This article is a week or so old, and I only stumbled upon it by accident. But really, since when is “People like Jelly Bellies more than regular jelly beans” news?
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.
Jelly Belly is running a “Create the Next Jelly Belly Flavor” contest. First prize is $10,000 and your flavor being made into a Jelly Belly. You can enter once a day.
The website lets you pick design your jelly bean: shell, inside, and up to two colors of speckles. Then you get a blurb to describe your jelly bean’s flavor. Once you finish creating your bean, don’t forget to play the instant win scratch-off game! That option takes a second to load, and I missed it the first time I entered a flavor.
Good luck, and have fun!