Morinaga Choco Monaka Jumbo Ice Cream
As I wrote about it a while ago, “Monaka (最中)” is a traditional Japanese confection consisting of “Anko (餡子)” sweet Azuki red bean paste sandwiched between 2 crispy glutinous rice wafers.
In modern times, Monaka is also available in various fillings other than Anko paste, and the one filled with vanilla ice cream called “Monaka Ice (モナカアイス)” is especially popular.
In fact, Monaka Ice has been an ice cream staple for a long time in Japan, and it too comes in quite a few varieties. Among those, the one with the addition of a thin chocolate bar called “Choco Monaka (チョコモナカ)” has been a favorite of many Japanese over the past several decades.
Morinaga Choco Monaka Jumbo
When people living in Japan hear Choco Monaka, I think many will be reminded of what I introduce here “Choco Monaka Jumbo (チョコモナカジャンボ)” from Morinaga.
Choco Monaka Jumbo is an ice cream product first released in 1972 by Morinaga Confectionery by the name of Choco Monaka, and now has become a standard Monaka Ice in Japan.
As the name indicates, the Choco Monaka Jumbo ice cream is much bigger in size than traditional Monaka snacks.
But the rice wafer covering of the chocolate ice cream Monaka is just as crispy as that of the traditional one thanks to the chocolate oil coated inside the wafer which prevents the vanilla ice cream from softening the snack.
Since the thin chocolate bar in the middle is also pleasantly crisp, the overall snack has a three layer structure that is great in both taste and texture.
Price and Where to Buy
The suggested retail price of Choco Monaka Jumbo is 140 yen (about 1.3 USD) and the Monaka Ice is available in supermarkets and convenience stores around the country throughout the year.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia チョコモナカジャンボ )