Hello! OyatsuBox time has rolled around once more. I was a little grumpy this month as it took longer than usual getting here due to the postal services being stretched to the limit over Christmas. However, it was worth it when the box finally made its way into my grubby hands.
I have to admit that I was rather impatient waiting for my OyatsuBox and I had a cheeky stalk of Twitter and Instagram to make sure it wasn’t just me (it wasn’t!). When I found out that I would be receiving a box of Meiji Meltykiss Chocolate this month, I was beyond ecstatic. I have spoken about my love for Meiji Meltykiss in my review so if you are feeling intrigued do pop on over and have a read! Because I have already reviewed these, I can start eating these straight away and I don’t have to worry about photographing them first, muhaha!
An item I am excited to try for the first time is the Hot Chilli Calbee Potato Chips. I am told that they were recently voted the most popular chips in Japan – wow! I am partial to a spicy crisp or two so I have high hopes for these.
Another DIY candy kit! I recently tried one of these and I had a lot of fun, so the more I have the better. This is the Kracie Takoyaki Candy Kit where you create gummies that look like Japanese Takoyaki; grilled pieces of batter with octopus inside from what I understand. I hope the gummies do not taste like octopus!
Next up it’s a packet of Taiko Drum Candies. I am told that Taiko Drum Master is a very popular arcade game in Japan; I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy of the DS game! The gummies are shaped like Taiko Drums and other characters from the game, and they are orange and grape flavoured.
Well this item looks delicious! Glico Caplicot Strawberry contains pieces of chocolate with a strawberry layer. I’m usually not a huge fan of strawberry and chocolate together, but seriously the sight of this is making me salivate violently (tmi?).
Good ol’ faithful Hi-Chew! These are fruity, chewy sweets – similar to Fruitella and Chewits in my view. The Hi-Chew Mikan Orange flavour is a Japanese exclusive. This particular packet features the “Small, middle aged man” character who can currently be seen all over Japan. I love it!
Ooh, something new! Meiji Poifull are Japan’s version of jelly beans. This contains grape, apple, lemon and peach flavoured jelly beans. The last jelly beans I tried were the Harry Potter Bertie Botts ones and I’m not going to lie, they scarred me for life (no one should ever taste a rotten egg jelly bean!).
Lifeguard Soft Candy… a.k.a. the hardest item to photograph! Lifeguard is one of Japan’s most popular energy drinks. This chewy candy is meant to have the taste of the drink, but I hope it gives me some energy too.
Please accept my apologies for how shockingly bad this photo is! These are the Gochi Ramune Candies; chewy candies that taste like ramune (Japanese lemonade). I hope that these are not covered in sugar like the picture suggests; my sweet tooth is declining in my old age.
The final item I received was a Gashapon – Japanese capsule toy. These items come from small vending machines. I do not think that this is a particular character or brand, but I’m still excited to receive an item that I could only get if I was in Japan.
I’m so happy with the box this month. I liked that this box was sweet-heavy as I’m more likely to eat them over something savoury. I am delighted that I received a box of Meltykiss this month; it definitely made up for the delay. My box containing all my Japanese food is beginning to overflow so expect to see a lot of reviews whilst I try to get it under control.
OyatsuBox is a monthly subscription service from Japan. For $25, you receive 8-14 items per month. For $7.99, you can opt for their Junior Service where you receive 2-3 items per month. I prefer the $25 service personally as you get so much to try, and it will last you until the next box comes! Usually, OyatsuBox contain a mixture of sweet and savoury items; you can be trying a fruit gummy one day or eating seafood flavoured crisps the next. Shipping is free, and it takes roughly two weeks to arrive. There are no custom charges to pay. I love being subscribed to OyatsuBox; it gives me something to look forward to each month.
What item would you like to see tried and tested first? Help me out, there’s too much choice!