I have a confession to make. I am not a huge fan of cheesecake. Oh sure, it's delicious, but it's so rich and filling that I just can't eat very much of it at a time. Plus, my lactose intolerance might factor into the equation. But I rarely choose cheesecake if there's an option. Here, Meiji has solved my problem - cheesecake chocolate. Hokkaido is famous for dairy products, and apparently, this cheesecake Apollo was inspired by the tastes of Hokkaido. It was made with 0.9% cheese powder, but I think I'll be OK without a Lactaid.
The chocolate has that Meiji taste for sure, and the cheesecake-flavored white chocolate hits the mark pretty well. It's a little lemony to try to mimic that tangy sourness of cheesecake, and it mixes with the milk chocolate very well. The chocolate is smooth and silky, so this is definitely enjoyable.
It's not my favorite kind of Apollo, but it's nice to have something cheesecake flavored that's not as rich as the real deal. I would definitely buy this again, and all my friends who tried it seemed to really like it.
Meiji Website (Japanese)
I like the strawberry Apollos better! Have you tasted that variant already? Here in the Philippines, stores sell a sample pack of Meiji chocolates for about 50 pesos (about $1 USD). It has tiny boxes of Strawberry Apollo, Choco Baby, and 3 variants of M&M's style candy (chocolate, coffee, and strawberry).
I like Meiji chocolate because they got the sweetness right. The thing is, they're not as rich as Hershey's or Cadbury, so somehow I feel cheated when eating Meiji chocolates. It's like I'm not getting my money's worth in terms of chocolatiness :-)
I am really enjoying your site, and I'm envious that you've tried so much Japanese chocolates already!
Thanks for reading and commenting! I also like the strawberry flavor best. :) I can only get them in special stores here in the US, though. I love Meiji, too, but of the three brands you mentioned, Cadbury is my favorite.
Hey just came across your blog while surfing and it's has a galore of different candies and sweets , how do you manage to keep those pounds off after tasting so many candies and chocolates :D nice reviews
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