One of the best beverages to combat this sticky weather is Kirin Sekai no Kitchen’s Salty Lychee drink, which is purported to replenish the minerals and fluids sweat out in Japan’s horribly humid summers. And now, in partnership with Glico, Kirin has released a chocolate version (¥138), available in convenience stores. The sweet scent of lychee may be overpowering as you unwrap the packaging, but the flavors of the fruit are subtle and sublime within the white chocolate. No promises about cooling off, mind you.

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