Shikibox: A Word of Warning

This will just be a quick post. I’ve been subbed to shikibox since February and have recently canceled my subscription. Partly due to the current USD to CAD exchange (spoiler: it sucks.) and partly due to the experience described below.

Keep reading if you want to hear about my semi-bad experience:

About the same time I went to cancel, I realized that I had paid for 7 boxes, but had only received 5 boxes. At that point, I knew that I was getting one more the following month. That being said, it still meant that one of my boxes was among the missing. I sent an email to shikbox customer service detailing the dates charged and when my shipments arrived. I also pointed out that the time between boxes went from 4-5 weeks (a month-ish) to up to two months with no explanation as to why. I asked them to get back to me on the issue, and waited and waited and waited. In total, I sent the same email roughly 6 different times via email and the contact form on their website. I never received any sort of response or acknowledgement.

Flash forward to a few days ago, I went to the post office and was surprised to see two shiki boxes waiting for me. Both of which are the current months box (the boxes even have consequetive packing numbers.) I was a bit surprised to see the two boxes. On one hand, I was happy to finally get what I paid for but on the other, I wasn’t impressed that no one told me what was happening. I mean, is it really that hard to send an email saying “Sorry about that. We’ll send a replacement with the shipment next month.”

Because of this, I recommend caution when ordering from shikibox. I did eventually get what I paid for, but it took a bit of bothering on my part and I didn’t receive any news. (Side note: The umaibou content also got to be half the box. They’re yummy and all, but knowing that they are roughly 0.15$, it’s kind of sucky to see so many of them taking space.)

Have any of you had this type of experience?

Kristen

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Shiki Box- May

I have no idea how/why this didn’t get posted, but it disappeared into my drafts folder and never made it out. So, without further ado, the May box. The information reflects what was current at that point. I should also mention that while this is named the May box, it was actually sort of like the April box, but they changed shipping times and “skipped” a box.

 

Shiki Box is a subscription service out of Japan that specializes in– you guessed it– Japanese Snacks and Candy! There are also Tea boxes if that’s your type of thing! There are 4 different types of boxes: Snacks and Candy (which you will see here), Battle Box (where similar treats are put head to head in a taste off), Green Tea Set (Japanese teas and seasonal snacks)  and Shikibox Trial Box (Candy & Snack Box Trial + Green Tea Set Trial– you can try a little from each box).

The prices are beyond reasonable for their products, at least, in my opinion. I believe that you are paying for not only the treats but also the experience of trying them as often times they aren’t something you can buy locally. (Or at least I’ve never seen any of these locally.) Therefore, unlike a lot of my posts, I won’t be listing values next to the snacks because this is an experience purchase versus a valyue seeking purchase.

One thing that’s great about this box is that Shipping is FREE. Yes, you read that right, FREE.  In fact, it took about 2 weeks to ship from Japan to my door, which is so, so reasonable. You can cancel at any time and the sizes of the boxes are amazing! Check out the image below sourced from their site:

source: http://shikibox.com/box.html
source: http://shikibox.com/box.html

Now, without futher ado, let’s get to what was in this big box! Be prepared for a picture heavy post as I got really into this. (just like last time! 🙂 )


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At first glace,  I was beyond wowed. So many goodies!!! Since I’ve never tried ANY Japanese candy or snacks prior to this experience, I suspected I would be in for some interesting textures and tastes. It came with a nice card listing (almost) all of the products inside. As you can tell, it’s a lot of things in that nice box.

 

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1/2: Sugar rusk, 3/4: Teriyaki Burger 5/6: Onion Salad 7/8: Chicken Curry 9/10: Salami

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Umaibou (うまい棒)

This is a puffed corn snack that comes in many flavors. It’s made by a company called Riska and my research tells me that it has a similar consistency to Cheetos.  The cat on the wrapper is named Umaemon, which is apparently a pun of a manga character named Doraemon who is a time-traveling robotic cat. (source  2)

 

There were actually chocolate Umaibou this month! They are AMAZING! I need more of those. The regular flavored Umaibou continue to be a fave of mine. I love seeing them in the box each month.

