Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox April 2017

OyatsuBox April 2017 Unboxing + Review

Oh my, it’s been a long time since I posted an OyatsuBox unboxing! I’ve still been subscribed and have really enjoyed all the boxes so far this year. Oyatsu seem to have been super busy behind the scenes as they now have both a UK store and a special Okinawa store (both very exciting!) as well as a new, bigger warehouse which I believe they are moving to this week. I’m so happy to see Oyatsu Cafe expanding! o(≧▽≦)o

My May box arrived last week but I figured it’s not too late to do a quick unboxing for the April box first. I’ve skipped too many great boxes this year, I don’t want to skip any more 。゚・ (>﹏<) ・゚。

OyatsuBox April 2017

Let’s see what is inside the April edition~

Pocky – Creamy Vanilla
Pocky Creamy Vanilla

First up we have a new luxury Pocky flavour; creamy vanilla. The sticks are 18cm long, a little longer than usual.

Pocky Creamy Vanilla Biscuits

The flavour is a bit off at first, with a not so nice hint of burnt plastic. Is it just me or have more and more Pocky releases had this unpleasant undertone?

A couple of sticks in you stop noticing it and start tasting the vanilla flavour, which is very good. Nice and natural with only a little sweetness, like a good home made vanilla frosting. It’s a pity you have to get past the unpleasant taste first.

I’d give these a 7/10. The vanilla flavour was nice once you got to it, but the odd plastic taste is off putting. I’d eat them again but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to buy them again.

Tohato Caramel Corn – PuddingTohato Caramel Corn Pudding

Caramel Corn, yes! I seriously can’t get enough of this stuff. This bag is custard pudding flavour, how exciting! (≧◡≦)

Tohato Caramel Corn Pudding Corn Puffs

The pudding flavour is great, you can really taste the creamy custard followed by the slightly burnt caramel. As always the corn puffs are light and airy with a generous crunchy coating on each one. Crunchy custard pudding, delicious!

These get a solid 10/10 from me for their wonderfully authentic custard pudding taste. The caramel topping comes through really well, although my partner did think this tasted a bit more like coffee than caramel. You may not think pudding would be a great corn puff flavour, but I can assure you it is! 。^‿^。

Choco BallChoco Ball

This is an Easter edition of Choco Ball in a custard pudding flavour. Yay, more pudding!

Choco Ball Easter Eggs

The Easter eggs on the box are actually little flaps with messages hidden under them, how cute! I love this packaging 。^‿^。

Choco Ball Easter PuddingChoco Ball Custard Pudding

Choco Ball comes with a variety of fillings, these ones have a crisp biscuit inside. Look how thick the coating is on them! It didn’t show up too well in my photos but the chocolate has a lovely pearlescent sheen to it as well as the colourful speckles, it really is very pretty. The sweet custard flavour is just perfect too and goes so well with the biscuit. Delicious!

Another 10/10, these have more of a sweet custard flavour than the Caramel Corn but they’ve still captured the pudding flavour really well. The packaging is super fun and the chocolates inside are just as pretty, such a fun and colourful snack!

Gochi GummyGochi Gummy

Gochi Gummies are super tough and bursting with flavour, I’ve wanted to try this kiwi flavour for a while now so I was very excited to see it in this box! o(≧▽≦)o

Gochi Gummy Kiwi

The gummies are fairly large, especially when you realise how tough and chewy they are! The kiwi flavour is amazing, it’s so realistic. It’s even got the slight tartness and mouth drying sensation of a real kiwi fruit thanks to the tart sugar coating. If you’ve ever eaten a kiwi and wished for more texture, these gummies are for you!

These get a 10/10 from me for their great flavour and great texture. I’m sad they’re limited edition, but it would seem all the best Japanese gummies are! I hope they’ll come back next year 。^‿^。

Mario GummyMario Gummy

More fun and colourful packaging, these Japan only Mario gummies are cola and ramune soda flavour. A perfect combination in my opinion ^_~

Mario Gummy Ramune Cola

My son loved all the Mario shapes 。^‿^。

The cola and soda flavours are both great, a lot milder in flavour than the powerful Gochi Gummies. I enjoyed both the cola and the soda, but I’m sure you can guess which one was my favourite!

10/10 for a fun and tasty gummy snack. I love seeing character snacks in boxes (≧◡≦)

Tsureta Ramune & PineappleTsureta Ramune & Pineapple

Ah…the joy of failure. I had a little trouble with the DIY kit this month (when don’t I?) but it was fun. Well, more like it was funny how badly it went, but laughter ensued in any case!

