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