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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WOWbox Japanese Candy Subscription

WOWbox Japanese Candy Subscription

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Looking for a unique way to get into the Halloween candy season?
Why not look to the wonderful and wacky world of Japanese candy?

Introducing WOWBOX, a new Japanese Candy Subscription Service, produced by the one and only Japanese Sweets & Snacks media company mogmog.us
We curate the best sweets and snacks in Japan and send them right to your door.

We’re the only service of our kind that offer multiple themed boxes!
It’s simple, every month, you pick the theme and we pick your treats.
Then voila, you’ve got a beautiful box of delicious Japanese candy and snacks delivered to your home.

What are themes?
Well, Japan’s candy scene is changing all the time, with new treats, new flavors, new limited-time specialties, new product tie-ins and so much more, we want to make sure that you are able to get the most up-to-date, current candies.So, we’ve broken them down into easy-to-digest categories to keep our subscribers satisfied.

1) FUN & TASTY
All the fun, wacky, and weird treats Japan is known for, including the popular DIY snacks you’ve seen online.

2) KAWAII & BEAUTY
An offering of tasty low calorie treats and beauty-enhancing snacks. Plus, we also throw in the occasional cosmetic product!

3) Classic Anniversary WOW BOX
This is a very special year for a handful of Japan’s most beloved snacks, as some of the most recognizable treats celebrate special anniversaries. That list is highlighted by Pocky (50 years), Hi Chew (40) and Kinokono Yama (40), three sweets known all over the globe. This WOW BOX gathers that trio, along with a few other classics with special birthdays, so you can join in the party too.

*We’ll be adding more as we complete our beta run!

We offer three sizes
Small [$14.99-]
Medium [$24.99-]
Large [$34.99-]
What’s more, our large box includes additional special items you can only get in Japan? Like anime figurines? Like beauty products? Check inside to find super cool bonuses!

On top of that, we’re also developing a point system where our subscribers can write reviews and give feedback in exchange for extra discounts and goodies! 
I am always intrigued by foreign snacks; It's one of the reasons why I like MunchPaks so much. Since I ALSO love Chinese food, Asian snacks are one of my favorites. I don't understand a word of the packages, but they are OH SO GOOD! (Bonus points if you know where that's from!)

So I was SUPER excited when WOW box agreed to send me their November 2015 Large Fun & Tasty box for review. It took about 2-3 weeks to arrive in on my mailbox, since this comes directly from Japan. I was really impressed with the quickness of shipping and the condition of the box when it arrived. One side was a bit crushed, but NOTHING inside was damaged. That alone was a thumbs up for me!! The box was also taped tightly shut... so tightly that I had trouble getting into the box, even with scissors.

Inside the box was packed to the brim with goodies... and I'm not exaggerating when I say that. It was completely packed full. I don't think anything else could be packed into the box! The contents were packed in tissue paper and there was a content sheet (in English) so I could tell what I was getting.

Let's take a look at what's inside.

MINI PEACH CANDIES
Enjoy the juicy taste of a peach -- in super small size via these tasty candy pellets.

Peach flavored Smarties or Pez candies… complete with the after-candy throat burn. I like peach flavored things, but these were a bit of a miss for me.
TASTE: 5/10

JYGA SHIO BUTTER
Here’s a potato snack boasting a very rich flavor. These chips work in a nice buttery taste with just the right amount of salt.

If you go to a church where communion wafers are served, you now know the texture of these chips. These were very light and airy, but have a nice crunch to them. The butter taste was there, but it was not so overwhelming that I felt like I was eating a butter stick either. Think melted butter into toast.
TASTE: 9/10

RAMUNE WATAGASHI
Here’s a clever twist on a classic sweet! This is cotton candy given a Japanese makeover via ramune flavoring.

I’ve never really LIKED cotton candy; what’s the sense of eating something that disintegrates the moment your saliva touches it? I took enough for tasting purposes and let Mama Melissa eat the rest. It tasted like… nothing? I detected a slight lemon-lime flavor, which I’m guessing is the Ramune, but otherwise, I really didn’t taste anything.
TASTE: 7/10

SHUWABO (CHANGE COLA)
This chewy treat hides a surprise midway through! What starts off as a citrusy snack morphs midway through into a cola flavor.

This had the consistency of a Hi-Chew or Laffy Taffy. Extremely chewy. I didn’t taste too much cola in this, to be honest. I tasted more of the citrusy (which was orange, I do believe) than the cola. What cola flavor I did taste had the FLAT cola taste, and everyone knows, flat cola is just NASTY.
TASTE: 7/10

UMAI WA (CHEESE)
These puffy rings are great for snacking on, especially if you are in the mood for something on the cheesy side.

Looked and tasted just like the American puffed cheese curls or crunchy cheese balls (Planters, Bachmann’s Jax, puffed Cheetos, etc) I liked the fact that these were in a ring shape. It made grabbing and holding them much easier.
TASTE: 8.5/10

CARAMEL CORN
Add a little bit of sweetness into your life with this bag of a beloved caramel treat.

These tasted like curly Corn Pops. Same sweetness, same crunch. I was tempted to take these and pour milk onto them, eating them like a bowl of cereal, instead of a snack bag. Good thing I didn’t though… There WERE peanuts in the bag… all of 6 peanuts. But this was still absolutely delicious.
TASTE: 10/10

SAKU SAKU PANDA Z
Almost too cute to eat! Almost! These bite-size chocolate treats are an especially crunchy snack option.

Has the chocolate taste found in a lot of the chocolate-filled Panda cookies/biscuits, but on what should be a Panda face shaped chocolate cookie. I personally thought they had the shape of pretzels. If you like the Panda biscuits, you’ll more than likely love these.
TASTE: 8.5/10

PINE GUMMY
Perfect for those craving a tropical escape during the colder winter months. These gummies have a sweet pineapple taste that make anytime feel like vacation.

