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    Box Review: Graze! (Healthy Snacks)

     

    Graze is subscription box that includes 4 different snack creations per box, and it can be delivered weekly, every other week, or monthly depending on the subscriber’s preference. Graze makes sure to use the finest ingredients, with 100 snack creations to choose from, and only costs $11.99 for a box, Graze gives the freedom to choose the kinds of snacks wanted in the box. There are dietary preferences available to narrow down your snack packs options such as Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, and such, as well as trashing an unwanted ingredient, which will automatically avoid showing you snack mixes that contain that ingredient. The box is really neat, and the snack packs are convenient for busy people who don’t want to snack on junk. 

     

    Vitamin E Defense: 

    Roasted hazelnuts, redskin peanuts, jumbo raisins, and cranberries. Unsalted nuts, and dried fruit with no added sugar makes a perfect, healthy, and satisfying snack. I’m a huge fan of trail mixes, crunchy nuts, and chewy dried fruit is always pleasant, and charges you with energy!

     

    Active Nutrient Blend:

    Chopped dates, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. I love dates, but the combination of dates, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts doesn’t make any sense to me. The seeds were just scattered there, and the sweetness of dates didn’t catch up with the bitterness of both walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.

     

    Antioxidant Vit.E Nuts:

    Redskin peanuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, and pecan nuts. This snack pack is by far my favorite, especially since it has high quality Brazil nuts, which are hard to find, and I appreciate how none of the snack packs is salted. They satisfy your hunger without kicking your blood pressure up high!

     

    Garden of England:

    Soft apple pieces, mini strawberries, and blackcurrants. This pack was a piece of England (even though I’ve never been there). The dried apple pieces, and strawberries were super moist, and naturally sweet, while blackcurrants were still sweet, but a bit sour. A well combined mix! Super tasty!

     

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    Box Review: Okashi Connection! (Japanese Snacks)

     

    Okashi Connection is monthly Japanese snacks, and candy box subscription. This box mostly includes exclusive Japanese snacks that couldn’t be found outside Japan, and the snacks are also carefully selected, so there won’t be any bad, or ‘filler’ snacks like other subscription boxes. There are 3 different kinds of subscription boxes that Akashi Connection offers, which can be canceled at anytime, Ninja, which has 5-7 items, Samurai, with 9-13 items, and finally the Summo which includes 14-18 items. There’s also the option to purchase any of these boxes, without having to subscribe. However, the box only includes description of each snack, no ingredients included, which is sort of a problem for many, myself included. My box was the Samurai’s, and it had a pretty decent amount of snacks, and as stated, most of the snacks were indeed unlikely to be found outside Japan! 

     

    Kanpai Ramune: (5/10) 

    A tiny beer glass shaped container, with famous ramune flavored candies. My brother liked these, however I didn’t, they’re crumply, and powdery. As for the taste, I haven’t had ramune before, I only buy ramune for him, and that’s probably why he liked them more than I did. 

     

    Pierre Ojisan No Roll-cake: (6/10)

    These totally look like the mini swiss roll cakes I grew up having, but they didn’t smell as fresh. They smell weird, but the taste was alright.

     

    Shimi Corn Choco (8/10)

    I’m far more familiar with these puffed chocolate star cookies, since I get to have them with most boxes, even though I’ve never had them. My brother liked them!

     

    BBQ Scone: (9/10)

    I never have meat, however, I’ll eat anything with BBQ sauce on it! These defiantly had a different strong sweet BBQ flavor, but they’re so good! Very addictive!

     

    Chou Himo Q Gummi (8/10)

    The package has a really long gummy string, one half is soda flavored, and the other is cola. 

     

    Kaaru Stick Cheese: (7/10)

    Long puffed sticks, with light texture, and a whole lot of cheese. I let my brother try it since I don’t like cheese. 

