Candy Japan Review - Japanese Candy At Your Doorstep
May 19, 2015 at 6:00 AM
We recently had the opportunity to review a service called 'Candy Japan'.
Candy Japan is a subscription service which will, twice monthly, send you a curated package of candies and treats, which they purchase direct from shops in Japan. The contents of the packages are always a mystery when they are sent, and it's always an interesting variety of flavours and types of treat. The cost of the service is $25 / month, and the Shipping is free.Or, as they put it:
So, shortly after signing up to receive our box, it arrived in the mail:
So, of course we could not wait to crack it open and see what mysteries there were to behold:
Ahhh, and indeed mysteries they were! We have never seen, or heard, of any of these products before, and they were all authentic Japanese treats. (Remember, Candy Japan arrives TWICE every month, so that is two packages for $25, and no charge for shipping it all the way from Japan.)
Of course, all of the products were in Japanese, so we cannot actually tell you WHAT the items were, but we certainly will give you a closer look, show you the insides, and tell you what we thought of them when we tasted them.
Let's start with the largest item, the big yellow box...
Yep, that's the one. It appears to be.. Something? Luckily there were pictographic instructions on the back of the package. It came with three tubes of presumably chocolate, one regular chocolate flavour, one white chocolate, and one strawberry. These were to be heated up, and then poured into the provided plastic mould, then you insert a (cracker or cookie?) stick into each mould.
Self-assembly or 'making' of the treats seems to be a common trend with Japanese candies. We must admit it was pretty fun to do.
Voila, the finished product. Two of our Staff members reviewed (tasted) them:
Nicholas: "They were very fun to make, I've never done something like that before, where you had to put together a treat in that way. Additionally, I've never tried anything like this specific product before, so it was certainly an interesting experience. The regular Chocolate one was my favourite."
Lorrene: "It was very tasty, uh, I enjoyed it, and it was very entertaining making them. The white chocolate was definitely my favourite... The flavours were nice and creamy... Putting them together was well worth it for the final product."
Ok, let's see what we've got next!
It's a... fish?! But not just any fish, a strawberry fish. Fishes love strawberries. Let's get a better look at it!
On the outside, this fish shaped treat is a type of wafer material, a bit similar to the texture of an ice-cream cone, but on the inside, it is filled with a soft, bubbly strawberry mousse. We promptly ripped Mr.Fishy in half and ate it up.
Nicholas: "From the moment we opened the package, this delicious strawberry smell wafted out. Quite often, strawberry-flavoured treats just don't get it right. It's either too sweet, or too perfume-y, or what have you. But this was absolutely delicious. They say, if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day, but if you teach him to fish, he eats for a lifetime. Well, I wish someone had taught me how to fish up more of these things, because they are freaking awesome."
Lorrene: "The first thing I noticed was the aroma of fresh strawberries upon removing it from the package. It smelled really good. When I tried it, I noticed it didn't just smell good, it tasted amazing, too. The middle was very creamy and fruity. Delicious."
Last, but not least;
Again, we must remind our readers that the product information is in Japanese. It's certainly possible to look up these products online, or even read the Write-Up that Candy Japan does on the treats after they are delivered, but for us, a big part of the fun is the mystery. It's fun and exciting to try things you have never heard of, never seen before, and experience it in that context.
So, no we don't know what these are made out of, but you can bet your bonnet we tried them anyway!
Nicholas: "If I was re-packaging this product for North American consumers, I'd call them 'BEEF PUCKS!', no no wait.. 'EXTREME BEEF PUCKS', YEAH! No, but really, they're beefy pucks of goodness and I just wanted the flavour to last forever. And it did. Until it didn't. Then it was just a puck. Not as good as a Beef Puck. But yeah. Beef Pucks."
Lorrene: "First thing I noticed was the taste of beef. It tasted just like beef-flavoured Chinese noodles (the instant noodle packets). It was crunchy, and bursting with flavour. Yummy!"
So let's wrap this puppy up and draw some opinion-based conclusions. Compared to other subscription-based services which send you mystery boxes of treats (there are a wide variety), Candy Japan appears to be a really good value.
First of all, you get two packages monthly (as we've mentioned), and second, the shipping is free. We have found (from some basic research) that a lot of comparable services will charge around $15 for the shipping alone, and that's for only one monthly shipment. So, the $25 price point seems extremely reasonable to us for the value you get out of it.
If you agree with us, and are interested in trying Candy Japan out for yourself, you can check them out & learn more, here: http://www.candyjapan.com/
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