Morinaga Chocoball : Long-Selling Chocolate Snack Balls
“Morinaga Seika (森永製菓)” is a leading Japanese confectionery company founded in 1899, and the snack and candy that represents the company includes Morinaga Milk Chocolate, Morinaga Angel Pie, and Morinaga Chocoball.
Morinaga Milk Chocolate is Japan’s first milk chocolate that was made from cacao beans, from scratch, with the help of foreign engineers, while Morinaga Angel Pie is known as Japan’s first Choco Pie snack.
Chocoball is also one of Morinaga’s most famous products and its original product named “Skip” was first introduced in 1963.
Afterward, in 1969, the product name “Skip” was changed to “Chocoball” and in 1973 this Chocoball Peanut, together with Chocoball Caramel, was put on the market.
As the name indicates, Morinaga Chocoball Peanut contains chocolate snack balls in the package and the chocolate snack has a filling of peanut, together with a thin layer of crispy puff, inside.
Morinaga Chocoball comes in several flavors. The regular flavors are “Peanut”, “Caramel”, “Strawberry”, and “Cookie & Cream”, and sometimes limited time flavors are offered for sale.
Morinaga Chocoball is well known for its mascot “Kyoro Chan (キョロちゃん)”. Kyoro Chan is an imaginary bird created for the chocolate snack in 1967.
Kin no Angel and Gin no Angel
Speaking of Morinaga Chocoball, its box has a retractable opening like a bird’s beak where “Kin no Angel (金のエンゼル : Golden Angel)” or “Gin no Angel (銀のエンゼル : Silver Angel)” logo is rarely printed.
In exchange for one Kin no Angel logo or five Gin no Angel logos, you can get “Omocha no Kanzume (おもちゃのカンヅメ : Canned Toy)” from Morinaga.
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As you can guess, the Kin no Angel logo is much rarer than the Gin no Angel logo and is extremely difficult to obtain, so these logos are sometimes seen being sold on online auction sites.
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