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If you are a fan of chocolate, you can't help but try Japan chocolate which is very well-known as popular in the world confectionery market. Japan is a nation that enjoys chocolate just like any other. In a relatively short period of time, chocolate in Japan went from being almost nonexistent to being a huge deal, with more distinct varieties than possibly anywhere.

Chocolate in Japan - The reception 

When chocolate first debuted, it quickly conquered the globe and became famous for its enticing, adoration-inspiring wonder. However, it took some time for it to reach Japan. 

Before ending their isolation, the Japanese had a few experiences with chocolate. The Dutch were one of the few nationalities that were permitted entry and occasionally carried the expensive chocolate beverage that had gained popularity in Europe. Chocolate from Japan with the first solid bar to be sold was during the Meiji era and was advertised as チョコレート, but with the kanji 貯古齢糖. It's interesting to note that each of those kanji stands for "save," "old," "age," and "sugar." It seems to fit, in a way.

During the occupation, when American soldiers frequently distributed sweets to groups of Japanese kids, chocolate consumption really began to take off. Because of this, "Give me chocolate" was one of the first English words that Japanese youngsters learned and used during this period.

Thus, following the period of occupation, chocolate in Japan evolved into what it is now. In comparison to the Americas or Europe, it is so far more recent in Japan. So of course, there is something in the process that causes the difference! 

What is Nama Chocolate?

Nama Chocolate is known as coming from Japan. In Japanese, "Nama" signifies raw. In this case, it alludes to purity and freshness. A ganache, or melted chocolate and fresh cream mixture, is what is used to make Nama chocolate. After the mixture has been set, the block of chocolate is broken up, and cocoa powder is added on top. Japan chocolate brand that produces the most Nama chocolate is Royce'.

Nama chocolate differs from traditional chocolate in a few ways. It first expires quicker. Each box is used only for one month, a far shorter period than the ordinary ones. In addition, Nama chocolate should be stored at a cooler temperature than regular chocolate, between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius. Before serving, the chocolate needs to be removed from the refrigerator and allowed to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. It is advised that customers eat the Nama chocolate directly rather than using it in recipes because it contains fresh cream. And Japan chocolate Meiji brand is also very famous for Nama chocolate with the Melty Kiss product line.

Why does Japanese chocolate different?

There's definitely something special about Japanese chocolate. Is it the pre-cut or individually packaged bite-sized pieces that make a difference? Is it because milk chocolate occasionally contains a small amount of hazelnut flavoring? Is it because the flavor is more creamy, melty, and chocolate? 

However, the sheer number of flavor options is one of Japanese chocolate's greatest selling qualities. Many of them technically don't qualify as chocolate because they don't contain cacao. The variety of flavors and varieties is astounding, yet according to popular definition, they are still considered to be chocolate.

Japan enjoys using regional limited editions for marketing and any kind of product. Kit Kat is considered the best Japan chocolate that is loved all over the world, is a wonderful illustration of this, as there have been over 200 flavors and counting. Have you ever tried a wasabi-flavored Kit Kat, Strawberry shortcake, or Sushi sauce? And maybe you already know the green tea-flavored KitKat is the most popular and the most loved by consumers.

Meiji Chocolate Products

Even the International Chocolate Awards' Gold and Silver Awards went to Meiji's new chocolate bars, and the Superior Taste Awards were given by the International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels. Although it might seem hard to get a nice bar of chocolate for less than $2, Meiji has succeeded.

As mentioned above, Japan Nama chocolate is popularized by the Melty Kiss chocolate line, which is loved by many consumers. The small cubed Nama chocolates are very easy to store compared to regular Nama boxes. Melty kiss has traditional chocolate, strawberry, and green tea flavors for you to choose from.

Another Japan Chocolate candy of Meiji is Meiji Chocolate Kouka. Because it contains 72% cacao, it has a sharp chocolate flavor and a sophisticated bitterness that is acceptable even to individuals who are not fans of chocolate. Additionally, this chocolate is beneficial to your health and appearance.

Royce Chocolate 

Royce was first created in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The Hokkaido prefecture is well known for its excellent dairy products. The Nama chocolates are among their most well-known products because of the brand's commitment to using only the freshest ingredients.  

This Japanese chocolate candy has a smooth, ganache-like texture and are produced with fresh cream that is locally sourced. Additionally offered in 14 different nations are their chocolate-dipped salty potato chips and green tea chocolates.

And If you're a chocolate fanatic and haven't tried Japanese chocolate before, why don't you try one? Meiji chocolates and Royce Nama chocolates or Kitkat exotic flavors won't disappoint you.