Remember how I said my friend was sending me a box of sweets from Japan…well they’ve arrived! やった！(^O^)/ Yay!
Actually they arrived on Monday, March 3rd, meaning the hina arare arrived just in time for hina matsuri, but sadly I wasn’t in to receive the delivery.
The hina arare was really yummy! It’s the first thing I opened, and I nearly ate the whole pack in one go. You can’t really go wrong with sugar coated popped rice though can you 😉
Along with that I also got…
I’m not sure whether this comes in different flavours, but this one was ソース味 (sauce flavour). I wasn’t really sure what it meant by sauce flavour, so I looked it up. dondon yaki is in fact originally a traditional Japanese food from Yamagata. It’s a type of okonomiyaki, so a kind of pancake, wrapped around a wooden stick. It’s a street food, which you’ll find sold in stalls, but also at festivals. Obviously, it now also comes in the form of these crackers. And the reason why it’s called dondon yaki? Well, the stalls that made these would often beat their drums between each customer to attract more business, therefore the onomatopoeia for drums in Japanese ドンドン dondon was added to word yaki (焼き), which means to fry. I really liked these! They had a slight spiciness to them which worked really well.
These had to be my least favourite, as I found the taste to be almost a little to subtle. I would’ve wanted more apple flavour. What I did like though is the cute little toothpick that comes with it to pick the candy out the tray 🙂
This on the other hand was just bursting with flavours. It’s really sweet and has a strong grape taste. Plus it comes with a small toy! (Although I’m not quite sure what the toy is. A hair piece perhaps? ^^;)
And this one is pretty much Jell-o in a tube. Yum )^o^( This reminded me of my childhood. I used to love making Jell-o at home with my mom. It’s great how sometimes packaging and presentation can make all difference though, and make you enjoy it even more.
Quite simply chocolate, but again packaging and presentation makes all the difference! There’s just something about bit size tic-tac shaped chocolate that makes it all the more enjoyable.
And finally…Melty Kiss! It is exactly as the box says, 口どけ (kuchi doke), which means “melt in the mouth”. It was so smooth and chocalatey, and to top it all it was my favourite flavour: matcha!
If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, and want to try some Japanese sweets, you can always buy some at the Japan Centre.
Which is your favourite one? 😉