Saturday, February 28, 2015

Oishii Box (February 2015)

Oishii Box's mission is to bring a little bit of Asian culture to everyone’s doorstep both conveniently and affordably through subscription candy boxes. They handpick each month’s box to provide you with an eclectic mix of tastes and textures that cannot be found at typical retailers.

Each box comes with a convenient card that details each treat they've included.

Yan Yan Hazelnut Dip (product of Singapore) - If chocolate is good, hazelnut is even better.  Dip your supply of biscuit sticks into the creamy, chocolaty frosting that is lip-smacking tasty.

Nigi Nigi Osushiyasan Gummy DIY (product of Japan) - Assemble your own fruit-flavored gummy sushi creations!  No rice cookers or elite knife skills required.

The dip and biscuit sticks were good.  I was trying to save the longer sticks to get to the bottom of the dip, but oops, the dip container only went about a third of the way down.  Needless to say, I had a lot of leftover biscuit sticks that weren't quite so good without the frosting.  They're probably a lot like those Nutella snack packs.  The gummies were a little more trouble than a snack is worth. They were nearly impossible to get out of the packaging, but after twenty minutes of wrestling, they were cute and the flavor was... nothing special... just okay.
Mini Assorted Chocolates (product of Japan) - These individually packaged chocolates are perfect for satisfying that chocolate craving without over indulging.  Flavors include creamy milk chocolate with biscuit wafer and milk chocolate with strawberry jam filling.

Flower Kiss Candy (product of Japan) - Sweet and slightly creamy flower flavored hard candies.  You've never eaten flowers before?  Don't worry, this candy tastes cream and fragrant with a tinge of fruit.
The chocolates were... interesting.  The chocolate itself was not super high quality.  The cookie wafer in the milk chocolate was a fun, tasty treat.  The strawberry was strange tasting.  The jam had a mochi texture but was chewier and pleasant.  The hard flowal candies were unsettling.  I cannot tell from the wrapper what kind of flower I am eating. This one tastes lightly of watermelon and flowers.  The second one appears to have lavenders on the packaging and a light strawberry flavor.  Not a fan.

Marukara Assorted Gum (product of Japan) - A Japanese bubble gum full of fruity flavor.  Includes strawberry, orange, grape and melon

Rice Craker Party Mix (product of China) - A little bit crunchy, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot of delicious, these Japanese rice crackers are the ultimate party snack.  Dried seaweed and green peas gives these Japanese crackers a satisfying crunch.

The gums are delicious!  Bubbles are a little sad, but tasty, even if it doesn't last long (5 - 10 minutes).  Oh, this party mix was terrible!  Just terrible!  Some of the pieces had no flavor, some had a zesty flavor, some had almost a honey taste, and the pea shaped ones had a violent sriracha flavor.  Yuck, yuck, yuck.  Terrible! 

THE VERDICT:  I'm intrigued by these Asian treat boxes, but Skoshbox blew this one out of the water.

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