Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tohato All Banana Cookies

This is the latest in Tohato's "All (fruit name)" series of somewhat healthy cookies. Previously, I sampled their "All Osatsu" (sweet potato) and "All Cranberry VE" cookies and rated them both positively. I had somewhat lower expectations for these banana cookies since, if there's one thing sweets makers can manage, it's to screw up banana-flavored treats. That being said, I was game to give these a try to see how Tohato did with giving them the "All" treatment.

A bag of these contains 14 cookies that are about 5 x 4.5 cm square (2" x 1.7"). I bought these at Tomod's drug store, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't find them in most grocery stores in Tokyo. Each cookie is only 29 calories.

The process of making these cookies is offered with an illustration on the side of the bag. They show a layer of cookie, a 10-cm. (3.9 in.) layer of bananas and another layer of cookie. Apparently, they press a ton of banana between the two cookie layers to make the somewhat chewy, but still soft morsel pictured above.

I've sniffed a lot of snacks (recreationally, I'm not a hard dealer in snacks or anything) since starting this blog, and these smell better than any banana treat I've tried in my life. They smell like strong, real banana. In fact, the closest thing I can describe the scent to would be banana chips.

These have a nice natural banana flavor, like dried, moist real banana mixed with a generic cookie and cake hybrid flavor. It's very lightly sweet, and gets most of its punch from the banana filling. The ingredients list starts with flour and then goes to the banana followed by sugar, grape sugar, margarine, shortening, and eggs. Somewhere down the list is also cinnamon. That's an unusual inclusion in cookies in Japan.

If you like bananas, I strongly recommend trying these while they're still available. They taste great, have a good texture, and they keep very well. If you're looking to snack on something a little healthier when the old blood sugar drops, these would be a good choice to keep in your desk at work. Two or three of these with a cup of tea really hits the spot.


Serena said...

Wow these look good. Like you I am not a banana fan.

Anonymous said...


This doesn't have to do with the cookie review, but I just wanted to say that I'd love to see more reviews of meal-type snack products: microwavable pizzas and TV dinners, fast food, hot dogs from 7-11s (if they have those there), and anything else that might vaguely fit the bill.

I suppose it's the very things that make you review them so seldom, their bad quality, rarity and expense, that makes them so interesting to me. Looking forward to more!

Orchid64 said...

Hi, Serena and Alljournals, and thank you for taking the time to comment and read!

Alljournals: I will try to incorporate more frozen food and prepared food reviews into the blog. Mainly, I avoid them because they are pretty bad, but also because they are the least likely items for people to find abroad. I try to focus on things that people may have a chance of finding through importers or Asian grocers, but I will do my best to step up the prepared food reviews!

In the meantime, you can find some old reviews under these labels (you can select by labels by scrolling down to the links on the right:

preprepared food

There aren't many, but it may be of interest to you. :-)

Forsyth said...

You know Im a banana freak so I may have to hunt these down before they disappear!

Orchid64 said...

Serena, and bmsgrave, thank you both for commenting!

I hope you both get a chance to try these. My husband and I recently came across Arnott's "All Fruit" series (which are made in Australia) and these are a lot like those, though these are about 6 calories less per cookie than the Arnott's.