Yesterday we received a package from Japan! Wait, I should make a little flashback with this. Encouraged by the good reviews of Candysan from two of our daily reads, the Ice Pandora and My sweet solitude blogs (make sure to check their lovely and helpful Candysan review videos!), and the incredible nostalgia for Japan that once in a while overwhelms us, we decided to make our first purchase of Japan snacks in the online store.
Maybe some of you already know how our obsession for snacks lead us to eat and take pictures of more than 100 items during our honeymoon there? If you have seen the video you will certainly understand how eager we were to order some of our favorites, like the pockys, matcha kit kats or the pizza Calbee chips. One of the snacks that Dani was more looking forward was to order some umai-bo. Do you know what they are? It’s that corn flavored stick that has a Doraemon-ish cat in their packaging. We may or may not have tried it the first time after yelling: Oh! Doraemon snack, I need! :) but definitely the strong flavor and the crazy variety of flavors won us over. You will soon notice that the longing for Japan and Umai-bo gotten us too far ordering around 20 sticks (luckily they are a steal…)
Well, so in order that this is in fact a review and not just me rambling let’s share some of our purchasing facts. Here is the list of snacks we bought:
- Pocky rum & raisin
- Hello Kitty mini candy
- Kit kat sakura green tea
- Kit kat chili
- Kit kat Mount Fuji
- Cheeza – Camembert cheese & honey
- Kongari edamame
- Milky strawberry daifuku
- Umai-bo Takoyaki
- Umai-bo Pork kimchi
- Umai-bo Tonkatsu sauce
- Umai-bo Chicken curry
- Umai-bo Corn Potage
- Umai-bo Onion salada
- Umai-bo Cheese
- Umai-bo Teriyaki burger
- Umai-bo Salami
- Umai-bo Shrimp & mayonnaise
- Umai-bo Natto
I know…we should have restricted ourselves more for a first purchase :) a total of 27 items for 27.68€ not bad, right? Shipping to Spain was less than 10€, and it took 16 days for our haul to arrive into our home, which is quite reasonable for a package coming from Japan.
The box was wrapped quite carefully and all the items have arrived without any scratch in their packaging. Since I have to admit that one of the things that I like more about Japan snacks is their beautiful packaging, this is something I appreciate! :) Oh, and Candysan also included two chocolate candies as freebies.
So far we have already tried almost all the umai-bos (Dani did, mine are still in display), the Mt Fuji, chili kit kats and lots of daifuku milky candies (that’s my own fault, they are too tempting). Read our impressions between the pics and don’t forget to ask us about any one of them if you are curious about their taste or anything! :)
All in all, we would definitely be buying again (and again) from Candysan. We like that they have seasonal varieties that change quite often, for instance there are already newer things like the Okinawa regional Kit Kat which was not available two weeks ago. Maybe as hoarders as we are, we would love if they would have even a bigger catalogue (it is large! but you know, we can dream! :P) with some chips, I missed my pizza chips.
Are you hungry for some Japan snacks? We always are! :) Let’s have a snack picnic together!
This package was waiting for me when I arrived home yesterday. Our Asakusa cat charm was a little hint :P
Japan! Can you hear my excited scream? ;P
Juno turned into a health inspector, everything looks in order to eat.
Exciting neon colors waiting!
Here you can better see all the items in our haul.
Chili Kit kat, was subtle at first (Dani even told me that he was not tasting any spice there) but grows in your mouth afterwards. This is Dani’s review, I still have to taste it!
Sakura & matcha kit kat, not yet tried.
The Mt. Fuji kit kat is in fact a strawberry cheesecake kit kat, which tastes like a regular strawberry kit kat with more milky flavor.
Takoyaki umaibo is Dani’s favorite flavor. He has also tried every other flavor and all are really strong salty with very recognisable taste. In the picture are featured in order the takoyaki, chicken curry, teriyaki burger, corn potage, tonkatsu sauce, cheese and onion salada. A part from takoyaki, he fancies in this order the chicken curry and the teriyaki burger.
The Asakusa cat has kidnapped the Hello Kitty candy box, hope I can reason with him.