It’s been a while since I’ve done a food post (mostly because I’ve been fasting and don’t like to torture myself with writing about food when I can’t eat). This post is purely about my Japanese snack haul. I absolutely love Asian culture/beauty/food and clothing. Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean dramas have got me super excited about the food on offer over there. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to visit these places yet, but they’re top on my list of places to visit as soon as my daughter gets older (seriously can’t do long plane journeys!). So to console myself, I love to buy treats from all over the world to get a small taste of what the country has to offer in my own home. Please note this is NOT a promotional post and all opinions are my own.
Just by chance I stumbled on an advert for TokyoTreat on Facebook. Fueled by the hunger pangs from fasting (that feeling when you go food shopping on an empty stomach and literally dump every food item in sight into your trolley) I filled my (virtual) basket with as many goodies TokyoTreat had to offer (I chose all snacks suitable for a halal diet). The only problem with this virtual basket had delivery times of between 7-21 days (to the UK) and the shipping was a whopping £15-£20. I don’t have much patience and paying for shipping (especially that much) really puts me off but because I was quite excited about what they had to offer I decided to take the plunge and it was so worth it! If paying that much for shipping doesn’t sound appealing they also have monthly subscription boxes (all the rage right now) with FREE shipping. I don’t know how familiar you are with Japanese culture and style but super adorable and pretty things are extremely popular there (I believe the term for this is Kawaii). They also have limited edition flavoured items which big brands produce only for Japan (they have really cool KitKat flavours not available anywhere else).
If you’ve had Japanese sweets before you’ll be very familiar with Konpeito. It’s a lovely sugar candy that comes in every colour imaginable. This sakura edition is a lovely pink and white and as always tastes amazing. It’s a shame there is so little in the box as it was finished within minutes!
The strawberry flavoured chocolate combined with the crunchy milk chocolate at the bottom made this my favourite treat from the whole box. Again it was finished very quickly and I was digging in to the box searching for more.
These semi sour sticks remind me of fizzy candy sticks with a similar flavour to the bits that used to come in a wham bar. I couldn’t eat more than a few of these because they seemed to catch in my throat.
When I started eating this gum I was confused at the caption ‘super sour’. It was anything but. Then I put the final one in my mouth. I couldn’t stop squinting my eyes and holding my face. It was sour. I eat sour things but this was beyond sour. I almost could not handle it! It was nice surprise after the tame gum I had originally eaten. I finally realised only one surprise gum is sour and the rest are normal lemon flavoured gum. Quite exciting to eat!
These flavoured candies in coffee, strawberry, banana and green tea latte were quite nice to eat. The flavours were mild and pleasant and the colours were pastel and cute.
I absolutely love Pocky, Pretz etc. These sugar coated ones come in miniature sizes and are ridiculously moreish. I ate one after another without stopping. The crunchy stick combined with a sweet coating are the perfect snack for sweet lovers.
These dark chocolate cubes with 74% Cocoa are very very dark. As I ate the cube the chocolate got more and more bitter to the point where I had to remove it from my mouth. If you love intensely dark chocolate I suspect you would enjoy this, but unfortunately I am just a mild fan of dark chocolate so this wasn’t for me.
These sweet pastel coloured balls were slightly fizzy and flavoured perfectly. They are hard boiled so took quite a while to finish. The apple flavour was my favourite as it was quite refreshing, but the grape flavour came a close second reminding me strongly of grape flavoured Fanta.
I love the quirky names of these sweets! The flavours include kiwi yoghurt, banana yoghurt and apple yoghurt. I didn’t know these were yoghurt flavours when I tasted them (as I cannot read Japanese) but they were quite fresh tasting and had an every so slight yoghurt flavour. The fruitiness definitely shines through. They are similar to fruit polos but less synthetically sweet tasting.
The packaging alone on this candy made me want to buy it. The cute cats printed at the front of each wrapper was adorable. The sweet inside was just as beautiful with a translucent sweet with pretty flakes of sugar inside. It was by far the most beautiful looking sweet. It did look similar to a thick Polo. The flavour however was something else. The mild lychee flavour had me reaching for more. I love lychee flavour as it’s so refreshing and not overpowering. I felt satisfied after a few sweets and it did not leave a strong aftertaste in my mouth. I really could not ask more from a sweet!
I mentioned before how much I love Pretz. The buttery savoury sweet flavour of these sticks are no exception. The only sad thing was they were finished far too quickly and I didn’t feel satisfied even after the box was empty! I really wished I had ordered more.
I purchased this on a whim as the name sounded different. I was glad I bought this as it had a distinct flavour of tiramisu. I enjoyed the strong coffee and mild chocolate paired with the crunchy biscuit, perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
I really didn’t know what to expect with these biscuits. Luckily they’re only asparagus shaped and not asparagus flavoured. They are super crunchy and the chocolate is flavoured with black sesame seed and calcium and fibre! They tasted really good and I couldn’t taste the healthy parts at all (that’s always a good thing)!
These sweet jellybeans were a firm favourite with everyone who tried them. Normally the green jellybean is discarded till the end, but this particular green (muscat grape flavour I think) was just amazing. It was mild, refreshing and perfectly sweet. These jellybeans also made it to my must order again list!
If you’ve tried any Japanese sweets (or any Asian sweets) that you enjoy, then I would love to hear about it in the comments below. If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe below to see more of this straight to your inbox.