Unboxing & Review: Zenpop Japanese Sweets Pack

Zenpop unboxing + review

Today I’m super excited to tell all of you about a new Japanese snack box, ZenPop!

ZenPop are a relatively new service who have a slightly different set up; rather than your standard ongoing monthly subscription box where you sign up and pay each month, with ZenPop you buy a one off mystery box whenever you want to. The contents are set and change once a month, once the description is updated you can have a look at the hints about what’s inside and chose if you want to buy again or wait for another month. There’s no commitment and, best of all, you get your box faster as you don’t have to wait for a set monthly shipping date for your box to ship; your box will ship when you buy it. The ability to jump in and buy a box whenever I want to with no monthly subscription to worry about was what made ZenPop catch my eye, I really can’t afford a third subscription box every month so for me, being able to buy one off boxes whenever I have a little extra money is a great alternative.

At present there are six box types to choose from (click the links for more detailed information on any that interest you);

Quite the variety, eh? Shipping is free worldwide with all packs so there are no hidden fees. The site estimates 2-3 weeks for delivery once your box is shipped, this box got here in under 3 weeks even with the super stormy weather we were having so I would say that’s accurate (and fast!).

In this post I’ll be reviewing the Japanese Sweets Pack, and I loved it so much I actually bought the newly released Japanese Ramen+Sweets Mix Pack last week too! It shipped the day after I bought it so it should be here in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be reviewing that one too so be sure to check back if you’re interested (it’s got matcha drizzled potato chips, how exciting!). For now, let’s have a look at January’s Gummy Land Sweets Pack~

Since this is my first time reviewing a ZenPop box, I’ll be going into a little more detail than usual. First let’s take a look at the box:

Zenpop Box

Isn’t that mascot just adorable? I so want a plushie of it! o(>ω<)o

The box itself is well made and sturdy, there has clearly been a lot of thought put into the design both in terms of the graphics and keeping the snacks safe and secure during transit. Everything about the box and colour scheme is so bright and cheerful, it makes me look forward to what’s inside 。^‿^。

Zenpop Packing

The items are packed nice and securely, nothing really had room to move around during transit. Good packing is important, we all want our snacks to arrive safe and sound don’t we? Top marks for colourful and protective packaging!

Next, let’s look at the information leaflet;

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There is a good amount of information on each snack as well as full colour pictures, some of the descriptions are really quite funny! You should be able to read them in the photos above, check out the Pick Up description in particular (≧▽≦)

It’s great that there is allergy information included, many boxes still don’t provide this even though it’s incredibly useful to know. The leaflet looks great too and is every bit as colourful and cheerful as the box itself. I love how friendly the writing style is. Again, it’s clear a lot of effort has been put in,  I think they did a great job 。^‿^。

Now, at last you say, let’s take a look at what was included in the Gummy Land Sweets Pack~

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General Update: Let’s try something new…

Super short post coming up, regular posting to resume shortly!

After finding that more and more of the blogs I’d love to follow aren’t on wordpress, I figured it was time to investigate a way of following everything in one place. I don’t want lots of separate accounts just to follow people after all (sorry). Enter Bloglovin!

I’ll be honest, I don’t fully know what I’m doing yet. But from what I have read the first step is claiming your own blog, and the first step in claiming your own blog is writing a post with this link in it, so here we are! I’ll be figuring this site out and hopefully following all the non-wordpress people I’ve wanted to follow soon 🙂

For now, if you’re on Bloglovin feel free to follow me at the link below and/or give me any tips on how to use the site ^_~

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Unboxing & Review: Japan Candy Box (Plus Giveaway)

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Today I’m going to talk about an awesome subscription box; Japan Candy Box! This box is pretty popular so you may have heard of it already, if you haven’t you can find their website here: www.japancandybox.com

Japan Candy Box is a monthly subscription box containing 8-10 carefully selected Japanese snacks. They currently have one box size with several subscription options, the standard monthly subscription costs $19.90 per month and, as is often the case with subscription boxes, you can find a discounted rate on the longer term plans.

Shipping is free worldwide, which is very impressive! My box was sent using Registered Airmail (which includes a tracking number) and even with the busy Christmas period my box made it to the UK in just under 3 weeks. My other boxes took a lot longer than this to arrive so this really surprised me!

