Back in the day when I more frequently reviewed Godzilla snack foods, one of my favorites was the Godzilla Gaufrette—a really tasty Neapolitan wafer sandwich with white cream between thin crackers. The Godzilla Mini Gaufre (ゴジラ ミニゴーフル) is very similar, with the biscuits this time more like waffles in shape, and the inside being strawberry flavored, and the sweets coming in collectible, reusable cans. This year, on a trip to the Osaka Godzilla Store, I picked up this trio of sweet confectionary goodness in order to review them for Toho Kingdom. And I have to say, these are some tasty cookies, with packaging not lacking in monster flare.
The gaufre cookies are flaky and crisp, and the strawberry cream light and smooth, with a hint of strawberry that doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the crackers and cream. Each can includes two sets of three gaufres wrapped in plastic. Three gaufres can be consumed for a cost of 96 kcals to your waistline, so they aren’t a massive gut-expanding snack. I just wish they had chocolate and vanilla cream versions, too.
The plastic packaging is stylish, with a black and white background featuring a publicity shot of Godzilla from 1954 and text from that film contrasted with the text for the 2014 remake. On the side can be found images of Shin Godzilla blasting his ray, and the Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) chomping a train car.
Each of the cans has its own unique aesthetic. The Shin Godzilla themed can is mostly red and black, featuring a closeup of Shin roaring on the lid, and a wraparound image of Shin in devastated Tokyo on the sides, with Kobe Fugetsudou (the company that made the product) superimposed on a black background near the seam of the can. A Godzilla-1954-themed can features an artificial sepia-aged look, with the word “gaufres” sitting over the Kobe Fugetsudou logo underneath an image of ShodaiGoji on the lid. The wraparound image on the can itself features numerous versions of Godzilla in black and white from the films (such as from Destroyah, Final Wars, Shin, KKvG, etc) on simulated film stock. Finally, the Godzilla vs. Destoroyah can has an epic image of burning Godzilla on the lid, and the wraparound image depicts images from the Heisei/VS series—shots from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995),Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), and Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) lined up.
I don’t know what I am going to do with all these cans, but I have to admit they look cool, and could be used to carry snacks for lunch at work, or as gifts to my kaiju-loving friends. Overall, one of the higher-quality and more interesting Godzilla snack products available here in Japan to fans salivating for monster-themed deliciousness.
Note that the Godzilla Mini Gaufres are available in a three pack, reviewed here, and also for single-can purchase.