Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat

Two chocolatiers combine Vietnamese ingredients with traditional French methods for award-winning bars

Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat is appealing at first for its sweet packaging, but even more so for what’s inside. Two French chocolatiers, whose names together make Marou, created the first “bean to bar” single-origin chocolate company in Vietnam after a trip through the region in 2010. Using the purest Vietnamese ingredients and traditional French methods, the company has created five superior chocolate bars—and they were …

Tokyo Banana Pie

Japan's Twinkie-like cult treat

If you’ve ever had the good fortune to travel through Tokyo’s Narita Airport, you wouldn’t have missed the stacks of Tokyo Banana Pies in the shops, sitting among all the tasty treats for friends back home. These small vanilla sponge cakes filled with banana custard are Japan’s more upscale version of the Hostess Twinkie, so we decided to taste them to see if they were …