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Skoshbox Japanese Snacks Box Review – April 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!

FYI - Skoshbox is closing:

We’re sad to announce that we’ve decided to close down our Skoshbox snack subscription service. As of April 25, 2018, we have officially stopped accepting new subscriptions. We’ll continue to fulfill existing subscriptions until July 31, after which we’ll provide prorated refunds.

Founded 5 years ago, Skoshbox was the original monthly box service for snacks & candy from Japan. In 2016, we were thrilled to welcome Skoshbox to the Tokyo Otaku Mode family and expand our service area world wide. However, to be frank, in the current market we sadly were not able to improve Skoshbox’s worldwide service to the ideal level of speed and quality that we had set out to do when we first opened up world-wide shipping. Importation issues and shipping prices affecting shipping speed and quality were some hurdles that we ultimately could not come to a desirable resolution for that could benefit both Skoshbox and its users.

We deeply regret not being able to continue to serve loyal Skoshbox subscribers who have been there since the beginning, as well as new members who are just getting started. We’ll miss selecting delicious snacks for you each month. More than anything, we are truly grateful for your support—you made every minute worth it!

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

Skoshbox April 2018 review

About Skoshbox

The Subscription Box: Skoshbox

The Cost: $12 a month + 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!”

Skoshbox April 2018 Review

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 of their social media photo contest.

Chipstar Chocolate

Chipstar Chocolate

I’ve had Chipstar snacks before, but this is the first chocolate variety I’ve tried, and it was soooo good! As one might guess, they taste exactly like chocolate-covered chips, but these have a delicious chocolate mousse inside.

Bonchi Age: Yuzu Kosho Flavor

This savory snack was a perfect savory snack; it was crispy and full of flavor. It’s corn-based and baked to be quite on the crunchy side, which I really like in my snacks. The taste of the yuzu really comes through in these, and its bright citrus note works really well with the underlying spice!

Matcha Caramel

Matcha Caramel

Some of the best snacks in these boxes are the pocket-sized ones! This package can easily fit in a purse or jeans pocket, and the earthy matcha balances the sweet caramel really well. The texture is super-smooth and melts almost right away, leaving behind the tea flavor as it dissolves.

Mochi Mochi Chocolate: Sakura Mochi Flavor

Mochi Mochi Chocolate: Sakura Mochi Flavor

I’ve learned more about mochi through these boxes than I think I have about anything else, and it’s been such an interesting treat to try. These were super, super soft on the outside, and the sakura added a really floral element to the white chocolate, as one might expect. For me, the floral element completely took over the chocolate and landed on the palette on the sweet side, but it wasn’t cloying. They were super-interesting!

Taku Bar: Gambas Al Ajillo Flavor

Let me tell you the story of a (really clever) woman who waited tragically too long to have dinner, miraculously discovered these toast snacks, and utterly destroyed the entire bag while standing in her kitchen. I imagine these are not for everyone; most of the shrimp-flavored snacks are sort of for a specific audience, for sure!  But these were so, so good; instead of shrimp, I, ahem, the woman in this story actually tasted a lobster essence, which was then mixed with the flavor of delicious homemade garlic bread. At least six more bags, please!

Sakeru Gummies: Granulated Strawberry

Sakeru Gummies: Granulated Strawberry

I think this candy gets the award for the most unique of the bunch! I was intrigued by the “granulated strawberry” phrasing of the flavor choice, and I think “pureed strawberry” might’ve also been a good choice of words, too! The flavor was so so fresh like I’d just thrown strawberries and some almond milk into the blender myself. The texture was more challenging; definitely granular but also, as the name implied, ever-so-slightly gritty.

Verdict: There were a lot of new tastes in this Skoshbox! I don’t often get to try something sakura-flavored, and I really liked the yuzu in this month’s savory snack, the matcha mixed with caramel, and the amazing shrimp toasts from heaven. I also really liked the strawberry flavor of the gummy snack, and the chocolate-flavored Chipstar were an awesome element to my snack adventure.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Sadly, no! Skoshbox is closing and no longer sending boxes.

Value Breakdown: This monthly box is $12 a month with free shipping. I received six snacks, which average out to $2 per item. A few of these snacks seemed extremely rare, so I really think that adds to the box’s value, as well as having the collection of all the snacks curated especially for this box.

If you liked Skoshbox, check out similar Japanese Snack Boxes in the Snacks Subscription Box Directory!

Which snack from April's Skoshbox looks most intriguing to you?

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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5 comments

Julie

I was a subscriber of Skoshbox for years, back before they shipped directly from Japan. I enjoyed most of the boxes and thought they were a decent value, but in the first few months of 2018 I kept getting items taken out of them by customs and was frustrated by their lack of customer service.

I’m not really surprised to see them close. I imagine many others had customs issues as well, which is unfortunate.

I actually switched over to TokyoTreat recently and am enjoying it so far! It costs about twice as much as Skoshbox did but the boxes are very full of fun snacks.

I hope you can find a new subscription box to review!

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Mallory

I just had to comment that I love this review thanks to your “story about a woman ” lol. I always enjoy learning about the different snacks, but your one on the toast had me cracking up. I know that “story ” all too well!

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Laine

Thanks, Mallory! ^_^ When it comes to hunger, sometimes it’s a “story” I end up telling far too often! <3

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Emily

Seems like a lot of subs have called it quits this month. 🙁

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Laine

I was sad to see that Skoshbox will be done soon, too – I’ve enjoyed sharing my snack journey with you all so much!

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