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Tohato Caramel Corn

These are puffed corn with caramel flavoring. They’re similar to what we know as Cheetos or Cheesies. This company makes many different flavors, but this seems to be just the normal caramel flavor. (site) (Also, the site has a really amusing song that plays when you click on it.)

These are simply fantastic. I mentioned back in this post that I’d love a giant bag, and it happened. So happy!

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Calbee Jagariko

These are potato sticks that have carrots and brocoli in them. They were crunchy but felt a bit oily. I would definitely try them again if I came across them.

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 Sapporo Potato Chips

These were a vegetable flavor and in my opinion, were similar to the Jagariko sticks. These were nice and crunchy, but less greasy that the other ones. They reminded me a bit of hard french fries.

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Happy Turn Senbai

I personally find these to be a tad on the bitter side. They aren’t necessarily how I like my crackers to taste. I’ve had fun getting unsuspecting people to try these, because what you taste isn’t what you would expect. (I know, it’s a bit mean. But I then provide chocolate, so it’s fair, right?)

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Harvest Biscuit

These are sweet biscuits that remind me a little bit of a shortbread cookie. They were delicious!

 

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Tirol Chocolates

These come in so many flavors, so I was a bit disappointed to see three that I have already tried. I’ve copied what I said in a previous post below.

Cookies and Cream: This is exactly as it sounds. Cookies and white chocolate.

Tirol: This is a milk chocolate with a nougat in the centre.

Milk: Milk chocolate on the outside, white chocolate on the inside.

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Look Chocolates

This is a package of chocolates containing three kinds. It has bitter, ganache and milk chocolates. There are 6 of each kind.

 

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 Bourbon Elise Cream Wafers

These were wafers that reminded me quite a lot of the Lumonde wafers I received in the February box. I liked them. So it’s  a win.

 

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Maken Gumi

This was a grape gummy in the shape of a hand with some stars. Since I am decidedly anti-grape flavored things, someone else ate this. I’ve been informed that it was “the best tasting grape thing ever!”

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Big Katsu

This is breaded shredded fish. I think it’s a bit like jerky. I’m weary of trying this, but I’ve had someone snag this and it received rave reviews.

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Yuki no yado

This is a senbai with a bit of a sweet glaze on it. This is sort of an odd combo of sweet and a bit of sour (the senbai itself). I don’t like it, but I don’t hate it.

 

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Country Ma’am Cookies

These are such yummy cookies! I had two in Chocochip Vanilla and two in Chocochip Cocoa. They were so soft and moist and lovely and so many lovely things. I need a full box of these, pronto!

 

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Awadama Candies

These are hard candies. They are lemon, strawberry and grape (I think.) The lemon one is the only one I personally tried. I found it to be tart, but satisfying.

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Meiji Chocolates

 

Mmmm. Chocolate. These are three different kinds of chocolates. There is Meiji Black, Milk Chocolate and Himilk chocolate. I liked that they were all different flavors, as it was more for me to experience. I love dark chocolate, so the black chocolate was my favorite of the trio. I also found it interesting that the Himilk chocolate felt more rich than the others.

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This is my third box, and I am still feeling the Shikibox love. There seemed to be less this month, but it still feels worth it for now. I don’t pretend to know much at all about Japanese snacks but I love being able to try these and get a little taste of new cultures. If you’re considering subscribing to a Japanese snack box, this one gets my vote as it has a great variety.

Have any of you ever tried this box? If so, what did you think? Did my post make you re-think this subscription box? Or introduce you to it? Feel free to leave your comments!

