It’s once again OyatsuBox time, yay! For those of you not so familiar with my blog, OyatsuBox is a monthly subscription box service from Japan. For $12, $20 or $25 per month, you receive a box of Japanese confectionery and savoury goods. Let’s have a look inside!
The theme of the July OyatsuBox was “dagashi” – cheap sweets and snacks that cost between 5 and 10 yen. I imagine it is similar to “penny sweets” we have here in England, as well as the cheap and cheerful sweets and snacks such as Dib Dab, Flumps, Drumsticks, Snaps, Space Raiders…. As some of the items in the box were quite small, I decided to include some mini reviews in this OyatsuBox post, as there is no way I would be able to write a 300 word review on an item that I inhaled in 5 seconds. Let’s get started!
Umaibo – Takoyaki
“A new form of Umaibo with Japanese Takoyaki taste!”
I was quite looking forward to trying these after I had enjoyed the Takoyaki Tei from a previous OyatsuBox. Just as I expected, they had a lovely taste. A little bit spicy, with no fish/octopus taste at all. *breathes sigh of relief* I would definitely eat these again!
Dagashi Store Monja
These are instant noodles that can be whipped up by adding hot water. OyatsuBox advise that you can add croutons and nori but let’s be real, I’m not that brave! I am sure that these noodles will be a lovely treat whilst I am binge watching my latest tv obsession, or perhaps even blogging.
Pancake Choco – Premium Box Only
“Snack style pancakes with an inner layer of chocolate cream”
Oooh, didn’t these sound lovely? I quickly gobbled up the two in the pack. Don’t look at me like that, they were only small… *innocent face* They reminded me of some cakes we get here in England, although I can’t think what the name is…
“Cute choco cookie in the shape of a king’s crown!”
This was a cookie in the shape of a king’s crown with a secret chocolate filling. After eating the nori, this was a much needed sweet treat. *shudders at the memory of the nori*
Umaibo – Pizza
“Crunchy corn puff stick, the most famous Dagashi ever!”
Umaibo is very famous indeed! The easiest way to describe it is that it’s basically like a giant Wotsit/Cheeto. This had a subtle pizza flavour. I was expecting an overpowering, cheap flavour but it actually had a hint of spice, and it was very nice! #poetandiknowit
Umaibo – Steak – Premium Box Only
“A premium version of Umaibo, with Japanese steak flavour!”
A premium Umaibo? Ooh, how fancy. This flavour had a strong alcoholic tang to it and I’m not sure why. I don’t eat steak personally… is this what steak is supposed to taste like? Whilst it was ok, I prefer the cheaper, less premium pizza flavour if I am honest! I want more of the pizza ones!
Fried Chicken Senbei
“American and Japanese tastes meet in this Dagashi staple”
This was like a crisp/potato chip but slightly thicker. It had a subtle chicken flavour, and it wasn’t that bad! I don’t think I could eat a full bag of them though so I am glad that this small bag only contained 4 of them.
Canned Coffee Cereal
“Unique cereal with the flavour of milky sweet canned coffee”
Put simply, these are coffee flavoured sugar puffs. They were enjoyable and the coffee taste was spot on. I would have liked a bigger bag as this was too small a portion for my greedy guts. You can also eat them dry if you are not a fan of milk.
To me, this looks like a more “traditional” version of the Kinako Mochi DIY candy kit that I have tried in the past. Considering what a failure that was, I do not have high hopes for success with this one. I’ll let you all know if I give it a go!
“The original Babystar, dried ramen bits”
I am partial to a bowl or two of ramen, and these dried ramen bits were pretty good. With a simple, salty taste I enjoyed eating them, but I also got bored of them rather quickly. I am never satisfied…
Sherbet Pero Cola – Premium Box Only
“Dip the lolly in the sherbet and enjoy the cola fizz”
Well, what do you know, we already have something like this in England called Dip Dab! If my memory serves me right, Dip Dab is a cheap lolly with cheap, plain tasting sherbet. The Japanese version had a lovely cola taste and I would definitely try this again if I got the chance.
NEW Juice Packs
“Dissolve in 120cc of cold water and enjoy!”
