‘Very delicious condensed milk strawberry candy’. This is what the front of the packet proclaims in block capitals and my goodness, I don’t think this could sound more delicious to me if it tried. Honestly, it had me at ‘condensed milk’ :p
We got this as part of our October Oyatsu Box, you can see what else we got here.
This packaging definitely falls under the term ‘food porn’ for me. Juicy red strawberries, one of which has a thick drizzle of condensed milk…yum! Very enticing.
Beyond being pretty, there is a very good reason to look carefully at the packaging…
I know the translation isn’t perfect, but it tells us something that’s useful to know; check out that vitamin C content! There is a rather substantial 90mg of vitamin C in each bag of candy. It’s probably not the best idea to eat this whole bag in one go, especially if you take a supplement or eat a diet rich in vitamin C already. You’re not likely to actually overdose, but you don’t need to overdose to get an upset tummy (which all that candy would probably give you anyway :p).
The inner wrappers are really cute with the little strawberry design ^__^
There really are loads of candies packed into this bag, so it’s going to last us a long time. Each candy is around 2.5cm long so they’re not tiny either, one is quite enough to leave you satisfied.
As a side note, I really like that Oyatsu Box regularly sends bags of candy that will last; it makes the service seem better value for money and helps you stay both patient and happy while waiting for next months box 🙂
This is one of the candies out of the wrapper. Cute, eh? I think they look a little like mochi even though they are hard candy.
So, did they live up to my expectations?
These. Taste. Amazing. Seriously. I love these sweets so much!
The white powder on the outside tastes very creamy and very sweet, like a powdered condensed milk. Which may well be exactly what it is 😉
Once the powder is gone, you are left with a very beautiful pale pink candy that just keeps tasting more delicious. They haven’t gone for a particularly realistic strawberry flavour, but rather one that is candy sweet without tasting nastily artificial.
Finally, you hit the sweet, sweet inner layer. Did I mention it is sweet? Oh my. The inner core is one of solidified but still oh so creamy condensed milk. It has a strong milk flavour along with the sweeter condensed milk flavour, which is a difference you may not understand unless you’ve tried milk flavoured candy before.
The flavours are very clearly defined; you get a distinguishable milk, strawberry, milk cycle rather than having the flavours blend in your mouth. Since I hate strawberry and cream flavoured candies, this makes me happy. It also makes the candy more interesting to eat; as soon as you become accustomed to one flavour a new one hits you.
They tasted even better than I imagined they would, I think this may just be the best hard candy I’ve tried yet 🙂
Overall, these get a resounding 10/10 from me. Deliciously sweet strawberry candy combined with creamy condensed milk is a truly delightful taste sensation. I hope these pop up for sale elsewhere, I would love to get a hold of them again. In fact, they’re one of the few Japanese candies I’d be happy to regularly import! These are definitely worth a try if you find some 🙂