For $2.69, I added a box of Glico’s Harumachi Ichigo (Strawberry Chocolate) to my latest Asian Food Grocer order. What I got was a tasty blend of white chocolate, crispy wheat bits, and dried strawberries.
There’s not much online about Harumachi Ichigo, so I don’t have a lot to offer aside from my own opinion & photos. J-List says each treat is 25% real strawberry, and the box does list “dried strawberry” high on the ingredient list, though. The strawberry flavor is pleasant, too, and not overly artificial.
Isn’t it pretty? Each box has about 15 candies, each individually wrapped.
And, here are the candies themselves. They consist of dense white chocolate flecked with dried strawberry on top, followed a layer of crispy wheat cereal (think Rice Krispies), and then a pink layer of (I believe) tinted white chocolate, possibly with some artificial strawberry flavor.
Here’s a tighter close-up of the different textures. For me, that layer of crisp cereal makes Harumachi Ichigo work. While the white chocolate is firm & not overly sweet, and the strawberry flavor convincing, the cereal changes the candy’s mouthfeel, adding welcome heft & crunch, as well as a respite from the top layer’s creamy sweetness. Highly recommended.