Godiva Belgian Chocolate Sandwich

Brand: Uchi Café and Godiva Cost: 324 yen Found At: 7-11 “The Japanese diet is so healthy!” they said. “Japanese people are thin because they eat so well!” They told me. And then I showed up and I swear that this country is actively trying to give me diabetes. The sweets are the sweetest and... Continue Reading →

Crispy Chocolate Orange

Brand: Yaokin Cost: 54 yen Found At: Daiso When I was in middle school, one of the most popular ways to pass the time was to discuss “dream guys.” Never mind that our idea of romance came from 90s rom-coms that we would later disavow - or that in a few years many of them... Continue Reading →

Bamboo Shoot Village Chocolates

Brand: Meiji Cost: 54 yen Found At: Daiso There is something about being human that compels us to seek out a clan. From the profound to the mundane, we will identify ourselves with just about anything – neighborhoods, sports teams, TV shows, toilet paper hanging techniques, dietary restrictions – if there is something that will... Continue Reading →

Maxim’s Nouvelle Gamme Chocolatier

Brand: Maxim’s Cost: 297 yen Found At: Lawsons When I was in middle school, my mother and I stumbled across the Scarlet Pimpernel TV series – an obscure period drama from the very early 2000s starring Richard Grant, Martin Shaw, and Elizabeth McGovern – and we were completely taken by it. The plot, based on... Continue Reading →

Coconut Sugar Chocolate

Brand: Natural Lawsons Cost:  129 yen Found At: Lawsons   And as it was a Friday, and I particularly love coconut, I thought I’d treat myself to another of the fancy Natural Lawson’s chocolates that had made its way onto the shelves of my local roadside Lawsons. And I am so glad that I did.... Continue Reading →

Galbo Strawberry Chocolate

Brand: Meiji Price: 100 yen Found At: Family Mart It is a generally accepted scientific fact that, once you start working with young kids, you inevitably put on weight. The extensive studies on the subject, helpfully summarized to me by my collogues, vary in their conclusions. Some find that the cause is professional, claiming that... Continue Reading →

Fran Double Chocolate

Brand: Meiji Price: 120 yen Found At: Yamadai When I was a kid, pocky was always a rare novelty treat that we could only get when we traveled up to the big city with the Asian grocery store. By the time I was in high school, we started to see them in the Safeways and... Continue Reading →

Raw Chocolate Cornet

Brand: Family Mart Price: 110 yen Found At: Family Mart What do you pair with a glass of wine, Donna Sommers cranked up to full volume, and a single day to pack up your apartment before you move out? Chocolate, of course. Every woman (and man, for that matter) needs that occasional act of reclamation... Continue Reading →

Chestnut Chocolate

Brand: Tirol Cost: 40 yen Found At: Mini Stop   If it were not for the Christmas song, I would have no idea that chestnuts were edible. In fact, before coming to Asia, I just assumed that eating them was a weird, archaic practice – like the Jomon era peoples eating acorns. It’s the kind... Continue Reading →

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