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Skoshbox Japanese Snacks Box Review – February 2018

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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 5-6 snacks, The Dekabox (large size) includes 10-12 snacks and 1 mystery item, or The Megabox (extra large size) includes 13-15 snacks and 2 mystery toys.

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This review is of The Skoshbox-sized, $12 a month, box. 

Skoshbox February 2018 review

About Skoshbox

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

Skoshbox February 2018 Review

Skoshbox February 2018 Card front

Skoshbox February 2018 Card back

As always, the information card directs you to their website for all the info on the items in this month’s box! The back has the winners for their social media photo contest.

Comecco: Wasabi Nori Flavor package

Comecco: Wasabi Nori Flavor plated

Comecco: Wasabi Nori Flavor

These crispy rice crackers are just as advertised - super savory! They’re a wasabi-nori flavor, and I definitely get a little heat from the wasabi, and a nice dose of salt to go with the crunch of this snack. These slam-dunked on umami flavor, offering a really nice savory element to this box.

Look a la Mode

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Look a la Mode

Advertised as decadent chocolates, these sweet, truffle-esque treats didn’t disappoint! They come in this package split among coffee, strawberry, banana, and almond flavors, and were really tasty - though I will say, the banana-flavored ones were strong enough that their flavor snuck into pretty much all of the other flavors, the way that banana does. It gave a nice banana-split flavor to many of these, which was awesome.

Fit’s White Cider Gum front of package

Fit’s White Cider Gum back of package

Fit’s White Cider Gum

Fit’s White Cider Gum

These were so interesting, even though I’m not the biggest gum fan. These boast something called “fruity chips,” within, which were these little crystals of extra flavor when they were crunched. I didn’t get a strong cider flavor, which I would normally interpret as just apple, but rather a few different fruits.

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back of Toppo Milk Tea package

Toppo Milk Tea

Toppo Milk Tea plated

Toppo Milk Tea

Oh, wow. These were awesome. I can’t believe I’ve never had them before! These reminded me so much of my beloved Pocky, which I’ve been known to inhale by the box at the movies. Instead of being dipped in flavored goodness, these crispy, sweet sticks are actually hollow and contain a creamy filling; in this case, one that tastes exactly like Earl Grey tea with milk and sugar. I love bergamot anything, but for this delicious flavor to show up in such a snackable treat was a great surprise.

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back of Omochi Nadeshiko Candy package

Omochi Nadeshiko Candy plated

Omochi Nadeshiko Candy

I have to say, I was a little hesitant to try these guys just based on the package images. I got the gist right away that these little orbs were supposed to be candy based on sit-down, possibly savory dishes, and immediately I worried they’d be the equivalent of meatloaf Jolly Ranchers. Sometimes my brain is not my friend. I’m glad I got over it, though, because these candies were simply inspired by dishes that have sweet elements, and these were definitely sweet, with a slightly chewy center. They were interesting! The flavors include mitarashi (a slightly salty-sweet combo), zunda (which is made from sweetened beans), and brown sugar kinako (roasted soy flour). I don’t eat a lot of candy like this, but these were so different that I was really glad I tried them.

Denroku-Mame Size package

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Denroku-Mame Size

I have to tell a good story on myself about this last snack! I like to try the snacks in boxes like these before I read anything about them, then I go to the site afterward to get more information on what I’ve eaten. So, I saw the picture on this treat, and I immediately assumed these were wasabi peas, which I’ve had before. Sometimes they can be hot, so I figured especially coming directly from Japan, the heat factor might be even more than what I’m used to. I opened the package and immediately smelled peanut butter. Okay, I thought. Wasabi peanuts. I took just one from the bag and gave it the tiniest, most deliberate nibble, prepared to have my brains blown away by wasabi. I was practically bracing for impact. I needn’t have! These treats are sweet, crunchy, and have absolutely no wasabi flavor whatsoever, despite their green color. Hah! They were delicious, and the crunchy coating, whatever it is, gives the peanuts a satisfying crunch.

Verdict: I really love the curation element that Skoshbox provides! I would’ve never picked out these snacks on my own, but the snacks are always so interesting, and usually pretty delicious. My friends have now started asking about these boxes and wanting to try these Japanese treats for themselves. The Toppo was a slam-dunk for me, along with the crispy peanuts, and the wasabi-nori rice crackers.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Sadly, no! Your first box will be the March one. All orders will start shipping for March on 2/28.

Value Breakdown: This monthly box is $12 a month with free shipping. I received six snacks, which average out to $2 per item. These snacks were all actually more on the rare side, so I think that adds to the value, as well as having the collection of all the snacks curated by experts.

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Laine Wooliscroft
Laine Wooliscroft
Laine is a life-long movie enthusiast who loves YA novels, estate sales, and hikes that make her legs hurt the next day. Her subscription journey started in 2014 with Ipsy, and now her favorite boxes contain craft beer, horror/spooky items, and toys for her beloved lab mix, Archie.

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Cider in Japan actually isn’t apple cider. It’s a soda that’s more like ginger ale than anything else. It’s common to get cider with different fruit flavors added to it, so that’s probably what the gum was going for.

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Oh, that makes so much sense! Thanks for the insight 🙂

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