Apparently there was an entire line-up of Mt. Mihara sweets made this year. In addition to the Godzilla Honey Pie, the Godzilla Crunch Ole Collection, and the Izu Oshima Godzilla Curry, we also have the Godzilla Bar Cheese Cookie from the same company, which takes some of the same design aspects of the previous two snacks and creates something new and frankly delicious.
As always, let’s start with the packaging. The box is fairly unique, with a solid base which is actually basically a lid, and an upper section folded together that tapers a little towards the top. The entire shape is supposed to mimic the shape of a volcano (presumably Mt. Mihara), and illustrated red lava flows down across the box lid, matching up with an illustration of an erupting volcano on the side and top. In addition, we get two images of Godzilla—one of Godzilla emerging from Mt. Mihara (which was also featured on the Crunch Collection and curry boxes), and one close-up of his leering visage. Another side to the box feels like a tourism advertisement, featuring a beautiful shot of Mt. Mihara, a close-up of a camellia blossom common to the area, and a shot of hardened lava. One side also lays out the history of Godzilla films (praising the original film to high heaven) and recounting Godzilla’s fraught relationship with Mt. Mihara, before declaring that the cheese cookie was made to create an image of the scene of Godzilla’s resurrection from the mountain. Presumably what recreates the scene is the box, and since each of the cheese cookies bears Godzilla’s image, maybe they symbolize the Big G coming out of the mountain… before getting eaten by you.
I love how the package also unfolds once you open it, spreading out neatly into a serving plate (and perhaps mimicking a really intense volcanic explosion).
That face doesn’t enhance my appetite.
The treats (ten in each box) are individually wrapped, and the wrappers each feature the freaky face from the side of the box. This frankly rather creepy shot of Godzilla’s evil smile is honestly off-putting, but don’t let it dissuade you from opening the snack. The cheese cookies are quite delicious, with a wonderful sweet cheese flavor akin to cheesecake. Though I will say, they are a little bit dry, so a nice tall glass of water or milk is recommended to go with them.
Honestly, I have been a fan of all the Izu Oshima Godzilla snacks so far. The Honey Pie was quite tasty, the Crunch Collection is among my favorite Godzilla sweets of all time, the curry was actually quite good, and I quite enjoyed the cheese cookies, too. As far as I am concerned, the Mt. Mihara series of Godzilla yummies is a real winner as far as licensed monster snacks go. A small hurdle to be sure, but the Mihara series clears it with aplomb.
Box art, Godzilla sides. The kaiju King is pleased you bought his product.
Box art, volcano side. Come visit a volcano!
A cheese cookie, awaiting its doom in my stomach.