     

    Giant Calico Z (8/10)

    This ice-cream snack is basically an ice-cream cone, with light airy chocolate filling. My brother says they’re crunchy, and delicious! 

     

    Wata-Pachi (10/10)

    Okay, this was my favorite out of this box, it’s grape flavored cotton candy, with fizzy rock candies. Once the cotton candy dissolves, your mouth will start popping! It’s fun, addicting, and delicious! 

     

    Ottotto Consomme (7/10)

    I believe that this snack is a healthier version goldfish crackers for kids? They’re so cute, each is shaped differently! They’re empty inside, and they taste good.

     

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    Box Review: TokyoTreat! (Japanese Snacks)

     

    TokyoTreat is a Japanese snack subscription box based in Tokyo. They partnership with local distributors, and manufacturers of high quality, speciality snacks/sweets. Being based in Japan, most of the snacks they include in the box cannot be found anywhere else. Seasonal snacks will always be in-date, not only that, but all snacks are fresh (yes, fresh!), since the snacks are produced right after TokyoTreat places their orders, and all snacks are full-sized, meaning no tiny sample ones. They have different box sizes: Small (5-7) snacks for 14.99USD, Regular (8-12) snacks + 1 DIY Candy Kit for 24.99USD, and the Premium box (13-17) snacks + 1 DIY Candy Kit + 1 Drink + 1 Special Item for 34.99USD. They  offer free shipping, from Takanawa, Tokyo to wherever you are! I can tell that too much work has been put into the box, the box itself is so cute, has animated characters inside, and outside. The box also includes a small TokyoTreat magazine, and since it was a February’s box, it was a Valentine’s edition! The magazine contains information you didn’t know about Japan, such annual interesting festivals, must visit places, how to spend this month in Japan, the month’s items (the ones included in the box), a guide for the DIY candy, TokyoTreat news, and a community page. 

     

    Fujiya Peko Poko Chocolate: 

    Candy pops with heads of the well-known Japanese characters Peko, and Poko. How cute are these? I don’t eat chocolate, but my little sister gave these 10 out of 10 for a rating! 

     

    Grain Gummy: 

    These are obviously jelly beans, and the packaging is super cute still. Flavors include apple, grape, orange, peach, and sugar coated muscat? They’re promised to be chewy, and delicious! 

     

    LOOKs Two Types of Strawberry:

    It looks like some really high quality chocolate, with two kinds of strawberry fillings, one has a creamy texture with strawberry flavor, and the other is the same, but with a red strawberry jelly added.

     

    Collin Strange Gum 2:

    Reminds me of a certain gum I used to eat when I was little! The 3 flavors are lemon, strawberry, and blueberry. All of them taste really good, and each flavor changes into a grape flavor, which is fascinating!

     

    Kiki and Lala Strawberry Crunch:

    Cute pastel colored packaging, with the adorable Sanrio characters, the twin Kiki, and Lala! This was more like a cereal bar, very crunchy, made with rice puffs, strong strawberry flavor, and some confetti. 

     

    Princess’s Lost Treasure: 

    I really like this one! The packaging has a princess that looks like Princess Peach from Mario, and the filled cookie snack is crumbly rather than crispy as it was stated in the magazine. I can’t really tell what the filling was, but this snack is so good, reminds me a lot of Maamoul! 

     

    LOTTE Koume Soft Candy:

    This chewy, sweet, and sour candy, is made with plum, and is very refreshing! I didn’t think I’d like these to be honest, but I guess the taste grows on you! They’re really delicious!

     

    Strange Candy Grape and Muscat Flavors:

    I’ve tried a couple similar ones by this candy brand, and you’re meant to get creative with these candy strings. Twisting them, and creating shaped is really fun, and the texture varies, depending on the way you twist them. Really fun, and yummy!

     

    Nagewa Mentai Mayo Flavor: 

    Marinated crispy potato strings, that brings a well-know Japanese flavor called Mentai to life! These potato rings are so good! Super crispy, light, and the flavor is perfection. 