Shiki Box- March

Shiki Box is a subscription service out of Japan that specializes in– you guessed it– Japanese Snacks and Candy! There are also Tea boxes if that’s your type of thing! There are 4 different types of boxes: Snacks and Candy (which you will see here), Battle Box (where similar treats are put head to head in a taste off), Green Tea Set (Japanese teas and seasonal snacks)  and Shikibox Trial Box (Candy & Snack Box Trial + Green Tea Set Trial– you can try a little from each box).

The prices are beyond reasonable for their products, at least, in my opinion. I believe that you are paying for not only the treats but also the experience of trying them as often times they aren’t something you can buy locally. (Or at least I’ve never seen any of these locally.) Therefore, unlike a lot of my posts, I won’t be listing values next to the snacks because this is an experience purchase versus a valyue seeking purchase.

One thing that’s great about this box is that Shipping is FREE. Yes, you read that right, FREE.  In fact, it took about 2 weeks to ship from Japan to my door, which is so, so reasonable. You can cancel at any time and the sizes of the boxes are amazing! Check out the image below sourced from their site:

source: http://shikibox.com/box.html
source: http://shikibox.com/box.html

Now, without futher ado, let’s get to what was in this big box! Be prepared for a picture heavy post as I got really into this. (just like last time! 🙂 )

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At first glace,  I was beyond wowed. So many goodies!!! Since I’ve never tried ANY Japanese candy or snacks prior to this experience, I suspected I would be in for some interesting textures and tastes. It came with a nice card listing (almost) all of the products inside. As you can tell, it’s a lot of things in that nice box.

There is an image from the Shiki Box site that lists all of what this box was to contain. It’s what was supposed to be in my box, but as you will see, there was some variation. I’m very thankful to have this as a starting point, because as I said before, I have no experience with this. When I can find the Japanese name  in Japanese, I will also add that to the commentary about that snack.

source: http://shikibox.com/archive-cn.html

 

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1/2: Onion Salad 3: Teriyaki Burger 4: Tokayaki (Octopus) 5: Cheese 6: Pizza 7: Vegetable Salad 8: Tonkatsu Sauce (used for pork)

Umaibou (うまい棒)

This is a puffed corn snack that comes in many flavors. It’s made by a company called Riska and my research tells me that it has a similar consistency to Cheetos.  The cat on the wrapper is named Umaemon, which is apparently a pun of a manga character named Doraemon who is a time-traveling robotic cat. (source  2)

I have tried a few of these so far. I was surprised that there was a hole down the middle. But they pack good flavor.

Pizza: The pizza one was good. I could taste a bit of tomato and some spices.  It’s interesting that I’m eating a cheeto like snack but it tastes like pizza. Talk about a bit of a mind mess up.

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 Kyabetsu Taro (キャベツ太郎)

These are corn snacks that are flavored with bits of nori and brown sauce. This is apparently a popular children’s snack. (source) On the package, there is a frog wearing a police man hat and belt.

These are surprisingly good! I cannot grasp what my taste buds think these are in terms of flavor, but they’re yummy.

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 Karamucho (カラムーチョ)

These are hot chile potato chips. I actually didn’t find these hot at all. They reminded me of Old Fashioned Barbecue chips. I really liked them as I am so not a fan of the sweet barbecue ones.

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 Aji Curry

These are little sticks that taste mildly spicy (not hot spicy, but spices spicy). I think they are corn based. They were quite crunchy and I spent the entire time while I was eating them trying to pin point exactly what I was tasting.

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Nerunerunerune

This is a DIY candy kit! I am so exited (and mildly nervous) to try this. The directions are in picture form on the back of the package, and if nothing else, hopefully the internet will be able to help me. I think I received “soda” flavor.

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Meiji Cho himo

This is a long gummy candy. I must say, this packaging is mildly scary. It’s actually one long gummy. The brown is cola flavored and the blue is apparently soda. The brown tasted vaguely cola-ish and a bit like carbonation. The blue, however, I have no sweet clue what I think that tasted like.