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Japan Candy Box describe themselves as ‘the sweetest monthly Japanese candy subscription box‘ and after unboxing this one I must say I agree; Japan Candy Box officially hold the title of most adorably kawaii candy box we’ve ever tried! Read on to see what cute and delicious snacks came in the November 2016 edition ♥ω♥

Giveaway details are at the end of the post~

Giveaway has ended and winner has been contacted by email 🙂

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Unboxing & Review: OyatsuBox November 2016

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I know this post is a little late, our box was seriously delayed due to the time of year (the UK postal service seems to just break around Christmas when it comes to international deliveries) and then Christmas was upon us and family time took priority over blog time.

Now New Years Eve has arrived I figure I better get this post published this year, eh? On that note,Happy New Year everyone! May it be everything you wish it to be! ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡

Our December Oyatsubox arrived on Christmas eve, which was a surprise because after this one being so late I didn’t expect the December box until January. That was a nice surprise! I’ll be getting that post up soon too, I’m actually more excited about the December box than this box to be honest (not that this box is bad!), it has a few items I’m super excited about so do check back soon for December’s unboxing/review ^_^

For now, read on to find out what we thought of the awesome November box (♡´౪`♡)

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Unboxing & Review: TokyoTreat Premium November 2016

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Guess who’s back! ٩(^ᴗ^)۶

Things have REALLY gotten in the way of blogging recently, but all being well this will be the last time I’m saying this! I’ve finally got my lighting sorted (which has been my main problem) so I can provide better quality photos for you all, and because I no longer need to wait for a sunny day I’ll be able to work to my own schedule and get posts up regularly again. Yay!

There are quite a few changes I’m planning to make over the coming months, some major some not so much. You may have noticed the title of this post is ‘unboxing & review’. That’s right, the first major change is no more plain old unboxing posts with the promise of further individual reviews (which I rarely have time to do anymore); from now on I’ll be reviewing each item in the box in one post. This does mean longer and more photo heavy posts, which I’ve been hesitant to do, but it makes sense. At the very least I hope they’ll be of more use to those who read them since you’ll get to see and read about what I actually thought of each snack rather than just see the packaging and read which ones I think will be good, or which ones I’m looking forward to trying. A good change I hope!

Now, on to this month’s unboxing. The theme for November is ‘Japan’s most iconic snacks’, which is sure promising a lot! Read on to see what was included in the November box:

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OyatsuBox- a summer of change (and why I’m still subscribed)

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It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded an OyatsuBox unboxing post. Part of that is that I’ve been busy with other things (I’ve been neglecting other posts as well after all). An arguably more important reason is that, well… I haven’t really wanted to.

I haven’t been 100% pleased with the service from OyatsuBox and it’s been months since a box really wowed me. Each month I’d take my unboxing photos and realise I was going to struggle to be positive about the contents of the box. It kept feeling like there was something missing, something not quite right, that there was to more to criticize than praise about that months box. There’s no fun in writing unboxing posts when month after month I’m looking at the box and realizing I just don’t feel excited about what’s inside it. I do not enjoy writing negative posts, but I’m not going to lie about something I’m not happy with either. So, I was stuck. I stopped writing posts. I’d been debating cancelling my subscription for quite some time, since it seemed foolish to stay subscribed to something I no longer enjoyed and even more foolish to write about it, but every month I’d find myself saying ‘one more month’ hoping that OyatsuBox would once again become the subscription box I had loved. To put it simply, they were my first, and even now I feel a sense of loyalty to them. Not only did I discover the world of subscription boxes through OyatsuBox, they’ve introduced me to loads of amazing snacks in the time I’ve been subscribed.

