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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Skoshbox September 2015 DEKAbox Review: Japanese Snacks + Candies

Today I have a (long overdue) review of the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox! This is a monthly subscription box full of Japanese sweets and treats, including about 1lb of adorable and delicious snacks in each box, as well as a mystery accessory! Review after the jump.

Today I'm reviewing the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox, a monthly subscription box full of Japanese sweets, snacks, candies, treats, and more!

The Package

All of the previous subscription boxes that I've reviewed have had pretty nice packaging, but I definitely have to say that Skoshbox's packaging is the best so far. The DEKAbox comes in a yellow-orange printed box with a teal green interior.

Inside the box, there's a cute printed card with the names and ingredients for all the snacks, along with the prices if you're interested in buying them directly from the Skoshbox shop. This is amazing and helpful, not only because it tells you what you're getting, but also because you can easily find your favorites and order them from Skoshbox's site!

The Skoshbox DEKAbox comes in an adorable yellow-and-blue printed box with over one pound of Japanese snacks.
The Skoshbox DEKAbox comes with a brochure about Skoshbox's Japanese treats and a information card listing each individual snack.
Skoshbox's monthly Japanese snacks and sweets subscription box comes with many unique, adorable, tasty treats in a cute package.
I love that the Skoshbox DEKAbox comes with an information card that lists all the Japanese treats inside the box, which can be purchased from the Skoshbox shop.
Skoshbox's DEKAbox includes a little brochure about their products and services, including their various subscription box plans.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included various Japanese candies, chips, snacks, and more, along with a cute squishy cat donut keychain.



[1] Umaibo Premium Cheese (うまい棒プレミアム)

The first Japanese snack included in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a Premium Umaibo mozzarella and camembert cheese stick. This stick is sold in the Skoshbox shop for $6.99/pack (10 sticks).

I've never tried or heard of Umaibos before, but I did some Googling. They're basically puffed corn snacks, and they come in tons of flavors, from savory takoyaki and cheese flavors to sweet chocolate and caramel varieties.

This Umaibo cheese stick tastes really good, and if you're a fan of cheese puffs, these have a similar taste. They have a sort of puffed, Cheeto-like consistency, with a hollow center. Yummy and cute!

The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a Premium Umaibo mozzarella and camembert cheese stick, a twist on a traditional Japanese snack.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a Premium Umaibo mozzarella and camembert cheese stick, a twist on a traditional Japanese snack.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a Premium Umaibo mozzarella and camembert cheese stick, a twist on a traditional Japanese snack.

[2] Chelsea Yogurt Candy (ヨーグルトすカッチ)

Next in the September DEKAbox was a pack of creamy yogurt-scotch hard candies, known as Chelsea yogurt candy. One pack of these sells for $2.99 in the shop.

These candies were packed nicely, and they have a sweet, buttery, creamy flavor that lasts for quite a while! Skoshbox also sells them at a relatively cheap price; I've seen the same size boxes sell for $6 or $7 on some online sites and even in Asian supermarkets. Overall, I really like these Chelsea yogurt scotch candies!

One of the Japanese snacks included in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a pack of Meiji Chelsea yogurt candy, a sweet, creamy snack that tastes like scotch candy.
One of the Japanese snacks included in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a pack of Meiji Chelsea yogurt candy, a sweet, creamy snack that tastes like scotch candy.
One of the Japanese snacks included in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a pack of Meiji Chelsea yogurt candy, a sweet, creamy snack that tastes like scotch candy.

[3] Panda Corn Snack (コーンスナック)

Item number three was a bag of Japanese panda corn puffs, priced at $2.99/bag. These taste mildly similar to the Umaibo cheese sticks, but unlike cheese puffs, they have a bit of sweetness to them.

These aren't super crunchy, and are actually surprisingly soft. I like the taste of them, and it's a good size to serve as a decent snack. I do wish, though, that they were a bit crunchier, but otherwise they're delicious!

Another treat in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of Japanese panda corn puff snacks, which taste like cheese puffs.
Another treat in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of Japanese panda corn puff snacks, which taste like cheese puffs.
Another treat in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of Japanese panda corn puff snacks, which taste like cheese puffs.

