Skoshbox Review February 2016
Here we are with the second Skoshbox of 2016! This time I made sure to keep all of the pictures I took, so that you can see what the actual snacks look like. It’s helpful to see that, which is why I was so upset about losing those pictures last month.
But what’s done is done, I suppose.
Anyway, this month’s box is a treat; there weren’t any items I didn’t enjoy. Let’s find out more about them after the jump, shall we?
(If you’re wondering what that thing is in the background, it’s my Star Platinum cushion. He’s here to help!)
First up is arguably the easiest item to review:
Soft Oreo: Vanilla: This is a cake that looks, tastes, and smells like an Oreo. It’s very soft, as the name would suggest, and extremely addictive. I loved it; I just wish there was more to say, aside from expressing my desire to have these things sold in America.
Next is Chibimaruko Marshmallow. I admit that I’ve never heard of Chibi Maruko, so I looked it up. It was an old manga/anime relatively similar to Crayon Shin-chan, but a lot less “adult”. Maruko was based on the author of the series, which I found interesting to learn.
Anyway, this snack is very simple; it’s a marshmallow with grape jelly filling. The marshmallow is very soft and tastes as you’d expect from a marshmallow. The grape filling tastes like the artificial grape flavor lollipops and other various candies like to use.
I enjoyed it. My boyfriend, on the other hand, did not, since he doesn’t like marshmallow.
As you can see, there wasn’t a crazy amount of filling in them, but just enough to get the flavor.
Third, there’s the Pekochan Parasol Choco.
Pekochan is the mascot of Fujiya, a restaurant/retail company in Japan. If you’ve had a decent exposure to Japanese snacks/candy, you’ve probably seen her likeness somewhere.
This snack is also really simple (notice a trend?). It’s solid chocolate on a plastic parasol handle. The chocolate is smooth and milky. There aren’t any nuts or rice crisps in there, so there isn’t much else to say about it.
I will note that getting the wrapper off was kind of difficult, as you can see in the picture.
Veggie-Ottotto is next! This is a light, corn based snack that tastes like a soup stock.
The pack contains six different shapes, which I found cute. There’s the mascot (whatever it’s name is), an eggplant, a scarecrow, a carrot/radish, a tomato, and …
I don’t know what the one on the top right is supposed to be.
No, seriously, I have no idea.
No matter what it is, the snack is pleasant, light, and really tastes like it should. I would go out of my way to buy and eat this again.
Now we have Pucca: Chocolate Crisps. As I don’t know Japanese, I couldn’t figure out what Pucca meant in this context. The box advertised pucca.tv, which redirected me to here, but it didn’t tell me much. (Knowing Japanese would help!)
I also couldn’t read the game/comic on the inside of the pack.
That being said, I have no excuse as to why I didn’t take a picture of the front of the box! I almost had the pictures right this month, too. Darn!
Anyway, this snack is basically a pretzel in the shape of a fish with chocolate cream filling (much like Koala’s March, a beloved favorite of mine.) I liked that the pretzel wasn’t salted at all.
I know some people like salt with sweet, but I liked this very mellow flavor; the pretzel complimented the chocolate very well.
Aren’t the fish cute?
Both my boyfriend and I really enjoyed these.
Finally, we have my absolute favorite from this box: Coffee Beat! Coffee Beat is, without a doubt, one of the best coffee-flavored candies I’ve ever had. It tricked me upon first glance, though; I thought each piece was a coffee bean covered in chocolate, but it ended up being creamy coffee flavored chocolate with a thin, crispy chocolate coating.
It’s AMAZING. Seriously, if you like coffee, particularly sweet iced coffee drinks, you’ll love this.
The current price on Amazon is pretty good, if you think you’d want twenty of them. If not, Skoshbox’s store has them for $2.99 a tube ($2.40 if you’re a subscriber). I’ll definitely be picking some up at some point.
(Also, don’t mind the crumbs/mess in the image — those are from the other snacks in the box, not Coffee Beat. Coffee Beat isn’t really messy, unless you put it out in the sun or something.)
February 2016 Winner: Coffee Beat, with Veggie-Ottotto in second.
Was this box worth it? Definitely! It introduced me to the wonders of Coffee Beat, after all! That being said, nothing in this box was bad or unpleasant, so I think it was well worth it.