     

    Dantaco’s Chili Tacos Flavored Chips:

    This is supposed to be taco flavored nacho chips. It says that the ingredients are really made from an actual spicy taco. I haven’t really tried these.

     

     

    Pocky Fleck Strawberry Heart Full:

    Another Valentine themed snack, and to be honest, I’ve never tried Pocky sticks. I couldn’t really recognize any the heart shapes while having these, but taste super delicious! The strawberry icing is far too good to be real!

     

    DIY Kracie’s Mr. Fun Bakery:

    I’ve never enjoyed DIY candy kits, but this specific one was a really fun experience. You make your own frosting, and fill the ice-cream scones with it, as well as the pie crust, and the wafers too. Confetti sprinkles are included too for decorating, and these turned out pretty good. The wafers were crunchy, and the frosting was delicious.

     

     

    Sweet Red Bean Soup:

    I was planning on making a sweet red bean soup, since I’ve attempted making the sweet bean paste, and it turned out pretty good. This already made soup tastes exactly like a fresh one, I added sesame Tongyuan to it after boiling it, and it tasted incredibly good!  

     

    Good Luck with Chopsticks Fortune: 

    Since I already bought me a pair of chopsticks from the asian market, I’ll take these with me back home, because apparently they bring good luck. 

     

    Cream Collon (Extra Item):

    This neatly packaged snack has vanilla cream filled biscuits. The biscuit shells are sweet, and crunchy, but the cream filling doesn’t taste at all like vanilla. It tastes more like plain thick cream, which I really dislike. 

     

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    Box Review: Birchbox! (February) 

    Birchbox is a subscription box that monthly delivers personalised beauty samples of high quality brands, and not only that but you can go to their website, and shop for the available samples in case you are picky when it comes to beauty products. You can checkout my previous review of this box here. This month, Birchbox’s theme is called ‘What’s the Occasion?’, and the box itself is so pretty! The box is packed with mini products that’ll help you get ready to your special occasion (in my case, it’ll probably be the two blocks away comic book store). The range of products that were in my box focused mainly on skin. 

     

    Origins Face Wash:

    A frothy face wash, with a foaming formula that balances oil production for both oily, and dry skin with a blend of botanicals, and enriched with aromatic bergamot, spearmint, and lavender. I don’t buy face products that are meant to be for both oily, and dry skin for a reason. This product happens to dry my skin even more, so I think it would suit those with oily skin best. It’s not a bad product, it just wasn’t for my skin type.

     

    SkinClinical Extreme Healing Repair Concentrate: 

    I like how this healing cream has no fragrance, parabens, dyes, or steroids in it. It makes it perfect, and non-irritant, and it’s stated to be used for severly dry areas, sensitive, red, inflamed, wounded, scarred, itchy, or chapped skin. It kind of works as a hydrating shield to protect the affected area, while hydrating it, to help it recover quickly! I think this product is brilliant, and I’ll give it a try on my affected fingers, and cuticles. 

     

    Hey Honey Peel Off Mask:

    It’s an exfoliating honey beauty mask that helps to promote a smooth skin, and to clear complexion. It has alpha hydroxy to help peel away dead skin, clear out pores, and reduce wrinkles. I haven’t tried it since I have a oversensitive skin, but apparently the concentration of AHAs lowers the chances of getting your skin irritated, but makes it still as effective. 

     

     

    Arrow BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm (Exclusive):

    This lip balm has a super-hydrating formula that adjusts to your pH, and makes your lip color pop. When you apply it, you can feel that it’s not as firm as other lip balms, it sort of melts into the lips. At first, I thought it was exactly as if I just applied minty petroleum jelly, but after looking into the mirror, I realize how my lips have changed color. The lip balm does a very good job, not only does it hydrate the lips well, but it also enhances its color. I notice that the edges of my lips have also changed color, which makes me think that my lips might only be reacting to the mint? 

