Dagashi, or cheap Japanese snacks, are often passed over by international Japanese snack fans in favor for more famous snack products like Pocky, Pretz, and Japanese Kit Kats, but Japan has a long history of fun, colorful snacks and the mom-and-pop stores that carry them. Thanks to anime like Dagashi Kashi, more people are getting interested in these classic Japanese snacks, and to help spread the dagashi love, OyatsuBox has packed their July subscription box full of all things dagashi!
I’ve finally managed to record and edit a new episode of Apricotsushi Samples! These are my favorite videos to do, but they’re also the most time-consuming, and they’re super extra time-consuming now that I have a puppy in the mix. But if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, so I decided to embrace my nosey puppy and include her in the video! Unfortunately the quality is a bit wonkier than normal, but Pai Pai was just too adorable for me to scrap this one.
As for the Minion banana Cheetos themselves, they were surprisingly tasty! It makes a lot more sense for them to have gone the sweet route, but that doesn’t really make them seem much like Cheetos… Well, at least they were better than the Mountain Dew Cheetos!
Let me know if you enjoyed seeing Pai Pai in this video! I can definitely include her in the future… In fact, she might not give me a choice!
Japan Funbox is the latest Japanese snack subscription box on the scene, and when they approached me to review their Mini box for Chic Pixel, I couldn’t resist the chance to see how they stacked up to the other boxes on the market! Hereby let it be known that I will never pass up a chance to eat Japanese food.
The Mini Japan Funbox offers 5 to 7 Japanese snacks and candy for $15 including shipping worldwide. Compared to the OyatsuBox Jr., which offers 3 to 4 treats and one gachapon for $12 but does not ship to all countries (including Australia), it’s a very comparable price. Read on to see a full rundown of what was included in my box!
This April OyatsuBox celebrated its 2 year anniversary, and they made sure to do so in style! As always, I received a Premium box priced at $30 including shipping, which comes with 10-14 snacks. When I first reviewed OyatsuBox back in March 2014, which may have even been their first shipment, and I can wholeheartedly say that two years later they are still one of the best Japanese snack subscription boxes around. Watch my unboxing video to see exactly what was in the anniversary shipment, and read on for more detailed photos and thoughts!
Sake Kit Kats are the latest in Japan-exclusive Kit Kat flavors, and after covering them back in February, I simply had to get my hands on a box! Not only did I get one for myself, but I also got one extra to give away to a lucky reader! Check out my Apricotsushi Samples tasting video to see what I thought, and if you want to give sake Kit Kats a try yourself, enter the giveaway using the widget below!
The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on April 25th at 11:59 pm EST. Don’t forget to do the daily entries for more chances to win!
On my last trip to Japan, I pledged that I wouldn’t leave the country before visiting the Kit Kat Chocolatory, a one-of-a-kind store in Tokyo that sells Kit Kat flavors you can’t find anywhere else. Well, a whole year and a half later, I’m happy to say I did visit it, and I even tried some of their special edition flavors!
For the first Apricotsushi Samples of 2016, I’m trying a flavor of sweets I’ve never had before… Sweet potato! Unfortunately I originally recorded this as a Christmas special (complete with festive outfit!), but a dead camera battery meant I didn’t actually end up recording as much footage as I thought I had. Needless to say, I had to do it over. But I’m not complaining – that just meant I got to try them all again!
I will say that after trying a few more of the Kit Kats and comparing them with the original pudding bakeable Kit Kats, I can make out the more “earthy” flavor of the sweet potato. It’s still very subtle, but I think I like the fact they’re not as sweet as pudding ones. If you want to try sweet potato Kit Kats for yourself, you can purchase a bag at Jlist!
I have a lot more candy where this came from, so expect many more episodes of Apricotsushi Samples in the upcoming months!
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