On the shelf
I've had a run of bad luck when buying unknown products to taste for this column. Take, for instance, H2 Coco pure coconut water (HK$16 for 330ml; City'super, Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888). The ingredients label says it's "coconut water 100%, ascorbic acid", which would add up to more than 100 per cent. The label states the product "naturally hydrates and restores well-being" - but so would natural coconut water, which also tastes better, even if its container is more unwieldy.
Also at City'super are these Sapporo yubari melon candies (HK$16 for a pack of 18) but they're far too milky and sweet, and only have a hint of the famed yubari melon flavour.
I was excited to find these French, Casino-brand bacon-flavoured potato chips at Great (Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2918 9986) because one of my favourite crisps was a jambon-flavoured variety I had tried in France. Sadly, these are nowhere near as good; they are far too salty and one-dimensional. I threw the bag away after eating just a few. They cost HK$17.90 for 135 grams.