It’s Christmas season here so I hoarded several sweets and snacks that I personally love here in Japan and would like my mom and brother to try back home. This can also be a nice and omiyage/pasalubong/souvenir to take home with you when you visit Japan!
The Japanese culture of bringing back something from a trip to friends, co-workers and loved ones at home is pretty similar to the Philippines. The Japanese call it Omiyage and Filipinos call it Pasalubong. The only difference between both is that it’s a huge social taboo in Japan if you didn’t get any for your co-workers. In the Philippines, it’s a matter of free choice (because of course, not everyone has the extra dough to spend and your co-workers will understand that). I think it is very different from the concept of souvenirs because souvenirs are something you buy for yourself as a memento. Omiyage and Pasalubong are something you buy for other people but I just couldn’t find the right word in English. First off in this series, Meltykiss.
Usually it come in huge boxes because the chocolates are individually wrapped which, in my opinion, is meant to keep the chocolate powder coating and the soft chocolate intact. As you can see in the picture, the packaging is just pretty. You can see that the packaging are newly designed for winter. Just tie a little ribbon and this will be a perfect little present! Agree?
Meltykiss is named that for a reason. It’s a chocolate with a firm thin coating that melts in your mouth and a filling that explodes all the flavor. Mmmmm. The most common variety you can find is the First Flush Green Tea and the Premium Chocolate. I love the green tea and I could finish off one box if I don’t have the self-restraint. I usually see the Fruity Strawberry more frequently during winter season. I have not seem the Rum and Raisin nor the Brandy and Orange variety yet until today maybe because it’s special for Christmas season. But who’s complaining? Hahaha!
The flavors at the bottom of the picture are in relatively bigger boxes with about 2.5 inches in width and about 4 inches tall. The two flavors on to are in thin boxes. The ones on top doesn’t seem to have the chocolate powder typical of Meltykiss.
Meltykiss is easy on the pocket. It would only cost you around 250 yen (bottom) or 190 yen (top) per box.
Have you tried Meltykiss before? Comment your favorite flavors below! P.S. We are facebook-ready.
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