Snacking through Japan: Tohato Caramel Corn

When you're at a convenience store or supermarket in Japan, you'll most likely start to see certain things everywhere you go. Pocky and Kit Kats are probably two of the biggest "familiar" things you'll see - but then there's this stuff that pops up all over the place too. They go under the name "Tohato Caramel Corn" but when I think of caramel corn I think of popcorn coated in caramel. It's not that at all - I would say that consistency wise, these snacks are probably more in line with Cheetos cheese puffs if you have them where you're from!
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Tohato Caramel Corn has been on the market in Japan since 1971, and from 1971 until 1987, the only flavor the company produced was the original caramel corn. In 1987 the company released a chocolate banana flavor, then a roasted almond variety - and after that a host of specialty flavors were released. Some of the flavors of the product that have been on the market include pineapple yogurt, vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, coconut milk, sweet potato and chestnut.
In the early 2000's, the company decided to renew and re-brand the product, and started collaborating with different characters on the packaging - Kumamon, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Hello Kitty have been some of the characters featured on there.
There were eight different varieties at a local snack store near me today  - here's a bit of a summary of what they had available...
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From left to right in the first picture, there's Matcha, Mitarashi Dango (sweet soy sauce flavor), sakura (cherry), and custard pudding flavors.
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Here in the second picture from left to right, we have peanut flavor, roast almond, rare cheesecake, and peach flavors.


Have you tried any of the Tohato Caramel Corn flavors - and if so, do you have a favorite? Are there any flavors you would like to see the company produce?


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