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Japanese Snacks: Unique Chocolate Ones to Try!

Devon Lord-MoncriefDevon Lord-Moncrief
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January 31, 2024
A chocolate filled dorayaki, one of many Japanese snacks.

Everything from potato chips to noodles to gummies comes in virtually every flavor imaginable (for better or worse). Still, some of the most delicious Japanese snacks available are those made with chocolate, especially the more unique chocolate snacks that warrant a swift double-take!

Chocolate Hamburger

Hamburgers are already a classic food. You’d be hard-pressed to find a place on the planet that doesn’t have a burger joint offering sizzling hot patties and gooey melted cheese. Some people prefer a single patty and minimal condiments. Some eaters are interested only in the bare necessities. 

A chocolate hamburger dripping with dark chocolate sauce.
A chocolate hamburger is surprisingly tasty! Image via Shutterstock

For others, the bigger the better; some love having a mountain of meat and toppings dripping down their arms. Japan has some utterly fantastic burgers that can make hungry patrons happy, but it also has chocolate hamburgers. Yes, you read that right, and they’re as delicious as they sound.

Most come in small treats and candies, with some sweet biscuits with a chocolate patty between. EveryBurger is a famous brand of snacks that makes sweets like this. Even the more obvious snack from Lotteria’s, just chocolate bars between two hamburger buns, is pretty good, too. 

A hamburger with chocolate buns.
Sometimes chocolate buns will do the trick! Image via Shutterstock

Decadent but straightforward and effective. Chocolate burgers might sound like heresy to dedicated carnivores, but a chocolate burger is a deviously simple and delicious treat that Japan should be proud to call its own. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Chocolate Ramen

Valentine’s Day is a significant holiday in Japan. Couples nationwide take the most significant strides to have the best date possible. For some, this means getting a reservation at only the finest restaurants; for others, it requires ordering a wonderful strawberry shortcake for a sweet dessert. 

A large bowl of chocolate ramen.
Some restaurants offer chocolate ramen as a limited-edition meal! Image via Tokyo Weekender

For popular food chain Kourakuen, however, Valentine’s Day meant giving customers the ultimate comfort food: chocolate ramen. Kourakuen’s dish is a classic bowl of ramen made with savory shoyu but with the addition of cacao oil and a bar of chocolate tossed in for good measure. 

Most certainly an acquired taste, but for those brave enough to try such a strange bowl of ramen, the savory/sweet combination of flavors promises a very unforgettable meal.

A bowl of chocolate ramen.
Chocolate ramen has a sweet yet savory taste. Image via Shutterstock

Ramen is one of Japan’s most fiercely respected dishes, with its greatest ramen chefs enjoying near-celebrity status. To take such a risk in making chocolate ramen only proves how dedicated some are to creating a memorable meal. Those willing to walk in the wild might discover their new favorite dish.

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Chocolate Karaage

Karaage is Japan’s answer to classic fried chicken. Fresh chicken is prepared into small pieces and deep-fried until it is crispy on the outside but juicy on the inside. Regardless of what flavor suits you best, karaage is a quick but hot and filling meal in nearly every convenience store. Now imagine taking that hot, greasy meal and infusing it with chocolate. 

Chocolate covered fried chicken, one of many Japanese snacks.
Chocolate karaage is sweet and crunchy! Image via The Independent

It’s hot and crunchy but savory and velvety. It tastes like chicken, but if chicken was also made from chocolate. It’s the ultimate fusion of two of the world’s most popular snacks. It may not be the ideal meal for those looking to watch their diets, but it’s a snack that can’t be missed for those dedicated cheat days.

What makes these Japanese snacks unique?

Snack foods can be as diverse as the countries that produce them. In the United States, potato chips come in flavors such as sour cream and onion, barbeque, and salt and vinegar. Americans love their Hershey chocolate bars and Pop-Tarts. 

A bunch of chocolate brownies.
If all else fails, there’s always the classic brownies! Image via Shutterstock

In the United Kingdom, people chow down on Hula Hoops, Hobnob’s, and Jaffa Cakes. Scotland wouldn’t be Scotland if it didn’t have its shortbread and Irn Bru. In Japan, classic snack foods like potato chips, chocolate candies, and more get unique flavors—sake and cherry blossom-themed Kit-Kats, Tom and Jerry cheese-flavored gummies, and chocolate hamburgers. 

Japan takes risks with its snacks, often creating flavor combinations that many people would never consider making. Japan’s unique chocolate snacks are proof positive that if someone can think of it, someone will serve it. While this might scare many tourists, some great snacks are available if you give them a chance.

The best part about Japan’s unique snacks is that many of them taste very good and are worth the time for those brave enough to try them. Chocolate ramen might not be the first bowl a visitor to Japan would want to try, but like many Japanese snacks, it’s one they’ll never forget.

A Japanese snack made of chocolate.
Which one of these unusual Japanese snacks woul dyou like to try? Image via Shutterstock

Have you tried chocolate hamburgers before? Chocolate karaage? What did you think? Was it the best thing you’ve ever had, or is it something that you might not try again? Please let us know! We’d love to hear about your amazing Japanese snack adventures in the comments below!

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