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Kiss Choco Mint: New Japanese drink challenges all our minty preconceptions

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

While choc-mint products have been dividing opinion overseas for years, the flavor combination only recently arrived in Japan, and ever since it appeared it’s been skyrocketing in popularity.

The choc-mint boom still shows no signs of stopping, and after splashing its minty green hues all over taiyaki cakes, Pocky sticks, and even tapioca ramen, there’s now been another unprecedented development for the flavor combo, with the introduction of a new drink called Kiss Choco Mint.

Created by Cheerio, a Japanese drinks company that loves to walk on the wild side with its flavors, the Kiss Choco Mint is said to contain the “unprecedented combination of carbonic acid and chocolate mint“.

Despite being released on Feb 1, to get in on the demand for everything chocolate on Valentine’s Day, it was only this week that we finally managed to find the drink, which is sold at convenience stores nationwide and Cheerio vending machines in Chubu, Kansai, Fukuoka and Okinawa.


Our Kansai-based reporter K Masami was the lucky one to finally find the drink at one of the Cheerio vending machines in her neighborhood, where it stood out with a brightly colored “New Release!” sign to catch everyone’s attention.

Despite not being a fan of choc-mint, Masami was keen to try this unusual beverage, so she popped 100 yen into the machine, and out it plopped for her perusal.

Masami couldn’t really tell if the minty hue was due to the bottle itself or the liquid inside it, so she took the beverage home and poured it out into a glass to find…the drink was actually green.


The beautiful color made Masami fear she was about to drink something that tasted like toothpaste, as there was no hint of chocolate to be seen. There was a lot of strong fizziness in the glass, though, which helped to coax her taste buds towards it, and when she put her lips to the glass, the bubbles sprang up to hit her nose, as if they were welcoming her into the Cheerio party.


She tentatively took a sip and was surprised to find the party was in full-swing, bopping around with a strong chocolate flavor and plenty of juice-like sweetness. The mint was more aromatic, and because it was delivered with the lightness of carbonic acid, it left her with a refreshing aftertaste.

Like all choc-mint products, this new beverage will certainly divide opinions, with some people bound to screw their faces up at the taste while others will develop an irresistible urge for another glassful. As for Masami, she was more in the middle-of-the-road with her opinion, saying the unusual flavor reminded her of a cocktail that you’d get at a fancy bar.

Whether you love or hate choc-mint, the Kiss Choco Mint is an adventure for your taste buds that’s definitely worth trying. It’s only available for a limited-time though, so keep an eye out for it at your convenience store or vending machines in the available regions.

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

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-- Mint chocolate tapioca ramen appears in Tokyo: Too much to handle or too good to believe?

-- Seven awesome mint chocolate Japanese convenience store sweets, and a chart to find your favorite

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Looks like Listerine.

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While choc-mint products have been dividing opinion overseas for years, the flavor combination only recently arrived in Japan, ...

Huh? It's been in BR 31 for years.

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My husband loves mint chocolate, but when I told him about this drink he wasn’t keen.

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