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Glico Pretz Scallops

Hokkaido, the north­most island of Japan, is fam­ous for its sea­food. Of all the sea­food, giant scal­lops fried in but­ter is a par­tic­u­lar favour­ite. I’m not a fan of raw scal­lops (eww, slimy!) but giant scal­lops cooked in but­ter? That’s some­thing I could get my teeth into! I’ve yet to vis­it Hokkaido, so for now, I’ll sat­is­fy myself with Glico Pretz Scallops, essen­tially a bis­cuit stick covered in scal­lop season­ing.

Scallops Pretz has the same sweet/​salty smell that you expect from the dried scal­lops in Chinese cook­ing. The smell is some­thing you want to hang onto, as it doesn’t come through in the taste of the Pretz much at all. There’s only a faint hint of the sweet/​salty umami fla­vour in the deli­ciously but­tery fla­voured season­ing. That said, you’re bound to get a whiff of the smell before every bite, so the scal­lop Pretz exper­i­ence is com­plete.

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The pack­aging fea­tures Kyun Chan, the offi­cial mas­cot for Hokkaido’s des­tin­a­tion cam­paign. Kyun Chan is a ezo naki usagi, or cry­ing rab­bit, that belongs to the pika fam­ily and resembles a ham­ster. The back of the box describes Kyun Chan as being tim­id and a crybaby with a gentle per­son­al­ity and strong sense of curi­os­ity. In the des­tin­a­tion cam­paign, he wears a hat resem­bling vari­ous anim­als rep­res­ent­at­ive of each region in Hokkaido, and here he’s wear­ing the headgear of the sika deer, a spot­ted deer that’s overly abund­ant in Hokkaido (and Japan gen­er­ally).

The box of Glico Pretz Scallops con­tained 2 packs each with ~20 pieces. It was a lim­ited edi­tion for Hokkaido in Sum­mer 2014, man­u­fac­tured in Japan, and pur­chased in Osaka, Japan in 2014.