Hello! I received a very exciting email about two weeks ago now from the guys at OyatsuBox. They asked if I would like to try their OyatsuBox – a box brimming with Japanese food & candy galore! I have been following them on Twitter for a while now so it was a shock to think they had noticed little old me. I very excitedly said yes! My box arrived on Wednesday, having been posted last week, which is amazing to say it comes from the other side of the world. I thought I would do a small first impressions post today just to talk through the products. I honestly don’t know where to start! Callbee Nori & Soy Sauce Crisps – According to the information sheet that was included in my box, Callbee are the “foremost potato chip maker in Japan”. I interpret this as them being the equivalent to Walkers/Lays. Whilst the flavour may not have been something I would have chosen myself, I’m going to be brave and try something new! I will try to recreate the scene in Death Note where Light is munching on chips yet killing criminals at the same time – one of my favourite scenes in the anime. Puzzle & Dragons Candy – Puzzle & Dragons is a popular smartphone game in Japan; I would say it’s like their Candy Crush/HayDay/that Kim Kardashian one that has infected my Twitter timeline. I haven’t played it myself (yet!). I have heard it’s so popular that even older people are playing it on their way to work. These are hard candies and the flavours are Peach, Grape and Lemon. I also receive a sticker inside – YAY! Mitsuya Cider Lemon – Mitsuya cider is a popular drink in Japan. I think these are lemon flavoured cider hard boiled sweets – do correct me if I am wrong! They boast a unique fizzy outer layer… I’m intrigued! One-Piece Collectors Card & Gum – ONE PIECE! I know what this is! This isn’t so much a food product but I do get two collectors cards and I just LOVE collecting things. Anpanman Chocolate Lolly – CHOCOLATE! Yessss! As it’s summer time, shipping of chocolate from Japan is halted as it basically melts during transit. Even though this is probably the first thing I’ll get munching on, it has such a cute little face I don’t know if I can?! My information sheet tells me “Anpanman is the popular TV show in which everyone is a type of “pan” – the Japanese term for bread” – I think I need to find a way to watch this TV show! Fujiya Milky – “These soft-candy style treats are deliciously milky. This brand started production in 1951 and are made of high quality milk from the Hokkaido region of Japan”. These can either be nice or.. not so nice! I would like to think they will be nice considering the brand has been around since 1951. Butamen (Soy) – From a read of the information sheet, this is basically the Japanese version of a Pot Noodle – ha! This is the soy flavour and once again, probably not a flavour I would pick myself but I’ll be adventurous and give them a go. Cho Himo Q – A product from Meiji, yay! This is a 126cm long piece of candy that is split into two flavours – muscat and grape. I have to admit I’m pleased that this piece of candy isn’t going to be longer than I am tall – can you imagine being smaller than a string of candy?! I can imagine this being quite nice as I have already tasted the muscat gummy from Meiji in their Gummy Choco.
I’m very happy with the contents of my first OyatsuBox. This was a sample box sent for me to try but I actually am considering signing up to their service as it works out about £15 a box with free shipping – I pay £15 alone for postage to Japan when I send things to Nicole! I’ll be writing up my thoughts on all of these snacks soon!
What’s your favourite product in this OyatsuBox?