Tirol Choco Kinako Mochi Flavored Chocolate Candy
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 that kids can buy a bunch of Dagashi treats with their small pocket money.
Dagashi are especially for kids, but the cheap junk foods are also loved by many Japanese adults, including me.
As for the price, the cheapest Dagashi, such as Umaibo and Oyatsu Karupasu, can be bought for 10 yen (about 0.1 USD) in Japan.
Tirol Choco Kinako Mochi Flavor
When Japanese snack lovers talk about Dagashi chocolate candies, “Tirol Choco (チロルチョコ)” often becomes a topic of conversation among them.
Tirol Choco is a very popular Japanese chocolate candy series known as standard Dagashi in Japan.
In fact, the majority of the flavors are so cheap and available for 20 yen in convenience stores and supermarkets around the country.
Actually, the Dagashi chocolate series is famous for having rich varieties and it is said that about 20 to 30 new flavors are created and released in one year.
Among those, the Tirol Choco Kinako Mochi Flavor shown above went on the market in 2003, and afterword became a big hit.
What is Kinako Mochi (きな粉餅)?
By the way, have you ever heard of “Kinako Mochi (きな粉餅)”?
Kinako Mochi is a traditional Japanese Mochi dish customarily eaten during the cold winter months in Japan.
Let’s get back on track. From the above, you can imagine that the ingredients of the Tirol Chocolate Kinako Mochi Candy include Mochi rice cake and Kinako flour.
But actually, this Japanese chocolate treat has a chewy Mochi-like glutinous rice gummy filled in the middle, instead of real Mochi rice cake.
Meanwhile, the outer milk chocolate is flavored with Kinako flour, which is why it has a yellowish color.
The entire candy has a subtle flagrance of Kinako and is characterized by the distinctive chewy texture from the Mochi-like filling.