May 2017 JapanCrate Review

***This is not a sponsored post. It is being done for fun and to inform, no other reasons are involved. The company that makes this product has no idea I exist and did not give this item to me for free.***

We’re back with a Premium JapanCrate!! πŸ˜€ Haven’t had one of these since January, but now we’re doing the May crate! I have no idea if I will be doing any more this summer, so, let’s just put that on the back burner for now and focus on this crate! πŸ™‚ I’m going to do this one a little different, because I’ve gone ahead and tried a couple of the snacks in this box because I couldn’t resist lol. I’ll make sure to mention which ones I’ve tried and the ones I haven’t, because the latter snacks will be reviewed at a later date. πŸ™‚

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I don’t know if I like this pamphlet as much as past ones, but it’s still kind of cute. :3

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This is the Dondon Yaki: KimChi. The pamphlet says it’s a snack that’s flavor is based on Okonomiyaki with a bit of kimchi to it. I hope it’s not too spicy! (I did not try this snack yet.)

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(sorry for blurriness, i tried. :/)

This snack is the Meigum Gaburichu Cola. This is a soft taffy that’s in the flavor of cola, so, IDK if I’m going to like it, because I really don’t like cola flavored stuff…(I did not try this snack yet.)

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This little snack is called Don Taro, and it’s udon noodles! These are soy sauce and dashi soup flavor, according to the pamphlet. I really can’t wait to eat this. It looks delicious!Β (I did not try this snack yet.)

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This is an interesting one. It’s called Fugashi, and the pamphlet says it’s a brown sugar glazed puff snack, like a corn puff. It looks tasty, so, I hope it’s good!(I did not try this snack yet.)

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This cute little snack is called Roll Cake: Strawberry Cream. It’s a little strawberry cream cake! πŸ˜€ It looks really tasty and I can’t wait to eat it!(I did not try this snack yet.)

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Ok, this one is the Wasabi Nori Tarou, a dried fish snack with wasabi and seaweed flavor. This is one that I tried, and, honestly, I really liked it (until I put half of it in my mouth at once. The wasabi hurt me). It was a little sticky which was weird, but I still liked it. In small bites, the wasabi isn’t bad at all, but too much at once is a bit painful!

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Ah, I was so excited when I saw this was the replacement snack for one that there was a shortage on! This is the Tohato Caramel Corn! I’ve always wanted to try this, and can now say that I have! It’s SUPER good! It tastes just like the caramel popcorn we have over here, and I love it! So glad this was put in the box!!

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A chocolate snack, yes! This one is called Shimi Chocolate Corn! It’s a chocolate covered corn snack! Anything chocolate is usually great in my book, so, I bet these will be delicious!Β (I did not try this snack yet.)

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An interesting snack, this is the 6-Piece Crispy Corn. It’s a little corn puff snack that’s meant to replicate corn on the cob, like the grilled one you would find at a Japanese festival (or maybe even from your home grill!) It smells delicious and actually does taste like corn on the cob, just in a crunchy snack form! I really like it!

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A Pokemon item!! This is simply a piece of gum with a sticker, and I’ll make a post later on about the sticker part! The gum is a little square, and it has a soda taste to it (like…whatever Japanese soda is supposed to be. original ramune I guess?). It was good, but I’ve had this gum before, so, no surprise there haha.

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Pokemon and Hello Kitty?? This is my box! This little treat is a chocolate filled marshmallow with Hello Kitty on the package! I’ll be saving this for much later because there’s only ONE and it’s so small.

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I got super excited when I saw this in my box!! It’s the Cream Collon Strawberry cookie! This is a wafer cookie with strawberry cream! I’ve had the vanilla version of these bfore and liked them, so, I really hope these are good too!Β (I did not try this snack yet.)

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Now for our drink! This is the Mitsuya Cider: Refreshing Lemon! According to the pamphlet, Japanese cider isn’t like American cider at all. Japanese cider is likened to a cross between ginger ale and Sprite! This one is supposed to be like a sparkling lemonade, so, I can’t wait to taste it!Β (I did not try this drink yet.)

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This is our DIY kit! It’s the Petit Pastel DIY Colorful Chocolate snack kit! I’ll definitely put this together and do a review of it soon!

