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Calbee Jagariko Cheese

Melted cheese and cheese fla­voured snacks are some of my favour­ite foods. T and N had, how­ever, spooked me about cheese fla­voured Japanese snacks when they claimed that the cheese fla­vour in Pizza Pretz was appar­ently so strong that they couldn’t stom­ach a second bite and had to throw it out. I wasn’t entirely con­vinced, but it was enough to make me think twice before pur­chas­ing cheese fla­voured snacks in Japan.

That is, until I felt com­pelled to pur­chase Calbee Jagariko Cheese as it was one of four fla­vours avail­able at a Don Quixote in Hiroshima (the remain­ing is the Mentaiko Jagariko, which we con­sumed in Japan and so won’t get it’s own post) and it seemed like such a harm­less fla­vour to leave behind.

As ever, these Cheese Jagariko is a potato snack with the crunchi­ness of kettle cooked potato chips in the shape of French Fries and come in a tub with a peel off lid and each stick is about fin­ger length and pen­cil thick. These are dis­tin­guished from ordin­ary Jagariko by the orange speckles of cheese mixed through­out the potato stick.

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The cheese fla­vour in Calbee Jagariko Cheese is mel­low and not at all pro­nounced like you find in cheese balls or cheese rings in Western super­mar­kets. Rather, it lends an immensely pleas­ant and more­ish savoury and but­tery fla­vour to the potato.

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This tub of Calbee Jagariko Cheese was pro­duced in Japan and pur­chased in Hiroshima, Japan in 2015.