While passing through my local 7-Eleven the other day I found an intriguing chocolate ice cream bar in the freezer. It was in a box with the name NO-KO Chocolate Bar with a 160 yen price tag. NO-KO in Japanese means "thick and rich" so I was intrigued, but not enough to pick it up until I noticed it was from Akagi, the same folks who produce the chocolate ice milk bar I wrote about last fall. Click on the link below to read about that. Fortunately, that bar is still available and now it is joined by NO-KO, so I bought one.
This is actually ice cream, and it doesn't have the huge cocoa punch of their other bar, but does have a bewitchingly creamy texture that still screams CHOCOLATE. There is a harder, darker center, covered by maybe 2 cm of creamier lighter chocolate ice cream. For roughly half the price of a tiny cup of Hogs-n-Dogs premium ice cream, the NO-KO bar is an incredible bargain. This one is really good, too.
In classic Japanese package English, the box reads "NO-KO Chocolate Bar is made from high quality choolate. Enjoy the deep taste with roasted aroma." Looking at the list of ingredients (in Japanese) I found the secret to the flavor is just a tiny touch of coffee, not quite enough to notice easily.
Good for Akagi -- such good chocolate ice cream at such a low price.