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Collon

These are a cookies and cream type treat and they were so good! I’d love to receive more of these any day. This is seriously like ice cream and a cone. It’s awesome.

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Look Chocolates

This is a package of chocolates with four distinct flavors: banana, almond, strawberry and caramel. There are three of each kind.  The packaging says that it’s à la mode chocolate, so these must be popular flavors.

Banana: I didn’t hate this near as much as I thought I would. I actually kind of liked it. It’s also yellow-ish inside.

Almond: Like the others, this has a subtle flavor and is so, so good. This one is a brown inside that’s a bit lighter than the chocolate itself.

Strawberry:This wasn’t too fake strawberry tasting so this was a good one in my books. I love how melty they are. This is pink inside.

Caramel: Yum! These were hands down my favorite out of the box. They are just so smooth tasting with a slight caramel hint. This is orange-brown inside.

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 Bisco Cookies

My first impression of these were that they were going to be like baby cookies.  They were similar in texture, but there was a cream fill. They tasted a bit lemony and were very tasty.

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Bourbon White Rollita

These are white chocolate-y covered cookies. In other words, chocolatey sweet heaven.

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Sorry for the bad pic. Foil + lights= bad picture.

Carré de chocolat

I find it really amusing to get chocolates with French on them in this box. I received four squares total, two dark chocolate and two white. Both were nice and fairly decent quality chocolate.

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Kuppy Ramune

These remind me of rockets (or for you Americans “smarties”, because your smarties aren’t chocolate…).

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Happy Turn Senbei

These are truly mysteries to me since Shikibox just had them labeled as “snack.” These are senbei but are sweeter?

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Orange Cigarettes

Candy cigarettes in orange flavor. What more can I say?

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Noshi ume-san taro

This is made of apricot. This is apparently a good snack for energy.

2015-03-19 11.15.44Yuki no yado

This is a senbai with a bit of a sweet glaze on it.

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Pota Pota Yaki Senbei

These are sweet crackers made from rice. They are coated with a sweet soy sauce. These are nice and crunchy with a light taste to them. I almost want to eat them with something else.

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Tirol Chocolates

These come in many, many flavors. It’s crazy how many flavors there are of these chocolates. In my box I received 5 different kinds to try.

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Cookies and Cream: This is exactly as it sounds. Cookies and white chocolate.  (bottom of above grid)

Tirol: This is a milk chocolate with a nougat in the centre. (beside cookie and cream)

Strawberry Jelly: This was probably my least favorite. It had strawberry jam in the middle and there was a pink colored chocolate on this as well.  (Top right corner with the car)

Daigaku Imo Sweet Potato: This one was pink on the outside and yellow on the inside. There was also a flavored cookie in the middle. This was surprisingly good since it’s based off of a potato… (Top left and middle left)

Milk: Milk chocolate on the outside, white chocolate on the inside.  (Centre and middle right)

 

2015-02-19 12.22.01Kabayaki San-taro

This is made out of cod fish but has an eel like flavor. Grilled eel is apparently very popular in Japan. I still haven’t been brave enough to try this from last month.

 

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Konpeito (金平糖, コンペイトー)

These are a type of sugar candy that is often colored but rarely flavored. Apparently, this type of candy was introduced to Japan from the Portuguese in the 16th century. (source)

From last month: These remind me a little bit of nerds in their texture, but the taste is just pure sweet sugary goodness.  I don’t dare eat too many at a time, but it may be hard since they’re quite tasty. These candies are actually quite small. If you check out below, I’ve taken a picture of them with a cap off of my water bottle for comparison.

