fandrogyne: (food)
I didn't end up reviewing everything I received in the past 2 Skoshboxes, because a couple of the treats didn't leave me with much of an impression, either positive or negative. But I did write up things for most of them, and here they are. (May they help you with all your Japanese snack needs!)

Sakupan-Land Almond Cream-Filled Choco Biscuit - Bite-sized little cookie balls that are crisp on one side and chocolate-coated on the other, and filled with a really tasty almond cream. The flavours blend together really nicely. The almond cream flavour comes through strongest, but it's still balanced really well by both the small amount of chocolate and the general sweetness of the cookie part.

Also, each little cookie ball has a panda face printed on it, and there are so many unique faces that part of the fun is looking through them all and seeing the variety of adorable pandas!

Sakuma Ichigo Milk Candy - At first they don't look like anything special. Little hard candies that are a light pink, and you expect them to taste like the usual mild fake-strawberry flavour you get from a lot of hard candies. But I honestly have never had a candy that tastes more like a high-quality strawberry milkshake that this! They're so delicious, and I love to have a little terta-pouch of them in my pocket, so I can get that flavour again whenever I want.

Goma-Dango sesame mochi chocolate - This is the sort of flavour combination you don't see very often in North American snacks. First you've got a surprisingly touch chewy mochi in the centre, then the strong flavour of sesame seeds, all coated in white chocolate. It's a unique snack that was interesting to try but I don't think it will ever be one of my favourites, but that has less to do with the mochi and sesame combination and more to do with the white chocolate coating, which I've never been a fan of. I found that overpowered the rest of the flavours and ruined a bit of the experience for me.

The packaging is pretty cute, though, with either Japanese writing on it, or else a panda face, both done in a pattern of black and white sesame seeds. Definitely a snack that sticks out in your mind.

Blueberry Collon - I was surprised by this, because I'm not a big fan of blueberries or blueberry-flavoured things. But the blueberry flavour is so mild that it's more of a vague aftertaste than anything else, and all that really comes through is the flavour of crispy cookie and cream. So, not something that I suspect people who really like blueberries will enjoy much, because they may find themselves disappointed by the lack of stronger flavour, but otherwise it's an okay snack.

Pejoy Cookies & Cream - These things look like nothing so much as twigs from a tree! But don't let the appearance turn you away, because they taste really good! They're chocolate cookie sticks filled with a mild vanilla cream, similar to a sort of inverse Pocky. They're really good, with the cream being just a little bit richer than the chocolate of the cookie stick, so they're a great light snack with a classic sweet flavour. It works well at any time of year, but I've always associated cookies-and-cream flavour with the December holiday season, so I definitely have some good associations going with this appropriately-timed taste-test.

Bisco Cafe au Lait cream filled biscuits - I'm not a fan of coffee, and I rarely like coffee-flavoured things. And these little two-bite cream-filled cookies smell so strongly of coffee that I really expected to dislike them as much as I dislike a load of other coffee products. But I forged ahead and tried them anyway, and I was actually pretty surprised at how tasty they were.

The coffee flavour is nowhere near as strong as the scent, balanced wonderfully by the flavour of the biscuit it's layered between. So don't let the strong smell disuade you; I can see these appealing to coffee-lovers and non-coffee-lovers alike!

Pocky Demitasse - Shorter than your average Pocky stick, Pocky Demitasse comes in a fancy gold-and-black box with a black package on the inside, very classy and making me think of a very fancy high-quality product. The sticks are chocolate rather than the usual plain cookie that Pocky normally has, and the coating is a rich dark chocolate that hits hard and fast, just riding the edge between bitter and sweet. The chocolate is dark enough that it's hard to eat many of the sticks at one time, making it actually a really good long-lasting snack that can last you all through the day, not just something you eat all of at once. And despite the fact that the cookies were also chocolate, I found that I could taste the dark chocolate coating more than anything else, so I wasn't instantly overwhelmed with a "too much chocolate" sensation. Very nice, and I want more of these around the house for future snacking!
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Earlier this year I was given a year-long subscription to Skoshbox as a gift, and I look forward to it arriving every month because I get to try out new candies and snacks from Japan, and it's always fun to see what gets delivered.

And because I'm sure somebody out there cares, I figured it might also be fun to review the snacks that come my way.

Ramune Bottle Candy - A tiny plastic bottle filled with little round ramune-flavoured candies. They taste like Rockets (Americans call them Smarties, I guess, which is completely different candy in Canada), only with a more spherical shape and a slightly less chalky texture. Pretty good.

Blueberry Plus Bar - (I can't find an Amazon link for these, so the link goes to the Skoshbox site, so you can see what it looks like.) It's a wafer with blueberry-flavoured cream filling. It's supposed to be a high energy snack, but I can't see how it's more high-energy than anything else that's loaded with sugar. It's okay, but it's nothing special.

Chocolate pie stick - Dark chocolate filling in a flaky pastry shell. It's not as sweet as you'd expect, and unfortunately, much of the chocolate flavour gets overpowered by the flavour of the pastry. Which just tastes like pastry. It was good to try, but it's nothing I'll be sad about if I can never have another.

Kimchi Senbei Bites - Last time I tried something spicy from one of these boxes, it was Tom Yum Soup Pretz. And I'm not one who likes spicy food; the Pretz made me have to run to the kitchen for a drink after a single bite! So I expected the kimchi senbei to be similar, especially because they're bright red in colour! But they're not as spicy as I was expecting, which made me really happy! They taste mostly like fish oil, with a little bit of a spicy burn on the aftertaste, but it's mild and not at all overwhelming like I feared they'd be. Pretty tasty, but mostly as a novelty thing, I think.

Kajiri-cho grape soda soft candy - A soft kind of melty candy stick that tastes like what grape soda would be if you could remove the "aggressive purple" flavour from the soda. In other words, tasty but mild. Like a lot of Japanese candies, not overly sweet, which is one of the things I like about it.

Torotto Choco-bites - Holy crap, you guys, these are the best things ever! They look like mini deep-fried brownie bites, and the package says they're supposed to be crispy outside with a chocolate centre, really they're more like melt-in-your-mouth chocolate that has a consistency closer to a brownie than anything else. I tried the pure chocolate one, but apparently there are different flavours, like chocolate-banana, chocolate-stawberry, chocolate-matcha... I might die of happiness if I ever find a chocolate-orange one! Seriously, though, these are delicious and I love them! The real highlight of this month's box!

Nama-ume plum candy with jam centre - These are candies that I don't think would go over that well with a North American market, because they're so unlike a lot of other hard candies I've ever tried. They look just like clear white hard candies with a blob of jam at the centre, and they taste like mild green grapes crossed with something floral. Floral without being fake, I should say; a lot of novelty floral candies I've had try to play up the flavour of flowers, but this just lets the flavour come naturally. The real kicker is the jam, though, which is unexpectedly salty, and I think that would throw a lot of people off if they don't know in advance. I like them, though, even though I don't think they'd be an everyday kind of candy, and I'm glad I tried them and would absolutely eat them again.

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