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Monday, September 22, 2008

Snacktion: Every Burger

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 7:10 AM

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Oftentimes, our sister papers' food blogs come up with nifty, pilfer-able ideas. This is one of those times. OC Weekly's newish (and increasingly popular) Stick a Fork In It page (run by food writer Edwin Goei) has started up a recurring "wacky snack" blog feature. We'd been thinking of doing something similar here at SFoodie, and like Edwin's easy-to-plug-in format. So we've modified the latter, and here's our first attempt at a fluffy mini-review. We'll try to pay tribute to the city's multiple communities by doing one such item a week.

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Name: Every Burger

Brand: Bourbon

Origin: Japan

Found at: Nijiya Market on Post Street

Cost: $1.99

Ingredients: Wheat flour, sugar, cacao mass, milk powder, palm oil, shortening, margarine, lactose, cocoa butter, sesame seed, butter, skim milk powder, egg, corn starch, poppy seed, maltose, wheat meal, glucose, egg white, salt, calcinated calcium, sodium bicarbonate, emulsifier (soy), artificial flavor, color (annatto, carotene).

Calories per Serving: 182 (Gulp! And there are two servings in the box.)

Why I Bought It: I'm always morbidly curious about candy that takes hot dog and burger form, like those multiple variations of the gummy burger that can be found almost everywhere. I mean: why?! It's cute, I suppose, but kind of mind-boggling.

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Tasting Notes: I love Japanese snacks that involve chocolate, but this was a little odd. For one, the "buns" were studded with sesame seeds and flavoring, which made them a little jarring coupled with the sweet chocolate within. The chocolate itself came in two layers: the milk chocolate "burger" and white chocolate "mustard" which was almost yellowish in color.

Would I Buy It Again? Eh, probably not. But I am definitely going back to Ninjiya to stock up on other cute-yet-strange snacks for future tastings. Those chocolate mushrooms looked particularly appetizing...

What other blogs/sites thought of it: Candyblog gave it a 6 on a 1-10 scale, Noodles and Rice was in agreement with our burgers-as-candy sentiments and whoismiketruong actually featured the little guys in his YouTube Vlog.

--Janine Kahn

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