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And finally, our bonus item. While I’m not a fan of One Piece in the slightest, I do think this little piece of stationary is cute! It’s a few piece of lined paper, two envelopes, and a sheet of stickers! So, it’s basically a small letter kit!

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And there is the May JapanCrate! I’m really happy with this crate! I’m sure I’m going to love everything that’s here (that I haven’t already tasted lol) and I can’t wait to review the rest of the snacks for you guys! πŸ™‚

April NatureBox Shop Order

In April, I started to eat a lot healthier and made an order with NatureBox so I could have some great, healthy snacks, and wouldn’t be tempted to run to the vending machine for snacks, and this works great!

I was super happy with everything I ordered, and I’m going to go ahead and review it all here! So let’s get started! πŸ™‚

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The first one is the Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies. And oh my gosh, these are AMAZING. They are soft and chewy, and have such a great chocolate tastes. I absolutely love these, and will definitely order more of them!

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These are the Sourdough Cheddar Pretzel Bites! These little pretzel bites are so delicious and crunchy, and the cheese taste is great! I may not get these the next time I make an order, but they were pretty good!

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This bag of California Dried Peaches are so good. I got majorly into dried peaches recently, and these are perfect. They’re sliced thinly and taste wonderfully, and while I very likely will not get them next time I order some snacks, they are totally delicious!

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The Masa Crisps I have had in the past, and I really do enjoy them. They’re a great little chip that have a great taste to them!

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Another snack I’ve had before, the Dark Chocolate Berry Trail Mix! I had to buy two bags this time because this snack is so good! I love the mix of nuts, berries, and chocolate!

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This is the last snack I’ve had before, the Harvest Nut Mix. It’s a great, salty trail mix that has a lot of substance to it, and tides me over until it’s time for lunch or dinner.

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These are the Sea Salt Cassava chips! Cassava is also called yuca, and these chips are so good! They taste just like potato chips, but they’re so much better for you! They’re delicious!

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Now these are the Hardbite Carrot Chips. Hardbite is not a NatureBox brand, from my understanding, but they are selling some of their items through the NatureBox store, and I had to get these to try them! I’m very pleased with them too! They have a slight sweetness from the carrots, but they’re also a little salty and so good!

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Finally, these are the Hardbite Beet Chips. I personally love pickled beets, and these chips are great! They have a little bit of sourness like a picked beet does, but they taste so great! I totally love them!

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So that’s my most recent NatureBox order! I’ll have another one sometimes this summer, because I’ll be needing more snacks eventually, so, just hang tight and watch for that! πŸ™‚

Amazon Order Products Review

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This is not an affiliated or sponsored post with Amazon. I did not receive these products for free, I purchased them myself.

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Well this is going to be a big post haha. I received a $40 Amazon gift card as a gift recently at work, and I finally got to use it! I made this order on April 29, and it finally arrived at my house on May 7. (If would have been here earlier if I had used my mom’s Amazon account, but, it’s fine. There are reasons I didn’t and I was ok with waiting…for the most part.)

So, four of these items are just things I wanted/needed, and three of them are very personal. I will talk about two of these items more than the other, because the other is going to be used for a very special reason. Maybe one day I’ll share what it’s for, but, right now? I’m not sure I want to, so, I’ll keep the reason for it to myself. πŸ™‚

So the first item is a box of 44 cards of Proverbs to color in. For Christmas this past year, my mom bought a shared gift for all of us of blessings to color in, and I really enjoyed them, so, when I was making this order, I decided to get the Proverbs one, especially after going through a few personal things. This box is super pretty, and the cards are really nice. My cards, though, seem to have been cut oddly when they were made, so there were pieces falling off and the edges aren’t PERFECT, but, that’s ok. I’ll still enjoy coloring them. I’m thinking about getting trading card sleeves to get these into my binder of coloring pages, in order to keep them safe once they’ve been colored (or I’ll leave them in the box, lol. I don’t know yet.)

This one is a Copic Marker Doodle Pack! I’ve bought one of these before, and honestly love them! Copics are such great markers, even though they’re expensive! This one is the Turquoise pack, and it includes Cool Shadow, Mint Green, Atyou Spica glitter pen, and a gray Copic multiliner pen. These are going to be awesome for journalling and drawing in general!

