Just about every veteran Disney World visitor knows to block off at least 30 minutes to wander around the black hole of awesomeness that is Mitsukoshi Department Store in Epcot’s Japan pavilion, right?
In addition to everything else under the sun — from plush toys to bamboo to coffee mugs — Mitsukoshi offers a plethora of Japanese packaged food items!
Back in December, our fearless guest author Galloping Gourmand (a.k.a. Eric) wrote up a rad review of some more unique Japanese eats found at the store. And we all love indulging in some Pocky now and again.
But the last time I was there (spending my allotted time wandering through kimonos and Hello Kitty paraphernalia), I picked up a couple of appealing-looking packets of “extreme” candy to sample for you!
Japanese Pop Rocks
The first thing I couldn’t wait to try for this “extreme” candy session was a Japanese version of Pop Rocks!
I originally picked these up to give to Heather‘s kids, but decided that you guys would totally want to experience what would obviously be a truly incredible candy adventure. So I’m doing a review instead.
For those who haven’t seen Pop Rocks before, they’re basically tiny crystals of candy that have been exposed to carbon dioxide at high pressure and allowed to cool. As a result, when they come into contact with liquid, the carbon dioxide is released making the candy pop and sizzle.
Contrary to popular belief (why?!?), nobody has actually died by eating Pop Rocks and drinking carbonated beverages (I know you were wondering).
On my excursion, I picked up the Grape version and the Cola version. At least that’s what I understood them to be by looking at the excited pictures on the packets!
The packets contained the pop rocks crystals as well as little pastel candies. The pastel candies weren’t “poppy,” so I’m guessing there were there for an added sweetness? Upon trying the Pop Rocks, there were just as I’d remembered them from my kid-hood: fun and explosive without too much flavor.
BUT, here’s a word to the wise…
If you do have a packet of Pop Rocks (Japanese or otherwise) that you’re reviewing for a food blog about 5 minutes before you have to be checked out of your hotel room and the housekeeper is knocking on your door telling you she has to get the room ready for the next occupant, do not…I repeat DO NOT…wash your sticky hands sending the remainder of the Pop Rocks down the drain and into the hotel plumbing.
Talk about snap, crackle, POP!! IN the PIPES! So weird… .
Super Lemon Candy
OK, next up was one of my new favorite candy options in the World!
Super Lemon Candy may look from the package like it explodes in your mouth like the Pop Rocks, but I can promise you the explosion is only one of flavor…not carbon dioxide. No fireworks in your mouth with this one.
As you can see by the diagram below, Super Lemon Candy is basically the opposite of Lemon Head Candy here in the States. Lemon Heads start out sour, then get sweet in the middle. Super Lemon Candy starts out mild and delivers a kick of super-sour flavor in the center.
The candy comes individually wrapped — perfect for sharing (or saving, since you probably won’t be able to eat too many at a time).
And I’ve gotta say, I’m the kind of person who eats lemons straight, and even I found this to be quite sour! I’ve still got most of the bag left nearly a month later!
But, if a super sour jolt is what you’re looking for, pick up a bag of these.
There are TONS of incredible packaged food options to sample in Epcot’s Japan, and it’s always hard to pick just a couple to try. That said, I’m pleased with these choices.
Obviously, Pop Rocks are more of a novelty than an actual candy — you buy them for the fun of them, not for the flavor. It’s a pretty cool thing to get for your kids to try, though!
And, like I said, the Super Lemon is right up my “sour-is-better” alley! I can’t wait to hear what you think!
What candy do you like to pick up from Epcot’s Japan? Let us know your favorites in the comments below so that we can try them next time!