Best High Cacao Content (72 %) Chocolate from Meiji

Meiji (明治) is a leading Japanese food company known for its rich lineup of chocolates, many of which have long been favorites in Japan, like this and this.

And this Chocolate Kouka (チョコレート効果: meaning Chocolate Effect), first released in 1998, is also among them.

Meiji Chocolate Kouka Cacao 72 Percent

Meiji Chocolate Kouka Cacao 72

Chocolate Kouka is a bitter chocolate brand of Meiji with a high cacao content, which comes in 72, 86, and 95 (percent).

And this Cacao 72 % (Price: 250 yen or so) is Japan’s best-selling high cacao content chocolate, which has become almost a staple in my house.


Meiji Chocolate Kouka Cacao 72 Chocolate

Meiji Chocolate Kouka is rich in cacao polyphenol, good for health and beauty, and the treats are a low GI food, which slows down the speed of sugars absorbed.

Based on the official website, the content of cacao polyphenol is

  • Cacao 72 (with 15 pieces): 127 mg per piece/1905 mg per box 
  • Cacao 86 (with 14 pieces): 147 mg per piece/2058 mg per box
  • Cacao 95 (with 12 pieces): 174 mg per piece/2088 mg per box

And the maker recommends taking 3 to 5 pieces of the chocolate daily (about 84 kcal to about 141 kcal), as cacao polyphenol doesn’t stay in the body.


Meiji Chocolate Cacao 72 Percent

I like this Cacao 72 the most simply because it is most delicious. It is not that bitter with a well-balanced taste and aroma.

The candy is healthful, well-priced, and tastes good, because of which it is now Japan’s No.1 high cacao content chocolate.

Ingredients/Nutrition Facts

Meiji Chocolate Kouka Cacao 72 Ingredients Nutrition Facts Calories Label

Cacao mass, Sugar, Cocoa powder, Cocoa butter, Emulsifier, Flavoring (Partially including dairy products and soybean)

Nutritional Values

Nutritional Values per Piece (5 Grams)
Calories 28 kcal
Protein 0.5 g
Fat 2.0 g
Carbohydrates 2.2 g
-Sugars 1.6 g
-Dietary fiber 0.6 g
Salt equivalents 0 g


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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