Tirol Choco Kyoto Yatsuhashi Flavor Chocolate
The historic city in Japan, Kyoto had been a center of politics and culture in the old days where various crafts and foods were created, and many of them have been specialties of the city today.
For example, when it comes to the Wagashi confection that represents Kyoto, many Japanese will be reminded of “Yatsuhashi (八ツ橋)“, as shown by the fact that many tourists to Kyoto buy the sweets for a souvenir.
Yatsuhashi is a kind of “Senbei (煎餅)” rice cracker made from rice flour, sugar, and Japanese cinnamon called “Nikki (ニッキ)”, and the addition of Nikki sets Yatsuhashi apart from other Japanese rice crackers.
The exact year when Yatsuhashi was first made is still unknown, but one legend holds that it was first offered in 1689 by a teahouse near the Buddist temple “Shogoin (聖護院)”, and the confectionery company “Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi (本家西尾八ツ橋)” is considered one of its originators.
And what I introduce here this time is a collaboration product between Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi and Tirol Choco, one of the most popular chocolate candies in Japan.
Tirol Choco Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi An-Nama Nikki Flavor Chocolate
The Tirol Choco flavor, Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi “An-Nama Nikki (あんなまニッキ)” was introduced on April 6, 2020, by the Japanese company Tirol Choco, and I bought it for about 140 yen (about 1.3 USD) at a 7 Eleven recently.
As you can see in the photo above, the package contains 7 small pieces of individually wrapped chocolate.
As I mentioned above, in the name, “Nikki (ニッキ)” stands for cinnamon which gives the Tirol chocolate a distinctive fragrant taste that can’t be tasted in other chocolates, while “An-Nama (あんなま)” is the name of the signature product of Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi.
The Yatsuhashi, An-Nama is a type of Nama Yatsuhashi filled with “Anko (餡子)” sweet red bean paste, so the white exterior of the Tirol chocolate features a fragrant Nikki flavor, and the brown interior looks like Anko.
According to the ingredient list and the picture explaining the structure of the Yatsuhashi Tirol Choco, the brown chocolate inside is actually made with Azuki red beans, and in addition to it, the interior is made up of Azuki-flavored paste and bits of Mochi-like gummy candy.
Indeed, the taste of the overall chocolate is very unique and very Japanese, and I think it is unlike any other in the world.