Review: Fanta Grape Baby Star Noodles

Fanta Grape Babystar Noodle Snack

Yep, you read that right-  Fanta have collaborated with Baby-Star to create grape soda flavoured dried noodle snacks. Japan certainly know how to create unique flavour combinations, don’t they? (≧◡≦)

These limited edition noodle snacks are available in both grape and orange Fanta flavours, which sound like equally bizarre noodle flavours to me. I went for grape variety as I figured if nothing else at least purple noodles would look prettier than orange ones!

I picked these up from Napa Japan, who I would highly recommend if you’re looking for unique, unusual or limited edition snacks at a great price. They have a fantastic selection that updates regularly and their shipping is both reasonably priced and reliably quick, they’ve become my go to store for the harder to find snack releases. If you sign up to their newsletter you get promo codes for free snacks, last time I placed an order I got watermelon cookies, neri-ame candy, soda Hi Chew and ume chewing gum added in for free with a $15 spend (plus 5% off my order total) so it’s worth signing up if you plan to shop there in the future 。^‿^。

Fanta Grape Noodles

You have to admit, the wavy purple noodles really are pretty! Question being, do they taste as good as they look?

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Unboxing & Review: TokyoTreat April 2017 (2nd Anniversary Edition)

TokyoTreat Unboxing & Review April 2017

I know it’s late now, but happy second anniversary TokyoTreat! ☆*:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆

There have been some big changes to the TokyoTreat service, first up is a brand new box design! The shape is totally different and the box is much sturdier, you can pick it up with one hand now rather than two which makes it MUCH easier to handle. I’m sure my Post Man appreciates this change!

Here are a couple of comparison photos to let you see how the old box and new box look side by side:

Box comparison 1
Box comparison 2

The graphics have had a total make over too; the inside, back and sides of the box feature cute stylized snacks and drinks:
TT new box

Visually and practically speaking I am very pleased with the new design. It may not look it but the new box is bigger on the inside, which leads to the next change; each box size will now feature more snacks for the same price! How awesome is that? The premium box will now contain 18 snacks, including one traditional wagashi snack and a 5 piece dagashi bag.

What’s a dagashi bag you say? Glad you asked! Each month we will receive a mystery bag containing 5 dagashi snacks. This is the dagashi bag from the April box:

Dagashi Bag

And here are the snacks unwrapped:

Dagashi Bag Open

I’m not going to go into lots of detail on the dagashi bag this month because I’m already worried this post is going to be huge after talking about the changes ^^;

This month the dagashi bag included a bag of yakisoba sauce flavoured corn puffs (delicious), a large chocolate coated corn puff (good), a pizza flavoured umaibo (gross in a delicious way as most umaibo are), a pack of pudding flavoured mochi (utterly amazing, tasted just like custard pudding but with a jelly filled soft mochi texture) and a pack of rice crackers with a sachet of strange sauce that is much better for drawing faces with than it is for eating, but that tastes fine in small quantities (if anyone can tell me what that sauce is I’d love to know!). All in all a great variety, I was impressed that there was nothing as noticeably cheap or poor quality as I expected. I think I’ve been too critical of dagashi in the past! Or maybe I just had some bad examples? Anyway, the dagashi bags are a really fun addition (especially since the price didn’t go up to include them!).

Other changes involve faster shipping when you sign up as TokyoTreat now ship everyday, great news for new subscribers, and general improvements to the website and customer portal.

Phew! What a lot of change! All very exciting, it’s great to see services getting bigger and better over time. I’m particularly excited for the wagashi snacks, can’t wait to see what traditional snacks TokyoTreat can find for us 。^‿^。

Now, please do read on for the actual unboxing ^_~

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Unboxing: Oyatsu Box Premium May 2016

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I know I know, I’m so behind with unboxing posts. I’m all up to date as of this post though (until more arrive) so can focus on doing some more individual snack posts ^_^

Our May Oyatsu Box had no postal delays, so hopefully whatever the problem was with the UK postal service has been resolved now. Although despite having had the box since the 23rd of May, I’ve only had time to try one thing from it! つ´Д`)つ

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Read on to see what’s inside the super shiny Oyatsu Box May edition:

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Unboxing: TokyoTreat Premium Box May 2016

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TokyoTreat have taken full advantage of Japan’s matcha season to bring us a brilliant selection of matcha goodies. As a matcha lover I LOVED this box, I hope TokyoTreat will continue to include some matcha snacks in the future ^_^

Our box actually arrived on the 4th of May but with a family Holiday and general life I haven’t had the time to write this post up, or even to try all of the delicious looking snacks. It doesn’t help that I’ve had the matcha snacks mostly to myself since my partner doesn’t like matcha, it’s hard work eating so many yummy things! ^.~

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