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Sorry J, but I love Meiji!

I have to confess; I have another love, all the way from Japan. We have known each other since young and have grown and developed a rather intimate relationship. It started out quite innocent, but now, having received so many gifts at once, I am won over. Sorry J, but Meiji has my heart now. :)

Meiji is synoymous with Japanese snacks and confectionary items. I grew up eating chocolate-filled biscuits printed with a panda on them, hence known as "Panda biscuits" in my household. There was also Yan Yan, the same biscuit dough, made into sticks to dip into a small pot of chocolate or strawberry cream. Since then, Meiji has come up with even more new products, all really attractive to the kid within me. Frankly, I think I am won over by the creativity that comes with each product, rather than the taste. Not to say the products taste bad, but really, what makes me pick up Meiji's product is really the packaging. Yeah, I am a sucker :)

Since working with my current company, I had the opportunity of handling Japanese food companies under my previous portfolio. Naturally, Meiji went under my care. A couple weeks back, I went to Meiji for a meeting and to handover the account to my colleague as well. In the waiting area, I spied on two cute yellow paper bags sitting by the receptionist. They looked like gifts but because there were three of us that day, I did not dare think the bags were for us. But luck was with me and after the meeting, the executives presented all of us with a bag each. I could not wait til I was out of sight, so I could rip open the shiny yellow gift box to see what was in it. As expected, there were a lot of Meiji goodies, and mostly imported from Japan. I was on cloud nine because all the boxes and packaging were so kawaii (meaning cute in Japanese). I do not think I could bear to spoil them by opening them and eating them.

As I said earlier, I really do not care so much for the taste so goodness knows when I will actually eat them. Perhaps the best way to make sure the goodies do not go to waste is to give them away, but I really will be sad, as if the loves of my life are to be given away. I am in a dilemma here. Can someone help me out please?

Comments

Emily said…
i LOVE meiji as well!! i could eat their snacks and chocolate treats allll day long. when i go to the japanese store in chicago, i buy everything i see!
Tea said…
Me TOOOO!! I agree their packaging is so kawaii and I love eating their products as well! ^-^ Yum! If I had a digicam, I would just snap pictures of the packaging and eat the snacks. Since I don't have one and can't afford to waste precious film, I sometimes carefully open the packaging, save it, and eat food. I get to save the packaging yet savour the treats at the same time! =)
galinusa said…
I officially tried 2 items! The "Galbo", a chocolate coated cocoa biscuit stick which was very good and a so-so piece of yogurt butterscotch candy!
Alice said…
I grew up with the Meiji chocolate bars as my gold standard for a reward for being a good girl...

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