Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hamburger DESSERT?!

Ah Japanese snack food - what will they think of next? I was intrigued when I saw this packet neatly stacked on a shelf above the freezer section of our local Tonyon supermarket. As you can see, the pack clearly shows a multitude of burgers. And having savoured what was probably the most unexpected snack food to date, I had visions of some chemical engineer taking extract of hamburger and infusing it into a gummi style sweet.

As the pack clearly states TWO servings, I was expecting two single round biscuit-shaped objects and as the dimensions of the pack did not provide for this, I was intrigued to know whether these "hamburgers" were going to in fact be elongated!

Thankfully, when I opened one of the two silver foil packs within, this is what tumbled out!

How cute are these?! They are about the size of an Australian $2 coin in diameter (just slightly smaller than actual size for those who aren't familiar with Australian currency) and proportionately as high as a real hamburger would be if it were 1.5 cm across! The "meat" is a little too sauce like but the manufacturer has gone to a great deal of trouble to get that authentic toasted, sesame-seed studded bun just right.

As those of you who have read my early snack food blogs will know, I don't often enjoy sweet snacks but chocolate of course is a whole other story! And as the ingredients list will tell you, there was definitely chocolate in these!

And they were HEAVENLY! As it turns out, the nutritionist detailed to determine what constituted a single serve decided that number would be 8 so this is all you get.

It's not nearly enough! After sampling one, I wanted to throw the entire handful into my mouth to get somewhere near the satisfaction of biting into a regular chocolate bar.

Oh yes, the taste! Considering the filling is a compound rather than premium chocolate, the flavour is quite good. The biscuit is crisp and gives a definite crunch. Mysteriously, the chocolate and the biscuit together tasted peanutty (like a scorched peanut bar without the toffee) even though there are no peanuts listed on the ingredients.

At about $3.50 for the 16 biscuits, it's probably a bit steep for a regular pantry item but for an indulgence, I'd buy them again. I'd be tempted to keep both serves for myself though! He he!


  1. LOL at joey's comment :) Great to know that they taste heavenly.

    And I just like your reviews on Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese snacks! Please keep them coming :)

  2. Hi Joey, unfortunately it wasn't as light as a macaron but in some ways, that was more satisfying as personally I like substance in my food!

    Hi foodwink, thank you so much! I can feel my waistline rapidly expanding but I can't resist so you bet! Stay tuned! :D

  3. You've just got to love the Japanese don't you! They make so many cute things it's hard to say no to any of them! :D I especially like it when they're paired with strange names like Collon :P

  4. Nice find GB. The Japanese are ingenious. :)

  5. Hi YaYa's Yum Yums,

    We've been following your food blog for a while now and have been inspired to start one of our own!
    Here is the link to our blog http://nomnomnibblies.blogspot.com/
    Please pop by when you have time!

    Love, L & J xx

    P.S The Hamburger Dessert is adorable! Gotta love Japanese snacks ;P

  6. Hi Lorraine, yes I have seen Collon too! I just haven't been able to bring myself to try them. They remind me of those anti-smoking ads where the co-agulated fat is being squeezed out of the aorta! :D

    Hi L & J, welcome to the blogging community! I am happy to add you to my list of reads. I love the photo of hot chocolate with the marshmallow clouds and the pomegranate frozen yoghurt with meringue sounds wonderful! Hope to meet you at one of the future blog meets!

  7. Very interesting! Nice find :)

  8. Thanks Ellie! I wish I had the time to bake more like you do!

  9. So, SO cute..I'm going too go gettem..the kids would LOVE them!

  10. They sure would HB but buy a few packs for yourself while you're at it! And happy to hear from you again, it's been a while! Hint hint! :D

  11. Hey Gummi Baby..I'll be back and bad soon....am just a little way-laid with "back to school" business! More ME time coming soon!!!!!

  12. Wow- these are so cute! I love the cute japanese packaging!

  13. They were delicious...I'd get them again for sure! Wag.