Sweets brand Kanade, a cousin of Japan’s Mary Chocolate, is now available at the Isetan department store in Bangkok.
The Sake Truffle is made with three kinds of chocolate and other Japanese ingredients.
The village of Saint Valentin in France, which makes the most of its connections to the annual celebration of love, actually made Mary Chocolate one of its overseas “ambassadors”.
And Mary in turn celebrates the village legend that wishes tied to a local “love tree” will come true if the wind carries them away. The brand has been collecting wishes from across Japan since 2010.
It’s also the first non-European company to participate in the Salon du Chocolat, the world’s largest chocolate exhibition, held in Paris, where its products have been presented 17 times.
Chocolate critics – yes, even chocolate has its critics – bestowed an award on Mary in 2016 and a gold prize in 2017. Chief chocolatier Shigeyuki Oishi, who supervises production of Kanade products, also won a gold prize.
Find out more at www.Mary.co.jp.