It’s finally happened! After a small wait, I have had the pleasure of eating a box of candy and then reviewing said candy, which has been a lifelong dream of mine. Japan Candy Box was happy to provide TVGB with an assortment of 10 different candies, and I repaid their kindness by EATING THEM ALL. Here are my thoughts on each one, with pictures that contain my sexy hand (as well as my fiance’s).
1. Kracie Tsunagete DIY Chain Candy
Chain, chain, chain, chain of fooood!
These little chains were adorable, and you could link them together for added fun before devouring them. The links tasted like bubblegum and grape, one of my favorite combinations. They ended up tasting a little too sweet, but were otherwise enjoyable.
2. Kracie Neru Neru Nerune DIY Candy
Hoo boy, I wish I could read Japanese.
Well, I messed this up. After reading Kristen’s review of the Kawaii Box, you’d think I’d be more prepared to make this soft, jelly candy mixture, but nope! I too messed up my water conversions, and ended up with the liquidy gook you see in my photo. It tasted like grape mixed with snot, but that was all on me. Using the right amount of water to mix is crucial to get the jelly consistency you need. If you end up with this DIY mix, make sure to watch this video about how to prepare it below:
3. Rilakkuma Cookie Sticks
The bear’s poses were my favorite part of these sticks.
These cookies were an experience. It had the cookie goodness going for it at first with a hint of creaminess, but then this bad aftertaste kicked in and it ended up tasting like a nasty pretzel. A shame, since the bear on the cover of the box seemed like he’d be fun at parties.
4. Puccho Watermelon Chewy Candy
You guys had me at watermelon.
Watermelons are tasty – as is candy – so putting them together is a no-brainer. This was one of my favorite candies in the collection; it was soft, with a hint of watermelon flavor that wasn’t overbearing, and there were plenty of them. I even had enough to share with my beloved, and they are allergic to watermelons, so the fact that they are only partially flavored means that even allergic folk can eat them without fear of death!
5. Shigekix Super Sour Grape Gummies
Continuing the trend of candies that taste like grape, these little gummies were kind of hard and not enjoyably soft. They were certainly grapey, but super sour, and not very good.
6. Yaokin Sour Grape Paper Candy
Hello, Fruit By The Foot, how I have missed you. This delightful strip of goodness had crunchy sugar, was wonderfully floppy, had just the right amount of sour, and was delicious. My only complaint was that there was only one!
7. Meiji Yan Yan Biscuit Sticks
I do love me some sticks with dip! These came with strawberry dipping which was MMMM, but there wasn’t a lot of it. I ended up running out of sauce before running out of cookie, which made me sad. Tasty, but needed more dip.
8. Bourbon Petit Choco Filled Cookies
I didn’t get drunk, sadly.
I did not taste any alcohol in this! That’s alright, because the hint of chocolate and crispiness of these cookies more than made up for it. They were very addicting, and I ended up eating the package in mere seconds.
9. Tohato Anpanman Caramel Corn
Caramel is one of my favorite things on Earth.
You guys remember Honey Smacks, the cereal with the frog? Yeah, these tasted just like that. The hint of caramel drove me into a salivating frenzy, and the bag was gone before I knew it. Amazing stuff.
10. Moominvalley Biscuits
That man creeps me out.
These biscuits were the strangest treat in the collection. They were wafery with a dash of milk, and I couldn’t stop eating them, but they were kind of bleh. Reminded me of just plain old potato chips: something you keep shoving into your mouth, but you don’t know why.
All in all, the candy included in my Japan Candy Box was pretty good. There were some killer tasty candies, some that were good but needed a little more to be great (seriously, we need more of the Sour Grape Candy), and some that were bland. I’d still recommend trying Japan Candy Box out, so if you are interested, head on over to their website. For as low as $18.20 a month (as part of their 1 year plan), you get free shipping worldwide, and even get a box free!
Arthur Damian is a full-time Credit Evaluations Coordinator at Baruch College, working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. At 34 years old, Arthur has a BA in English, and loves to read and...