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Taste Japan November 2014 Unboxing and Review

So I’ve recently realised that there is a wealth of Monthly Japanese Snack Box subscription services available at the moment. They all seem fairly similar in price, contents, etc. so I’ve decided to try them all so that I can review them and weigh them up against each other. So I’ll try each service for 2 months and rank them against each other on number of items, variety and my personal opinion of the contents. I’ll also review each item separately as I taste them, and I’ll link those posts here when they’re up!

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The first service I decided to try was Taste Japan. Taste Japan costs £15 a month including shipping direct from Japan, and they ship worldwide.

So, onto the contents of the box!

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I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of items I received in the box, especially considering how expensive it is to buy imported snacks here in the UK. For example, I bought 10 items from a local online store recently and the total came to £20!

The balance here is definitely leaning towards sweet, with only 2 savoury, 7 sweet and 1 drink. A flyer is included with the names and a small description for each item, as well as a password for an online page with more information as well as a tutorial for the DIY candy.

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First up is this Teriyaki flavoured Umaibo, which is apparently a giant corn puff snack. I like Teriyaki, so I expect I’ll like this! Read my review here

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The next item I’m sure is the main highlight of the box for most people. Popin’ Cookin’ Gummirando is a DIY gummy candy kit, which are very popular in Japan. They usually consist of plastic moulds that you combine sachets of powder and water in to make little gummy sweets. I’ve watched a few youtube videos of people using similar kits (it’s oddly hypnotic!) but this will be my first time trying one out. Hopefully they’ll come out looking and tasting as they should! Read my review here

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This cute package is called Dorachoko and contains 2 small chocolate flavoured dorayaki. I’m a big fan of dorayaki, my favorite is the matcha custard flavour by Kitaya Bakery, so I’m looking forward to tasting these! Read my review here

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The next item isn’t a full product, it looks like these little packets usually come in multiples in a box, but it’s still a nice inclusion. These are Collon, which is a round wafer filled with flavoured cream, and these are the limited edition Halloween mixed berry flavour. I have tried Collon before, the matcha flavour, and I did find the texture a little bit odd (the cream in the middle is very soft) but the flavour was good so it will be nice to try this variation. Read my review here

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Next up is Chouhimoque (Superstring Q) which is a 126cm long soda and cola flavoured gummy. If the soda flavour is like Ramune, which I suspect it might be, then I’ll be very pleased as Ramune is one of my favourite Japanese flavours! Read my review here

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The next item is actually a drink called Kuro Gaki Biiru (Black Beer for Brats) Apparently, adding the powder to water results in a sweet drink with a faint beer taste, without the alcohol. I’m not a big beer drinker so I’m not sure what I’ll make of this, to be honest… Read my review here

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Next up is two small items, these are Otona no Amasa Matcha KitKat (KitKat’s for Adults – Green Tea Flavour) I have actually tried these before, I adore the matcha flavour and these are yummy!

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This box contains 2 packs of Puchipasteru (Puchi Pastel). These are candy coated crispy balls with a chocolate base, they look tasty! Read my review here

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The other savoury item in this box is Tomato flavoured Pretz. These are made by Glico, who make the sweet pocky so I imagine these will be very similar – just a savoury version. I like tomato flavoured bread snacks so I’m sure these will be right up my street.

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The last snack in the box is Roll Candy Strawberry flavour, to me this looks similar to the Fruit Winders we have over here. It’s a fruit flavoured gummy rolled up on paper, looks like it’ll probably be a bit less natural than a Fruit Winder though!

Review

Number of items:

Overall, I’m very impressed with my first Taste Japan box. This box contained 9 items (counting the mini kitkats as 1) with the Halloween Collon as a bonus.

Variety:

They’ve provided a nice selection of both savoury and sweet with some unique Japanese flavours, such as matcha and teriyaki, as well as more traditional like strawberry and chocolate.

Personal opinion: 

When I’ve tried all of the items, I’ll fill this in.

Extra Points: 

The Puchi pastels, which tend to be in danger of melting survived the trip and arrived in good condition.

Conclusion:

This was a great first box and I hope that the quality continues in next month’s box. I won’t know how this service stacks up against the others available until I’ve tried them though – but I’ll be interested to see how it ranks!

If you’d like to get your own box, you can sign up HERE for £15/month including shipping, If you do, make sure to let me know what you think of your box!

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