For one who professes to not have a sweet tooth, I’ve been featuring an awful lot of sweets lately. Still, please indulge me as I spotlight another sweet treat; more chocolate of the melt in your mouth persuasion, Meiji Melty Kiss.
A seasonal candy that heralds the arrival of Winter, this year’s Melty Kiss is available in Au Lait, Strawberry and Dark Rum. I hear that the flavors are rotated from year to year—I guess that would explain 2007’s Green Tea Melty Kiss which I can’t find in the local store shelves.
Melty Kiss is seasonal for a good reason. It’ll melt! Definitely not a good thing. I’ve tried eating a melty Melty Kiss and it was a horrible mess. Simply opening the pillow pack (each piece is individually wrapped) was a major production. I had no choice but to stick it in the fridge to let it firm up. Still, it’s not really the solution because the best way to enjoy Melty Kiss is at room temperature. That way, it falls apart in melty, chocolatey goodness as it hits your tongue.
I’ve tried the three variants above and while the creamy Au Lait is good, it’s the Strawberry and the Dark Rum that has me hooked. I like the strawberry for the fruity contrast the strawberry and chocolate make. On the other hand, I like Dark Rum for the intoxicating hint of liqueur it offers.
A friend has described Melty Kiss as a poor man’s Royce Nama and I tend to agree, to a certain extent. The melt in your mouth experience is similar, down to the cocoa powder coating the chocolate pieces. And while Royce Nama is superior in chocolate quality and texture, Melty Kiss is still a delightful little gem that tantalizes your tastebuds with the various flavors they offer. You guys know how much I value Royce Nama, so for me to dare to compare the two, you know how good Melty Kiss is.
Make sure to grab Melty Kiss before it disappears for the season. Stockpile if you need to. The next Japanese Winter is a long wait.
In the Philippines, Meiji Melty Kiss is available in SM Snack Exchanges, Rustan’s Fresh supermarkets, and most stores where Meiji chocolate is sold.