I am not going to lie, I’m not a fan of Crayon Shin-Chan. But Tohato snacks, those are something I do love!
I like that this edition came in a box, extra protection for international postage is always appreciated! I haven’t had any crushed corn snacks yet, but I can’t help but feel that ‘yet’ is the operative word there.
The box art isn’t my cup of tea at all, but the bright, fun graphics really appealed to my son. The Shin-chan take on a ‘tropical’ theme is quite amusing!
the annoyance Shin-chan himself. :p
Inside the box, you have a bright orange pouch (because this product needed more bright colours, right?) and a little golden packet…
Which contains a random collectible sticker! Yay!
The art style is one of the main things that put me off Shin-chan, so this sticker made me shudder a little. But hey, it’s always fun getting little cards or stickers in snacks 🙂
The chocobi themselves are little, pale golden stars. They look like little biscuits, but they are actually corn snacks.
In my experience, Tohato corn snacks are quite strange to a UK palette. The concept of sweet corn snacks isn’t really something we have, or at least not to this degree (I’m not counting sweet/savoury flavour combinations). There’s something so strange but delicious about eating a corn snack that tastes like candy, it’s a ‘best of both worlds’ situation to me. It’s almost easier to think of them as breakfast cereal than what we would think of as corn snacks.
The chocobi have a layer of sweet crunchy frosting on the outside, while inside the little stars are light and airy. Think of a Wotsit covered in the type of hard icing they use to make Fox’s Party Rings and you’ve got the texture about right. It makes for a snack that is both interesting and satisfying.
Flavour wise, they are as sweet as they look with all that sugar coating. The ‘tropical’ flavouring is an undeniably generic fruity flavour, but it works. The ‘tropical’ as opposed to simply ‘fruit’ taste seems to come mainly in the faint pineapple aftertaste. The flavour is mild and mostly delicate sweetness, it’s really yummy and definitely has you coming back for another one.
I never thought I’d find a Shin-chan thing cute, but these snacks are undeniably adorable!
Overall, I would give these a 10/10. I almost docked points for the eye hurting packaging, but I thought that wouldn’t be fair. The taste and texture are both great, and with the amount you get in one pack they are both great value and great for sharing. I would definitely get these again 🙂