Skoshbox Subscription Box Review – January 2017
Skoshbox is a subscription box delivering the best and latest in Japanese snacks. It’s the original monthly box service for candy from Japan!
Skoshbox offers three different sizes: The Skoshbox (small size) includes 4-5 snacks, The Dekabox (large size) includes 8-10 snacks and 1 mystery item, or The Megabox (extra large size) includes 12-14 snacks and 2 mystery toys.
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This review is of The Skoshbox, $12 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Skoshbox
The Cost: The Skoshbox: $12 a month, $35 for 3 months ($11.67/box), $66 for 6 months ($11/box) or $120 for 12 months ($10/box). The Dekabox: $24 a month, $70 for 3 months ($23.33/box), $132 for 6 months ($22/box) or $240 for 12 months ($20/box). The Megabox: $35 a month, $100 for 3 months ($33.33/box), $195 for 6 months ($32.50/box) or $385 for 12 months ($32.08/box). All include free shipping!
The Products: Skoshbox is the only monthly box backed by Japanese snack companies. “That means exclusive collaboration boxes and first-look items just for our members! Our boxes contain an exciting mix of new trendy items, DIY Kits, traditional favorites, and wacky flavors!”
Ships to: U.S. and Canada
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Every box contains a booklet detailing all of the items included with the box and has some other fun content as well.
Hi-Chew Premium Yogurt Flavored Chew – Value $2.99
The first snack this month were these yogurt flavored chews. I usually try Skoshbox snacks blind before reading the info book… maybe it’s not the wisest thing but I want to get an honest reaction with no expectations. I’ll say these were a miss for me because I am not a fan of plain yogurt, and these are just straight up plain yogurt flavored. However, if there had been some vanilla or fruit flavoring, I could see myself enjoying these little bites. The texture was interesting, chewy but not gummy, almost fluffy, with just a bit of a shell.
Shimi Corn Stick – Value $0.99
This chocolatey corn stick was delicious! I love the combination of corn and chocolate flavors, it reminds me of the cereal milk ice creams at Momofuku Milk Bar. The texture is similar to any puffed corn snack. There were 2 similar treats in last month’s Skoshbox but I’m not complaining. This bar is in a fun star shape and didn’t last long!
Otonano Takenoko – Value $2.99
I wasn’t sure what to expect with these bullet-shaped chocolate bites. They are basically a chocolate cookie bite that’s been dipped in more chocolate. A few were pulverized in the packaging so they were also dusted with more cookie… not a terrible problem to have. The chocolate is darker than I expected so they are more on the bitter side, but not by too much.
Pocky: Crystal Salty – Value $1.79
Pocky is the best. I never seem to be able to make it last more than a few hours. These were no exception! I haven’t seen this flavor before, but how can you go wrong with salted chocolate? That’s right, you can’t. There were 2 packets inside the box, which is helpful if you do want to store some for later. These went great with a cup of coffee.
High Lemon Candy – Value $1.99
I’m a big fan of lemon candies, so I was delighted to see these little tabs in the box. They remind me of vitamin C tabs mixed with Sweet Tarts as far as texture goes. They don’t quickly dissolve but don’t last terribly long either. They can be chewed up pretty quickly and have lots of sour lemon citrus flavor. I really enjoyed these, and have been keeping them at my desk for a quick sweet treat in the afternoons.
Bonus! Ramune Bottle Candy – Value $1.49
Every once in a while, Tokyo Otaku Mode likes to treat it’s subscribers to extra treats. This month everyone got this bonus candy, which comes in a soda-bottle shaped plastic container. At first, I didn’t want to try these because when I opened the bottle they smelled awful. They tasted good though! They’re very similar to Bottle Caps and Smarties, almost chalky but with a bubbly carbonation feel.
This month, Skoshbox also included a double-sided card with promotional deals for coming to Japan. One side has information on flights and deals for one-day trips and activities, and the other features a nearly all-inclusive tour based on Sword Art Online: The Movie.
Verdict: I enjoyed pretty much everything in Skoshbox this month. The yogurt snacks weren’t great for me personally, but everything else was pretty tasty. The value totals $12.24 when you add in the bonus, which is right there as far as the cost of the box goes. Not counting the bonus though, the value is $10.95 and thus below the overall cost. I doubt I would have tried any of these items without being introduced to them by someone else (or via a subscription), save maybe those lemon tabs and the Pocky. I always recommend this box to anyone looking to try out snacks they’ve probably never heard of.
What do you think of Skoshbox? What items did you like this month?