May 2017 JapanCrate Review

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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™‚

Meigum Gaburichu: Strawberry Yogurt Flavor

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When I read the description for this, I was super excited because it looked like I would be getting ANOTHER Japanese gum! Sadly, though, it wasn’t the case.

This is simply a chewy candy with a milky strawberry flavor. I was expecting to have a nice, chewy gum, but then it fell apart while I was chewing it, and I was so sad to find it wasn’t really a gum. It may have been a mistranslation on their part, but while the flavor and texture were good, I was a bit disappointed.

Animal Land Gummy

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Today we have a normal gummy candy. Yeah, but these are from Japan too, so, it’s kind of strange to see such a normal gummy candy! Usually you would expect something unusual, but not this time!

These are simply grape flavored gummies in the shape of animals. They aren’t bad, but the grape flavor is crazy overpowering! It’s so strong! I will finish the pack, but don’t know if I’d buy another with how strong the flavor is!

January 2017 JapanCrate

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Check it out, guys, we got another JapanCrate!! πŸ™‚ This is my last one for now, as I’m a bit tight on play money right now. I do have one more item from them on the way, and it’s the Christmas stocking that was a special item with a code they were giving out in December. I found out the other day that the stockings are shipped separately from the main box, so, we’re waiting for that now. πŸ™‚

This month’s theme is Indulgence, and oh boy, I’m SUPER excited for this box!! (and yes, my box is rather beat up lol. I’m also sick while writing this so I haven’t tried a single thing in the box yet.)

Doesn’t this pamphlet look lovely?? You can see just a couple of the snacks in the box, as many of these are small, single serve snacks, which I don’t mind! I’m usually the only one in my family that eats these snacks, so, I’m not concerned about having to share them haha!

I’m going to do all of these in order based on the pamphlet, and when I review each of the snacks individually, I will do them either in this order, or starting from the last snack to the first one in the pamphlet.

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The first snack in this box is the Kajiriccho Grape & Soda Soft Candy. The booklet describes this as being a taffy-like candy that has a grape flavored outside and a soda flavored center. This looks delicious, and I’m excited to try out a candy like this!

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Our next snacks is the Double Ice Cream Lollipop Chocolate & Vanilla. Basically, it’s a lollipop with the flavors of chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Yummy!! Β This is their featured candy in the pamphlet, and they made the suggestion of placing the lollipop in the fridge and trying it cold, saying it should be like real ice cream without the mess. I may have to try it like that!

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This snack is a Fruit Donut treat. Apparently they come in different flavors, and mine is a green gummy ring. I wonder what the flavor will be!

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Last month they gave us the Umai Vegetable Salad flavor rings, and this month we have the Umai Ring Mentai flavor! This is the other featured snack in the booklet, and it describes the flavor as being marinated roe of pollack and cod, and this is the most popular flavor in Japan! I’m a bit excited and worried to try to this, so, I really hope it tastes delicious!

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The fifth snack in this crate is the Umaibo Chocolate. I have only had one Umaibo stick before, and I can’t remember what the flavor was, but I really enjoyed it. This one has chocolate! I’m sure I’m going to love it, lol!

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I didn’t expect to get a bag of chocolate chip cookies in a JapanCrate lol. These just called Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are bite-sized chocolate chip cookies, which makes me laugh since I just got a bag of mini chocolate chip cookies from NatureBox, haha.

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Here we have the Suppai Lemon Gum! This is supposed to be super sour gum, which makes me laugh because we just got sour lemon gum last month too! I can’t wait to give this a try, as I love sour gum!

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I want to first say that I love matcha so much, it’s my new favorite drink at Starbucks. And these look so delicious! These are simply Matcha Sandwich Cookies, but they look so great. It’s a nice sized box too, so, maybe they’ll last me a little while!

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This is the only snack in this box that really has me concerned. This is the Chocola Gummy. It’s a cola flavored gummy with a chocolate coating. I HATE cola flavored candy, and this have a chocolate coating just makes me feel sicks… but, I will give it a taste for the blog, I just may have to hand it over to someone else if I hate it.

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This is the Magic Slime DIY kit, the kit we were supposed to get last month but didn’t because of seller shortage. I’m not sure what I think of this DIY kit, but I will document my experience with it and see how it tastes!

