Stuff and Nonsense: Japanese Sweets from Okashi Connection


Japanese Sweets from Okashi Connection

We've dabbled with various subscription boxes over the past year and so it should probably be no surprise that The Husband recently signed up for the monthly box from Okashi Connection. For twenty-two dollars a month (that includes shipping) we get an assortment of Japanese candies, including seasonal and limited run products, shipped straight from Japan. It took about two weeks for our box to travel from Japan to Connecticut and I must have driven The Husband crazy, pestering him with "Did you get the mail today? Did we get our box?" every day until it arrived.

If I'd done a video of the unboxing, you would have seen us both taking things from the box while saying stunningly witty things like "Ohhh, what's this? This looks interesting. It's all in Japanese, though. I guess it's some kind of candy. Well, it has to be." And that's why there's no video. Also, we're lazy.

Happily, each box comes with a key -- just go to the "members only" sections of the Okashi Connection site and enter each month's password to find out what you've got.

Tohato Mixed Berry Caramel Corn
I love popcorn, but it's not something I should eat. This caramel corn is much more like cheese curls in appearance and texture and should prove no problem to my GI tract. I may end up testing this theory by eating the whole bag, as the puffs are hard to put down -- they smell like raspberry sherbet and candyfloss and taste ... well, they taste even better than the raspberry KitKat and I thought the KitKat was pretty darn tasty.

Kirby Mix & Match Gum
Bubble gum balls. Chew different flavors together to create combinations like "fruit salad" and "oh, by cake, that was a terrible idea."

Matcha (Green Tea) Cream Collon
Crisp biscuit straws filled with matcha-flavored creme. A very adult biscuit. Barely sweet. Almost like eating a savory Piroutte wafer cookie.

Choco Lotta Pie no Mi
Bite-sized flaky pastry hexagons filled with chocolate cream that reminded me a little bit of Nutella. The picture on the box indicates these bites are supposed to be pretty thick and flaky, but mine seem to have been bashed around quit a lot and most of their layers had flaked off.

Coris Fue Ramune Whistle Candy
They look like Life Savers mints, but taste a little like those Ramune ("marble") sodas you can get at some sushi places. They came with a small toy -- like Cracker Jack or Kinder Surprise -- and are pretty okay. Innocuous.

Nestle KitKat Otona no Amasa Raspberry
The internetz tells me these are "adult sweetness" ie less sweet than regular KitKats. Tasted exactly like freeze-dried raspberries (which no bad thing). Ours was horribly misshapen from having melted in transit, but still tasted yum, so a pretty okay experience overall.

Matcha (Green Tea) Flavor Fujiya Country Ma'am Cookies
Holy crap, these are delicious. The outside is crisp and a little crumbly while the inside is soft and dense like a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Buttery and chocolaty with a gentle, but lingering green tea note. Dainty enough you don't feel greedy for eating two.

Ume (Sour Plum) Bubble Gum
Sweet-tart and very juicy gum balls. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't last. First it's "Hello! PLUM!," then it's "meh. gum."

Camembert and Mozzarella Premium Umaibo
Tube of puffed corn flavored with cheese. A lot like eating an enormous gourmet cheese curl. Grown-up junk food.

Puffed Rice (Pongashi?) Ninjin
Plastic carrot filled with popped rice. There really isn't much to say about this. They're crunchy and slightly sweet. I want to put them in a bowl with milk and eat them for breakfast. The carrot bag is cute.

Cider Gumi
Very soft bottle-shaped gummies covered in granulated sugar. Tastes a little like blue fruit punch. Good, but confusing as it tastes nothing like cider.

Over all, I think The Husband did good. There's lots of different flavors and textures here and I've definitely found a few new favorites. I'm more impressed more by the dessert-y or snack-type things than I am by the candies, but I'm not usually big on candy, anyway.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for the review! I don't know who this is, but you should email me! Let me know if it's OK to post on our site!


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