December 2017 Japan Crate

Time for another Japan Crate review!! I ordered this bow around Thanksgiving, because of a reason I’ll explain later, and finally got it this past Friday! The box is SO CUTE and I’m not just saying that because green is my favorite color. 😉 I like the design on this month’s box, it’s very festive!

So pretty, and look at those snacks!! The pamphlet is very small this month, but that’s ok! it still has everything we’re used to in it, it’s just skinny and one sheet! So, let’s go ahead and get started with the snacks in this box!

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For the first few items I pulled out of the box, starting from the left, we’ve got the Christmas Shimichoco Corn! These are corn puff stars with chocolate and omg, I LOVE these things! Japan Crate has given us a bag before and I loved them then, and still love them now. They’re crispy with a great amount of chocolate and just taste great!

The second snack is the Sour Cream and Onion Scones. And no, these aren’t the scones you’re thinking of. They’re more like Cheetos! They tasted pretty good, there was a definite slight sour cream and onion flavor, but obviously it wasn’t as strong as the kind you’d get from say, Pringles. They were really good though! I ate the bag in two days because they were super good lol.

The third item is the DIY kit for this month, and it’s the Minions Furifuri Shake! This looks like a fun little kit to make quickly! It just uses the powder that’s included, milk, and an ice cube! It’s shaken up for 30 seconds and then you have a banana “shake” to drink! I can’t wait to try it!

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The next set of snacks taken from the box begins with the Christmas Fugashi. This is a sugar covered wheat puff, and I believe they’ve sent this before as well, and it was a pretty good!

The next two items are both Umaibo snacks! There’s the Christmas Umaibo, which is chocolate, and the Christmas Corn Potage Umaibo, which was a sweet corn flavor. I’ve really loved getting the Umaibo snacks and these are really good.

Third is the Constellation Chocolate, which is a little biscuit covered in chocolate. Each cookie has an imprint of a Zodiac figure on it, and mine has Taurus! It was a really good cookie and the chocolate was delicious as well~

Last for this picture is the Christmas Fueramune. It’s one of the whistle candies and it came in a raumne flavor! Very good for whistling and eating! 😉

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This set of snacks starts with the Christmas Black Thunder bar in mini sizes! There were two of these in the box, and omg, I regret never having had a Black Thunder bar before!! These are so good and chocolatey, and the cookie inside added a nice crunch!

Next is the Christmas Chocolate Daifuku! I’ve had this before in different packaging, and while the description in the pamphlet implies this is supposed to be like mochi, it was really just a marshmallow with a bit of chocolate in the middle, but it was still good!

Third is the Tasty Ice Cream Mini Bake Kit Kat bars! Two mini packs, and these taste just like vanilla ice cream! I didn’t try the baking part for the first pack, but maybe I will for the second one!

The next snack is the Butter Cream Roll Cake! This looks like it’s going to be a vanilla cake with butter cream in the middle! I’ve had a strawberry one of these before and it was good, now I get to try a new flavor!

Finally in this set, is the Awadama Red, a dagashi hard candy! This is supposed to be an apple flavored candy, the pamphlet says it it’ll have a “fizzy” taste, so I wonder if this will fizz when I eat it!

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This is the last picture of snacks, and it includes our drink for this month!

First is the Tohato Christmas Caramel Corn! I love this stuff so much, the texture is so nice and the flavor is great! It’s not like Western caramel corn at all, but it’s still so good and I love how it tastes!

The drink is Cassis and Orange Orangina! The cassis is black current flavor mixed with the orange flavor, and that honestly sounds super good to me. I can’t wait to give this a taste and see how it is!

Finally, this is the reason for my ordering this crate! For Black Friday, Japan Crate had an offer where if you signed up for a subscription, you would get $5 off your crate and a PokeBall bonus item with a little Pokemon figure in it, based on one of 10 Pokemon from the latest movie (Pikachu is feature twice, counted as two different figures)! I got an Ultra Ball and a tiny little Piplup figure!! I didn’t expect the piece of candy to be in the ball, but that’s cool too! The Piplup is too small, I hope I don’t lost it, and the Ultra Ball is a great display piece itself!

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So that’s it for the December Japan Crate! All in all, this was a great crate for the end of the year! Lots of good snacks, new and old, and it all tastes great (from what I’ve eaten so far lol)!

