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Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Strawberry Cream

Meiji — Hello Panda Biscuits with Strawberry Cream

Happy Halloween!

While doing the usual grocery Halloween candy shopping at No Frills, I spotted a small selection of Hello Panda Biscuits, made by Japanese confectioners Meiji. I don’t often get out to the local Asian grocery stores like T&T since we don’t have a car, so I’m always happy to see such products sold in regular stores.

In this particular case, No Frills is owned by Loblaw, who recently acquired T&T, so Asian products like Pocky have been popping up at No Frills and Shoppers Drug Mart (also Loblaw-owned).

The biscuit packs were available in three flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, and Milk (Meiji also makes flavors like Double Chocolate and Matcha Green Tea) and they cost CA$1.39 per box. I considered getting these for Halloween treats, but was unsure whether they’d be any good, so I only purchased two packs, Strawberry and Milk, to try ourselves.

The boxes are an elongated hexagonal shape:

Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Strawberry Cream

The biscuits are packaged in a foil pouch inside. Each biscuit has one of a variety of panda drawings printed on top.

Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Strawberry Cream

We tried Strawberry first. The packet I opened contained about 16–17 bite-sized biscuits (I think…we ate them pretty fast, haha!). Each biscuit is fairly small and is irregularly cushion-shaped, like a fat pebble.

I didn’t offer one to my toddler, since these are hard and smooth on the outside, and the perfect size to accidentally become lodged in a child’s throat. I’m really glad I didn’t pick these up as Halloween treats for the mostly aged 3–6 trick-or-treating kids in my building!

Here’s one biscuit next to a small binder clip for scale. The binder clip is just under 2cm (0.8″) wide.

Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Strawberry Cream, scale

Each biscuit has a light, crunchy texture. It’s not too sweet, which is an excellent combination with the strawberry cream filling inside. The strawberry flavor taste just like that: flavoring. If you’ve had Strawberry Pocky, the cream in this is similar-tasting, but it’s softer.

Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Strawberry Cream

The ingredients may vary depending on the place of manufacture; some are made in Japan, but my particular box appears to be imported from a company in Tahiti and made in Singapore.

Ingredients:

Wheat flour, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, sugar, lactose, whole milk powder, malt extract, amino acid, soya lecithin, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, strawberry powder, salt, natural color beet red E-162, artificial strawberry flavour, citric acid. (Contains milk, soya, lactose and wheat.)

To steal a line from Coffee Crisp, Hello Panda biscuits make a nice light snack! It’s really easy to inhale all of these in one sitting, since they’re so light and not too sweet. I don’t think they’re particularly addictive, though, so I won’t be repurchasing them very much, apart from picking up a box of the chocolate flavor just to try it.


The Meiji Hello Panda I reviewed comes in a 57.5 g package and retails for around US$1.09 / CA$1.39.

Meiji Seika was founded in 1916 in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2009, it has been part of Meiji Holdings Co., the world’s fourth largest confectionery company.

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3 Comments

  1. Cuuuute! Over here we’ve got chocolate filled cushion-shaped koala ‘biscuits’. I used to love them… back then way before my celiac diagnosis…

    • Oh those sound adorable! And I didn’t know you had celiac – I guess it’s been helpful that people are more aware of it nowadays?

      • Sorry I missed this one!
        Yeah, I got diagnosed almost five years ago. People being aware of gluten nowadays can be a blessing and a curse. Every other person just thinks it’s a lifestyle choice – a silly one. Ah well, I shouldn’t complain. When I go to the supermarket now there is so much choice. Five years ago they had maybe 3 different breads and GF ginger cookies… which wasn’t great.

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