Morinaga Angel Pie: Japan’s First “Choco Pie” Snack Cake
When it comes to the snack cake called “Choco Pie (チョコパイ)”, Lotte Choco Pie is one of the best-recognized brand names in the world.
Introduced into Japan’s market in 1983, the snack consists of 2 small round pancakes sandwiched with fresh cream, thinly coated in chocolate.
You may know about Lotte Choco Pie, but have you ever heard of the Japanese chocolate pie Morinaga Angel Pie?
Morinaga Angel Pie
The other day I went to a supermarket and got it for this blog article.
This “Angel Pie (エンゼルパイ)” was created by Morinaga Seika Confectionery, introduced in 1961, before Lotte Choco Pie went on the market.
And this snack is Japan’s first Choco Pie.
Morinaga Angel Pie vs. Lotte Choco Pie
Morinaga Angel Pie
As you can see in the photo above, Morinaga Angel Pie consists of 2 layers of soft dampish biscuits with a cream marshmallow in between.
As with Lotte Choco Pie, the snack is thinly coated in milk chocolate.
Lotte Choco Pie
On the other hand, as mentioned above, Lotte Choco Pie is made from 2 soft pancakes with smooth whipped cream in the middle.
These two snacks are similar, but when you bite into the former cake, you will find the texture of its marshmallow filling soft yet chewy.
Why the Morinaga Choco Pie is Angel Pie
According to the description on the side of the box, why the Morinaga Choco Pie was named “Angel Pie” is;
At the time, Westerners called marshmallows “angel food”.
According to the ingredients and nutrition facts label on the bottom of the box,
the Morinaga Angel Pie mainly consists of wheat flour, chocolate, starch syrup, sugar, shortening, maltose, oligosaccharide, dextrose, hen’s egg, milk sugar, gelatin, cocoa powder, salt, brown sugar syrup, sorbitol, alcohol, soy emulsifier, swelling agent, and flavoring.
The calories per piece (9 grams) are 39 kcal.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia チョコパイ )