     

    Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum: 

    This one is a lightweight hair serum that helps repair damaged hair. First of all, it smells so good, like a really fancy perfume. Most importantly, does this thing actually work? I have some pretty damaged hair ends since I bleach, and dye my hair all the time. The serum’s results showed right after applying. The serum is sort of a gel-like, very light, and not greasy whatsoever. My ends looked instantly healthier, and shinier! 

     

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    Box Review: Vegan Tuck Box! 

    Vegan Tuck Box is UK’s first 100% vegan box scheme that delivers vegan snacks, and treats to your doorsteps! They have a variety of different Vegan boxes as: Health Kick, Chocoholic, Starter, Selection, Ultimate, Variety, and a new one for pre-order called the Vegan Easter Tuck Box. They collaborate with different high quality food brands to bring new collections of 100% Vegan snacks for every box. Wether you want the box to be gluten-free or not, is up to you. Vegan Tuck Box donates 10p from each sold box to Vegan causes, and animal sanctuaries. Their offices are powered by solar panels, their box and print outs are also made from recycled materials, and vegetable ink. If you’re not sure about the box, which can be canceled at any time, their website sells Vegan/Gluten-free treats individually. You can use the code ‘Blog20’ to get 20% off of your first box! 

     

    Planet Organic Lemon Rawkin’ Roons:

    These are raw macaroons made with unrefined coconut sugar, and real lemon juice. I believe that this one is by far the best raw snack I’ve ever had in my life. The melt in your mouth macaroons aren’t really that sweet, they’re in fact a little salty, but they’re really good!

     

    Anada Foods Chocolate Raspberry Marshmallow Lolly:

    Unfortunately, the marshmallow stuffed chocolate heart was crushed. My sister found the raspberry sprinkles very bitter, but the marshmallow, and chocolate were okay.  

    Crazy4Cocoa Truffles:

    3 different handmade Belgian chocolate truffles, with different fondants, soft caramel, passion fruit ganache, and raspberry ganache. 

     

    Gillie Food Cucumber Crackers:

    I’ve never heard of, or seen this food brand before, but I can tell that they’re quite geniuses. Who would’ve thought of making cucumber chips, they’re called crackers, but they’re actually more like chips. The ingredients are actual perfection, they used real cucumber, tapioca flour, and salt. How simple, and it tastes amazing! They’re really light, not greasy, or too salty!

     

    Brad’s Raw Broccoli Peppers:

    I’m familiar with this brand, I used to love their kale chips. This one is made with broccoli, which oddly made it look exactly like weed. The taste is super over-powering, citrusy, and a little cheesy. I wouldn’t mind the flavor if it was 50% decreased.

     

    Premium Chocolatiers Peanot Cups:

    Identical to Reese’s cups (which I’ve never had), but these have no dairy, and no nuts either. My sister says they’re a bit salty, but really delicious, and well made! 

     

    Plamil Lots of This None of That Bar:

    The packaging is adorable! When dairy food/snacks have a cow on the packaging, this vegan dark chocolate has a pretty happy cow with a no symbol on it! 

     

     

    Kwan’s Kitchen Sweet Chilli Stir Fry Kit:

    I can’t really have spicy food, so I gave this one to my sister, and she followed the steps on the back of the packet. The whole house smelled so good, and she admits that it gave the stir-fried vegetables a delicate flavor of sweet, and spicy! 

     

    Kwan’s Kitchen Sweet Chilli Stir Fry Kit:

    I can’t really have spicy food, so I gave this one to my sister, and she followed the steps on the back of the packet. The whole house smelled so good, and she admits that it gave the stir-fried vegetables a delicate flavor of sweet, and spicy! 

     

    Ara Chocolat Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts:

    Hazelnuts covered with high quality vegan chocolate, my sister loved these. It’s made by an artisanal company in Paris, super fancy, right?  


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