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Kitty Kanagawa is a contributing writer from New York City. Born in Osaka, Japan and raised in Los Angeles her love for Asian desserts knows no ends.
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reviews restaurants asian chopstix houston chinatown food foodie online magazine Welcome back everyone! It's been freezing here in my current town of New York! Samuku natte kimashitane?!!! Being a Cali girl, I find the nonstop walking in the blistering snow a chore! When it comes to it, I'm particularly wimpy toward very cold weather, BUT I find thinking about eating somehow keeps me warm. Maybe I'm just a little rat who needs to nibble on things all the time! In Tokyo, snacks are very common and essential to the metropolitan city life. Cold winter seasons are especially great times to hold on to some awesome snacks there. If you ever find yourself in Tokyo, these snacks make great presents (except the Meltykiss, which melts) or enjoyable breaktime bench food. Here are some really popular ones I'd recommend to try, each accomodated by the ever-important Kanagawa Rating system! Hee.

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Milky
**Kanagawa Rating: 10/10**
Let's start with a very famous one: Milky. I guess so many people will remember it because of cute adorable Peko-chan on the cover! Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks? Hee! They sort of remind me of Tootsie Rolls, because each one is individually wrapped and they're chewy. Unlike Tootsie Rolls, they come in an assortment of weird flavors, all of them sharing the condensed milk middle! What's amazing is that it's pretty low on calories so you can eat a bunch of these without too much guilt. Only 4g of fatty calories! Yay! (*Editor's Note: Comparison: 13g of fat in a bag of Doritos. 14g of fat for a Snickers bar.) You could probably find Milky in just about any Asian supermarket in America, particularly in California. The slogan in Japanese translates to "Milky is mom's taste"! Milky is especially popular to children in Japan. My mom used to reward me with Milky when I did well in elementary school or did a chore. Humph. They should call it Bribe!

MeltyKiss
**Kanagawa Rating: 8/10**
In vintage Japanese Engrish, there is the ever-lovin' fun named MeltyKiss! Their slogan is eerily similar to M&M's slogan. In poetic Kanji, MeltyKiss promises to "Gently melt in your mouth like a snowflake"! These little cube-like chocolates resemble a mini Hershey's Bar, but more like the size of a sugar cube. They come in three flavors -- Precious Cocoa, Strawberry and Green Tea -- all of them with a dark chocolate center sprinkled in cocoa powder. WARNING: Meltykisses melt really easily, so don't send them as gifts or leave them in your car. They must be kept at room temperature at all times. I had the personal misfortune of watching melted cocoa drip out of the box of a lovely wrapped present. Meltykisses are very expensive treats and they are only on sale during the winter season. They are usually done as gift-giving, not as a practical snack you'd buy at the grocers. Think Hershey's meet Godiva!

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Poifull Gummy Beans
**Kanagawa Rating: 6/10**
This awesome candy is the almost non-existent in the States. It's popular in inner cities of Japan, particularly Tokyo. Although they look like Japanese Jelly Bellys, they are actually more like jelly bean-shaped gummi bears (without the bear shape, haha)! They are popular in two flavors (there are a lot more): lemon and muscat, but all of them might as well be called mint, because they have a very strong cough drop flavor. So gummy textured jelly beans that taste like Vicks cough drops. Why this taste? Well the company that makes Poifull, Meiji, is changing their image as a health-conscious snack company in Japan! So! Because of that, these gummy beans are filled with vitamin C and collagen! In fact, one sub-brand of Poifull is called "Beautist", which promotes anti-aging and clearer skin! Unlike Milky, Poifull is aimed at adults! ^_^

Saku Saku Red Onion Cookies
**Kanagawa Rating: 7/10**
These weird cookies are shaped like flat onions and have a surprisingly workable combination taste of onion and sweetened cream cheese. While they're made from Hokkaido, they're popularly sold in Tokyo! These cookies are cheap (for Japanese standards) and are considered for conventional snacking. They're also very popular with red wine!

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Ramune Soda
**Kanagawa Rating: 10/10**
If you've never had Ramune Soda before, you're missing out! Luckily, most Asian supermarkets have them. They're not only popular in Japan but also in Korea as well. So what are they? They are carbonated drinks with a fizzling ball. When you open a bottle, you have to push the ball inward, which thrusts the ball into the carbonation. The ball is composed of the flavoring which dissolves through the soda. There are thousands of different kinds of ramune and different manufactures that have made them. They have a very strong aftertaste, resembling ginger ale. The fun comes from watching the ball dissolve! At least for me! Haha! Original ramunes were lemonade flavor, but some of the more oddity flavors include ostrich egg, baby powder, mayonnaise and hot chili. Don't worry though! A vast majority of them are more familiar flavors such as grape, green tea, lime, fruit juice, citrus and black jelly.

UHA Devil Fruits Gummi
**Kanagawa Rating: 9/10**
While Japanese children aren't into cereal, they do have gummi snacks that offer them the nutritional value of fruit clever disguised as "devil powers"! Each gummi packs a good dose of certain fruit qualities, but promises the kids they'll give them super vision (Vitamin C), super speed (Vitamin A) or super strength (Vitamin E). What a clever little marketing ploy! Parents love them too!

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Pinky Mints
**Kanagawa Rating: 7/10**
These tiny little mints are close to Altoids, but the quality of taste is totally incomparable! Although it began as a candy for teenagers with a cartoon monkey mascot, Pinky Mints soon found its niche with young adults. It is small, sugarless and come in a cute sliding peachy pink case. Much like Altoids, they're meant to give good breath! The best part? You can order them from Amazon.com! Fun fact: Each Japanese city features exclusive flavors of Pinky, making them great gifts from people traveling from city to city. Imagine in America if you can only get a certain flavor of Starbursts in Cincinnati and another kind in Orlando. Collect them all!

Yukimi Daifuku
**Kanagawa Rating: 9/10**
These are mini ice cream balls wrapped by a rice cake (mochi) shell. They look like snow balls and if you leave them for several hours in the fridge, their hard surface will break your teeth! Very delicious and can be found in most Japanese restaurants in major cities. Just look through their dessert menus! They're also available in most Asian supermarkets in North America. For fitness fantatics, a heed of warning: these little daifukus are almost a hundred calories each. Not knowing this, most of us may eat four to five in under five minutes! These daifukus come in various flavors, but the most popular are vanilla and chocolate.

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That's it for now! Stay warm from the snow and come back in 15 days when hopefully spring time will arrive and we'll get to find out more facts about Asian desserts!

Kaze wo hikanai de kudasai ne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^


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