Wednesday, 28 November 2007

White and Cookie chocolate: fast and cheap

Japan is full of very strange, very small, VERY cheap sweets, my dessert for today is one of the lees strange, but tastier, ones. White and Cookie chocolate, by Chiroru-choco, is a one bite chocolate full of crunchy goodness at low range price (buy now!).

- Name: White and Cookie chocolate.
- How much of it? One small piece of unknown weight. About 2 normal bites.
- How much in moneys: Y21, fuck yeah, in Family Mart.
- Reason to buy: Cheapy cheapy fast fix for choco addiction.
- Reason not to buy: Too much cookie, not enough choco.
- How does it taste? Not like white chocolate at all, kind of creamy with lots of oreo-style crunched cookie bits for added crunchiness.
- How did it feel? Good, the sweetness levels of this chocolate are high, but the small size makes it not satisfying for the real nibbler. Multiple purchase is recommended.
- Show it to me! You can't see it very well, but it has a space ship on top (another reason to buy, swooooosh!).

This is the only Chiroru I've tried so far, but I have no doubt I'll be testing the rest of the gamma soon :)

Minmin daha, drink of the zombies

Why am I writing this blog now? Well, nice of you to ask; in fact, I wrote it yesterday in my head because of Minmin daha (眠眠打破), the drink that keeps you going. Really, it does. To the fact-o-meter!

- Name: Minmin daha (as I said, I know squat about Japanese, this is what it says next to the kanji in the bottle... I asked in he shop for "Ichiban genki, nemui nai")
- How much of it? 50 ml per bottle.
- How much in moneys:
Y315 (There is another version for Y399, maybe more powerful?) in Family Mart.
- Reason to buy:
You don't sleep. Period.
- Reason not to buy:
You will NOT sleep. Prepare to stay awake the whole night.
- How does it taste?
Slightly cofeey, but not very strong in general.
- How did it feel?

    After the first drink:
Awareness, the brain can't stop thinking, eyes can't stop looking even when shut (I could feel them twitching).
    After the second drink (the following day):
More of the same, not so much awareness, utter sickness.
- Show it to me!

So basically, after a bottle on Minmin daha, you'll find yourself unable to sleep until several hours later. After a second bottle the next day, I also got myself a nice diarrhoea and sickness. Try at your own risk.

The Why of the Nibbler

Man, I love sweets. What I do not like are blogs; I think most blogs are boring, unnecessary or arrogant (there are, however, exceptions). This one will probably be those 3 things together, but it has been created to fulfil a social task: review the weird and the sweet, those small nibbles and beverages that populate the shelves in Japanese convenience stores and supas. So you don't make the same mistakes I make.

Seriously, I've been looking on the internet for this kind of thing, and not finding it, I have decided that if you want something done right, you better do it yourself. This doesn't mean such thing hasn't been done, just that my retarded skills were unable to locate it. Hopefully this will be easier to bump into (go, goggle rank, go!) for people with similar lack of competence.

Only one more thing to say: I am not a native English speaker, so please pardon my lack of expertise (and abusive use of; neither I am a Japanese speaker, so these reviews come from my total incomprehension of what most labels say... but otherwise sweet-discovery wouldn't be an art :)

So, let's roll.