My box included the grape and pineapple version rather than the ramune and pineapple version, just in case you’re wondering why the title doesn’t match the picture ^_~

Here’s what’s inside:

Tsureta DIY Kit

The concept is pretty simple; first we’re going to mix powders into water to make grape foam in one half of the tray and suspect green liquid in the other. Like so:

DIY 1

Then we take the straw, bend it, dip it in the green liquid and open up the grape and pineapple sachets. Pick whichever one you want and pour a little powder over the straw, like this:

DIY 2

Aaand…this is where it all went wrong for me. At this point you’re supposed to pull the straw up through the powder and watch as the gummy strand forms, dangling from the straw like some sort of magical fruit. Naturally 9 times out of 10 mine did not do this, or at least not for more than a couple of seconds before it slopped unceremoniously off the end of the straw. This was hilarious but pretty tricky, I could see people getting frustrated with this part.

This is about the best I managed to do:

DIY Kit

It’s really cool when it works!

After you make the gummy strand the pack suggests placing it in the foam, which results in a slightly horrifying bubbling mass of sugar:

DIY end

Isn’t it…er…strange? Wonderful? Colourful?

Strange is a good word to describe eating this DIY kit. The gummies are pretty watery in texture and although they do firm up more if you leave them sitting, they still taste watery. Dipping them in the foam is a very good way of adding flavour to them as the foam is a strong and deliciously sweet grape flavour. The foam coats the gummy strands to give a fizzy sensation too, which is pretty cool. Still, you’re eating a strange and largely flavourless gummy that seems to be made of lumpy water, contains crunchy sugar crystals and is covered in fizzing foam. This isn’t going to be everyones cup of tea!

Overall I’d give this one a 7/10. Not the most user friendly DIY kit and not a great tasting product at the end of it since it was only the grape foam part had any flavour. Still, it was amusing and definitely an experience! Maybe others have had more success with it, I am strangely bad at DIY kits. Just wait till you see my attempt at the far more complicated May DIY kit…XD

Curry AreCurry Are

A more traditional snack now, these are curry flavour rice crackers in fun and colourful shapes. Apparently these have been sold for decades in Japan, which is understandable once you try them!

Curry Are Rice Crackers

These are certainly one of the most interesting looking rice crackers I’ve tried! My favourite is the little green fish, they all taste the same it’s just such a pretty colour.

The curry flavour is lovely, quite mild and a little sweet with a nice spicy kick. It’s a bit like the curry sauce you’d get from a chip shop here in the UK. The texture is wonderfully light and crunchy. All in all these are delicious!

10/10 for delicious flavour and moreish texture, I’d love to see more rice crackers like these in future boxes 。^‿^。

Babystar Yaki-SobaBabystar Yaki-Soba

I’m so happy to see these again! This is a bag of dried ramen noodles coated with sweet yaki soba sauce. The first time I had these (was it Oyatsu Box or someone else? I don’t remember!) I was a bit hesitant about eating dried noodles but they actually make for a great snack.

Babystar Yaki Soba Noodles

I have tried and failed to describe what yaki soba sauce tastes like in the past so I’ll just say that it’s sweet and savoury, often compared to Worcester sauce and if you’ve tried it before, you’ll find that this snack tastes just like it. There are so many little noodle pieces in these bags, they keep me munching for ages. A very convenient way to eat yaki soba on the go too!

These get 10/10 from me, great for when you want a savoury snack that’s a little different.

Watagashi TropicalWatagashi Tropical

There has been so much cotton candy included in our boxes lately! I’m not complaining, I love it 。^‿^。

This month Oyatsu Box have included a tropical fruits flavour~

Watagashi Tropical Cotton Candy

Japanese candy floss tends to have a tougher texture than the stuff in the UK, it comes as a layered block that you can peel apart or fluff up and enjoy. The tropical flavour is a generic but tasty fruit flavour, a nice change from regular strawberry or plain old sugar flavoured cotton candy. I love the cute packaging too!

Cotton candy will always get a 10/10 from me 。^‿^。

Mochi TaroMochi Taro

The last snack is this cute little packet of salty rice crackers. I really like the design on the pack 。^‿^。

Mochi Taro Rice Cakes

These rice crackers are SO crunchy, far more crunchy than the curry ones. They taste very salty, I wasn’t expecting something so small to have so much flavour!

I’d give these a 9/10. They’re just a little too salty for my taste but the super crunchy texture is great.

Gudetama Easter Mascot

The gachapon this month featured adorable Easter themed Gudetama charms, I love the one I got! How adorable is this lil lazy egg? What a great gachapon to include 。^‿^。


 

All in all I thought the April box was a great one. I loved the variety of snacks and flavours this month, always great to get a good mix! My favourites this month were the Gochi Gummy, the Curry Are and the pudding snacks. Gummies and rice crackers are something I can’t get enough of in subscription boxes! (≧◡≦)

Did anything stand out to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 。^‿^。

One thought on “Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox April 2017

  1. The thing I love about your posts is that I always see treats I didn’t know existed. For example, I didn’t know vanilla Pocky was a thing! I love how the box gives you a gachapon. Gudetama is adorable~ ^^

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