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In total, my box contained (and I’m not including the bonuses in this list):

  • Umaibo x 8
  • Kyabetsu Taro
  • Karamucho
  • Aji Curry
  • Nerunerunerune
  • Meiji Cho himo
  • Collon
  • Look chocolates
  • Bisco Cookies x 2
  • Bourbon White rollita x 3
  • Carré de chocolat x 4
  • Kuppy Ramune x 2
  • Happy Turn x 4
  • Orange Cigarettes
  • Yuki no Yado
  • Pota Pota Yaki Senbei x 2
  • Tirol Chocolates x 5
  • Kabayakisan-taro x 2
  • Konpeito x 1

My Final Thoughts:

Second box in and I’m still in love. The only hiccup I had this month was that I was missing the packages of marble gum. But honestly, even without that, this box is still rave-worthy (for me, anyhow). I don’t pretend to know much at all about Japanese snacks but I love being able to try these and get a little taste of new cultures. If you’re considering subscribing to a Japanese snack box, this one gets my vote as it’s jam packed.

Have any of you ever tried this box? If so, what did you think? Did my post make you re-think this subscription box? Or introduce you to it? Feel free to leave your comments!

Shiki Box- February

Since this is the first time I’ve mentioned Shiki Box, I’m going to take the time to introduce you all to this lovely subscription box.

Shiki Box is a subscription service out of Japan that specializes in– you guessed it– Japanese Snacks and Candy! There are also Tea boxes if that’s your type of thing! There are 4 different types of boxes: Snacks and Candy (which you will see here), Battle Box (where similar treats are put head to head in a taste off), Green Tea Set (Japanese teas and seasonal snacks)  and Shikibox Trial Box (Candy & Snack Box Trial + Green Tea Set Trial– you can try a little from each box).

The prices are beyond reasonable for their products, at least, in my opinion. I believe that you are paying for not only the treats but also the experience of trying them as often times they aren’t something you can buy locally. (Or at least I’ve never seen any of these locally.)

One thing that’s great about this box is that Shipping is FREE. Yes, you read that right, FREE.  In fact, it took about 2 weeks to ship from Japan to my door, which is so, so reasonable. You can cancel at any time and the sizes of the boxes are amazing! Check out the image below sourced from their site:

source: http://shikibox.com/box.html
source: http://shikibox.com/box.html

Now, without futher ado, let’s get to what was in this big box! Be prepared for a picture heavy post as I got really into this.

2015-02-19 12.09.51At first glace,  I was beyond wowed. So many goodies!!! Since I’ve never tried ANY Japanese candy or snacks prior to this experience, I suspected I would be in for some interesting textures and tastes.

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Sorry for the shadow! I couldnt figure out how to edit it out and couldnt find the paper to retake it.

It came with a nice card listing (almost) all of the products inside. As you can tell, it’s a lot of things in that nice box. It also had a nice little note on this card thanking me for my purchase and hoping that I’d enjoy the box. It’s a nice touch and I definitely appreciate it.

There is an image from the Shiki Box site that lists all of what this box was to contain. It’s what was supposed to be in my box, but as you will see, there was some variation. I’m very thankful to have this as a starting point, because as I said before, I have no experience with this. When I can find the Japanese name  in Japanese, I will also add that to the commentary about that snack.

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From top left: 1) Pizza 2/3) Corn Potage Soup 4) Cheese 5) Vegetable Salad 6) Tonkatsu sauce (used for pork) 7/8) Sugar Rusk Bottom from left: 1/2) Onion Salad 3/4) Vegetable Salad 5) Mentai (cod roe with spicy seasoning) 6) Takoyaki (octopus) 7/8) Teriyaki Burger

Umaibou (うまい棒)

This is a puffed corn snack that comes in many flavors. It’s made by a company called Riska and my research tells me that it has a similar consistency to Cheetos.  The cat on the wrapper is named Umaemon, which is apparently a pun of a manga character named Doraemon who is a time-traveling robotic cat. (source  2)

I have tried a few of these so far. I was surprised that there was a hole down the middle. But they pack good flavor.

Pizza: The pizza one was good. I could taste a bit of tomato and some spices.  It’s interesting that I’m eating a cheeto like snack but it tastes like pizza. Talk about a bit of a mind mess up.

