Hello! A while ago, the lovely team of OyatsuBox kindly sent me a sample OyatsuBox to review on my blog. I was so impressed with what I had received I signed up for a subscription not long after. It’s for the blog! ;) This is what I received in the September box.
As you can see, the box is crammed full of goodies! Let’s have a proper look at them…
The first item that caught my eye was the Super Mario Kart 7 Pull Back Racer. It is a blind box so I had no idea which figure I’d get. I got the Lakitu figure – I would have liked the Yoshi figure but you can’t have it all! You also received a boiled sweet with the toy for you to eat “while admiring your new racer”.
In last month’s box I received a bag of Mitsuya Cider candies in the lemonade variety. In this month I received the grape variety! I’m not going to say too much as I am going to review those soon. I am keen to try this variety now!
Next up are the Calpis Soda Gummies. These are made by Asahi, the same company that make the Mitsuya Cider sweets. The information sheet states that these gummies are “styled after Asahi’s Calpis Soda, the sweet and milky soft drink sold all over Japan”. I haven’t tried that drink, but I do enjoy gummies!
A product I have tried before – Hi Chew! I distinctly remember eating these in my youth… *sighs dreamily* I do remember the last time I had these; I scoffed two packs before the Neal’s Yard Remedies Event in Leeds and became a little hyper – they are quite high in sugar. Hi Chew, in my view (hehe, that rhymed!) are like the Japanese version of Fruitella/Chewits. Usually I eat the strawberry version, so I will be excited to try the mango, pineapple and banana flavours in this packet.
A very eye catching product now – this is the JOO-C Colour Ball Ramune Candies. I’ll hold my hands up and admit I didn’t know what ramune was, but Google tells me it is a carbonated soft drink (you learn something new everyday!). There are a variety of flavours to choose from; orange, lemon, melon, grape and strawberry.
Ooh, something savoury! This is the AceCook HaruSame Soup. The information sheet states “Japanese HaruSame, also known as crystal noodles, are transparent noodles made from potato starch”. This sounds like a real hearty dish as it also contains Wakame, Corn and other veggies.
Crisps made from “potted peas”? I’m not too sure! These are the Calbee Sayaendo – Soy Bean Chips. Apparently, these are well loved in Japan. Not a flavour I would choose myself, but I’m told to enjoy them with a cold drink. I’ll give them a go!
How cute is that little dinosaur?! This is Watagon Cotton Candy in the flavour Watermelon. I didn’t know this before, but watermelon is a much sought after fruit in Japan. Then again, I don’t think I’ve ever tried it!
I have to admit I am strangely fascinated by Japanese vending machines – I have watched a few YouTube videos of them in my time! In Japan, every vending machine sells coffee in a can. This is canned coffee flavoured cereal that, when added to milk, tastes like milky coffee. I might try and use this as sparingly as I can in different milks to see what it tastes like… or I might just eat it dry as I am one of those people.
And finally, another DIY candy kit to try out. This is one of the original DIY candy kits. There are banana flavoured soft candies that I can dip into chocolate and then dip into sprinkles… mmm, my mouth is watering already! I am resembling the kid on the packet writing this!
Another hit from OyatsuBox this month! I have barely made a dent in the last OyatsuBox I received so I had better get munching – only 11 days until the next month’s box is shipped! OyatsuBox costs $25 per month, which is about £15, and includes free shipping. Each box is shipped out on the first of every month and takes about 2 weeks to arrive. Someone commented on my first box asking if there was any customs charges that had to be paid on top and I can confirm that there are not. OyatsuBox are now offering two services; there is the $25 service which promises 8-14 items (which is this one), and there is the newly introduced Jr. service that is $7.99 per month for 2-3 items per month. Personally, I’d opt for the $25 service but I would imagine that Jr. service would be a great introduction to Japanese sweets.
What item should I get munching on first?