Magda: Hey old friend! Don't we eat these all the time?
Marie: Yeah we do actually only the ones in the supermarkets here are often long and twisted like a pretzel, flavored with teriyaki and stale. These on the other hand are absolutely delicious.
Magda: Thought so. These are very good, super fresh, nice and crunchy but not overly dry. Savory and slightly sweet at the same time.
Next we pulled out the box of SAKUPAN-LAND さくパンランド almond cream filled choco biscuits. Even before opening the skoshbox Magda hoped there would be something from Saku Panda as, in her words, anything from them is insanely good. Our hopes were high:
Magda: The little faces on these are so cute. The chocolate on these are nice and creamy, more on the fudge side and the crunch of the biscuit gives it character. Later she said these, overall these are my favorite out of everything I've tried so far and the best in this skoshbox.
Marie: If you love Ferrero Rocher's hazlenut filled chocolates than these are a must try. The rich almond cream goes perfectly with the crisp biscuit shell and creamy chocolate coating. They look so akin to a child's toy but you bite into them and they're so complex and decadent. I'm with Magda on this one, these are superb but I'm also a chocolate addict so....
Then we pulled out the little bag of buttery milk flavored biscuit cookies called BISCUIT-SAURUS ビスケットサウルスthanks to the little Flintstones looking cave drawings stamped on each one.
Magda: Not sure I'm getting the milk part of these but they are good. Light and simple little cookies that are crunchy and not too sweet.
Marie: These look burnt. The flavor is a slightly scorched version of Nilla wafers. Insanely fresh and crisp.
These smaller skoshboxe's start at only $10 and can be easily gifted directly to others. Something else to mention about the skoshbox site is they have an online shop where you can order any of the above treats plus a whole host of others individually. The takeaway from these exploration boxes (there is another larger box skoshbox also offers called the Dekabox) is everything is very fresh. If someone asked me where to get a hold of authentic Japanese treats, skoshbox would be the automatic reply. We actually were able to taste even more treats from the shop including these WASABI ENDO MAME SNACK わさびえんどう.
Marie: Magda put it perfectly, These are so much better than the super hot Wasabi peas. They have the delicious Wasabi flavor without the intense heat. They're also light and crispy. I'd give these 5 stars easily.
The feelings were not mutual for the next shop snack we tried, the PANDA CORN PUFFS コーンスナック by Matsuyama:
Magda: For some reason I just can't get into these. They're very fresh and light and crunchy but it has this weird artificial sweetener aftertaste to them.
Marie: These are somewhere between a Kellogg's Corn Pops cereal and a white cheddar cheese ball. These have that powdery feel to them but underneath is this hint of corn sugar sweetness. Unlike Magda I find these addictively yummy.
What we both agreed on? The little BISCO: PREMIUM BUTTER BISCUITS ビスコ発酵バター仕立て are beyond amazing. Think Danish butter cookies in a tea biscuit form, no bigger than your thumb, with a creamy layer of frosting inside and you have Bisco's.
So ends part I of Two American Girls Trying Japanese Snacks thanks to skoshbox. In part II we'll be taking a peek at the November Dekabox by skoshbox along with even more candy first impressions from their online shop. To order any of the above boxes or snacks featured visit their site over here.
skoshbox & Japanese treats c/o skoshbox, thank you ありがとう!
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