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 Kyabetsu Taro (キャベツ太郎)

These are corn snacks that are flavored with bits of nori and brown sauce. This is apparently a popular children’s snack. (source) On the package, there is a frog wearing a police man hat and belt.

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Baby Star

This is a fried ramen noodle snack. This particular flavor is salt. There are many different flavors under this brand and some of them are really spicy.

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Tohato Caramel Corn

These are puffed corn with caramel flavoring. They’re similar to what we know as Cheetos or Cheesies. This company makes many different flavors, but this seems to be just the normal caramel flavor. (site) (Also, the site has a really amusing song that plays when you click on it.)

These are simply fantastic. I’d love a giant bag of these any time.

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Kinoko No Yama   and Takenoko No Sato

I actually originally thought these were the same thing, but in slightly different packaging. The package on the left is made of biscuit and chocolate and shaped like little mushrooms.  The package on the right are also chocolate and biscuit but shaped like little cones.

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The cones taste like shortbread cookies covered in chocolate to me.  They were quite pleasant. The mushrooms remind me of chocolate coated baby cookies.  So yummy! I hope to see these in the future.

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Onigiri Senbei

These are triangle shaped, soy sauce based crackers made from rice.

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Pota Pota Yaki Senbei

These are sweet crackers made from rice. They are coated with a sweet soy sauce.

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Lotte Sasha Chocolate Matcha

These are chocolate bars with a hint of matcha taste and green color.

This chocolate is actually pretty tasty. I don’t taste a lot of matcha, but I’m ok with that.  The chocolate reminded me a lot of the chocolate on the outside of a coffee crisp bar. In other words, it was yummy.

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Moringa Koeda Chocolate Sticks

These are chocolate sticks with little pieces of something? inside.

Before I even type it, I know it’s going to sound weird. These chocolate snacks reminded me of cheetos. I have no idea how or why, but that is all I could think of when I was trying these. That’s not to say that they weren’t good. It was just a weird experience.

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Lumonde Bourbon Wafer

These came in two flavors, original and caramel. These are wafer sticks with chocolate.

I have no idea how to explain the flavors here, but it’s good. Nice and sweet, with wafer in the middle with a bit of chocolate on the outside. I find these nice and light amd very yummy.

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Tirol Chocolates

These come in many, many flavors. It’s crazy how many flavors there are of these chocolates. In my box I received 5 different kinds to try.

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Orange: This tastes vaguely like some kind of nut butter and has a white/clear jelly in the middle.  I couldn’t figure out what kind of nut it was, but it was a decent chocolate.

Funwari Ichigo Jam: This had a milk chocolate base, with pink chocolate on the top. Inside there was a bit of filling and what looked and tasted to be a marshmallow. It was ok. Not something I’d be drawn to on my own, but cool to try.

Tirol: This is a milk chocolate with a nougat in the centre.

Nuts Crunch: This was a milk chocolate with a darker chocolate cookie type nutty crunch in the middle. That may make no sense, but it was really good.

Chocolate Tarte: This was a milk chocolate with a cookie in the middle. It was if the chocolate tarte crust was in the middle. This was so good!

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Meiji Mini Assorted

These are an assortment of little boxes of candy that are chocolate or other candies. They remind me a bit of Canadian smarties.

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I received five boxes and four different kinds. There are little chocolates, candy coated chocolates and strawberry flavored and lemon candies.

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Meiji Kaju Gummies

These gummies come in an assortment of flavors. I received grape (white? green?) and orange.

Orange: These are so very orange-y! So nice! I wish I could buy these locally. I wanted to take a picture of these as they were shaped like little orange wedges, but I gobbled these up pretty quickly.

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Watapachi Popping Cotton Candy

If Pop Rocks and Cotton Candy ever had a baby, it’d be this product. This is grape flavored and by the looks of it, it’s going to be quite pop-y.

