EsianMall SnackBox Subscription Review + Coupon- May 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). Free US shipping.
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).
Unfortunately, when I scanned this code, it came up as being broken (“The QR code campaign has ended,” says my phone). I did a lot of searching, but I’m not sure where to find the product list or information via EsianMall. Since I’m not privy to the prices either, I’ll try to estimate value in the verdict based on the number of items vs. overall value. I’m bummed not to have that info on hand—I wish there was another way to get it!
There’s a coupon for a free box, too!
The geeky part of this month’s box focuses on Deadpool. This sticker doesn’t feel like the highest quality, but it’ll look cool on my laptop or notebook.
Deadpool Socks – Value $5.95
I found these socks online, so I can give them a value (hooray)! These Deadpool socks feel pretty stiff (they’re mostly polyester). They go about halfway up my calves, so they’re tall. They’re tight though, and when you stretch them at all, the printed-on design gets all split and stretched out.
These kinds of DIY kits are so popular! This kit helps you make two lollipops—a panda and a lion.
The packet gives you everything you need to mix up the candy and plop it into the molds. There are two flavors—strawberry and lemon.
The results are pretty cute, though not as precise as I hoped they’d be, haha. The texture is sugary and the flavors are a little artificial tasting, but the bright fruity flavors are definitely there. I think the DIY idea is really fun, but this isn’t a candy I’d see myself craving.
I like that this box has savory snacks as well as candies. This ramen is supposedly cheese flavored—never heard of that before!—which manifests itself as a kind of mild saltiness. I thought it’d be a bit more mac ‘n’ cheesy, but it’s a bit more true to traditional, brothy ramen.
These snacks reminded me a lot of Bugels—they’re conical, salty, and have a savory corniness about them.
They’re light and a bit oily. These snacks seem like something I’d nab at the convenience store and nibble on during a summer road trip. Maybe not the most special snacks ever, but super tasty.
This hexagonal box just looks fun, doesn’t it? This box contains a handful of chocolatey stars that, I think, are rice? They’re a bit sticky and reminded me of cereal.
The cocoa coating weirdly enough isn’t the most chocolatey thing in the world, though. These actually have a fruitiness about them that I didn’t expect. I don’t think that’s intentional, though. It might just be more of a comment on the quality of the chocolate.
There’s a prize inside, too! A teeny tiny sticker! I’m guessing there are a bunch of stickers for all different countries that you can collect.
3 Matcha Gummies
Gummy candies really aren’t my thing, but I did think that the matcha green tea flavor of these gummies was pretty unique and cool!
Each sugar-coated candy is about an inch cubed, meaning it’s quite a bit more substantial than typical gummies.
4 Matcha Kit Kats
Now these candies, I love! There’s something about the creamy, herbiness of matcha that goes so well with the light, vanilla-ish wafers of a Kit Kat bar!
These two-inch, fun-size duos also make a perfect bite when my sweet tooth is tingling. They’re not too much, nor too sweet.
Fits Grape Gum
Gummies aren’t my thing, and sadly, neither is gum. I know, I know, I just never got into it!
This pack of gum does smell deliciously fruity, and there’s plenty of it in the pack. I’ll have to gift this to a gum lover I know!
2 Packets of Fish Crackers
I wasn’t sure what to expect from these crackers, but I’ll admit, the fishy illustrations on the package made me a little apprehensive.
In terms of consistency, these crackers are airy, almost to the point of being styrofoamy. And in terms of flavor, they’re as intense as eating a big spoonful of Old Bay—suuuuper fishy, salty, and intense. These weren’t my favorite snacks at all!
4 Packets of Sesame Crackers
These crackers seem to be the same brand as the fish ones, but the flavor was more nutty, savory, and almost sesame-like.
The texture is a bit different, too, almost as if they were made from something like barley as opposed to fine processed rice.
I’ve seen these little cookies before but never tried one for myself! I’m a big chocolate fan, so I was excited to nibble on the little caps at the very least…
The chocolate on these mushrooms is almost semi-sweet, which I love. I expected them to be a bit waxier than they were—the quality was surprisingly nice. The mushroom stems are kind of like denser Pocky sticks. I crushed this bag of mushrooms. They might be my new favorite snack!
2 Chocolate Cakes
Again, chocolate is always exciting to me!
Each cake is about 3 inches in diameter and has a layer of cream sandwiched in the center. I found these guys to be super crumbly and a bit dry on the inside, but I was happy with just how rich the chocolate flavor was. The consistency is pretty light and airy—almost like what you’d expect from a convenience store cupcake.
Verdict: I enjoyed this box, though it wasn’t all hits, haha! I will say that even the fish cakes, which I really disliked, were at least fun in the sense that they’re totally unlike anything I’ve had here in the states. So for the cultural experience, they’re forgivable. I really wish there was a printed product list in the box, but seeing that there’s not, let’s do a little math. The box itself is $34.95, and with 13 items (I’m grouping the smaller items together here, like I did in the review), the price per item would be about $2.69. Knowing that the socks at least are a little more expensive, I think it’s a fair price for everything you end up getting. (I could see myself paying around $2.00 for equivalent snacks at the store.) And it was a ton of snacks—certainly enough to fuel my binge watching and late night cravings for the month. I kind of wish it was all snacks, though. The fan items didn’t strike me as anything special, and the quality was kinda… meh. But as a snack box, I think it scores high.
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