Hopefully, if my monetary situation is looking good after buying textbooks for the spring, I’ll be able to hold onto my Japan Crate subscription for a bit, and continue reviewing it along with having tasty snacks! So stay tuned, and we’ll see what happens! 🙂

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June 2017 Japan Crate

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Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I posted, but, today, I have the June 2017 Japan Crate! 🙂 I won’t be getting the July one, but I will have the July Umai Crate (by accident….I thought I canceled it. :I) And I’m totally doing this one differently today: I have tasted all but three of the items in this crate, and one of my sisters helped me out as well! 😀 So let’s go ahead and get started! :3

This month’s theme is Childhood Favorites, and, honestly, I’ve only ever had one of these snacks before, and that was in a past Japan Crate!

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The first item is the Ice Stick Lollipop. These lollipops are supposed to look like ice pops, and it looks like it’ll be a tasty little treat! I didn’t try this one since there’s only one piece, but I do hope it tastes good!

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The second snack is the Mochi Taro: Salt. In the May crate we had a snack kind of like this, and I really did enjoy it. This one I also enjoyed! It had a light salt taste and it was pretty good! My sister thought it was ok when she tried it.

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These are the Triangular Cracker Vegetable. They’re vegetable flavored crackers, but, honestly? There was so flavor to these when I tried them, and my sister agreed. I really wish I had been able to taste the flavor, whatever it was supposed to be, but there was just nothing.

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This one is the Soft Soda Soft Candy. The booklet describes them as being jellybean like, but I compare the texture more to being like chewing gum! I really like the ramune flavor, and it had a slight sour kick at the end. My sister didn’t really seem to enjoy the sour kick, but seemed fine with it otherwise.

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The fifth snack is the Anpanman Soft Cracker. This bag is HUGE and I was so surprised when I opened it to find that the crackers were individually wrapped in packs of two! That means I can easily put them in my lunchbox and take them to work with me! My sister didn’t want to try these, so I tried them by myself, and I really liked them! They were crunchy and had a salty, kind of buttery taste to them!

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This is the Roll Candy Strawberry 20G. Basically, it’s a Japanese Fruit Roll-Up! I tired this one by myself again, and it was pretty good! I haven’t had a Fruit Roll-Up in years, so, I can’t compare this one to the American version, but I do think this one is very good, it has a really good strawberry flavor to it, and it is sticky, but, that’s expected.

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This snack is simply called Pike8. I was a bit confused about which on this was according to the booklet, because this package doesn’t match what’s in the booklet. Either way, it’s another rice cracker and this one is supposed to have a buttery and salty taste. It’s a very crunchy cracker and not bad tasting, but it does take a bit to get the butter flavor. I enjoyed it and my sister thought it was ok.

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This is a snack I’ve had before, the Corn Potage. It’s a corn soup flavored puff snack, and I really do enjoy this snack! It has a sweet corn flavor, and I love that. My sister got the flavor as well, but she didn’t like it that much.

 

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These are the Rilakkuma pretzel sticks. It’s basically Pocky without the cream on the outside, and they aren’t bad! They come in a honey butter flavor, and I personally really enjoy that flavor combination! I liked these a lot, and my sister thought they were all right.

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This is the DIY kit for this month, Shin-chan Puripuri Pudding #5. This is the fifth edition of this DIY kit, where you follow the directions to make pudding. I haven’t done this kit yet, and I don’t know if I’ll make a separate post about it or not, I’m undecided. I don’t think I’ll be using the butt shaped mold, personally. :I

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Genji Pie!! I’ve been dying to try these for months! These are in a mini form, and they’re heart shaped, baked cookies that are just like a flaky pie crust! They have a delicious buttery sweet taste, and remind me of pecan pie crust! I absolutely love these!

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This snack has a strange name! In the booklet, it’s called Lactic Acid Bacteria is Alive! It’s a hard candy that is strawberry yogurt flavored, and it has live lactic acid bacteria in it, which is a probiotic. My sister and I tried these and at first, I thought they were gummy candy! It’s not bad, and I do like the flavor, and I think my sister liked it to an extent as well.

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Here is the drink for this month, Pudding Shake! This is going to be a strange one to try, I think. It seems like it’s a creamy drink with bits of pudding in it, and it’s being compared to boba drinks. I personally really like boba, so I do hope this tastes good when I drink it, but I am a bit scared lol.

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Finally, we have the Choco Anpan! These are little breads that have chocolate in the middle! I’ve wanted to try these for a long time, and finally I got to! However, I thought they were just ok. The chocolate was good, but my sister and I agree that there was too much bread, and not enough chocolate in the middle.

The bonus item this month is a moldable sushi piece. It comes with a plastic piece of raw fish, and this semi-wet material that you can mold to be like the rice of the sushi. It’s interesting and I have mine together in the bag it came in, just so the material doesn’t dry out.

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So that’s the June 2017 Japan Crate! I’m actually super happy with this crate and everything that came in it, and I think it was a very strong in the snacks that they sent us!

