Don't Eat With Your Mouth Full

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Tasting Notes 8
This time we have a four-in-one offer.


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Working from left to right, I have little to say about the first item, except that it is another chocolate-wrapped biscuity snack. No complaints there - I'll gobble those fellas all day long. The name means Sequoia, and indeed the grooves along the bar look not unlike the trunk of a sequoia tree, but I can't be sure that's intentional.

Next up is the twin of the umaibou I ate all the way back in the first of these entries - was it really ten whole days ago? This one was cheese flavour rather than tonkatsu, but otherwise very comparable. Umaemon has now combined his career in space exploration with being a pop singer, not unlike Chris Hadfield.

So, on to number three. When that this wrapper did contain an okashi, its name was kinakobou - a kind of, well, chewy, floury bar? I can't describe it without making it sound rather unappetising, but in fact it was excellent. Tastewise it was similar to the kinakomochi sweet (the fourth in our sequence), which appears to be haunted by the ghost of Barbapapa (pictured upside down, my apologies). Kinakomochi are a traditional New Year snack, and this I suppose is the commercial version. There's a kind of milkiness to the kinakomochi that makes me prefer it slightly to its cylindrical rival - but it's a close-run thing.

Kinako is soybean flour, and I've always thought the taste is what you'd get if you could make peanut butter into flour. Not peanuts-- peanut butter. I didn't know kinakomochi were seasonal, as around here we can get them anytime.

Yes, you're right - there is a bit of a peanut-buttery vibe.

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