Japan is often setting trends and is known to be ahead of the curve on lots of things, but many people overlook their booming chocolate industry. The country sells some of the most innovative and creative kinds of chocolate. Some may sound super yummy to you, while others might seem a little unappetizing. Still, the ones that sound a little different sell well, so Japan's chocolatiers must be on to something! And of course, you won't know if something actually tastes good unless you try it for yourself. Check out this list of delicious and unique candy only sold in Japan!

10 Apple Milk Chocolate

This candy, developed by the popular company Meiji, seems typical at first glance -- appearance-wise, it looks like a little bag of chocolate-covered almonds or raisins initially. Instead, it's actually pieces of dried apple that are dipped in honey and cinnamon before being covered in chocolate. The candy has been described by consumers as sweet and flavorful. Japan took your average chocolate and raised it to the next level by adding a few other delicious ingredients. Result? Chocolate even yummier than before.

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9 Choco Ball

This candy comes from the company Morinaga, and it debuted in 1960 to great success. Once again, Japan saw something typical -- a small chocolate ball, in this case -- and kicked it up a notch by adding different flavors. Choco Balls can be bought in flavors like biscuit, strawberry, peanut, and caramel alongside your regular milk chocolate. At only about 1 centimeter in diameter each, these chocolate balls are easy to grab a handful of and pop in your mouth. Apparently they're so good it's addictive!

8 Tirol-Choco

This candy comes in various sizes, but many people -- especially children -- prefer the smallest size, as they're available for only 10 yen. These little chocolate squares come in a variety of unusual flavors.

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They even have limited edition seasonal flavors. Overall, they've come out with around 400 different flavors over the years. The cheap price and various options make this candy a best-seller.

7 Torotto Baked Chocolate

Another chocolate we can thank the company Meiji for. This candy consists of small, baked squares of chocolate filled with different creams, depending on what flavor you buy. Some flavors include strawberry, green tea, and maple. A crispy outside leading to a soft inside? Sounds like you get to experience the best of both worlds! You can also just get it in plain chocolate flavor, which sounds just as delicious. Picture a tiny brownie filled with chocolate cream once you bite into it. That's basically what Torotto Baked Chocolate is!

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6 Gaufrette Black Cacao

This chocolate is said to taste like a Kit-Kat, but a little more bitter. It's definitely more for an adult chocolate connoisseur rather than a hungry kid looking for a typical treat. The packaging even says "adult pleasure." Hm. Gaufrette Black Cacao is made up of thin wafers stacked together, so expect a bit of a crunch. If you have a hankering for dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, maybe give this one a try next time you're in Japan. Reviews on this candy are mixed, but it's certainly worth a try!

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5 Takaoka White Chocolate Yams

You read that right. Yams. This candy is a bag of individually wrapped cubes of white chocolate and sweet potato. While this definitely still sounds sweet, it doesn't sound like the kind of sweet a lot of people are used to!

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Still, this is one of those situations where you never know unless you try. Many people report trying it and liking it, so if you're a fan of trying new things, hunt down this candy on your next trip to Japan. You might love it!

4 Black Thunder

This candy is creative, but still sounds really appetizing. This is basically a chocolate-flavored cookie covered in more chocolate and shaped into a bar. Chocolate and cookies are a tested and true combination that is universally found to be delicious, so there's not much of risk factor if you try out this candy. The bar has a distinctive black and gold packaging, so it's really easy to spot when you're out. There is also an occasional White Thunder on sale for a limited time, which is the white chocolate version of the original.

3 Bourbon Olive Oil X Chocolate

Back to the more unique candy. Japan is always experimenting with various food combinations, and apparently this fusion of olive oil and chocolate actually works. It's also mostly cocoa, so it will definitely have a distinct taste. It's basically little dollops of chocolate in a bag. The outer shell is dark chocolate, and then it gets sweeter as you make your way to the middle, as there's milk chocolate inside -- albeit, milk chocolate mixed with olive oil. Once again, if you're a dark chocolate fan in particular, it can't hurt to give it a try!

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2 Kit-Kat

"But wait," you might be thinking. "Kit-Kats are sold all over the world." Well, the rest of the world doesn't do Kit-Kat's like Japan does Kit-Kats! There, the chocolate wafer bar comes in a variety of flavors such as green tea, strawberry cheesecake, apple vinegar, sweet potato, wasabi, cherry blossom, chocolate-banana, lemon, sweet corn, grape, and so much more! You certainly have a lot of options to pick from, some of which sound pretty typical. The ones that don't, however, are truly fascinating. Next time you're in Japan, buy a bunch and give them a taste test to compare!

1 Apollo

Another Meiji creation, Appllos are cone-shaped chocolates that are regular milk chocolate at the bottom and strawberry chocolate on the top half. The shape and name of the candy is said to be inspired by the command module of Apollo 11. There are some exclusive different flavors available in different parts of the country, such as apple chocolate or Adzuki bean chocolate. These definitely seem like another addictive candy that you can't stop yourself from grabbing more and more of!

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