Once again, we have a heavily scented, coloured white chocolate bar. This time with the wonderful aroma of fake strawberries. You know the kind of thing – cheap strawberry candies or those nasty mass produced supermarket milkshakes. That’s not to say it’s an unpleasant smell, just an unnatural one.
The smell – and the taste – is that of artificially flavoured strawberry candy or bubblegum. There’s none of that fresh citrusy tang of real strawberry anywhere, although I’m sure someone will come along to tell me it’s made with 100% pure strawberry juice. I can’t read the ingredients, so I can’t say for sure.
There’s nothing detectably ‘sparkling’ about it either. No fizz that I can pick up. And definitely no glitter. Perhaps the word ‘sparkling’ means something else in Japan… like ‘absolutely not sparkling at all’, perhaps.
There is a very slight hint of tartness that comes through at the end, but I put that down to a chemical aftertaste as it’s still nothing like a real strawberry. The overall feel of this bar is that of a crispy-fake-strawberry-flavoured milkshake. I’m sure there’ll be kids who would go for it, but it’s not my thing.
So that’s it for a week of Japanese strangeness. This isn’t my favourite bar of the week – that honour would have to go to the little chilli KitKat bites I tried first – but it’s not the worst either.
It is, however, the pinkest. And in Japan, that’s very often all that matters.