Skoshbox Review March 2016
Hello! It’s time for my monthly Skoshbox review. This one will be shorter than the previous two, since the box didn’t have as many snacks. That being said, it wasn’t a bad box, but I would say that it’s been the weakest one of 2016 so far. (There have only been three, though, so that’s not saying much.)
Anyway, read on to find out what I think about the March 2016 Skoshbox.
First up, we have the Hi-chew Premium Grape.
Hi-chew is, to put it simply, a very chewy fruit snack. The name kind of gives away the chewy part. I’ve had Hi-chew a few times in the past and I’ve enjoyed it, but this specific flavor is special.
The booklet that came with the box this month said that this was the #1 vote. I don’t know when Skoshbox held a vote, but they did at some point, and this won. I definitely had high hopes for this before trying it, thanks to that title.
The bag the chews come in looks nice. There’s a very detailed photo of grapes on it, which makes sense. Upon opening the bag, I noticed that the chews were almost marshmallow-like in appearance, but not texture. They were fairly hard, much harder than a plush marshmallow would be.
The chews smelled a bit like grape, which once again was not a surprise.
Taste-wise, the chews kind of tasted like a mish-mash of grapes and grape flavored cough syrup. I’ve commented on the previous grape snack tasting like cough syrup, so either I’m sensitive to the flavor, or grapes in Japan taste like our cough syrup. Who knows!
Don’t get me wrong, though. The hi-chews are pleasant. They don’t really taste completely like biting into a real grape, of course, but the cough syrup-like notes kind of work here. I know it sounds weird.
The chews are coated with a fine powder, which adds to the pleasantness. I can see why this got voted #1.
Next, we have Sour Yogurt Tablet Candy.
So, I’ll admit I was a little nervous when I saw the dog bone. Was I about to eat some dog treats? Dog treats can taste like yogurt? What?
I didn’t really think these were for dogs, but the logo was a little interesting. I can’t read it, so I have no idea what it says/means.
Anyway, these are round, almost flat tabs that are very white in color. They’re smooth, and not easy to crumble.
They taste like mellow Smarties, but they don’t dissolve nearly as fast. I liked them, but they kind of reminded me of Tums tablets, which is a weird thing to think about when you’re eating candy.
I don’t think these really taste like yogurt. Maybe my taste buds are shot, who knows. They are pleasant, don’t get me wrong, but I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them.
Third, we have the Puchi Ichigo Cookie. I was excited to try this one, since ichigo means strawberry and I love strawberry flavored things.
The bear on the package looks really excited too. I mean, who wouldn’t be?
As you can see, the cookies are small, but very lovingly crafted. They are slightly pink in color, thanks to the strawberry flavor.
The cookies taste like a very mellow strawberry with chocolate interspersed. I liked them a lot. They were light, too, so it was easy to eat too many of them. The only downside (if I can call it that) was that they were crumbly, like a Chips Ahoy. They made a bit of a mess. Whoops!
Next up is the Doraemon Choco Monaka. This snack looks like a biscuit sandwich with smooth mousse-like chocolate inside.
He doesn’t quite look as nice as he does on the package, but I guess I’m not really surprised. I mean, what food looks as nice as it does on the package? I do appreciate how nice the plastic tray is, though. Without it, he would have arrived at my doorstep in crumbs. 🙁
He’s missing his nose! I thought this was pretty funny, so I had to take a picture.
The Monaka tastes like an ice cream cone. Seriously, it’s almost exactly like one. This isn’t a problem; in fact, I enjoyed it a lot. The inside is smooth, like I thought, and it tastes like a very nice, pretty rich, chocolate.
I really liked this! I wish the box came with two. 🙂
And finally, we have the Yuki no Yado Senbei.
According to Wikipedia, a senbei is a type of rice cracker, usually with an icing/coating. These definitely have a coating, as you can see:
There weren’t many in the bag, which was a bit of a disappointment. I say this because I found the snack very nice. They have a sesame flavor, and the coating reminds me of soy sauce. These are flavors a very decent amount of Japanese snacks use, which isn’t surprising.
The best item in this month’s box was definitely the Puchi Ichigo Cookie, with the Doraemon Monaka as a second choice!