Product Type: Kraft Snacks
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Pocky, but repackaged!
Mikado Chocolate Biscuit
Member Name: MonsoonBaby
Mikado Chocolate Biscuit
Date: 17/02/11, updated on 17/02/11 (120 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely tasting chocolate, biscuit can be used as non-melting handle, low on calories, nice packaging
Disadvantages: Impossible to eat the odd one or two! Needs more in the packet, sticks could be a thicker perhaps.
**This review is also on Ciao, under "MonsoonBaby88"**
I have been a regular MCM Expo convention goer for the past few years, and I often spend a bit of my cash on the Japanese food stall, buying up Japanese chocolate and treats in particular. One that I am guaranteed to snap up whenever I venture into a convention is Pocky. For those who do not know what this is, Pocky is a thin rectangle box with thin biscuit sticks contained inside. One half of it is dipped in chocolate, banana or strawberry flavourings, and and are very delicious, though sadly quite small. Mikado is actually Pocky, but it has been renamed for us European consumers.
So in being a fan of Pocky, I thought I would give Mikado a go, seeing as Pocky is only really available from purchasing online, or at conventions. I had seen them several times in supermarkets during my shopping trips, and at £1.02 a pack, I thought that wasn't too expensive for an occasional treat. It is clear that Mikado has a Japanese influence. The box has a Japanese feel to it, from the font used for the products name, to the red circle that is placed behind the text (it reminded me of the Japanese flag). The biscuit sticks are also displayed on the front, so you can be sure of what you are buying. Mikado is also a name for pick up sticks, an old Japanese game that I believe many have played at least once during their youth. These biscuit treats do in fact resemble pick up sticks, so it is clever of Kraft to adopt this name, to go with their already Japanese feel. Mikado also translates to "Emperor of Japan", so there is another influence! The ingredients are listed on the back of the packaging for those who are wondering what these biscuit sticks contain.
A Mikado biscuit is a thin biscuit, with the bottom half being bare biscuit, and the top half has been dipped in chocolate. I found that having only the top half dipped in chocolate allowed me to hold the bottom, without fear of the chocolate melting onto my fingers. This makes for a pretty clean chocolate treat, so it may be especially handy if you fancy indulging in a sugary chocolate rush during the summer. This is also a handy treat for those who are trying to follow a healthier diet, as it is worth noting that each Mikado biscuit stick contains 11 calories, so if you are only planning on eating one or two, it will not amount to much of your calorie intake. However, be warned, I found it hard to stop myself from gorging on the whole packet, as because of their thin size, they are not particularly filling if you have only had one or two.
I found these Mikado sticks varied in taste slightly from the original Pocky variant. The biscuit tasted slightly salty, which I had not experienced in the Pocky packets I have bought before. The chocolate also has a lighter taste to it, which I felt was rather delicious, and was not too rich. The stick sadly should have been slightly bigger, as they are quickly nibbled up, and there are not really that many sticks in the packet, but I suggest making the most of your biscuit sticks by dipping the chocolate end into a cup of tea, as the melting chocolate enhances the flavour somewhat!
Overall, Mikado is a lovely, light snack which can be enjoyed even by those who are trying to follow a healthy diet, due to the low calorie content per stick. The box is small enough to fit into a bag without any difficulty, and I found the bright Japanese themed packaging really appealing. Mikado costs around £1.02 or so, so it is not really an expensive treat, but sadly there are not that many Mikado sticks in there, so this price may seem a bit high for those who have enjoyed them so much that they intend to keep purchasing them. So if you want a taste of Japanese confectionery, then I suggest giving Mikado a go, but in my opinion, the taste slightly varies from the original Pocky variant, so those who are used to eating Pocky may find themselves slightly disappointed!
Summary: A Japanese chocolate treat that is light, and low on calories. Yummy!