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These are the ABC Message Cookies. It looks like they’re plain cookies in the shape of alphabet letters! I can’t wait to try these, and we’ll see if I can spell anything with them, lol!

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Here is the One Stick Chocolate Pie. I’ve seen this online before, and always thought it looked delicious, and now I get to try it!! It’s a one piece snack that supposed to be just like a chocolate pie without all the baking! It looks so good, I’m excited to taste it!

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Here we have the Meigum Gaburichu: Strawberry Yogurt flavor. It looks like this a stick of gum in the flavor of strawberry yogurt. I’m very interested to see how this tastes! It feels like it’s a pretty good sized piece of gum, so I should be able to cut it into a couple of pieces and try it out that way!

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A cute little pack of gummies! This is called Animal Land Gummy, and it looks like these are grape flavored, just by the packaging! I’m so glad they aren’t cola flavored like the dinosaur ones this past summer were, lol!

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Here’s the drink for this month! This is called Bodyguard Plus, and unfortunately, I can’t tell you what the flavor is. It looks like there was a misprint in the booklet and it says the exact same thing on this item and the bonus item for product description. :/ But I’ll try it and see if I can identify the flavor!

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And the final item is a bonus item. This was included as a mystery candy because of the delays last month from all the holiday shipments. It looks like a random mystery candy was included in every box that went out, and I ended up getting the Zombie Maker Gum. This has stickers and a background to place them on, and includes a piece of gum with it. It kind of creeps me out, but I’m sure the gum will taste great.

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And there we are, the January 2017 JapanCrate! It’s a great start to the year, even though I won’t be getting next months box. I’m really happy with this box, and I can’t wait to dive in and try everything!

As soon as the bonus gift stocking gets here, I’ll do a review of the items that are in it as well!

Yakimo Yokan

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Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I almost always end up having, at least twice, baked sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon. It’s so tasty and it’s almost like a personal sweet potato pie, just without the pie crust or whipped cream.

This was an interesting snack to get…I picked it up out of the box when I was doing a general look, and when I felt that it was squishy I thought it was melted chocolate at first, then I read in the pamphlet what it was, and I was surprised! This is a roasted sweet potato gelatin dessert. I was a little bit concerned about trying it, because I don’t eat gelatin desserts like Jello anymore, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this.

But then I tried the other night after letting it sit in the fridge for a couple of weeks (mostly because I forgot it was there haha). And I was pleasantly surprised, I liked it! It was tasty, and had that roasted sweet potato taste I love, and the gelatin was firm from being the fridge so long. I really liked it! I wish they had included more than one!

Animal Lesson Choco

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So I’m pretty sure anyone that’s had any Japanese snacks has probably had Hello Panda or Koala March. The tasty little biscuit cookies with a cream center, that can be either chocolate, strawberry, or some other flavor (I’m still dying to try the matcha Koala March). If you haven’t had these before, I’ll be shocked, as even my current manager at work had Koala March as a child, to my surprise!

These are basically the exact same thing, but with different animals printed on them! They’re just like Hello Panda, and I really like them. The pack was tiny, so, there wasn’t much there, but they were cute with the little animals on them!

December 2016 JapanCrate

My apologies in advance if this is the only post, besides what I am gifted on Christmas Day, for this month that’s a review or something, but I’ve been very busy and been sick this week. :/

BUT, that’s not going to stop me from giving a quick overview and review of this month’s JapanCrate! And yes, I will have another next month! πŸ™‚

So here’s the overview pictures! I love getting this red box, it’s so fun! The little booklet is cute too, and explains some things about Christmas in Japan, and tells you more about the snacks! I had to use flash for these, as I’m having some lighting issues in my room right now. But, I did my best, and here we go with the overview of the snacks!

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The first item in this box is the Sakuranbo no Uta. This is a cherry flavored candy that apparently is supposed to have a resemblance to cherry pie with whipped cream on it. I’m not a huge fan of cherries, but cherry pie is the exception, haha. I can’t wait to try these and see how they taste.

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Next we have the Uma wa Vegetable Salad Flavor. This apparently is made by the makers of the Umaibo sticks, and these are rings instead of full sized stick. These are supposed to taste like a salad with dressing on it, and I really hope these taste good. I thought they sounded interesting when I saw them on JapanCrate’s Twitter, and they really do sound tasty!

