EsianMall SnackBox Subscription Review + Coupon- February 2017
EsianMall Snack Box is a monthly Asian snack subscription box that describes itself as the “Geek Gamer Snack Box.”
There are three Geek Gamer Snack Box types: the Mini ($14.95 per month) contains 5-6 snacks, the Medium ($24.95 per month) contains 8-10 snacks, and the Premium ($34.95 per month) contains 12-14 snacks plus 1-2 geeky items.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Premium Geek Gamer Snack Box, $34.95 a month box.
The Subscription Box: EsianMall Geek Gamer Snack Box
The Cost: The Geek Gamer Snack Box is $14.95 per month for Mini, $24.95 per month for Regular, and $34.95 per month for Premium (discount on longer commitments). Shipping rates start at $3 and can be found here.
COUPON: Use code geeksnack to save $3 off your first box!
The Products: 12-14 Asian snacks and 1-2 geek/gamer items for the Premium box
Ships to: Everywhere. Shipping rates vary per box and can be found here.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Here’s the info card for the box. The opposite side has the QR code for the Beauty Box on it—they use the same card for both boxes. To get to the product information, you have to scan the corresponding QR code. The code then opens up a page on the EsianMall site on your phone, so you can see the items (and purchase more from their shop). It’s not the most convenient, especially if you don’t have a QR reader on your phone (though there are plenty of free ones to download).
There’s also a card with info on their referral program on one side and a coupon for the site store on the other.
Heroes vs. Heroines Poster – Value $2.00
The hype about the upcoming Wonder Woman movie is starting to build, so this poster was perfectly timed. I did notice that it’s the same poster that came in the EsianMall Beauty Box, so be aware that those two boxes might have some crossover.
Nikkoh Almond Matcha Choco Cup – Value $4.95
I love matcha flavors, so I was eager to try these little individually wrapped candies.
The matcha chocolate has a subtle tea flavor. It’s not chocolatey in flavor at all—it’s more just the chocolate consistency with a matcha taste. These were pretty tasty, though I wish the flavor was a bit bolder.
Maeda Mini Boro – Value $0.40 (buy a pack of 5 for $1.99)
These come in a pack of 5 on the EsianMall site, but there was only one inside the box. These treats look a bit like oyster crackers. They seem almost like a crunchy treat at first, but they melt in your mouth almost instantly.
They have a nice vanilla flavor to them. These weren’t a very filling treat, as they melt away so quickly, but they are a fun novelty.
Morinaga Hi-Chew Sours in Lemon – Value $2.99
These individually wrapped chewy candies have a powerful citrus taste to them. I was worried these would be more of a gummy candy, which I’m not very into, but they’re more like a caramel consistency.
Daisho Nagahama Yatai Ramen – Value $6.25
I was surprised at how heavy this pack of ramen was! Inside, there are two servings of ramen, rather than one. The noodles are straight, almost like spaghetti, and they cook up easily. Most importantly, the taste was great—it had a hearty, soy-sauce-like flavor to it and a pop of garlic.
Meiji Yan Yan Double Cream – Value $1.99
I love Yan Yan! I remember enjoying these way back in elementary school. I loved dipping the crispy cookie sticks into the chocolate fudge (and scooping out a disproportionately large amount of fudge per bite, haha).
This Yan Yan comes with TWO flavors of cream—one chocolate and one strawberry! The strawberry flavor was really yummy. It was super sugary and sweet, with a nice smooth strawberry taste.
Koikeya Karamucho – Value $4.94
After all the sweet treats, I was happy to get some salty potato chips. This bag (57 g) was a bit bigger than the small snack bags you’d get in bulk at the store, which was nice.
The flavor was spicy, kind of like barbecue chips sans the smokiness. They were super addictive, too. My only concern is that almost $5.00 seems like a lot for a bag of chips!
Bourbon Lubera Cookies – Value $1.49 (buy a pack of 5 for $7.45)
EsianMall sells a big package of 5 of these sets of two cookies, but you only get one set of two in the box. These rolled cookies are light (and a little crumbly), and they have a rich vanilla flavor about them.
They’re quite elegant for as simple as they are. I ate them on their own, but I bet they’d be delicious with a cup of coffee!
Calbee Saya Snowbee Crisps – Value $3.45
These were really good! This 70g bag contains a whole bunch of salty, crispy peas. They have a lightness to them that’s almost like a rice snack, but they’re surprisingly satisfying.
And they do taste like peas! They’re a little bitter, but I really loved munching on them in front of the TV. Are they healthier than regular chips? Eh, I doubt it. But they are unique!
3 Matcha KitKats – Total Value $1.99 (buy a bag of 12 for $7.99)
Wow, were these ever good! I’d heard about matcha KitKats before, but I’ve never tried them before.
These bite-sized bars had all the crunch and texture that I love from regular KitKats. The matcha flavor is unique and delicious and complements the vanilla taste of the wafers quite well. These come in a bag of 12 on EsianMall’s site, and I wish they would’ve sent the entire package instead of just 3! I would’ve devoured them all!
Look Soft Ice Cream Chocolate – Value $4.15
I loved the packaging of this chocolate. The colors are pretty and the cardboard package folds over the chocolate like a fancy envelope.
See how cute?
The chocolate itself, however, was a little underwhelming. The vanilla cream in the middle didn’t have a lot of flavor to it—I’m okay with a milder, milkier taste, but this cream, especially in combination with the waxy chocolate, was a little underwhelming.
2 CW Grandshell Blueberry Scones – Value $1.71 (buy a box of 14 for $12)
EsianMall sells the 14 pack of these scones, but there were just two in the box. These individually wrapped treats have a soft pastry shell and are filled with blueberry jam.
They’re a bit less filled to the brim than the image advertised, but the flavor is nice. The blueberry taste is sweet and jammy, and makes a nice complement to the cookie-like shell. It’s a nice breakfast treat or a stand-in for your usual on-the-go granola bar.
Bonus Deluxe Snack Box Marvel Infinity Scarf – Value $17.95
This is the “bonus” item in the box, which is surprising given how high of a value it has! I would’ve thought the poster would’ve been the bonus piece. Regardless, this semi-sheer infinity scarf is really cool. It features a few beloved Marvel characters against a backdrop of black and white comic book panels.
It’s a really cool way to wear your fandom around!
Verdict: I enjoyed this box, but I’ll admit that I’m having trouble getting a read on it, haha. The “Geek Gamer” vibe didn’t come across, except for in the scarf and the poster. The treats were good, but they didn’t feel cohesive, either. That’s not a huge deal—I enjoyed a lot of the snacks, I think I just expected a little more of a thematic or curated experience based on the “Geek Gamer” moniker. The value, in the end, is around $36.00, not counting the bonus item, which comes out pretty evenly with the price of the box. Add in the $17.95 value of the scarf, and it definitely seems cost effective. Just be aware that the “geek” aspect of this box is minimal!
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