Here is one of my favorite Godzilla sweets so far. The Godzilla Crunch Ole Collection is really delicious. I love the crunch flavor, and the design is also on the fun referential side as well, with packaging that isn’t just your usual Shin Godzilla-holding-food design. Let’s jump right in (to the volcano, so to speak).
The gimmick of this product is in reference to Izu Oshima island and Mt. Mihara—the volcano into which Godzilla plummeted in The Return of Godzilla (1984) and from whence he then emerged in Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989). The image on the cover references Godzilla’s dramatic rebirth from Mt. Mihara with smoke and fire billowing up all around him, and cartoon renditions of the enclosed snack flying up through the air. Text on the box states “Tokyo Island Izu Oshima. From Mt. Mihara’s erupting volcanic maw appears Godzilla!” I love the giant gout of flame bursting from Godzilla’s mouth as well.
Inside each box are twelve snacks, and each snack is made to look like Mt. Mihara, with frosting for snow on top, and the rocky mountainside recreated with a crunchy rice dipped and shaped in a chocolate mixture ala a Nestle Crunch bar. There are three flavors—white chocolate, strawberry, and milk (which is basically just milk chocolate with frosting). They are the perfect size for a satisfying crunch, and all three are delicious—though I am particularly fond of the milk chocolate one. I shared a couple boxes of this treat with one of the classes I teach here in Japan, and my students enthusiastically ate them up—favoring the strawberry and milk flavors. I had a bunch of whites left over, but I actually liked the white choco more than the strawberry.
Really, if you are a fan of crunchy sweet treats, the Godzilla Crunch Ole Collection is a great choice. Unlike some of the Godzilla snacks I’ve purchased, I didn’t have to choke this one down, and it’s also a great snack to share with others. It’s big enough to satisfy, and the Mt. Mihara theme is well-done and nerdy enough for the fans to eat up (in fact, apparently the makers of this sweet are from Oshima, which is even better). Highly recommended.
We three volcanoes—maybe strawberry is about to erupt?
My favorite, milk chocolate
The bombastic box art