OK, so, this is the one that’s got a special reasoning behind it, and I’m keeping that to myself, but I wanted to show the journal itself, because it’s super pretty. I have a pink one like this with Matthew 19:26 on it, and I’m going to be using that one to write down Bible verses I want to remember. This one is going to be used alongside it at times, but for a very private reason. I may talk about it more one day, but, right now, it’s being kept for me to know. :3

This one is a illustrated devotional for women. I picked this one out because it looked very pretty and the pictures of pages I saw on Amazon looked lovely. I think it’ll be something great to do each night before bed, especially since I have a small set of coloring pencils I can use with it.

This item was more of a silly one, but I ordered one pack of Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards haha. Those are the six I got, and one is A PENGUIN. I’m going to have him move into my New Leaf town soon!! πŸ˜€

Finally, I got a new umbrella. Mine was a cheap little one from Walmart, and it got really beat up during our last bout of rain and wind two weeks ago. So I bought a stronger one! πŸ™‚ I love the flower on top of it too!

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So that’s everything I got this time. I’m really happy with everything, and I’m glad to finally have the important things I had been waiting for. πŸ™‚

RightStuf and FUNimation Online Shop Orders

Hey there guys!

Today I’ve got a quick post about the recent anime orders I made from RightStuf and FUNimation! I had a bit of trouble with FUNimation, because I ordered one item and was sent the incorrect one TWICE, but I’ll explain that later!

So let me start with the RightStuf order, because that one was correct from the start and very important to me.

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So the RightStuf order is the first one I’ve ever made with them, and I was very impressed with it. I ordered the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- DVD and the first volume of the Boruto manga. I decided to order from here because of the bonus art postcard you could get one of three of, and I ended up getting the one I wanted of Sarada and Sasuke! πŸ™‚ I’ve very happy with those this order arrived and that everything was in great condition. The postcard is now safely tucked away in the movie DVD case, haha.

Funimation Anime

Now for the FUNimation order…I was less than impressed with this one. My original order consisted of two Tsubasa DVD sets, and the first season of Kamisama Kiss Blu-Ray/DVD set. Instead of getting Kamisama Kiss, I surprisingly got the Fractale set, which I did not order. So I got into contact with FUNimation and they said they would send a replacement, which they did, but it ended up being ANOTHER copy of Fractale. One more email, with all my pictures to prove I ordered Kamisama Kiss, not Fractale, and that something had to be amiss in their warehouse, and I FINALLY received Kamisama Kiss about two weeks ago. (And yes, I purposefully left the SAVE edition sides of the covers out. I don’t mind it and the SAVE editions are fairly cheap haha.)

I was allowed to keep Fractale, so, that’s good I guess. The point here, if you get sent the wrong item from any place, get into contact with them immediately, don’t just reorder it. Usually the company will be glad to help and fix it, and I’m glad that FUNimation fixed it.

The items themselves were in perfect condition. I’ve been watching Kamisama Kiss and very much enjoying it! I’ll definitely try out Fractale sometime this summer, and will get around to watching my Tsubasa sets as well. Tsubasa is a very good anime, and I absolutely adore the series, and the OVAs I purchased, I love Tokyo Revelations and I can’t wait to watch Spring Thunder for the first time!

So yeah, that’s everything from these orders! I hope I can review each of these over the summer, and make a decision on if I like Fractale or not. So please be looking out for those! πŸ™‚

Upcoming Plans

Well hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve made a post here, huh? Well, that’s my fault, entirely, because I’ve been spending my free time doing other things, instead of working on this blog, sadly.

But, once this week, finals week, is over, I’ll have about three weeks of nothing but work before my summer classes begin. I’ll only be working mornings until June, so when I get home each day through May, I’ll for sure be working on getting posts prepared and put together! πŸ™‚

So, let me give an idea of what I’m planning to do.

I’m definitely planning to go back to my manga reviews. I want to go back and forth between all the series I own and have been reading, especially so I can finish them (I’ve read Naruto twice already, and I want to finish Assassination Classroom and Ouran High School Host Club) and do other things than JUST manga reviews, because I feel like I do that more than most things (apart from a few subscription boxes).

