Macha lives chocolate

Good morning everyone,

They've revised the forecast for the weekend...a little. Now they are calling for a chance of snow today and tomorrow and highs of 8C today, then 2C tomorrow and back up to 6C on Monday and by the end of next week, we'll see highs in the low to mid teens. It's still going to be pretty cold tomorrow morning though-it's expected to drop down to -3C both tomorrow and Monday morning.

What happens when renowned Kyoto tea makers are inspired by fine French chocolates? You get stunning and mouth-watering sweets like these!

Well-known Kyoto-based tea company Tsujiri recently announced that they will be offering a collection of Valentine’s chocolates for the first time this year, and according to their website, they’ve drawn inspiration from chocolates they encountered at a specialty shop in Paris to produce a matcha green tea chocolate with a deep, rich flavor. And considering that the company was founded over 150 years ago by Riemon Tsuji, the man credited with establishing the method for growing the flavorful gyokuro green tea leaves that are highly prized throughout Japan, you would certainly expect them to have the expertise to come up with some seriously tasty stuff.

So, what green tea-infused treats do they have for us this Valentine’s season?

● Bonbons de Chocolat

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These chocolates not only come in shapes and colors that are a delight to behold, they contain fillings made of various unique ingredients selected to enhance the flavor of the matcha green tea, and packages come in five sizes with prices ranging from Y900 for a box of 3 to Y3,600 for a dozen.

▼ The ingredients used in the chocolate fillings include (from top left to right and bottom left to right): rich green tea, Japanese pepper, yuzu citrus, pralines and sesame, apricot, and mandarin orange.

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● Sweet Bean Paste Truffles

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These unique truffles combine matcha green tea, chocolate and sweet bean paste (an), as well as a dash of liqueur to make a delightful ball of sweetness.

▼ The “noir” (dark) truffle contains a filling made of matcha flavored sweet bean paste and white chocolate with Cointreau, coated with regular chocolate. The “vert” (green) colored truffle contains a filling of sweet red bean paste and regular chocolate with rum, coated with matcha green tea chocolate.
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● Batons de Chocolat

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These are baked matcha chocolate sticks in a baton shape, covered with chocolate in two flavors. A box of five sticks costs Y1,944.

▼ The Matcha Noisette stick is coated with matcha flavored chocolate and topped with hazelnuts and cranberry. The Chocolat Orange stick is coated with regular chocolate and topped with a slice of candied orange. 

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● Marble Gateau Chocolat 

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This gorgeous cake recreates the ridge patterns of tea fields using matcha and dark chocolate. It’s a rich chocolate cake that should be excellent served cold and is priced at Y2,484.

● Orangettes

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And last but not least we have the orangettes, pieces of candied orange coated with regular and matcha flavored chocolate. After all, orange and chocolate are a proven combination, aren’t they? The package contains 80 grams of the orangettes  for Y1,944.

So, did any of the items catch your fancy? The delectable chocolates will be available at special events in select department stores across Japan starting from late January and also through the Kataoka Select Foods online shop from February 2.

If you want to try matcha chocolate made by tea experts, this is as authentic as it gets. And I don't know about you, but those prices seem pretty reasonable...although I must admit that I'm not exactly a connoisseur of fine chocolates...I usually buy Dars or Black Thunder...ha ha!

I'll be keeping my eye out for them coming to Hiroshima, that's for sure!

Have a great day!


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