hokkaido goodness

July 4, 2014

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What’s up, guys?

I’m in Hokkaido, Japan and here I am sharing the photos I took from my afternoon walk just now. Fresh air, clean water, beautiful nature.

Ok fine. I’m in my living room and these photos I knicked from Google Images. But mannnnn how I wish I could be walking along those pink flowers. I’m sure you do too!! But fret not, guys. We can’t be there, but we can have a piece of Hokkaido in our tummies.

Here. Come sit down with me on the floor and have some Royce’ chocolate.

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I just had some Royce’ chocolate so I’m feeling all serene and calm and zen like how I would be if I were in Hokkaido. Let’s pretend I’m whispering calmly throughout this whole post ok?

I’m just so amazed with Royce’ chocolate after I learned more of their origins. All the products are made in this beautiful place, the agricultural heart of Japan. The ingredients must be super fresh and knowing Japanese people, everything is done systematically, hygienically and with utter perfection. I love that every piece of Royce’ is carefully packaged and presented. They have absolutely NO PRESERVATIVES which also means they have a shorter shelflife… well, 1 to 3 months, but let’s face it, I finished my Royce’ in 1 hour.

They are not certified Halal because some of their chocolate contains liquor so you just need to ask which ones don’t. I had the pleasure of choosing for you (I ate them for you, too. I’m sweet like that)

First, let’s try this Nama chocolate since it’s their signature chocolate. Nama means pure and fresh, btw.

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Ah ah!!! Don’t use your fingers. Please girl, we’re not peasants! Here, have a spatula to scoop it up.

Yep, all Nama chocolate come with a spatula because it should not be exposed to the heat from our fingers. They’re made so specially that they become very sensitive to warmth and pressure (they come with their own cooling bags, how cool is that!). They are invented and conceived by the Royce’ founder himself, Mr. Yasuhiro Yamazaki, Nama chocolates are a soft ganache chocolate made with fresh Hokkaido cream and gently dusted in fine cocoa powder. This special one is super soft and creamy, and just smooooothhhh. *bows Japanese-style*

Comes in Mild Cacao, Ghana Bitter and Ecuador Sweet. Nama Mild White that you see above is the first liquor-free seasonal Nama white chocolate and is only available in July.

Now, the Chocolate Bar.

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This one I dowan share with you because it’s my personal favourite. I kept eating one piece while doing work and every page flip deserved one little cube. I loveee milk chocolate and this one did not disappoint. Full rich creaminess that just melted in my mouth.

Still not sharing.

Comes in Milk, Almond and Black. (Rum and Raisin contain alcohol)

Ok, this next one I can share. Have a piece of Amande Chocolat Black.

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For nutty lovers, these are chocolate-coated almonds. Each Californian almond is first roasted to bring out their fragrance and crunchiness, then wrapped with rich, dark chocolate before being coated with fine powder sugar and cocoa powder. This one… you’ll just go crunch crunch and realize half finished already….

Also comes in Amande Chocolat Milk and Amande Chocolat Assortment.

Ok next is R Chocolat Milk Cocoa.

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This is a fun one to have at home or office because they’re individually wrapped, perfect for guests who you feel obliged to feed. Water? Please… take it up a notch and feed them Royce’.

R Chocolat (R as the first letter of Royce’) has 2 distinct shapes inside and 4 different flavours. Creamy milk filled with cookie crunch and milk cocoa cream, this is also a good one for milk chocolate lovers like moi.

For this next one… I am going to be honest and tell you how disappointed I was… that I didn’t even get to try one!!

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Their Potatochip Chocolate.

This was the story. I was in a generous mood and I said, here guys, try these new chocolate potatochips I got. Everyone went ooohhh let me have one. (They said ONE). I went for a meeting. Came back. Gone.

For what it’s worth, I’ll take that as an indication that these were “super yummy”. One colleague said “V, you have to try one!!” followed by a look from me that clearly said Then why didn’t you leave me any.

This is their best-seller. Salty and sweet all in one, the crispy ridged potatochip is individually coated with chocolate on one side. It even has a surprise guest appearance by Mr. Cheese to add to the perfectly crunchy potatochip. I need to buy another box of this and HIDE THEM!!!

Ok sorry.. cannot get angry. I’m in zen-mode now, back to whispering.

If you would like Hokkaido in your tummy too, you can get Royce’ from any of their 7 outlets; Isetan KLCC, Bangsar Village, The Gardens Mall, Ben’s Independent Grocer in Publika, Tropicana City Mall, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, and Empire Shopping Gallery.

If you do everything online like me, head on to this website now. They deliver to selected places.