Skoshbox Review January 2016
I’ve always been intrigued by box subscription services. Getting a box full of something once a month seems like a fun idea, and there are hundreds of different subscription services taking advantage of that thought. Back in 2014, I subscribed to Loot Crate for about five months; it wasn’t really my sort of thing, I unfortunately discovered, but I was still interested in the idea of getting a box of goodies every month. (Why wasn’t Loot Crate my thing? Well, for one, I was tired of getting a shirt every month, which is what ultimately happened during the time I was subscribed. Second, I wasn’t interested in most of the fandoms/series they were putting in the crates, which ended up being an issue. At the end of the day, I also just didn’t have space for all of the stuff I ended up getting!)
About halfway through 2015 I was gifted a subscription to Skoshbox, a subscription service that provides you with an assortment of Japanese snacks and candy monthly. I was interested from the moment I heard about it, since food won’t sit on a shelf to collect dust forever like a figure of Batman might. Not only that, but I’ve enjoyed what little Japanese snacks I’ve had before getting Skoshboxes; I figured I couldn’t go too wrong with this membership.
I’ve decided to review the boxes starting from this month, January 2016. I unfortunately deleted the images I took of the actual snacks out of their packages; I contemplated scrapping this review entirely when I found out I had done this, but at the end of the day I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.
Not just that, but I wanted to start at the beginning of the year!
As you can see in the header image, the Skoshbox for this month comes in a blue box. It’s a decent size, probably a bit larger than a standard book. This is the ‘Skoshbox’ type box, which costs $12 a month (unless you opt for a long term subscription.) There’s a larger box you can subscribe to, the ‘Dekabox,’ but I don’t get that so I can’t tell you much about it.
Anyway, let’s begin!
First up, we have what the booklet calls: Puccho: Hoppe-chan Gummies.
What, or who, is Hoppe-chan? One of the first Google results is this Wikihow article, which really doesn’t tell me much. I guess it’s a cute little pet you can take care of, like a pet rock. Or something.
Anyway, these are Japanese cherry flavored gummies. They’re small. The picture on the bottom left of the bag shows you their actual size. When I had images of them, I tried to focus on one of their designs — they had faces, like the little guys on the bag. I thought they were cute.
Taste wise, the gummies are cherry. I don’t know what Japanese cherry tastes like, and how different it’s supposed to be from regular cherry, but these just tasted like cherry to me. This wasn’t a bad thing.
The texture was another story, though. Neither I nor my boyfriend really liked their texture. They were pretty hard and very chewy. I was expecting them to be softer, like Kasugai gummies, especially since they’re so small.
Next up is the Korokoro Sugar Rusk.
Rusk is, in short, hard bread. It differs from a crouton in that I think it’s usually sweet in Japan. It goes without saying, then, that this is pretty sweet.
The rusk comes in cubes a little bigger than your average crouton. They tasted like sugary sweet peanuts, probably in part due to the peanuts in the bag. Yes, there were peanuts in the bag with the rusk. I wondered if this was intentional for a moment, but then I looked at the front of the bag again and noticed the peanut in the picture. (Oops!)
The peanuts were also sweet from being in the bag with the rusk, but they weren’t overly so. Both my boyfriend and I really enjoyed this snack; it was pleasant and pretty light.
The next item in the box is Ao-Be Soda Gum. This is just gum, so there isn’t a whole lot to say about it. There are two sticks in the pack; one blue, and one green. I had the blue, and my boyfriend had the green.
Both sticks seemed to taste the same (in that we both agreed they tasted like artificial soda/candy flavor). They were strong, which is admittedly a good thing to have in a gum.
The gum stains your tongue, which is kind of neat for a little while, but the novelty wears off pretty quickly.
I will say that I liked how soft the gum was! That being said, this wasn’t anything special.
Next, there’s the Gaburi-Chu Cola Stick. This is a taffy-like candy stick that tastes like cola.
I would say that it was about as long as the gum, but three or so times as wide. The stick tasted like a slightly bitter Pepsi, which isn’t a bad thing. I liked it. I’m kind of a sucker for cola and root beer flavored things, though.
The texture was not too bad; it was tough, but chewy. Far more pleasant than the Hoppe-chan gummies.
The Umaibo: Yakitori is next. This is a large corn puff flavored like yakitori. Skoshbox has sent Umaibo before, but in cheese flavors.
Umaibo is a light, crispy snack. I liked the cheese ones I’ve had before a lot, and this one is very similar. It’s pretty greasy, which I would have loved to show you (but I deleted the pictures! Argh!)
The flavor is nice, but both my boyfriend and I agreed that it reminded us more of teriyaki than yakitori.
I liked this more than he did; there were two in the box, which I thought was nice.
Finally, there is a box of Sakupanda Zed. Sakupanda are cookies with panda faces. Skoshbox has sent them before, but not the Zed version.
The Zed are chocolate cookies with a thick chocolate layer on their back. The chocolate layer is rich, but not too much so. I would definitely eat these again, since they’re small and fairly light. My only complaint was that there weren’t quite enough in the bag!
January 2016 Winner: Sakupanda Zed, with Korokoro Sugar Rusk as a close second.
Was this box worth it? I think so. While the Ao-Be Soda Gum wasn’t very extravagant, and the Hoppe-chan gummies were too chewy for my liking, the rest of the box was pleasant and very enjoyable.
All of these items are available to purchase through Skoshbox’s shop. If you subscribe, you get 20% shop purchases! That’s nifty.