The big daddy of collon07 April, 2012 by Yan
Mention Collon and most people will be familiar with the inch long cream filled wafer rolls. Mention these Collon sticks, though and I have gotten clueless answers from everyone questioned. As an elusive item even in Japan itself, it’s little wonder that most wouldn’t have any idea of this snack’s existence. This post will enlighten everyone as to what exactly Giant Collon Stick is.
Instead of the familiar bite-sized snacks, each cylindrical tube of Collon Sticks (コロンの棒) contains 11 monstrously long strips of cream filled wafers. To give a better idea, each single stick of Giant Collon is the equivalent of opening up a normal box of Collon and stacking all of its contents together. For those without a sweet tooth, don’t expect to finish a single stick by yourself.
Like normal Collon, the wafers and cream filling basically stay the same in the stick version. And in line with the endless number of different flavors that Glico has conjured up for their Collon series of products, one can find the same variety of different flavors in these giant stick versions.
Sadly, as mentioned earlier Giant Collon Sticks are some of the more exclusive items that is probably available only through Japan. In fact, one has to visit specific Glico specialty shops to be able to see any of the tubes appearing on shelves at all, with each prefecture’s shop offering a different flavor to represent itself in addition to the normal flavors.
For example, Tokyo’s Glico Shop (Guriko-ya) is only found in the basement of Odaiba’s Aquacity. It can be sometimes annoying to hunt down specific flavors other than the generic cream/chocolate/strawberry flavors.
Giant Collon does make for a great, surprise for friends and families when returning from a holiday in Japan.
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