Calorie Mate – Chocolate

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The impossible may be happening… the stash is becoming manageable! *crowd goes wild* Let me talk to you about a snack I tried recently, the Calorie Mate – Chocolate.

Calorie Mate - Famous in Japan

Calorie Mate – Chocolate

£1.38 – OyatsuCafe

I received this cult snack in an OyatsuBox (where else?).  Calorie Mate truly is famous in Japan.  (I have a lot to learn from this snack…)  It was released in Japan in 1983 and is available in several forms and flavours, such as cheese and maple syrup.  There is even a drink version available.  Calorie Mate is claimed to be a “nutritionally balanced snack with the energy needed for daily activities“. Designed for busy people on the go, Calorie Mate boasts protein, fat, sugars, 11 vitamins and 6 minerals and can be taken anywhere.

Calorie Mate -- Famous in Japan

Calorie Mate --- Famous in Japan

There was a slightly weird cocoa sent upon opening up the foil packet.  With this being the chocolate variety, I was expecting a sweet cocoa scent but actually it was rather malty.  This should have been my first clue…  To be honest, I’m not really sure what I expected with Calorie Mate.  At a push, I think I was expecting a wafer of some sort.   The appearance reminds me of shortbread, and oh how I wish it tasted like shortbread… *sigh*

I have to be honest, I didn’t enjoy eating Calorie Mate.   In terms of taste, it felt like a soggy biscuit that had been smushed together.   It was rather dry.  There was no crunch.   I could only eat one stick in one sitting, and I ended up putting the other block back in the packet for eating later on.  It honestly felt like a chore to eat.  I’m not sure if I am nutritionally better off than before I ate it, so I can’t vouch for that specific claim.

However, it’s not all bad news.  I discovered that there are Calorie Mate commercials featuring Kiefer Sutherland in the style of his TV show “24”.  They are on YouTube if you don’t believe me!  I love Japanese commercials.. but that’s something to talk about at a different time.

I don’t think I would buy Calorie Mate again.  It didn’t impress me much, to paraphrase Shania Twain.  There are lots of other “famous” snacks of Japan that I much prefer, such as Fujiya Milky and Meiji Meltykiss.  They may not be “nutritionally balanced” but they sure are tasty!

Would you ever try Calorie Mate?

Dannie x

January 16, 2016
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14 Comments

  • Reply Kate

    I really like Calorie Mate but I usually get the cheese flavour.

    January 16, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You’re braver than I! x

      January 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Jing-Jing

    It really does look like shortbread doesn’t it?? Too bad it doesn’t taste like it :’)
    I think I’d give Calorie Mate a try but I am a bit hesitant after reading your thoughts on it!

    January 16, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You should still try it :) x

      January 31, 2016 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH! *sings forever* I would have definitely gobbled those down, as they look like shortbread, but they sound terrible! Imposters! xxx

    January 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      Pfft :( can you imagine, shortbread with enough vitamins and minerals? It would be amazing!

      January 31, 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Jess edmunds

    I hadn’t heard of this before but I am intrigued to try it despite you not enjoying it that much haaha I am terrible xxx

    January 16, 2016 at 7:12 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You need to try all the things I don’t like :) x

      January 31, 2016 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply kariss

    The first thing I shought was that it looked like chocolate shortbread

    January 17, 2016 at 12:21 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      I right fancy some shortbread now…

      January 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Sami Spoon

    I’ve still never tried Calorie Mate, even after your review I’d love to give it a go, I’ve always wondered if I could just live off these haha

    January 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      You could do a documentary like Supersize Me :O :D

      January 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Erin Lian

    You tried so hard to like them!! I prefer Soy Joys, have you ever tried them? :)

    February 3, 2016 at 1:44 am
    • Reply Danniella Josephine

      No, I haven’t! :O I will investigate!

      February 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

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