I’m wagering today’s entry on the assumption you’ve eaten Japanese candy.
Maybe you ate a Pocky Stick during a cultural day. Maybe you sampled a Hi-Chew at a Japanese festival. Or maybe you tried a green tea Kit Kat at some point.
Well, unless you’ve had a Kinoko no Yama, you haven’t truly lived.
A “kinoko,” as you know from playing Super Mario Bros, is a mushroom (“yama” means mountain). The candy contains no actual mushroom; rather, it’s a crisp cookie with solid milk chocolate as the toadstool. They have the perfect chocolate to cookie ratio.
I ate a lot of Kinoko no Yama during my year abroad in Kyoto. I’ve found them on occasion in the US or on Amazon (heck, I may have even written about them on this blog. I’m 9 years in, so I sometimes have unintentional repeats).
Though the reason I’m reminded of them today is that a friend surprised me with a box yesterday. Chocolate is one of the few surprises I enjoy, so this was an absolutely delightful surprise.
What’s your favorite Japanese candy?