Lawson’s “Let’s eat Rilakkuma (Korilakkuma & Koguma)”  - A conbini sweets new product review.

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Get ready for the latest info on popular sweets available at your local conbini (the official Japanese abbreviation for convenience store)! The writer taste-tests and reviews new conbini sweets, letting us know which ones are the most note-worthy.
This time the writer reviews Lawson’s “ Let’s eat Rilakkuma (Korilakkuma & Koguma) ”, a new dessert released on the 25 th of October 2016.

“Let’s eat Rilakkuma ( Korilakkuma & Koguma)

Available at
Lawson
Price
389 yen (Tax incl.)
Sale date
October 25, 2016
Calories
221 kcal

In Japan, the “Rilakkuma” mascot is super popular and loved by everyone young and old. “Rilakkuma” means “bear in a relaxed and lazy mood”.
For a convenience store sweet, this dessert wasn’t cheap but it was so cute I had to try it.

These desserts are a Wagashi style (traditional Japanese confectionery) called “Nerikiri”. “Nerikiri” is a dough made out of sugar, bean paste, and sticky rice flour.
The white Korilakkuma had milky tasting bean paste inside. The brown Koguma (bear cub) had sweet potato paste in it.
No artificial colouring is used in this product!

Look at the two bear cubs making scary roaring poses, lol!
They’re about 4cm each in size.

When I looked closely at the bears, their faces were different!
Even the expressions of their faces were made with Nerikiri dough. How detailed.

First I cut into the ear because I felt bad cutting the face in half.
Well…I couldn’t see inside very well.

Sorry guys! I had to cut into the face to see inside better.
Korirakkuma tasted milky. It almost had a caramel flavour to it.
I liked how it was mild and not too sweet.

Koguma (bear cub) tasted of rich sweet potatoes. It was sweeter than the Korirakkuma.
They were real Wagashi, showcasing the flavour of Autumn.
Outside, the Nerikiri dough was the same flavour on both bears. It was very moist and it melted on my tongue.

This was such a cute Wagashi. I’m sure kids or guests would love it if you served it!
Quantities are limited so if you wanna try them then don’t wait too long!