Almost broke but still want some candy?
These little chocolates cost 20 yen a piece (that's about 15 cents USD), so you can satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the bank. Called Tirol's (or in phonetic Japanese, chiroru) find them at
hidden at the very bottom rack of the candy any convenience store aisle. Buy tons for your friends back home and they won't even know you're actually a cheapskate! We grabbed a handful for ourselves to see what all the fuss was about. Today we sample standard milk chocolate, coffee nougat, granola and watermelon.
Here we have milk chocolate, and that's exactly what it tastes like. Nothing more, nothing less, standard
fare for the standard sweet lover. No surprises, but the cute packaging alone is enough to keep us coming back for more.
Despite the misleading title on the wrapping, the inside is a coffee caramel flavor. Expect the chewy texture of the caramel to keep you chomping for longer than usual.
While this flavor is called granola, it resembles something more similar to the long popular American candy, the Nestle Crunch bar. Very good indeed.
No doubt, this is the flavor we're most excited to try. The artificial pink coloring of the chocolate is dubious, but the taste is great – think white chocolate, but with extra watermelon flavor.
Actually, there are dozens upon dozens of Tirol flavors. That's what makes them so fun! While we only tried four this time around, you can take a look at all their yearly limited flavors here. And for those living in Japan, you can now custom make your own wrapper! Check it out.