Sunday, May 30, 2010

Doritos - Rich Cheese Square Ridges

 Click HERE to see the product in our store

Name: Doritos
Maker: Frito-Lay
Flavor: Rich Cheese
Size: 65 grams
Release Date: May 2010
Best Before Date: October 2010 (and beyond)

Packaging - Unique cardboard cup (13 cm tall) will a peel off foil lid. Attractive graphics with a wide enough top opening to grab the product..

At First Glance - Are these really Doritos? They look like thick crackers (about 2 cm square) and there is little of the black flecking you see on regular sized Doritos chips. Appears to be less volume that a regular bag but the volume is the same. The seasonings look to be applied thicker than usual. There is definitely a cheesy aroma.These last two points make me excited.

What's Inside - More like, what is inside the ridges. Plenty of cheese and salts particulate is found between and atop of each ridge on both sides of the square chips.

The Taste - Wow, these are yummy. The cheese is not really different in flavor than regular cheesy Doritos but it feels like you are getting more. I would call it a mild cheddar. These chips have a different crunch. Although quite thick they seem to break between my teeth in a more airy crunch fashion. With the ridges there is more area for the seasoning to stick to and stay! That means less crumbs at the bottom of the cup. The only drawback for me is the greasy residue I get. After a short time period, I found they left an oily stain on the napkin I placed them on. No strong aftertaste though. These would match any cold drink.

Extra Info - This new packaging format seems to be aimed for convenience stores where they can easily stack and display anywhere. Best before dates will extend into early 2011 as new batches are produced. We have seen Doritos Twists and 3D before but I prefer these mainly for the enhanced flavor you can enjoy.

Nutritional Information:
Energy - 368 Calories
Protein - 4.1 grams
Fat - 23.6 grams
Carbohydrates - 34.9 grams
Sodium - 408 milligrams

Ten Star rating - 8/10 (wonderful cheesy flavor profile, cute size, nice crunch, but still a little too greasy for achieving extra marks)

If you like this product, or what you read in the review, I recommend the following products:

                           Doritos - Consomme                    Doritos - Pizza-La Seafood

We have a large selection of salty snack product in store at napaJapan. Drop by and check out what is in store this week!


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oreo Chocolate Bar - Milk Tea

 Click HERE to view product at napaJapan

Name: Oreo
Maker: Nabisco
Flavor: Milk Tea
Size: 36.5 grams
Release Date: May 2010
Best Before Date: December 2010 (and beyond)

Packaging - Plastic wrapped with vibrant colors and graphics on front. Can open easily from end or from anywhere along the backside plastic crease.

At First Glance - Bar is approximately 15 cm and covered evenly with brown milk chocolate. Has a bumpy texture on top and flat on the bottom. There is no strong tea aroma at this point. Up close you can only smell the milk chocolate.

What's Inside - I cut the bar on a diagonal to get the largest cross-section possible. The center of the bar matches the picture on the wrapper. Once cut the strong tea aroma escapes from the middle of the bar. The outer chocolate is surprisingly thin and the oreo bits are large.

The Taste - First I placed a small piece, containing all ingredients, on my tongue and let the chocolate melt away. The chocolate tasted very good with no other tastes present. As soon as I bit into the crunchy tea filling I was surprised by the strong flavor. It almost tasted like molasses at first but settled down to a Royal Milk Tea flavor (the type of tea drinks sold in Japan that are loaded with cream and sugar.) The large Oreo bits were delicious as always and the white Oreo icing added more sweetness. The consistency of this bar is crunchy yet flaky. I really like the density of it. There was no strong aftertaste once consumed.

Extra Info - This is a limited edition flavor which will probably be in stock until early winter. Best before dates will extend into 2011 as new batches are produced. I enjoyed this rest of this bar with a glass of milk since coffee or tea would have probably taken away from the flavor.

Nutritional Information:
Energy - 201 Calories
Protein - 2.5 grams
Fat - 11.9 grams
Carbohydrates - 21 grams
Sodium - 83 milligrams

Ten Star rating - 7.5/10 (original flavor, perfect snack size, but I still like my Oreo's without chocolate)

If you like this product, or what you read in the review, I recommend the following products:

Happy Snacking! Please keep checking back for the latest Japanese Candy Releases.