This reminds me of something similar to Kool-Aid. A packet of grape flavour which when added to water makes for a quite refreshing drink. The grape taste wasn’t as overpowering as I was dreading, and I enjoyed it. I bet these are really handy in summer to brighten up a bottle of water.
PachiPachi Panic – Grape
“The super famous candy that crackles “pachi” in your mouth!”
Another item we have here in England; am I right in thinking we call them pop rocks? It’s been a long time since I’ve had some! These seemed to be more “powerful” then the ones I remembered enjoying as a child; I felt these hit the roof of my mouth and the sides of my mouth a few times – ouch! If I were to try these again I would prefer a ramune or cola variety.
Wasabi Nori Taro – Premium Box Only
“A cod roe base, with a strong wasabi nori flavour”
You can imagine my horror when it came to eating this. When I opened it up, it smelled fishy… ugh. The texture was like rubber, and I couldn’t get my teeth into it. I ended up putting the whole thing in my mouth. It had a very weird taste, and not something I enjoyed eating. Thank goodness for a cup of tea (and a King Choco biscuit) to help take the taste away!
Chocobi – Watermelon
The latest summer theme flavour of the famous Dagashi! I think these are watermelon (and chocolate?) flavoured biscuits, but don’t quote me on that! I will try to remember to get my thoughts down about these when I inevitably try them.
Neru Nerune – Ramune – Premium Box Only
Woo, a Kracie DIY candy kit. I love these so much! This particular kit was the very first DIY candy kit, and is still sold in dagashi stores today. I have no trouble seeing why. They’re fun, cheap and taste good too (in my opinion anyway!).
Pharmacy Ramune – Premium Box Only
“Capsule candies in parodies of classic Japanese medicine packets”
Yellow in colour, these candies do look like pills. It is rather unnerving! They were hard candies which reminded me of TicTacs with a ramune taste.
Marukawa Bubblegum – Premium Box Only
“Tasty bubblegum from Marukawa, sold since 1948”
Yay, bubblegum! This had a sweet strawberry flavour but the flavour didn’t last long and it didn’t produce much of a bubble unless you ate the whole pack together… which I did. *guilty face*
Pop Out Ramune
“Cute little pop-out ramune balls in 3 different flavours!”
These ramune candies had more of a ramune taste then the Kuppy Ramune does. Like the Kuppy Ramune the taste didn’t last long. It says there are 3 different flavours included but to my uncultured tongue they all tasted pretty much the same.
Meigum Ramune Flavour – Premium Box Only
“Soft and chewy ramune candy stick from Meigum”
Yay ramune! This was a stick of chewy candy. Out of all the treats it had the best ramune flavour and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely eat more of these!
“Classic ramune hard-candies feat. the Kuppy mascots”
These are also hard candies, but they were very powdery! An unusual texture I have to say. They, and the ramune taste, disappeared rather quickly. These were fine for a little sugar hit but couldn’t eat a lot of them.
In July’s box OyatsuBox subscribers received an official badge from the Pokemon store in Japan. Eee, I have something from the Pokemon store! *treasures forever*
This has to be one of my favourite OyatsuBoxes to date. The box was brimming with all these quirky treats and I enjoyed the variety of items I received. If my eagle eyes are correct, it would seem that OyatsuBox are bringing out more of these “themed” boxes. I can also see that they are available as one off boxes, ideal for those who can’t commit to an ongoing subscription. This makes me very happy indeed, as it means more people can experience the weird and wonderful treats of Japan. I for one am brimming with excitement for the winter themed boxes in a few months – BRING ON THE CHOCOLATE!
OyatsuBox is a monthly subscription service from Japan. The box I receive is the Premium OyatsuBox, which is $25 for 10-14 full size items per month. There is also the Junior Service, at $12 per month where you receive 3 full size items per month, or the normal OyatsuBox that is $20 for 6-7 full size treats. I prefer the premium service personally as you get so much to try, and it will last you until the next box comes! Shipping is free and there are no custom charges to pay. The boxes are sent out at the start of each month and take about two weeks to arrive. The boxes have increased in price in the past few months to cover the cost of tracked shipping.
OyatsuBox contain a mixture of sweet and savoury items but do not worry, you receive an information sheet in English with the box so you know what each item is.
What’s your favourite item in the box?