My box was SUPER late this month, having just arrived this morning. I was honestly expecting it to arrive in the New Year so it still beat my expectations. The old saying ‘better late than never’ is certainly appropriate when it comes to international post, especially at this time of year 😉
Last months box didn’t arrive till near the end of the month either, and I expect Januarys will be late too. I’m holding out on paying extra for the express postage because I think right now the delays are just because of the time of year, though if it doesn’t get back to the normal mid month arrival by February/March it may well be that Oyatsu aren’t actually posting the non express boxes at the same time and that’s the problem, not the slow seasonal postal service. I know express postage gets put on the first postage van, but they’ve been very vague about when the regular boxes are sent so there could be a few days delay by the time all the express boxes are shipped out. I hope that isn’t the case, but we’ll see.
Anyway, lets see what arrived this month (even though most of you probably know by now!).
First up we have a wonderful big bag of Christmas dagashi. I’ve never tried dagashi before so this is exciting to me!
Oyatsu Box have described dagashi as being traditional Japanese snacks that are sold in special stores across Japan. They’ve left out that dagashi is essentially the Japanese equivalent of penny sweets, they’re very cheap and often low quality but still enjoyable because kids can pick out lots of things to buy with their pocket money, or older folks can feel nostalgic about them.
Dagashi shops look very similar to the type of sweet shop you’d find in the UK that have jars of old fashioned sweets lining the walls and boxes of 10p mix ups, wham bars, licorice sticks and the like lining shelves below. I happen to love those types of sweet shop, so hopefully this dagashi pack will be a fun treat too 🙂
Next up we have a big bar of Ghana white chocolate. I’m really looking forward to trying Japanese white chocolate, though I’m not a fan of it in general (unless it’s Milky Bar 😉 ). This one is apparently made with premium cocoa and milk to create a very rich flavour with a hint of caramel.
This one got me super excited, it’s a Giant Caplico Z in cookie and crunch flavour. Not the flavour I would have picked myself, but after trying the smaller Caplico cones I’ve been dying to try a big one so honestly, I’d have been happy with this whatever flavour it was 🙂
More crisps this month, yay! This time we have a big bag of limited edition Calbee Avocado Pizza flavour crisps. I didn’t know avocado on pizza was a thing, but hey. I love avocado, I love pizza, I love crisps. What could go wrong? 😉
I swear Oyatsu Box are mind readers, as they’ve picked yet another thing I’ve been wanting to try. This colourful little tube of JOO C joy contains all their flavours of ramune candy in one package. Looking forward to trying them all 🙂
Here we have some ‘super tough, awesomely powerful’ Goochi Gummy in cola flavour. What a description! I get the feeling these are going to be tooth hurty, so hopefully they’re tasty enough to be worth it!
Yay, Hi-Chew! This time we have kumquat and honey flavour chews. I have no idea what a kumquat tastes like, but if it needs honey to balance it I’m sure it is pretty tart indeed. These sound awesome!
Once again, another treat I’d had my eye on. Yay! This is a little box of Chelsea Premium, allegedly Japan’s most popular caramels. This edition is made with butter and cream to make them extra special.
Here’s out DIY candy kit for this month, Naru Naru in ramune flavour. I’m never going to complain at more ramune flavour goodness, plus this kit looks pretty fun!
Another big bag of yummies, this time Polinki which are little triangular corn puffs in a hot cocoa (chocolate and milk) flavour. These sound amazing and look adorable, so yeah. Awesome!
Last and…well, definitely least, we have this months gachapon. This one is from an anime/manga series called Haikyuu!! which centers around a high school volleyball team. Sports anime, whoooo…not. Oh well. I am more than willing to admit I have a very limited taste in anime/manga, I’ll bet this has lots of people more excited than me. Plus my son enjoys the gachapon I don’t so it’s all good 🙂
Phew, this months box was a huge one! Very impressive with great variety and super interesting snacks. Maybe, maybe, I’ll finally get one box eaten before the next one arrives…maybe 😉