Taste test: The three cakes in this package seemed to be at first about as banana as you can get. They were shaped like bananas, had the word BANANA formed in huge letters across the top of each one, and there was even a monkey's face on the package, looking ready to eat a banana.
So naturally, we wondered, are they really made from bananas? We checked the ingredients, and there were no bananas!
We cut the cakes into pieces lengthwise (making sure to cut between letters) to share them around, and in the process, we discovered that there was a yellow-ish filling running the full length of each piece, not quite centered in the cake. We bit in to find kind of a fake banana taste — probably less like real banana than most banana candies. The taste wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.
The cakes were fun to look at and play with, but they didn't have a very authentic or even good banana taste.
Smell test: Kind of like fake banana candy.
From the package: “Ing: Bean Paste, Whole Milk, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Margarine, Oligo Saccharide, Baking Powder, Lecithin (Soy), Tocopherol, Flavor, Caroten.” ... “Product of Japan”
Online store: Buy snack cakes on Amazon
Company: Daiei Trading Co., Inc.
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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at H Mart, Cambridge/Burlington, Massachusetts. Review published .