I do have a bunch of anime I want to review as well, but I may start doing that as a COMPLETE series/season, instead of one episode at a time. That takes a lot of time to prepare, and I don’t have enough space on here to pictures for every single anime episode that I want to review. So, my plan for this? I’m going attempt to watch several anime series over the summer(mostly short ones and I HAVE to finish Naruto Shippuden, especially since Boruto started and I’m enjoying watching it weekly), and then I will do overall reviews (if I own the whole series, I’ll show pictures of the box sets or single DVD [like for movies]). I think this will definitely work better than doing one episode at a time. (I changed my mom about doing anime reviews on Blogger. I’ll be continuing, finishing, and starting reviews here again.)

I do plan to start bringing coloring pages back to this blog, but moving cross stitching to my Blogger account (go here if you’d like to follow). I think that will be a lot easier for me, and I won’t need to worry about purchasing a plan on here for more space (not right now, anyway!) Product reviews, such as Amazon orders and the like, will be on Blogger as well. I have an Amazon order with several items on the way right now, and I will post that to BOTH blogs, with a link to Blogger again.

I’m not going to have a May Umai Crate. I received an email from JapanCrate, however, that they had applied a $5 credit to my account for a Premium JapanCrate, which made it the same price as an Umai Crate, and I was really wanting a crate of snacks instead of more ramen (i still have SEVERAL from my March crate). So once that gets here, I’ll be giving an overview of the whole crate, and hopefully making posts for each snack.

So, yeah. That’s the plan at the moment. I did have Hot Cash with Hot Topic, but I don’t think I’m going to do a post on it, sorry. I’ll have a post later this week or sometime next week about a couple of anime orders I made and a NatureBox order, so, please look forward to that!

I’m excited to be coming back to reviews! πŸ™‚

March 2017 Umai Crate

I got my March Umai Crate last week! I’m so loving this subscription box, but unfortunately can’t get the April one because I used the money for that to buy something else, but, it’s ok! Lets go ahead and do a quick overview of this crate!

Sorry the second picture has a blue tint to it, I don’t know why that happens! Anyway, in this crate, we again got seven types of ramen, our bonus item, and this time I actually got the pamphlet! πŸ™‚ So let’s get started!

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The first ramen in the box is Yamamotoseifun – Pompoko Ramen! This is a miso flavored ramen, which I LOVE because miso is one of my favorite flavors! I love miso soup and miso flavored ramen is great!

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The second is the Yamamotoseifun – Mune Hanarou Chinese Soy Sauce Noodles! Soy sauce flavored noodles are pretty good, and this one looks like it’s going to be delicious! I might do some add-ins to it to make it even more delicious!

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My third pack is the Yamamotoseifun – Hanarou Chinese Salted Noodles! Yes, three from the same brand, how cool! Salted noodles sound interesting, and if I have some seafood when I eat this, I’ll definitely add it!

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This is so cute! This is the Mini Cup Noodle in original flavor! This is definitely snack sized, and could have a lot of things added to it to help emphasize the flavor!

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The fifth ramen is the Sankei Shimbun Osaka Ramen Soy Sauce! Another soy sauce flavor! This looks really good, and like it would be a great lunch on a lazy Saturday!

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Another mini cup of ramen! This one is Sapporo Miso Ramen Mini Bowl! Another miso ramen, yes! Very small, definitely for a snack, but will still taste great!

The final ramen in this box is Daikoku Foods – Big Curry Udon! My mom does not like curry, but I’m curious about trying this! This bowl is HUGE too, and I’m definitely going to be eating it soon!

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OK, now this is the last item in the box, and it’s the bonus item! It’s a packet of Shichimi Togarashi! This is a spice mix and JapanCrate has a description of it on their blog. I tried this on plain white rice and on mixed rice, and it was good both ways! I really like it!

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So that’s the March Umai Crate! I love these crates so much, they’re so great! Like I said at the beginning, I won’t be getting the April box, but we’ll back in May! πŸ™‚

 

February 2017 Umai Crate

After being quite late, I FINALLY have the Feburary Umai Crate to review! The box was a bit late, but I expected that since all of Japan Crate’s boxes are now shipping directly from Japan and then I was late getting this up because I’ve been busy! But, I’ve gotten the time to make this post, and here it is!

