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 – 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.
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?