Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Koshigaya, Saitama
For those Americans here in Tokyo, please raise your hand if you miss getting your giant chocolate covered apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. (Everyone's hand is raised.) Well, you do not have to wait for your next trip to the States to eat the apples because Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory now has a Japanese store, which is located at Koshigaya Laketown Mall. I talked a bit about Laketown in my last post, so I'll spare you the details.
In all of my experience with RMCF at malls and airports, I have never purchased RMCF's fudge/chocolate but rather have only bought the caramel/chocolate covered apples. Accordingly, this is a review of the apples.
Let's get down to the details now about RMCF in Japan. The store is somewhere between a stand and a store, something like those Starbucks in the mall. Here is a picture:
Like in the U.S., the apples are big and beautiful. They cost a bit more though. The chocolate marshmallow apple set us back about 800 yen which is a little over 9 dollars U.S.
The most popular apples are conveniently ranked by the store to help you make your selection. Further, the store is even nice enough to cut the apples for you, which can be difficult because the apples are so big.
Since we had a lot of shopping to do, we brought our apple home and cut it there. So far so good as it looked identical to the U.S. RMCF apples. Upon tasting the apple, however, we realized that everything was the same to the American counterparts except for the fact that the apple was.... a red sweet apple instead of the green granny apples that we were accustomed to eating! Still tasted great though as the chocolate and goodies were absolutely delicious and the apple was fresh. I have to admit though that I feel that the green apples go better with the coatings since the additional sourness is a better contrast with the sweetness of the chocolate, caramel, marshmallows, etc. Also green apples seem a little more firm than their red counterparts, and I prefer such firmness. Perhaps RMCF Japan uses red apples because green apples are harder to come by in Japan. Oh well, it definitely won't stop me from buying an apple every time I visit Laketown.
As a result of the difference in apples, I give Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's apples three and a half apples out of five apples.
UPDATE: As of August 16, 2015, I learned (first hand experience) that Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Laketown is no longer there:(