NO-BAKE Chocolate Cake (Japanese Nama-Choco Cake)

I totally want to try this recipe out for Valentine’s Day! I will have to have a lot of helpers to eat it though – the ingredients are quite rich! 

Makes 16 Pieces


  • 15 mini kit-kat bars (780 cal.)
  • 6 milk chocolate bars (Hershey – 1260 cal.)
  • 1/2 c. Heavy whipping cream (408 cal)
  • Cocoa powder (12 cal. per Tbsp)
  • Powder sugar (31 cal per Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter (102 cal.)
  • Slivered almonds (optional)

Recipe Total: 2491 calories (without almonds)

Piece Total: approx 156 calories

(OhEmGee! I’m looking up calories! XD)

Have you tried anything like this before?

Thanks for reading~!

-Anna San

Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland – Frankenmuth, MI

Happy December everyone! Time to get into the Christmas spirit by blasting Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Carol of the Bells and assemble the artificial tree!

My brother and I went to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth back in October for our bi-yearly buying o’the ornaments and had a really nice time. 🙂 No one else could make the trip with us so the only other participant was Domo who chilled in the back seat during our outing.


Giant Domo Plush

It’s an hour and 45 minute drive away from our hometown and as it is mostly expressway it can be quite boring. Tree tree tree tree tree ooo… bush! We didn’t see any wildlife on our trek upstate, however the trees were quite lovely at that time.



Before we reached our destination we stopped at Halo Burger…


Halo Burger sign

They are one of the only burger joints that we know of that offer burgers with olives and that is always a yummy must. 😉


MY Halo Burger 🙂

A patron of the establishment noticed my brother and I snapping pictures of each other and offered to take a picture of us together. 🙂


Me and my brother Bob

No too long after, we arrived at Bronners. I was busy annoying my brother at the time and missed out on the opportunity to capture a shot of the whole building. XD


A sign on the wall of the store


The main Nativity display


Garbage can. I believe it says “trash” in various languages… :p


Large overhang over the entrance . Buses use this area to drop off tourists. The signs up top are also written in different languages. 🙂

Once inside I saw this sign and just couldn’t resist. >:}



I know that people come to visit Bronner’s from all over the world but I didn’t feel comfortable with snapping pictures… however I did get a pic of two interesting items.

Cute Carrot Bunnies

Cute Carrot Bunnies


$30 Glass Green House Ornament

We had a lot of fun exploring the store and bought a variety of ornaments.

Here is my Bronner ornament collection:


Neon Pink Ornaments! XD


I was reminded of Peter Pan with this next ornament….


So magical… *o*


Sparkly sushi platter :3 It is actually quite heavy. o.o;


and my total fave – Merry Christmas (Meri Kurisumasu) in Katakana. :>

Afterwards we strolled around town and visited a number of shops such as the General Store, Zender’s Gift Shop, the Taffy shop and… the Cheese Haus.

Cheese Haus Mascot

Cheese Haus Mascot

Inside we sampled various cheese products and saw a rather *cough* interesting food item…

A** Blaster Hot Sauce at Cheese Haus

A** Blaster Hot Sauce at Cheese Haus

Tired but happy, Bob and I packed up our heels and made the journey home. We really enjoyed the trip and look forward to our next Bronner’s outing  in 2015!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Japanese Snackies~! Pocky, Ramune and did I mention Pocky???


Went to China Capital Arts yesterday at Southland Mall and picked up some Japanese sweets! Starting from the top left: Strawberry Pocky, Tropical Pocky (Mango Pineapple Flavored), a premium type Chocolate Pocky, Raspberry Ramune Soda, Choco Baby candies, and Midi Chocolate Pocky. Yum! :3


Snackage – The Delightful Yan Yan

Today when I had the munchies I pulled out my stash of Yan Yan!


Yan Yan in Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry~! :3

Purchased from my local grocery store for $1 each, Yan Yan is a Japanese stick snack that you dip into frosting and has some nonsensical words/sayings on the cookie sticks. There are more variations and flavors of this snack than what I was able to find, but you can learn more about Yan Yan on Wikipedia or by typing it into your favorite web browser. 🙂

Happy Snacking!

I <3 Rock Candy!


What is the best part of this nostalgic treat? The flavored sugar crystals, the assortment of colors, the decorative stick or where it was purchased from? For me it’s a combination of all these elements.

Situated on the corner of Eureka and Middlebelt in Romulus, Blocks farm market is only open for a short time in late spring and from the end of July to mid October giving you a great price on locally grown plants and produce as well as offering a variety of Michigan made food items. And of course my favorite part: the jar of rock candy right as you’re checking out. Rock candy please! :3

Japanese Snacks and a Daruma

Everyone is blogging about Japanese goodies and I don’t wanna be left out!!! >^< (See Sew Maru and IntrovertJapan’s snack posts)

This evening Maru, Nina and I paid another visit to our favorite local purveyor of Asian snacks and goods, China Capital Arts. Over the years I have tried a decent amount of Japanese/Asian snacks; some good, others not so good, and some just tolerable with an underlying “Never buying this again” gag reflex – but I generally ate them anyway. So when we purused snacks this evening I wanted to make sure to pick up something I haven’t tried before.

I had been loitering around the individually wrapped giant pocky and was fingering the different Pretz packages on the counter when the clerk came over.

“Do you like bacon?” she asked.

“Yeah…” I knew there was going to be a marketing spiel.

“Eel is like bacon of the sea.” She explained. Uh-huh… right. I looked skeptically at the Eel flavored Pretz. “Girls really like the eel.”  I didn’t budge. The clerk tried another tactic.

“You’ve had smoked salmon before?”


“It has the same smoky flavor.” Okay….

“If you buy all three you’ll get the sale price~” I bought all three packs.


Pocky: Melon, Pretz: Apple and Pretz: Eel. These three delightful flavors from our friends at Glico.

Surprisingly the Eel Pretz is pretty good. 🙂

Years ago I had bought a pack of wrapped Japanese candies from World Market whose label I couldn’t read. The first one was good however every successive one was worse than the last. I could only con a few siblings to try them so I suffered it and ate the rest. I haven’t tasted any Japanese food item like that since then…until today. On my way out of the shop I purchased a Red Bean Mochi icecream. T~T My poor tastebuds~!  Let me be clear on one thing: I DO NOT LIKE RED BEAN!!! :c

Oh yeah, I couldn’t pass up this awesome Hello Kitty Daruma! She’s so cute!


Hello Kitty Daruma Cell Strap