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Japanese candy will ruin you.
It’s ruined both of us… it’s so good, we can’t help but be addicted.
Rice candy has always been Allison’s favorite. It has a yummy, light, citrusy taste, there’s a really cool edible rice paper wrapper that melts in your mouth, plus you get a sticker in every box.
And when a bunch of adult (children) get a hold of a bunch of rice candy stickers… things like this happen:
Then you have the traditional, centuries-old Konpeito. Still made by hand, this colorful sugar candy is traditionally given as wedding favors.
Did you know there have been 105 different flavors of Kit Kats made, 97 of which are completely unique to Japan?
We tried the Pumpkin Cheesecake flavor… which tasted more lemony than pumpkin cheesecakey.
Apparently parents in Japan give them to their children for good luck on test days.
Milkys, a sweetened condensed milk candy, are Rachael’s favorite.
Hello Panda cookies are another childhood throwback for Allison, and one you’ve probably seen in a store near you!
Why is Rachael making us eat purple sweet potato mountain mushrooms???
Allison was intrigued by them… and it turns out that those Kinokono Yama Murasaki Imo (purple sweet potato mountain mushroom candies) are ridiculously addictive… as odd as they may sound.
On a whim, Allison decided we should try this Golden Sesame Candy… and now we’re both addicted. (Oops.)
They taste like those Chinese fried sesame mochi balls that are often found in Chinese buffets (and Vietnamese bakeries), plus Rachael has a recipe for sesame brittle that tastes pretty similar.
Rachael wanted to try another Milk Soft Candy that was pretty similar to the Milkys, except much softer.
Lastly, the classic Hi Chews.
(Which, by the way, are now officially gluten-free as of 2012!)
Hi Chews or strawberry milkshakes? It’s a close call… which would you choose?
If you just can’t get enough of the craziness that is Japanese candy, why not subscribe to get some in the mail every month?
(We think it’s a pretty cool program! And we’re not in any way affiliated with them… we just can’t resist more Japanese candy!)
But even better…
We’re having a giveaway!
All you have to do in order to win a fantastic package of all the candy we talked about today (plus a couple more bonus items) is leave a comment on this post! (If you’re listening to this on iTunes, make sure you go to the Episode 2 show notes on http://misofy.com/podcast !)
You have until 11:59pm PST on Monday, January 23rd to enter. One entry per person. Anyone can enter – we’ll ship internationally!
Good luck! ^_^