Why am I writing about this now? Well, OyatsuBox have made some big changes recently (which you can read about in detail here) and honestly, between reading about the changes and receiving my September box today, I’m feeling excited about the service again! I feel like I was right to keep waiting, that OyatsuBox are once again going to be delivering a service I can be proud to recommend and happy to write about each month. In case you don’t want to read the link above, or if you’re just interested in why I think these changes are going to make such a difference to me as a customer, here’s my view on the changes taking place;

Faster delivery

Delivery problems have been a real issue for  me (or should I say for OyatsuBox?) throughout this year, but obviously this isn’t always within their control as international shipping can be a pain in general. It’s okay, I may whine about late boxes and honestly it’s pretty frustrating when it happens month after month, but really I forgive them. It often can’t be helped. The good news is OyatsuBox are working to improve one of the things they can control; their dispatch time. From October onwards, Oyatsu will be pre-packing boxes at the start of each month so that they are ready to ship as soon as payment is received, which they hope will mean people will be receiving their boxes 1-2 weeks earlier than before. Sounds good to me!

New shipping boxes

Our September box arrived in one of the new red boxes (minus the graphics, but they’ll come soon!) and I’m super happy with the new slimline shape. As pretty as the older boxes were they were just too big, there was always some extra space at the top for items to rattle around. The new boxes are scaled down to hold the items in place more securely which will keep them safer in transit. As a UK customer I think that’s a great thing! They’re also cheaper to produce, with the savings going into providing more/better items in the box. Plus, they’re easier to store until your snacks are done as they’re a much better size/shape to fit in cupboards, drawers, dark corners, wherever you keep your snacks. I’ll be including photographs of the new box in my September unboxing post, so stay tuned!

No more leaflets

Well, there are still leaflets, but they are smaller and if the August and September ones are anything to go by, much prettier. OyatsuBox call them postcards and it’s easy to see why, the featured photographs are gorgeous and absolutely the type of thing I’d buy as a postcard from Japan. Despite the awesome photography OyatsuBox say these are cheaper to produce than the old leaflets and again, the savings will be going directly into the items budget. There’s plenty of information still printed on the new postcard leaflet, so don’t worry about not knowing what things are if you can’t read the Japanese packaging. In fact there will apparently be an online area with even more information on each snack, including nutritional information, ingredients, commercials and more which can be accessed via a password included in your box, so it would seem we’re going to learn even more about Japanese snacks than before. I haven’t investigated this yet but it sounds exciting! I haven’t seen any other subscription boxes supply this amount of information for each snack, so it’ll be really interesting to see how this goes.

New box types

This has to be the biggest change; instead of offering the three box sizes they had been offering (OyatsuBox Jr, OyatsuBox Original and OyatsuBox Premium), OyatsuBox are now offering three different box types; Dagashi OyatsuBox (info here) , Washoku OyatsuBox (info here) and OyatsuBox Premium (info here). People obviously like different things and apparently this was a problem when Oyatsu tried including different snacks like dagashi, ramen noodles, traditional cakes/biscuits, mochi or tea all in the one box, so having these separate boxes with dedicated themes sounds like a great solution and a clever way to keep more people happy. I’m sticking with Premium for now because it sounds very much like the old OyatsuBox I used to know and love, but I’d love to try Washoku OyatsuBox in the future as ramen, cakes, senbei, coffee and tea sound like, well, my cup of tea 。^‿^。

 

All in all the upcoming changes all seem very positive. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we all receive over the next few months, especially those who are subscribed to the new box types. I’m so curious to see what will be included!

I don’t like leaving things incomplete, but I have neither the time nor the inclination to do a full unboxing post for the last few boxes I’ve received. Instead, I’m just going to do a quick run down of what was included in the June, July and August editions. Click ‘read more’ below if you’re curious, if not thank you for reading this far. My September box definitely has me excited about OyatsuBox again, my unboxing post will be up in the near future and my regular unboxing schedule shall be resumed from here on in, so I hope to see you again! (^-^*)/

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Unboxing: TokyoTreat Premium ‘Bizarre Candy Edition’ June 2016

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Wow this post is late! Actually, my July box has been here for weeks and my August box will be here in a few days, eek! I kind of forgot I hadn’t published this, whoops…but anyway! Here’s a look at what was included in the June edition of TokyoTreat ^^;

When I heard TokyoTreat’s June theme was ‘Bizarre Candy’ I got super excited. Japan are the masters of bizarre candy after all! My main question was just how bizarre did TokyoTreat go with this box?

Sorry about the slightly darker photos this month. I did try waiting for better weather (since I’m totally reliant on natural lighting), but we’ve had an awful lot of dismal weather this month. Hopefully you can still see the snacks clearly 。^‿^。

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