Japan and their solution to the craving for custard puddings31 August, 2010 by Yan
When a sudden craving strikes, how far will you go to satisfy the intolerable urge? This time, a craving for custard pudding struck. Without many decent choices for a pudding treat elsewhere, I turned my attention towards the megamarts for a quick fix. In the end, I managed to dig out this little packet of gummy candies which touted its taste to the real deal.
This Caramel Pudding Gummy is created by the Meiji Company (one of the huge names in Japanese candy scene). I got to hand it to the Japanese for actually dishing out such an item when most people can’t even link both gummies and puddings into a sentence. You could probably tell that the sweet appeals to a very niche market. It certainly caught my attention and sparked my curiosity enough to test out a packet.
Maybe I’m just easily satisfied but it seemed like this candy actually managed to temporarily control my urges until I was able to get my hands on a real pudding treat. Even knowing that the candy is probably synthesized with all sorts of artificial flavors, it does have the flavor of what a pudding should taste like (thanks to Meiji and their miracle flavor synthesizing skills). It is a little misleading to call the sweet a gummy as a whole though, since only the brown caramel part consists of chewy gummy, the yellow custard is actually soft candy.
Recommended? Well it depends on how you perceive it. As a gummy candy the Demini doesn’t exactly come cheap, but definitely still cheaper than buying real puddings. It’s probably only good in a situation like mine. If you find yourself coming down with a huge craving for puddings, I think this is a good alternative.
Just in case anyone is interested in trying them out, the Caramel Pudding Gummies were bought from Carrefour. Each packet costs $2.20.
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