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Tamago Boro

These are egg biscuits and seem to be a popular treat for children. They were surprising and sweet and reminded me of something that I could not quite put my finger on.

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Yakiniku San-taro

This is a mild flavored dried fish coated in a barbeque like flavor.

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Kabayaki San-taro

This is made out of cod fish but has an eel like flavor. Grilled eel is apparently very popular in Japan.

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Age Ichiban

These are a sweet senbei type rice cracker.

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Coris Fue Ramune Whistle Candy

These have holes in the centre so you can whistle through them. I believe these are grape flavored.

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Suppai Lemon

There are 3 gumballs and one is MEGA sour. But, you don’t know which one it is.

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Marble Gum

These are two different types of marble gum. They came in grape and strawberry flavors.

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Konpeito (金平糖, コンペイトー)

These are a type of sugar candy that is often colored but rarely flavored. Apparently, this type of candy was introduced to Japan from the Portuguese in the 16th century. (source)

These remind me a little bit of nerds in their texture, but the taste is just pure sweet sugary goodness.  I don’t dare eat too many at a time, but it may be hard since they’re quite tasty. These candies are actually quite small. If you check out below, I’ve taken a picture of them with a cap off of my water bottle for comparison.

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Orion’s Cocoa Cigarette

These are cocoa candy cigarettes that taste like peppermint. These remind me of my childhood candies of popeye cigarettes.

There were also two extras in my box. A special Valentine’s surprise on account of Valentine’s day and a bonus snack bag that I received using a coupon code from another blog.

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This was the Valentine’s surprise. It’s a little blue bag with the phrase “Je compte sur toi. Tu es mon soleil.” Which for all of you non French speakers, or those too lazy to translate it, it means “I count on you. You are my sun.” This contained 2 hard candies as well as a chocolate with what I can only assume is matcha.

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This was the bonus snack. Through my internet wanderings and searching up Umaibo flavors, I learned that the red packaged thing is a type of umaibo, but a more fancy version. It is Mentaiko flavored. There are also 2 hard candies, a treat called Pie No Mi (Chocolate pie biscuits), as well as what looks to be some type of sweet senbai.

In total, my box contained (and I’m not including the bonuses in this list):

  • Umaibo x 16
  • Kyabetsu Taro x 1
  • Baby Star Fried Ramen x 1
  • Tohato Caramel Corn x 1
  • Kinoko no yama x 1
  • Takenoko no sato x 1
  • Onigiri Senbei x 1
  • Pota Pota Yaki Senbei x 2
  • Lotte Sasha Chocolate Matcha x 4
  • Moringa Koeda Chocolate Sticks x 3
  • Lumonde Wafer x 3
  • Tirol Chocolates x 5
  • Meiji Mini Assorted x 5
  • Meiji Kaju Gummies x 2
  • Watapatchi x 1
  • Tamago Boro x 1
  • Yakinikusan-taro x 2
  • Kabayakisan-taro x 2
  • Ageichiban x 2
  • Fue Ramune x 1
  • Suppai Lemon x 1
  • Marble Gum x 2
  • Konpeito x 1
  • Cocoa Cigarette x 1

My Final Thoughts:

I can honestly not say enough good things about Shiki Box! I think that I not only got my money’s worth, but that I also got some great new food experiences as the same time. And, as someone who doesn’t always go for adventure in the grocery isles, this is a welcome change.  As soon as I had unboxed my box, I went ahead and signed up for a subscription because in my opinion, it’s just that good. I like knowing that I’ll have tasty treats coming my way to my mail box around the middle of the month.

I also cannot say enough about how well packed this box was. I think I had one slightly cracked cracker. Just one. In a box that traveled miles and miles to get to me. That’s simply fantastic. I’ve had worse luck with things coming from a few hours away by mail.

Have any of you ever tried this box? If so, what did you think? Did my post make you re-think this subscription box? Or introduce you to it? Feel free to leave your comments!