[4] Kompeito Candy (こんぺいとうキャンディ)

One of the smaller packs in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was the Kompeito candy, a little bag of pink, white, blue, yellow, and green that sells for $1.99.

Konpeito is actually a traditional Japanese sugar candy, which comes in many colorful hues. The differently-colored candies all taste the same, and they taste a lot like rock candy, but with even more sweetness. A bit too sweet for my tastes, and there's a tiny bit of chalkiness to them, but they're so cute!

The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a bag of traditional Japanese Kompeito rock candies, a cute and sweet snack.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a bag of traditional Japanese Kompeito rock candies, a cute and sweet snack.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a bag of traditional Japanese Kompeito rock candies, a cute and sweet snack.

[5] Choco Flakes (チョコフレーク)

The fifth snack included in this month's DEKAbox was a bag of Choco Flakes. These chocolate-flavored corn flakes retail for $3.99/bag.

I love these choco flakes; they're probably one of my favorites from this box! They're crunchy and have a well-balanced sweetness that gives a good, rich chocolate flavor without being overwhelmingly sweet or candy-like. The bag is a good size too, and I'll definitely be looking for these in stores.

One of my favorite snacks in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was the bag of choco flakes, a crunchy, sweet Japanese treat.
One of my favorite snacks in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was the bag of choco flakes, a crunchy, sweet Japanese treat.

[6] Wasabi Endo Mix (わさびえんどう)

One of the savory snacks in this Skoshbox DEKAbox was the pack of spicy wasabi endo mame snacks. These are green, wasabi-flavored bean crackers that Skoshbox sells individually for $2.99/pack.

These wasabi endo snacks are crunchy and definitely have a wasabi flavor. The wasabi isn't too strong, and there's only a pinch of spiciness, so don't be afraid that you can't handle these. Overall, they're really tasty, and I like them more than I'd expected to!

Wasabi endo bean cracker snacks are crunchy Japanese favorites, and you can get a taste of them in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox!
Wasabi endo bean cracker snacks are crunchy Japanese favorites, and you can get a taste of them in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox!
Wasabi endo bean cracker snacks are crunchy Japanese favorites, and you can get a taste of them in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox!

[7] Maken Cola Gummies (まけんグミ:コーラ)

Of course, what's a Japanese mystery snack box without that one bag of soda-flavored candy? September's DEKAbox included a pack of rock-paper-scissors-shaped cola gummies, costing $2.99 in the Skoshbox shop.

The look and packaging of these gummies is pretty interesting, and they do have that cola flavor, along with sweetness. Not my favorite, since I'm not too big on soda-flavored candy.

Soda-flavored candy is a unique and memorable Japanese treat, and these Maken Cola Gummies were one of many snacks included in the Skoshbox DEKAbox for September 2015.
Soda-flavored candy is a unique and memorable Japanese treat, and these Maken Cola Gummies were one of many snacks included in the Skoshbox DEKAbox for September 2015.

[8] Line Drops Candy (ラインドロップ)

The eighth snack in this month's box was a pyramid-shaped bag of Line character candy. These candies come in apple or pineapple flavors for the price of $1.99/set.

The one I got was pineapple flavored, and the small package comes with three pieces of hard candy. The candy itself is sweet and really yummy, but the package is quite small.

A small but cute snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was the bag of Line drops hard candy, with illustrations of Japanese Line characters.
A small but cute snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was the bag of Line drops hard candy, with illustrations of Japanese Line characters.
A small but cute snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was the bag of Line drops hard candy, with illustrations of Japanese Line characters.

[9] Jagabee: Butter Shoyu (ジャガビーバター醤油味)

One of the most interesting snacks included in the September DEKAbox was a bag of Jagabee French fry snacks in the butter and shoyu flavor. This bag sells for $2.49 in Skoshbox's shop in the "crunch & go" size.

This was the only snack that showed signs of damage (I'm not sure if it occurred during Skoshbox's delivery, or if it was delivered that way from the manufacturers). It was just small damage, though; some of the fries were broken, but they weren't crushed.