I’ll see you guys again next month for the July Umai Crate! 🙂

Chocola Gummy

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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!

Kajiriccho Grape & Soda Soft Candy

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Here’s the first item from the January JapanCrate to be reviewed! I’ll be reviewing all the snacks from that crate as well as the “stocking” stuffer!

This candy is a grape flavored outside and soda flavored inside. It’s soft and chewy, and really tasty. I thought the grape flavor was going to be super strong, but it wasn’t! It was pretty mellow, and with the soda flavor it was like a grape soda candy! I really enjoyed it, and wish there had been more of it in the box!

Choco Kinako Mochi Matcha DIY candy kit

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This is an interesting little DIY candy kit! Originally, in the December JapanCrate, we were supposed to get a magic slime kit, but a shortage happened and they replaced it with this kit!

I’m actually glad we got this one instead, because I have a lot of love for matcha flavored candies and snacks. It is a weird little kit, but it’s not terrible tasting.

You have a packet of little mochi tablets, chocolate, and matcha powder, a tray, and a two pronged fork. You’re supposed to wet the mochi tablets so they become soft and squishy, then dip them in the chocolate, then the matcha powder and eat.

It…isn’t bad…The mochi tablets are kind of weird, and I didn’t have a dropper with me so I couldn’t do it properly, but I did eventually get the tablets wet enough that I was able to do the rest of the kit correctly. The chocolate and the matcha powder were good. It really tasty with those on it, but separate, I don’t think the mochi tablets would be very good.

All in all, not a terrible kit, I enjoyed making it and eating it, but the mochi tablets were kind of icky.

Pure Gummy Puchi Sankaku Lemon

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JapanCrate sure gave us a lot of citrus in the December box! No complaints of course, it was all delicious! This is the last prepackaged snack in the box, the DIY kit will come tomorrow!

This little candy is a lemon flavored gummy. I have seen this brand before and wanted to try it, but just never got the chance to. When I first took it out of the box, my mom and I both thought it was just one gummy, but when I opened it, I found it was several little disc shaped gummies with a fine sour sugar around them! I ate them super late one night, so I don’t have a picture of them, sorry.

These were super good though, I really enjoyed them. They had a nice, sour lemon taste, but it wasn’t overpowering. There were about five or six of the gummy discs in the little triangle package. This packaging was the hardest to open, I didn’t have my scissors and struggled to tear it open lol.

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Kakushi Ume-dama

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The first word of this snack makes me thing of Kakashi from Naruto, because it’s only a one letter difference haha. Anyway, ume is pickled plum, and it’s usually a quite sour flavor. I’ve had a gum in this flavor before, and I really loved it, it was good!

These little hard candies aren’t bad at all! They’re supposed to be sour, but the first one I had was more on the sweet side, I didn’t taste any sour at all. The second candy, however, had a great sour flavor! It was so good, and didn’t disappoint on the flavor!

Sakuranbo no Uta

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Today I have a small taste testing review of a candy that was included in the December 2016 JapanCrate! I’m going to make my way through the December snacks the next fifteen days, before my January crate gets here. And yes, I’m planning one of those days to be the DIY kit that was included!

So, we’re going to start this with the Sakuranbo no Uta! These are cherry drop candies with this kind of powdery coating to them. The pamphlet describes them as having a smooth cherry taste, with the creaminess of the whipped cream on a slice of cherry pie. Now, I’m not a fan of just plain cherries, but cherry pie is amazing, one of my favorites.

These candies aren’t bad, even though they don’t really remind me of cherry pie with whipped cream. They tasted like a pretty standard cherry hard candy to me. It’s not bad, by any means. The description just gave me too high expectations haha.

Upcoming Christmas Posts!!!

Today I went to Wal-Mart, and I picked up a few Christmas snacks and treats that we can try out here!

Yes, two of these are in no way Christmas based, but I will be reviewing the seaweed and sesame stick snacks as well.

So, for this taste testing “series” we have Little Debbie, Lindor, Hershey’s, and more! I’ll be trying to spread these out over a few days, so they last, but may do just one or two a week until Christmas. We’ll see what happens!

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Maken Gummy — Rock paper scissors anyone??

This is the final snack that came in my JapanCrate! This has two other counter parts to it that represent the rock and scissors. It also comes in another flavor, cola. I got the grape “paper” gummy, which is shaped like a hand with a star gummy as well.

This is actually a really tasty gummy. The grape flavor is not too strong or overpowering. It’s the perfect flavor and it doesn’t taste like that awful jelly in a tube thing. The gummy is chewy and soft, and it’s just really good.

If you ever see this at an Asian market, pic it up. You’ll like it!

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