Aji WOW is my series of unusual Japanese food/drink reviews. 'Aji' (味) means 'flavour', and the name's also a pun on 'ajiwau' (味わう) - 'to enjoy the taste of'.
This time: Tirol's 'curry pan' chocolate square.
Curry for 2 weeks in a row? I must be mad.
Tirol is well known for bringing out weird chocolate flavours. They don't do bars, just individual squares. The 'curry pan' edition's been on sale since a bit earlier this month (May 2017). And it's only at 7-11 convenience stores. Interestingly, the Kanto region seems to be excluded.
'Pan' is Japanese for 'bread', a loanword borrowed from French. So this is curry bread choco.
If I'm mad to try this weird concoction out, then everyone else around here is too. Because the square I picked up at the convenience store was the last one left.
Nowhere on this packaging can you see the word 'chocolate'. It's on the shelf, but not on the square or the box. You can just about make out the bowl of curry behind the price tag. If you're not familiar with Tirol, you might not know what you're getting yourself into.
Turning the square over reveals a red spice level warning on the back.
The underside is also where you open the packet up, so I did.
The square looks like Caramac. Remember that stuff? I used to love Caramac bars. The smell of this Tirol chocolate is confusing, though. It's... hard to describe. Like caramel curry. The top is sweeter, and the curry is stronger on the bottom of the square.
As for the taste? Too confusing to be enjoyable. Chocolate, caramel, curry sauce, spices, and vague hints of bread. There's a lot going on in such a small bit of food. Like gum that changes flavour as you chew, except the taste is jarring.
There were crunchy biscuit bits in the middle, like Maltesers. I guess they're meant to represent the crunch topping on real curry bread. Those were nice, at least.
Usually, I try to finish whatever I'm reviewing if at all possible. I haven't stopped partway through eating chocolate since my KitKat taste tests. I stopped for this. There are too many different flavours competing with each other, and they don't blend.
So this is exactly how I left it. Not quite halfway through the square, even.
There's no accounting for taste...
Verdict: 2/10. Next time I'm at a conbini, I'm getting some genuine curry pan instead.