Our very first Japanese cereal review. We’ve got a weird one at that. It looks to be an iteration of Cookies and Cream flakes, even with small chunks of black cookies to boot. This was from a Japanese supermarket in Singapore, and cost me S$3.80 (GBP1.90)
For those of us out there who dont quite know what or who Morinaga is, they’re a well-distributed (i.e globally) Japanese brand of confectionery, savoury snacks, ice cream, buns, (i can’t think of any further categories of foodstuff). they make mini chocolate pie puffs called Pie-no-mi, which claim to be masterful 28-layered pastries that taste wonderful after a bout in the microwave. That alone should show you the lengths to which their creativity extends, and the manner in which they exercise culinary-confectionery know-how. Perhaps an exclusionist rendition of their industry segment would work: they make anything that ISN’T the main meal, and which contains some iteration of a sweetener in them.
So we have established that Morinaga is an established snack brand. So the question is: just how far can their cereals go?
Morinaga’s main cereal offering is the Choco flake, which is pretty self-explanatory. Chocolate cornflakes arent quite as mainstream in the Western markets as they are in Japan and Korea; i’d say that we’re all more familiar with chocolate rice crispies, chocolate cheerios, chocolate puffs, and other odd shapes; but not the typical “cornflake”. The closest we know of would be chocolate frosties; but even then, I guess you could say that isnt really a “chocolate” cereal.
Morinaga has gone one step further, with some vanilla ice cream / cookies and cream variant.
The packaging itself is sufficient to convey the target market. In a medium-sized bag (105g), fully-coloured, bright renditions of sugary flakes, large pictures ice cream, and large, large Japanese words. Could we call this the Lady Gaga of packaging in its loudness?
Not so big, not so small either. Almost perfect-sized flakes, if you ask me. As you can see, they’re about the size of Special K flakes. Nothing out of the ordinary, in that sense.
Boy have we got a winner though, when it comes to taste. The sugar coating on each flake is ridiculously thick. Imagine something with a solid layer of sugar on each side of each flake. Not just that; this doesnt dissolve in milk to give you some sugary syrup a la Fruit Pebbles. These hold their own as nuggets of flaki-sugariness.
Gosh i have difficulty even describing it. It’s THAT unreal.
A blitzkrieg of sugar of the most simple variety (ie white, refined sugar) culminating in the bits of (what’s meant to be) Oreo cookies that adorn every, single, flake. They are so common that instead of hoping to bite into a cookie piece (as is the case with other food products which feature co-stars);
Morinaga blesses you with an abundance of cookie chunks. That said, the cookie chunks werent fantastic tasting. They had a mild cocoa kick to them, but which doesn’t hit you the way Oreos do.
These traits make this a snack that can hold its own even when eaten “dry”. It’s a delight that does not need milk as a “supporting cast”.
That said, the snack is way too sweet for “normal” people. The entire 105g bag had 455kcal in it, and it measured out to a 2 cup serving. Gosh. That’s quite a punch in each tablespoon of cereal (1 cup contains 15 tbsp)
Hence, it’s 227kcal / 1 cup / 52.5g, which is pretty darn calorie-dense for a flake cereal.
All in all, this has that level of sugary dryness that Fruity Pebbles have. Certainly it unhealthy, and too sweet; but hey – my problem is that i have a serious sweet tooth.
Which is why i loved this snack/cereal.
I don’t even know how to classify it.
-The Exercising Male