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Our third snack is the Animal Lesson Choco. These are chocolate creme filled cookies with animals on them! These remind me of the Hello Panda cookies, and I bet they’re exactly the same, just with different designs on the front. Can’t wait to try them out!

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This is a very interesting snack. It’s called Yakimo Yokan, and it’s a roasted sweet potato flavored gelatin dessert. Yes, this is a gelatin snack. It’s squishy, and I actually am excited to try it, as I love sweet potatoes. I’m sure it’s going to be delicious cold~

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This is another one I’m super excited to try! These are Harvest Biscuit Matcha flavor. So, basically, they seem to be crackers that have a matcha flavor to them. I recently discovered that I actually really like matcha flavored snacks, so, I’m really excited to try this out and see how it tastes!

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This next item is called Tsundermon Gum. And yes, it’s tsunder like from tsundere. These are meant to be like the tsundere trope, of going from sour (mean or cold) to sweet (nice or open). It’s in a lemon flavor, and looks like it’ll be tasty. I hope it isn’t too sour lol.

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This snack is the Morokoshi wa ta Ro. These are just corn puff snacks it seems. The package is cute, and I like corn puff snacks, so, these should be a win for me. πŸ™‚

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Next up, this is the Grapefruit & Orange Nodo Ame. These are grapefruit and orange flavored hand candies that have vitamin C in them. I personally love grapefruits, and a candy in that flavor sounds wonderful! And after being sick this week, I need the vitamin C, lol!

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Next is the Anpanman Pero Pero Chocolate. This is basically a chocolate lollipop, and it’s got an Anpanman character as the design! I don’t actually know this character’s name, but it looks delicious. If anyone knows this character’s name, please tell me!

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Now we have the DIY kit that was included, the Green Tea Choco Mochi kit. Because of a shortage from their supplier, JapanCrate had to make a substitution from the slime kit featured in the booklet to this one, which isn’t a bad thing, they let us know in the emails with our tracking number, which is great, and I think this kit will be better than the slime kit honestly. I might try to record this one, since it’s a DIY kit, but, we’ll just have to see.

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Getting down to the last few items, we have the drink that was included in this box! This is the Double Sparkling Yuzu & Lemon soda. I’ve never had yuzu before, but it being citrus and in a soda with lemon actually sounds delicious. I’ll have to get this chilled and try it out soon!

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Another one I’ve never tried before, we have the strawberry flavored Calpico mini. The best way I know to describe these is kind of like astronaut food, but also not, from what I’ve seen and heard. The booklet describes this as a crunchy cone with an airy chocolate in the middle, with the one I received being strawberry flavored. I’m really excited to finally try one of these, I’ve been dying to for years!

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This time around, our bonus item is another package of candy! This is the Kakushi Ume-dama, an ume flavored hard candy. Ume is pickled plum, and I’ve actually had an ume flavored gum in the past that I honestly loved. These are supposed to have at least one very sour candy in the bag, which isn’t a problem for me as I love sour candies.

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This, honestly, is the one thing I was not excited to see in my box. This is the Long Cola Gum, two long pieces of cola flavored gum. I absolutely cannot stand the taste of Coca-Cola, and a cola flavored gum does not sound the least bit appealing to me. But, I will try it. I will probably share it with my three sisters, and we’ll see how it is.

img_20161221_193812And finally, we have the Pure Gummy Puchi Sankaku Lemon. This is a tiny package of lemon flavored gummies, and they’re supposed to taste like lemonade. I showed this to my mom and at first we both thought it was just one piece, until she held it up to the light and we saw it’s more than just one. Here’s hoping they taste delicious!

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Despite the cola gum, I’m very excited for all the snacks in this box! I can’t wait to try them out, and see what each one tastes like. I’ll try to get individual reviews up for these snacks while I’m on break, but I might be a bit busy for that (I know I will be very busy next month and probably unable to do that with the January box, but we’ll see).

I do, honestly, highly recommend JapanCrate, even if I don’t get boxes from them often. They do have a store open on their website now, and I might have to make an order for past snacks I haven’t tried, but that’s just another thing we’ll have to see about. πŸ˜‰

 

Tasty Thursday: Sakusaku Panda Cookies

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Today I have the fairly famous Sakusaku Panda Cookies! I’ve been dying to try these for a long time, and I finally found them at the candy shop I mentioned last week!

