Morinaga Choco Balls

July 2nd, 2008 by Rosa

These Morinaga Choco Balls were amongst the wide assortment of Japanese candies given to me by my friend Michael. It took me a while to find the name of these. The Morinaga logo is fairly clear in the top left corner (they make the pretty ubiquitous Hi-Chew candies), but the Choco Ball 40th Kyorochan seal is harder to notice. I wish I knew what Kyorochan means – maybe Choco Balls are celebrating a 40th anniversary? If so, then I’m not surprised that they’ve been around for so long. One taste of these Choco Balls had me addicted.

The Choco Balls are basically a crunchy chocolate cookie inside a shiny white chocolate coating – think Whoppers, but with different flavors. Usually I don’t enjoy white chocolate, as I find it way too sickeningly sweet, but here, it’s delicious. Like many Asian chocolates, the white chocolate shell has a creamy, fresh milk essence that’s refreshing. Maybe that’s why that toucan-looking thing on the box has a dairy cow print body.

The balls are perfectly-sized for popping, making it easy to get addicted.They’re smaller than Whoppers but bigger than M&Ms, and wonderfully, uniformly spherical. The clever packaging has a built-in spout near the top, and I found myself constantly reopening it to pour more Choco Balls into my hand so I could pop them in my mouth. I wish they came in a bigger box, as mine was all too soon emptied. An OMG for sure.

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8 responses about “Morinaga Choco Balls”

  1. Megan said:

    Could you tell me where I’d be able to get these? They look so good! Thank you very much.

  2. Shari said:

    The original “choco ball” is a chocolate-covered fried peanut. There are several variations and Kyorochan’s body is different for each.

    “Chan” is a suffix added to names to denote affection (the suffixes are “san”, “kun” and “chan” – “san” is like Mr. or Ms.). It’s a diminutive like adding “y” to a child’s name (e.g., Booby). I think Kyoro is just a name and means nothing.

  3. Eric said:

    When I lived in Japan several years ago, this was one of my favorite candies. I saved the proof-of-purchases and sent them in to get a Choco-balls tin filled with plastic toys. I still have the tin.

    Natsukashi, ne!

  4. Michael Davie said:

    Hi there, my name is Michael Davie, I appeared in a Morinaga Chocoball commercial shot on Australia’s Gold Coast in 1994 or ’95. I’ve always wanted to get a copy of the commercial. If there’s anyone out there who thinks they could help me get hold of the commercial, please let me know: michael@michaeldavie.com

    Thanks
    Michael

  5. Sandy said:

    Wow this brings back good memories – I lived in Asia for a long time now I live in the UK. I think that Asian confectionery is a lot more exciting then western style – yum yum cant wait to see my parents in July – they live in Hong Kong and I will be filling up my sweet jar for my return visit.

  6. Zach said:

    I was watching the video rap de chocobo and it said chocobo originated from this I want it so bad it looks delicious where to buy in the us or online

  7. terry said:

    Chocoballs have cute TV commercials too
    http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/morinaga-chocoball-tv-commercials-in-japan/

  8. Jerry said:

    I know a site where you can buy them:
    http://www.nekochanstore.com/

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