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The alcoholic sweet is one of three new releases containing real champagne.

Glico, the Japanese confectionery company who brought us world-famous Pocky chocolate sticks, has just announced it will be seeing in the New Year period like many of us will be – with the addition of some bubbly champers. Their new champagne range, which extends to three of their most popular chocolate-based sweets, is the result of a carefully crafted collaboration with Hironobu Tsujiguchi, one of Japan’s leading pastry chefs, who’s well-known around the country for his multi-award winning pastries and chocolates.

▼ Having become the youngest-ever winner of the all-Japan patisserie artisan contest at the tender age of 23, the now 49-year-old is using his skills to take some of Glico’s most popular products into new territory.

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Glico’s Almond Premio chocolates will now be enhanced with the addition of champagne, which is said to create a refreshing taste and fragrance when combined with the milk chocolate-covered almond pieces.

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The bubble-filled Caplico is a perfect partner for champagne, which brings a sense of luxury to the aerated chocolate snack. Enjoying the taste of champers while biting into the crunchy cone is designed to be a fun experience.

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The champagne-flavoured Pocky will be 1.4 times longer than a standard Pocky, to create a fine balance between alcohol and chocolate in each serving. These are said to contain a fruity champagne flavour and aroma.

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With each of the items in the collection containing approximately 0.1 percent alcohol, customers are advised not to eat-and-drive, given that the country abides by a strict zero-percent alcohol policy on the roads. Available for a limited time, the new range will be on sale at stores and supermarkets around the country from 3 January.

If you prefer a stiffer drink with your chocolates, you might want to try the Whiskey Pocky, which is still available to purchase from Amazon Japan.

Source, images: Glico Japan