Mugi Choco: Dagashi Chocolate-Covered Puffed Grains
In many countries, chocolate is one of the most popular ingredients for snacks and candies.
That also applies to Japan, where you can see various chocolate treats enjoyed by people.
Among others, I think one of the best and most loved is Mugi Choco (むぎチョコ: meaning Wheat or Barley Chocolate).
Mugi Choco (麦チョコ/むぎチョコ)
Mugi Choco is one of the Dagashi classics consisting of puffed wheat or barley thinly coated in a chocolate glaze.
For the unfamiliar, Dagashi (駄菓子) is the generic name for cheap Japanese snacks, and I bought these for 30 yen per bag.
One characteristic of Mugi Choco or Mugi Chocolate is the shine on the surface from its chocolate coating.
These puffs are light but not so fluffy. While the outer chocolate covering has a milky sweetness, the puffed grain inside has a soft crunch.
Mugi Choco is such a cheap and delicious snack that the Dagashi is popular with children.
In Japan, it is available in most supermarkets and convenience stores.
Lastly, for your information, here are the specific ingredients and nutrition facts of the Mugi Choco from Takaoka Foods.
|Sugar, Cacao mass, Milk sugar, Puffed wheat, Whole milk powder, Vegetable oil/fat, Cocoa powder, Emulsifier, Flavoring, Thickener (Gum arabic), Glaze (Partially including Soybean)|
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 麦チョコ )
It’s NOT barley. It says on the label “小麦パフ”. 小麦 is wheat, 大麦 is barley: 大麦 【おおむぎ(P); オオムギ】 (n) barley.
I see this error a lot, I suppose it’s due to Nihongo using “mugi” for both. Anyway, it’s mechakucha oishii snack! 🙂
Thank you, Robert, for the comment and pointing out the error!
I’m going to correct it later!
Mugi Choco Meccha Oishii Desuyone 🙂