Hello! Today’s post is about something that took me by surprise; the Umaibo Choco Bites.
Umaibo Choco Bites
£1.08 – OyatsuCafe
Umaibo is a classic Japanese snack. Umaibo is made out of puffed corn, and usually comes in the form of a long, cylindrical shaped stick. I had heard of Umaibo before, and I was aware that it came in savoury flavours such as curry; I had no idea they came in sweet flavours too. This particular variety comes in small “bites” rather than in sticks, and in the packet there are a mixture of circle shapes and heart shapes.
I had mixed expectations to be honest. Part of me was expecting something like chocolate flavoured Cheetos/Wotsits, and I wasn’t sure how to feel about that. I like chocolate, but that would have been a step too far. When I opened up the packet for the first time, I could instantly smell a lovely, chocolate scent. Ooh!
The Umaibo Choco Bites proved me wrong; they ended up being light and similar to a wafer-like chocolate biscuit. They actually reminded me of an UK biscuit snack we have called “Blue Ribbon”. That is a wafer biscuit covered in chocolate. I remember them being a lunchbox favourite when I was at school. If you are familiar with Blue Ribbon, these taste exactly like them!
The Umaibo Choco Bites ended up becoming rather addictive. The bites are chocolatey but not too chocolatey, if you know what I mean. I wouldn’t say the chocolate is of high quality; it seems quite average. However, they were a tasty snack overall, and rather nice with a cup of tea I have to say!
It’s a good job I only had a small bag of these or else I would have sat and ate my way through a huge bag without even realising. Oh good, yet another Japanese snack I am addicted to. Just what my waistline needed. I have two savoury Umaibo offerings in the stash and I will be giving them a go very soon. Let’s hope I do not become addicted to them too!