It’s another stormy, cold day in Mito, which of course means I’m spending all my time indoors. Additionally, it happens to be Valentine’s Day, something which I usually just ignore. But fret not, the conditions were perfect for a special Valentine’s Day Edition of Stephen Eats Weird(ish) Japan. Dashing into my nearest convenience store (pretty sure I deserve some sort of frequent buyer discount considering all the stuff I buy from them), I scoured the sweets aisle for something interesting to eat that is also somewhat related to the choclatiest holiday of the year and found these two beauts.
Two different kinds of chocolate with alcohol contained inside them without any sort of marker denoting that fact (in other words, “Hey kids, wanna get drunk?”). I’m pretty sure Americans would lose their poo if that were the case in US convenience stores. One caveat/ potential kid deterrent is the price point. At 300 yen, the chocolates cost roughly 200 yen (2 dollars) more than your typical bar of convenience store chocolate, probably because of the booze, though you couldn’t tell from the taste.
So in order to make the video taste test more palatable (pun intended) for the casual Youtube viewer, I have split the Valentine’s Special into two exciting parts.
In the first part, I test out the Rummy chocolate, containing, you guessed it, rum soaked raisins in a relatively normal bar of chocolate. Sounds alright right? Watch to see what I thought of it:
Then, in the second part, I tried out the green Bacchus bar, containing what was supposedly cognac but really tasted more like rubbing alcohol mixed with hand sanitizer. The chocolate itself was alright if not more heat resistant than normal chocolate in order to keep the liquid alcohol encased inside.
So overall, the Rummy beat out the Bacchus in the booze chocolate Olympics. If you’re in Japan and in a relationship with an alcoholic, you finally have a chocolate to get him. Then again, Valentine’s Day is over in half an hour so you should probably get right on that or just buy some to give next year. If you want to tell your significant other you’re breaking up with him or her, then the Bacchus chocolate is for you. Nothing says “This relationship is over” more than chocolate with rubbing alcohol inside it. That said, I can’t seem to stop eating it even though it’s probably burning a hole in my stomach.
With that, I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope all you chicks are getting your loves chocolate like any self-respecting Japanese girl. (I could get started on the intricacies of Japanese Valentine’s Day but that’s practically an entire book’s worth of stuff.) Anyways, feel free to contact me through the comments section either here or on YouTube or hit me up on Twitter. I’m pretty bored most of the time so I’ll probably get back to you about a second after you post, maybe even a second before if it’s a real slow day.