2014-09-07

Meiji Short Lived Suginoko Mura Chocolate from 1987

Many are familiar with Kinokonoyama and Takenokonosato, but not many remember that there was briefly a sister product called Suginoko Mura or Cedar Village. All of these products are chocolate covered bread sticks shaped as either mushrooms, bamboo shoots or cedar trees. きのこの山 たけのこ里 すぎのこ村 明治

http://www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/chocolate/kinotake/products/

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2014-09-06

Burger King Black Burgers are Back

It would appear that Burger King got enough publicity from their black burgers last year to bring them back again this year with a twist - specifically black cheese. They promise an experience which defies common sense. This time around there is the KURO pearl and the KURO diamond. Both feature black buns (using bamboo charcoal for coloring), a black patty (with black pepper added), black cheese (also colored with bamboo charcoal) and a black chaliapin sauce (colored using black squid ink). KURO means black in Japanese and the KURO diamond also has lettuce, onion, and tomato. By ordering the KURO diamond, you can add a large Coca Cola Zero (to complete the black experience) for free. These go on sale starting September 19th and will go for a nice premium, 490 and 690 yen. バーガーキング

http://www.burgerkingjapan.co.jp/release/pdf/PressRelease140910.pdf

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2014-09-05

Suntory Barley vs Malt

Nice visual from Suntory on the difference between barley and malt. Malt or malted barley has been allowed to germinate followed by drying. サントリー 麦 麦芽

http://www.suntory.co.jp/company/quality/monohito/12/

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2014-09-04

Coca Cola and the Harvest Moon

Coca Cola suggests toasting the harvest moon on the 15th with a Coke. 中秋の名月 コカ・コーラ

http://www.cocacola.co.jp/

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2014-09-03

Coca Cola Sign in Shibuya

Very nice side-by-side photos of the Coca Cola sign in Shibuya in 1966 and now. コカ・コーラ

http://www.cocacola.co.jp/

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2014-09-02

Yebisu Beer Festival

The Yebisu Beer Festival at Yebisu Garden Place sounds like a good place to be Sept 12-15. エビスビール サッポロ

http://www.sapporobeer.jp/area/shutoken/yebisubeerfes/index.html

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2014-09-01

Nissin, Morinaga and Nishikori

Kei Nishikori is making news for doing well at the US Open. Among his endorsements, you will see two food companies - Nissin (instant noodles) and Morinaga (Weider sports drink). 森永 日清 錦織圭

http://www.weider-jp.com/

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2014-08-31

Ito Ham Giveaway Recette and Hello Kitty

Ito Ham is conducting a 3 phase giveaway involving items that go well with sandwich meats. We are now in the second phase of this giveaway and the prize is a speciality bread (half a loaf) and commemorative plates.

Recette is an online bakery which sells specialty bread at pretty steep prices: 30 dollars for a loaf or 15 dollars for half a loaf (pictured above).

The plates commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty.
伊藤ハム

http://www.itoham.co.jp/campaign/asafresh2014/

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2014-08-30

Xylitol Gum Information Sheet from Compound Interest

Anyone interested in chemistry, science or food chemistry should definately follow Compound Interest which post great graphics daily. This post is about Xylitol Gum which is a very popular functional ingredient here in Japan.

http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/09/04/xylitol/

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2014-08-29

Nikka Whiskey and Barley Varieties

Different varieties of barley are used for barley tea and for whiskey/beer. This nice illustration shows the difference. Six-row barley on the right is used for barley tea and two-row barley on the left is used for whiskey/beer. The two row barley has lower protein and higher carbohydrate content and therefore is more suitable for fermentation. However for some varieties of both whiskey and beer, six-row barleys are used. ニッカ

http://www.nikka.com/

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