagashi snacks with their small pocket money.
Dagashi are especially for kids, but the junk foods are also loved by many Japanese adults. Actually, I’m one of them. As for the price, the cheapest Dagashi, including Umaibo and Oyatsu Karupasu, are being sold at 10 yen in Japan.
When Japanese snack lovers talk about Dagashi chocolate candies, “Tirol Chocolate” often becomes a topic of conversation.
Tirol Chocolate is a very popular, cheap Japanese chocolate candy known as a standard Dagashi in Japan, and most of the flavors are available for 20 yen at convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan.
Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi Candy
Tirol Chocolate is famous for its rich varieties. It is said that about 20 to 30 new flavors are created and released in one year. Among those flavors, Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi (Amazon.com) went on the market in 2003 and after that, it became a big hit. Actually, I have the bag of 7 pieces of Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi Candy today.
What is Kinako Mochi (きな粉餅)?
Kinako is a traditional food often eaten in the winter season in Japan, and Kinako Mochi mainly consists of the 2 traditional Japanese foods, “Kinako (きな粉 : roasted soybean flour)” and “Mochi (餅 : sticky plain glutinous rice cake)”.
Let’s get back on track. From the above, you can imagine that the ingredients of Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi Candy include Mochi rice cakes and Kinako flour.
But actually, this chocolate candy has a somewhat chewy Mochi-like gummy with glutinous rice flour in the center, instead of real Mochi rice cake. On the other hand, the outer mild milk chocolate is flavored with Kinako flour, so it has a yellowish color.
This Kinako Mochi candy is one of my favorite Tirol Chocolate, because the combination of the outer Kinako-flavored chocolate and the inner Mochi-like gummy candy is addictive.
Besides, as this Tirol Chocolate candy is made with the 2 traditional Japanese foods, Kinako and Mochi, it makes me feel nostalgic. Of course, it tastes great!
If you are interested in Japanese candies, Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi candy is a recommended item that is worth a try, for I think the Japanese candy has an unique texture and a pleasant flavor that you have never experienced in the past.