Take a deep breath and prepare yourself. The chocolate single has arrived. That’s right, sliced chocolate. Yep, it’s real – and sandwiches will probably never be the same again. The internet, meanwhile, is seconds away from breaking.
So who do we have to thank for this mouth-watering invention? Japanese company Bourbon, that’s who. The folks over there have finally developed a way to make chocolate as easy to put into a sandwich as a cheese single is.
The slices are created from a rich, soft concoction called nama chocolate. Made with premium cacao and tons of cream, nama chocolate has been big in Japan since the 1980s.
The sandwich chocolate comes in packs of five, and each slice is 0.08 inches thick. Forget butter; with this stuff, all you need is a couple of slices of bread and some quality “me” time.
Flavor-wise, Bourbon chocolate slices are quite intense – at least more so than ordinary milk chocolate. But despite a strong, chocolatey flavor, they’re not too sweet. The real innovation, though, is the texture.
Nama chocolate has an almost legendary status in Japan thanks to its ridiculously soft and creamy character. Incredibly rich, it can be compared to a solid ganache in the eating stakes.
And while this may be a Japanese product, fear not, America, for it can be shipped. You can pick it up in bulk from Bourbon’s online shop, though it is pricey. A pack of 12 five-slice packs will cost you around $30. For some people, however, that will seem like a bargain.
Bourbon wants people to see the slices as more than simply spectacular sandwich fillers, though. And, thankfully, it has loads of other awesome suggestions as to how you might want to use them.
How about adding a few slices of chocolate to some fruit and marshmallows, for example? This could be just about the most delicious dessert ever to get skewered and put on the barbecue.
And because it’s already rolled out for you and totally flexible, it’s really easy to cut into different shapes. What an awesome way to decorate a cupcake or batch of fresh cookies.
Bourbon is well aware of how popular the product is, too. A kind-of-cute, kind-of-weird marketing video aimed at the Japanese market and illustrating some of the uses for this chocolate has been viewed more than 555,000 times.
Of course, the internet was quick to pick up on the vid after the chocolate product’s launch at the end of 2015. People took to Twitter to spread the word and the joy. “YES. #chocolateslices – thank you Japan!” wrote one grateful user.
The innovation was, moreover, picked up by media outlets across the globe. Everyone wanted a slice of the action. Yes, despite originating in Japan, the small chocolate slivers were featured in newspaper websites from as far afield as Australia, the U.S. and Europe. Now that’s impressive.
But there are some people out there who aren’t so impressed. Is this really the first chocolate slice on the market, or is it a rip-off of an existing product, a Danish delicacy known as Pålægschokolade? Try saying that with a mouthful of chocolate.
It’s true, though. There is indeed already a type of chocolate designed to fit neatly on top of a sandwich. Pålægschokolade is a popular chocolate sandwich filler in Denmark.
However, there is one crucial difference between Pålægschokolade and Bourbon chocolate slices. Pålægschokolade slices are brittle. One of the cool things about the Japanese chocolate, on the other hand, is just how soft and flexible it is.
You’d never be able to use Pålægschokolade on the inside of a delicious Swiss roll, would you? And don’t even get us started on melted chocolate slices on top of pancakes.
These chocolate sandwich slices really are innovative. In fact, we’re busy saving our lunch money, and as soon as we hit $30, just try and stop us from ordering a batch.
Now we don’t want to predict the future or anything, but with a product like this on the market, PBJ’s long reign as America’s most-loved sandwich filler could well be coming to an end. All hail the chocolatey king; it could be the best thing since sliced bread.