So, unfortunately, my Umai Crate did not some with the booklet, but I did email Japan Crate and they provided me with the PDF version of it, so, I can still tell you all what’s in here! πŸ™‚ (Note that at this point, I’ve eaten all but three of these LOL.)

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First up, a noodle bowl called Ajiwaimenkoobou – Flavory Miso ramen! So it looks like this is miso flavor ramen in a bowl. All you do, of course, is add hot water and let it sit for a few minutes. I personally love miso soup, so, I can’t wait to try this!

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This is part of the reason why I decided to start Umai Crate haha! This is the Pokemon Noodle Mini Soy Sauce Flavor. It’s another cup of noodles, but it has a Pikachu theme to it! The cup has Pikachu on it, and inside with the noodles are Pikachu styled Naruto Maki, the fish cake! It also comes with a sticker! It’s a small cup, so, obviously meant to be a snack, not a whole meal.

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This one is the Wakame Ramen – Yukari Finish. It’s flavor with seaweed, which makes me happy because I love seaweed snacks! This was a really good bowl of ramen! I just made it as is, didn’t add anything to it, and I really, really enjoyed it! It had a fishy seaweed taste, but it wasn’t bad at all! It was delicious! I wish I could get more easily!

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This package is the Nara Tenri Ramen. I did try this one, but I still am unsure of the flavor! It was good, kind of had a slight mushroom taste to it, and I really liked it! If I did anything else to it, I probably would have added some veggies or meat to it.

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Next is the Daikokuken – Miso Ramen! Another miso ramen, yay!! I haven’t tried this one yet, but when I do, I’ll definitely have a soft boiled egg and maybe some pork with it!

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This is another Daikokuken ramen, but this one is Shio flavored! I looked it up, and from what I could tell, shio is salt flavor, but it wasn’t as salty as I expected it to be! I added some chicken, corn, and soft boiled egg to this, and it was really good!

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The final ramen in this box was the Hyoubanya – Chuka Ramen Soba Soy! This was super good too! It was the first one I had out of my box, and I had it with a fried egg. I really enjoyed it!

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The bonus item in the box was this heart shaped egg mold! I’ve used this twice now since I got it, and I really like it! It’s made of silicone so it’s easy to clean and use, and it’s worked pretty well! I’d probably, though, use it with two eggs stead of one, especially if I’m not using large eggs.

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So there it is! The February Umai Crate! I am currently waiting for my March crate to get here, and I hope to get that up fairly quickly once it gets here. I will NOT be getting the April crate, as I made the decision to skip it to preorder Boruto – Naruto the Movie and the first volume of the Boruto manga instead of getting the next crate.

I plan to return to Umai Crate in May however! I hope you guys will stick with me as we review these!

 

I’m sorry!

I’m so sorry I’ve been absent the last month! I’ve been busy with work, class, and just life in general. Currently I have the flu, but I’m also on spring break! So, my plan over this next week is to get caught up on posts for this blog, work on things for my other blog, and catch up on some anime I’m behind on!

If you want to keep up with me, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I’m more active on Twitter, but Instagram happens every now and then! πŸ™‚

Umaibo Chocolate

***This is not a sponsored post. It is being done for fun and to inform, no other reasons are involved. The company that makes this product has no idea I exist and did not give this item to me for free.***

I have only had one Umaibo before, and that’s because it was sent to me in a past JapanCrate. I enjoyed it, but I’ve never been able to find more of them anywhere near me!

So when this one showed up in my January box, I was super happy! Yes, it is just a chocolate covered corn stick, but it tastes really good! It was a nice little bit of chocolate when I dying for something with chocolate it in, but was struggling to find it, lol!

Chocola Gummy

***This is not a sponsored post. It is being done for fun and to inform, no other reasons are involved. The company that makes this product has no idea I exist and did not give this item to me for free.***

Oh cola flavors…why must you come back to me? I honestly hate the taste of cola, it’s so gross to me. It’s a chocolate covered, cola flavored gummy, so, I was really grossed out byt it. But…this wasn’t bad?

I don’t know what it is. I can’t taste the cola gummy in this candy! All I taste is the chocolate, maybe just a slight hint of cola, but it’s almost like it isn’t even there! I didn’t mind this candy in the end at all, but I wouldn’t buy it of my own will!

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