Unfortunately, because of importing and it being hot, my cookies were melted into a block, but that didn’t change the taste at all! They were still delicious, they just didn’t have the adorable faces. I’ll probably order some at some point in the winter so they aren’t melted.

The chocolate had a very good flavor and it was a very creamy. The cookie was nice and crunchy, and it tasted great as well.

I’d highly recommend you try them out if you get a chance. Maybe yours won’t be melted, lol. πŸ˜›

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Tasty Thursday: Kracie Super Soda Gum

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Where I live, a new candy and soda store called Rocket Fizz just opened. My sisters and I went there after I got off work last week, and to my surprise, they have a section of Japanese and Asian snacks and candies! I bought a few of them, and something else, which will be reviewed in the coming weeks.

Today, I’d like to focus on the Kracie Super Soda Gum. This gum is a blue square, with a fizzy powder center. It tastes like the Ramune hard candies I’ve had in bags of assorted candy that I’ve ordered online, and it’s not bad! It does have a kind of strange after taste, but it’s not too bad, to be honest. I really enjoyed it, and maybe one day I’ll get over my hatred of cola flavored candies to try the cola one lol.

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Tasty Thursdays: July 2016 NatureBox

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Here is the review of the second NatureBox I received this summer! I will give the same description and explanation of NatureBox as last time, so let’s get on with the review!!

If you don’t know what NatureBox is, it’s a subscription company that provides you with healthy snacks in resealable bags or single serve bags. Unlike other subscription boxes, NatureBox allows you to put the snacks you want to try in our pantry, and they will send you exactly what you want, instead of a random group of snacks that leaves you guessing about what you might be getting.

Because they also have a referral program going on, I will share my referral link at the bottom of the post. If you would like to try NatureBox without spending $20 for five bags of snacks, you can use my link to get a box for free, and only pay $5 in shipping. You’ll also help me in the end, because when you sign up with my link, I’ll get a $20 credit and be able to bring more boxes to you guys!

With that, let us continue on and discuss what I got in my box this time!

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Fair warning: This box is more sweet based than the last one, only one item (technically two) being savory. I wanted to get some sweets for work so I wasn’t buying candy at the store, which would save me money and calories!

(And yes, I did taste almost allΒ of the bagged snacks before I took pictures. :] I had to make sure they were good!!)

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The first item in this box was the Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites. I LOVED these from first smell!! They smelled so good and sweet, but not overly sweet and the chocolate taste was perfect! These are supposed to be like 8 cookies a serving, but I took that down to 5 when I put them into snack bags to take to work.

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Next are the Lemon Tea Biscuits. I’ve wanted these since last year when I had my first box, and I’m really glad I got them this time! They’re slightly chewy and have just a small lemon taste, but it’s so good! I’m really glad I got these! The serving size on these is 12 biscuits a serving (they are TINY), but I cut that down by about half I believe, in order to get more out of the bag.

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The third snack was the Vanilla Bean Wafers! These little wafers are so good, I just finished off a snack bag of them while writing this lol. They’re small and cruchy, but not too crunchy at all. You can even see the little black specks of vanilla bean in them! These wafers are 11 per serving, and I cut that down once again to get more from the bag and have a light sweet snack at work.

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Now we have the Dark Cocoa Nom Noms. I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. They’re like an extra chewy, dark chocolate brownie bite!! I shared one with my mom and she thought they were delicious too! The serving is supposed to be two at a time, but I put one in each snack bag to make them last, and because they’re rather rich!

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The next snack is the Whole Wheat Blueberry Figgy Bars! These are a big Fig Newton, and I really like them! They’re individually wrapped, this is great because I can easily throw them in my lunch bag for a quick morning snack at work or before class!

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Finally, I decided to put this into my pantry as an add-on, so it cost me an extra $3, but I think it was worth it! This is the Mac & Cheese with Veggies! This one is pretty good I think. Again, as with the quinoa and couscous I had, I believe the fill line is a little high, and that makes it a little more wet and soupy than it should be, but the cheese sauce is really delicious and the veggies mixed it are great! I bet these would be even more delicious with extra veggies and maybe some ham!

So that’s the last NatureBox I have for now. 😦 If I get a good deal or someone uses my referral link, I’ll definitely do an add-on snack to make it an even six, and next time I think I’ll get three savory and three sweet snacks!

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