Discovering Authentic Japanese Snacks with Candy Japan

A few weeks ago , I received an exciting surprise in the mail: a package from Candy Japan! If you’re not familiar with Candy Japan, it’s a fast-growing subscription service that brings the tastiest of authentic Japanese snacks right to your door. For $25.00 a month, Candy Japan ships worldwide, ensuring you’re never too far away to receive your monthly goodies. And what kind of goodies can you expect? There’s over a dozen different snack available that range from sweet to savory , with things such as Super Soda Gum ( Gum filled with soda power) , Pokemon Candy Fruit Mix (Hard candy packaged in pictures of our favorite pokemon), and Yataian Goyza (a banana flavored, jelly-bean filled version of the real meat goyza) . With so many different options, and Candy Japan’s promise to deliver a new mystery every month , the only thing you can expect for sure is authentic food and flavors that can only be found in Japan.

My sample box was smaller than a standard subscription package; subscribers can expect to receive 2-6 candies twice a month. My three samples came wrapped up securely in tape decorated with colorful sweets.

Candy Japan Subscription Box adorable and relevant packaging

Candy Japan Subscription Box adorable and relevant packaging

Candy Japan Subscription Box

Candy Japan Subscription Box

My three snacks were Meito Air Choco in Strawberry ( a strawberry flavored, fish-shaped cookie filled with strawberry jam) ,a long savory rice cracker that google tells me is called Kaki Senbei, and Kinoko no Yama DIY kit , which  loosely translates to make your own chocolate mushrooms.

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Meito Air Choco in Strawberry

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Meito Air Choco in Strawberry

The Meito Air Strawberry fish cake was very strawberryish. As soon as I opened the package I was overwhelmed by a syrupy strawberry smell that was no where near as appetizing as the real thing. I still took a bite, and was happily surprised–the outside cookie was light and crisp, almost like a wafer, and the jam inside was tasty, but too sweet even for my sweet tooth.

The final verdict: B-

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Savory Kaki Senbei

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Savory Kaki Senbei

Next up was the Kaki Senbei. It was about five inches or so long, and cut into perfect bite-size pieces. It was like chomping down  on a savory peanut. The flavor , which tasted meet influenced, was a nice chance from the very sweet strawberry fish. If you like strong flavors, this should be on your to-try list.

The final verdict: B+

The Kinoko no Yama DIY kit

The Kinoko no Yama DIY kit

The Kinoko no Yama DIY kit  instructions

The Kinoko no Yama DIY kit instructions

Heating the chocolate

Heating the chocolate

Preparing

Preparing

The somewhat ugly but tasty aftermath

The somewhat ugly but tasty aftermath

I saved the best for last. The Kinoko no Yama DIY kit , or chocolate mushroom making kit, doubles as a craft as well as a snack. In addition to a package of tiny cookies, you also get three tubs of chocolate, and a plastic molding case. Obviously, I could read the directions but the pictures made it easy enough to follow. After melting the chocolate in hot water for a few minutes, you squeeze your choice of chocolate into the plastic mushroom molds. Stick the cookies center of the mold and then wait! To be honest, this is where I messed up a bit– I try to pull the cookies out a bit too soon and ended up breaking the mold. Luckily , I was able to savor a few and experience the deliciousness. The cookies are light, barely sweet and the chocolate is chocolate, after all–of course, it was good.

The final verdict: A+ for most fun and best taste  

Candy Japan is headed by Finnish expat Bemmu , so support your fellow travelers by subscribing to Candy Japan this month.

Disclaimer: Sample box was provided by Candy Japan. All reviews are my own opinions.

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