Another thing my friend brought when she visited for New Year's Eve was a cup of Tirol chocolates, including two Christmas flavors. Although I've never reviewed the basic Tirol flavors, I'm just going to review the new ones here. Limited edition flavors are always more fun, right? I'll start with Christmas Island Salt (the orange one).
First, look at the cute little crab on the wrapper! I didn't notice it until I looked at this picture after I took it. Anyhow, Christmas Island is Australian territory apparently famous for guano mining, and possibly salt.
The chocolate has a strong caramel scent and taste, and it's definitely oversweet. Thankfully, it's so small that the burn doesn't set in (as it might with a giant KitKat). The salt is definitely strong as well, and I found that as I ate it, the saltiness and sweetness came in alternating waves, which was kind of neat. There's a cracker inside, but it doesn't really seem to add much. It was hard to tell if the saltiness came from the chocolate, the cracker, or both. It was fun and interesting to taste, but not delicious. B
Next was Christmas Soda. I've bought some kids' fizzy beverages from Japanese markets in late December before, so maybe this is based on that concept. Nothing too cute on the package for this one, though.
The smell reminded me of lemon Pez. The chocolate was almost buttery and melted away quickly, not giving too much flavor. What's left is a sticky, chewy gummy center that's rather sour. The texture combination was fun, but the flavors didn't go together well at all. But, it's a limited edition flavor, meaning it doesn't matter how it tastes because it will be gone soon. B-
Tirol Chocolate website (Japanese)