Friday, November 5, 2010

Morinaga Ramune Melon Soda

Melon Soda Ramune

This cute little bottle of Melon Soda flavored Ramune candy was included in the promotional package kindly provided by Tsunami.hk. This type of candy is very similar to Smarties in the United States - flavored pressed sugar pellets. I don't know anyone who gets excited about Smarties, but I don't know anyone who hates them, either.

I'll admit it - I've bought little Hello Kitty or Pokemon toys from grocery stores in Japan for myself and for souvenirs, and they often include a wrapped Ramune candy pellet. One is usually enough for me, but this Morinaga candy packs a whole 27 grams worth of pellets - 23 grams of which are sugar!

Melon Soda Ramune

The open bottle smelled sweet and reminded me of cotton candy. The pellets chew into a very fine powder with an intensely sweet and slightly sour citric acid flavor. I didn't get any hints of melon soda, and the aftertaste was a little chalky. They were very similar to American Smarties.

Still, even though Morinaga didn't deliver on flavor, I can't say I disliked the taste. The whole bottle was too much for me to eat in one sitting, but I'm not really the target demographic. After 5 or 6 pieces, I had a nice sugar rush, but the candies became a bit cloying and I had to put the bottle away.

C+

Morinaga website

3 comments:

storybookdreamer said...

Ooh, I had the original ones of these, and I liked them quite a bit. I haven't gotten around to trying the other flavors though, mainly because they're more expensive than the original.
Although I did like them a lot, I do agree with the chalky taste. But to each his own.

Tasty Japan said...

I love smarties and do get excited about them! :) I love the buttery taste of the shell, much better than m&m's in my opinion. Are american smarties chalky? That's strange. Here they have chocolate inside.

Anyway, I've wanted to try these for a while, I've tried the original which are nice and the grape, so maybe I'll give these a whirl. :)

ebidebby said...

storybookdreamer - That's odd that flavored versions are more expensive. I would pay a little more if they added fizzy powder!

Tasty Japan - American Smarties are just compressed sugar! Are there SweetTarts in Australia? American Smarties are like inferior SweetTarts. I'd much rather eat normal chocolate Smarties like in most other countries in the world.