They're a little addictive ... it's a little too easy to pop another one or two or more into your mouth without realizing what you've done. Come to think of it, maybe they're actually quite addictive!
Meiji, the manufacturer of Kinoko ("mountain" in Japanese) No Yama ("mushroom" in Japanese), suggests that they may have several uses besides snacking, including decorating cakes and cupcakes. Truthfully, we wonder who could resist devouring the contents of the entire box long before the dessert is ready for garnishing.
We're pretty much latecomers to the delights of these little mushroom treats, having only tried them a month or so ago, even though they've long been a favorite of Japanese children. We immediately fell in love with the precious little chocolate mushrooms caps and their sweet, crispy cracker mushroom stem.
But, wait. There's more than just the plain milk chocolate version; they come in several flavors. There's a chocolate banana version, roasted chestnut and milk chocolate, strawberry with condensed milk and chocolate, with more tasty flavors on the drawing board. Rumor has it that the manufacturer is known to introduce 2-3 flavors a year. Hum, wonder if they need a taster or two for the lab!
This little box holds a delicious surprise!