These crispy Jagabee fries look like real french fries, but have more crunch to them and less of that oily, greasy feeling. They taste delicious, with that Kikkoman butter and shoyu flavor; I'm not good at describing tastes, but these crispy potato snacks have a very unique and memorable taste. One of my favorites from the box, along with the choco flakes!

The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a bag of Jagabee butter Shoyu-flavored crispy French fry snacks, flavored with Kikkoman soy sauce.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a bag of Jagabee butter Shoyu-flavored crispy French fry snacks, flavored with Kikkoman soy sauce.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a bag of Jagabee butter Shoyu-flavored crispy French fry snacks, flavored with Kikkoman soy sauce.

[10] Assorted Kajitsu Fruit Gummy (果実グミ)

The tenth and final snack in the box was a bag of Kajitsu assorted fruit gummies. This $2.99 pack includes apple, grape, and peach-flavored gummies.

I love that the bag is resealable, so you can eat a couple gummies and save the rest for later. The fruit gummies smell delicious, fruity, and sweet, but actually don't taste too sweet. They're chewy, and juicy, with a decent amount of sweetness.

The tenth and final snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of assorted Kajitsu fruit-flavored gummy candies in peach, grape, and apple flavors.
The tenth and final snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of assorted Kajitsu fruit-flavored gummy candies in peach, grape, and apple flavors.
The tenth and final snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of assorted Kajitsu fruit-flavored gummy candies in peach, grape, and apple flavors.
The tenth and final snack in the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox was a bag of assorted Kajitsu fruit-flavored gummy candies in peach, grape, and apple flavors.

* Cat Donut Squishy Keychain (ぷにぷにねこドーナツ)

Above were all the snacks included in the box, but Skoshbox gives you the option of paying an extra $2.00 to upgrade to include an extra accessory. For the September box, the mystery accessory was a cat donut squishy keychain, originally costing $3.99 and sold in five colors.

The keychain that I received was cream/light brown-colored; these cat donut keychains also come in dark brown, green, pink, and yellow. I personally would've preferred pink, but no matter which color it is, it's still super cute!

It's squishy and adorable; perhaps not too practical, but too cute not to love!

The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a squishy cat donut keychain as the mystery accessory, with five different colors.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a squishy cat donut keychain as the mystery accessory, with five different colors.
The September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox included a squishy cat donut keychain as the mystery accessory, with five different colors.

Overall

Here's how I'd rate the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox, judged on pricing/value, taste, and adorability (is that a word?).

Pricing & Value: 4/5
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The DEKAbox costs anywhere from $20/month to $24/month depending on which plan you pick (or an extra $2 for the mystery accessory) for approximately 1lb of full-sized snacks in each box. It has a good variety of snacks and enough to last a while, though many of the snacks are small candies. The value of this box is about $30 compared to buying the snacks individually from Skoshbox, so no matter which plan you pick, it's still a good deal. It's not a huge difference in savings, though, but if you love trying out new snacks, I'd recommend it!

Taste: 6/5
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There wasn't a single item that I really disliked, and they were all pretty delicious, with some items (the Jagabee fries, choco flakes, and Chelsea yogurt candy in particular) that I love! I also really like how Skoshbox varies the flavors included in each box, so you get a mix of sweet and savory.

 Cuteness: 6/5
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Japanese snacks are always packaged so cutely, and the box itself was decorated very nicely. It makes for the perfect monthly gift, and the cat donut keychain is adorable!

Full photo of the September 2015 Skoshbox DEKAbox, a monthly subscription box full of Japanese sweets, snacks, candies, treats, and more!

Overall, I had a very pleasant first experience with the Skoshbox DEKAbox, and I got the chance to try out so many new and delicious snacks! Getting the Skoshbox in the mail really put a smile on my face; it's filled with yummy Japanese treats, and packaged like a Christmas present! I'd rate it more than 5 stars if I could!

xoxo,
Michelle~
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1 comment:

  1. I'm in love with your blog~! Everything is so cute ♡

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