I honestly didn’t taste much pineapple in these. The gummies tasted more like orange jello. I like Orange Jello, so these were a hit with me. Very chewy like typical gummies.
TASTE: 8/10

SHIMI CHOCO CORN
These star-shaped snacks not only look cute, but they deliver a nice chocolate flavor too!

Mama Melissa and I had something like this in a previous Munchpak, but the ones we had were individual stars, not one big piece. Think of this as a chocolate Umaibo snack. Not hard on the teeth, but still very crunchy. I liked this a lot.
TASTE: 9/10

PIE NO MI WINTER (APPLE)
The fall is in full swing now, and there is no better way to enjoy the autumn season that with a snack boasting an apple pie-ish flavor.

Bite-sized apple pies with homemade flaky crust. These were VERY soft, very sweet, very delicious. It tasted just like a homemade apple pie shrunk to poppable bites.
TASTE: 10/10

FIT’S GUM (HOT COLA)
This isn’t your regular cola-flavored chewing gum! Fit’s special hot cola variety adds some extra heat to your mouth.

When I think of ‘hot gum,’ I think of stuff like Big Red, Dentyne or some sort of cinnamon gum. This wasn’t very ‘hot’ at all. It had more of a ‘hot sweetness’ to it. I have had a drink that was similar to the flavor this had, but I’m blanking on the name right now. I do recall it was NOT a national brand. It did have a nice cola flavor to it, but it wasn’t ‘mouth burning’ as some English descriptions claimed. (Thanks, Google!)
TASTE: 8/10

CHOCO KINAKO MOCHI (MATCHA)
An easy but fun treat you assemble by yourself. This kit allows you to make your own miniature version of a classic Japanese sweet.

This was… interesting. I think I wore more of the Matcha powder than I ate. We actually did this a little bit wrong, since we should have used water to soften the rice cakes before eating them. But I don’t think it mattered, since I still found it very yummy. The chocolate wasn’t overly rich, like some chocolate spreads are.
This is the one I think disabled people will have the most trouble with, since it is considered a DIY kit. Cutting the little packets open and emptying the contents into the trays will be cumbersome for disabled folks with hand/arm issues.
TASTE: 7/10

YOUNG DONUTS
Have you ever seen donuts this tiny? Don’t let their petite size fool you though, they have a lot of sweetness inside.

Mini Cinnamon Sugar cake donuts. That’s all these are.  If you’ve ever had a fresh Cinnamon Sugar cake donuts from a bakery (even the in-store bakeries like some bigger Walmart Supercenters and bigger grocery chains have) Then you’ll know exactly what these taste like.
TASTE: 9/10

SUPPA MUCHO (SOUR CREAM ONION)
Made using the freshest onions around, these thick cut potato chips pack a powerful punch.

The Japanese version of Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion chips. I LOVE Sour Cream and Onion chips, so this was one of my favorites in the box.
TASTE: 10/10

GOKUJYO HIRITSU (MELLOW BERRY)
Translated as ‘Golden Ratio.’ A delicious berry cream filled biscuit meets rich chocolate. It’s a winning combo!

This is one of the only TWO things I did not like in the box. The cream tasted sour, and not a good sour either. It tasted like something in the cream SPOILED/ROTTED, but I couldn’t pinpoint if it was the cream itself or the berries… or if the chocolate just wasn’t mixing with said berry cream. The chocolate itself tasted fine, as did the biscuit… but just something about that cream did not taste good.
TASTE: 3/10

TSUNAGETE RAMUNE (GRAPE PLUS SODA)
A refreshing treat combining two tasty flavors! Hook these bite-size sweets together to form a chain of bubbly goodness.

Take a Hi-Chew candy, toughen it a little bit, and then shape it into a hook. You then have these candies. Nothing really special. Mama Melissa liked these, even though she hates most things with grape flavoring.
TASTE: 7/10

SUPER MARIO GUMMIES (RAMUNE & COLA)
The world’s favorite plumber now has gummy snacks in his image! They come in ramune and cola flavor, making for a refreshing chew.

I usually love anything gummy candy related. But these were disgusting, to be honest. These were the OTHER thing I didn’t like in the box. They tasted like FLAT diet cola, with a dusting of what I’m guessing is supposed to be sugar on them. As I said above, Everyone KNOWS flat cola is nasty, and flat diet cola is even worse. I didn’t see/taste any ramune flavored ones. Only good thing about these were the cute Mario-centric shapes. I definitely saw Mario heads, Stars, question blocks and coins. I thought I saw a few Toad heads, but I definitely did NOT see Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser or Princess Peach shapes.
TASTE: 1.5/10

RAMUNE
A classic Japanese drink that tastes good at anytime of the year! A must try liquid experience for fans of Japanese treats.

I have heard SUCH good things about Ramune soda. I have NO clue what Ramune should even taste like… or why it’s so special. To me, it just tasted like lemon-lime seltzer water or the lemon-lime sparkling water that I usually buy Mama Melissa for her asthma and dehydration problems; the carbonation helps break up her phlegm and the water keeps her hydrated. It tasted okay, but I really wasn’t impressed.
TASTE: 6/10

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having is opening the box itself. As I said before, I have relatively good hand dexterity and the box itself was VERY hard to open. Disabled folks are going to either need help or hope they are steady enough with boxcutters or a knife.

This is available from WOWbox website starting at $14.99. Please use code S-F8RTYFOT to save 10% on your subscription!

FINAL THOUGHTS
Wonderful selection of goodies and treats from Japan! Extremely impressed with everything about this box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: YES!

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

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