This one’s about candy.
If you already read my Loot Anime review, you can skip this. If not… well, I guess you’re the edge case that necessitated this line.
More Issues Than Newsweek
I could go into Japan Crate’s auto-renewal bullshit, candy being cut from my January order cuz of importation issues, their “fun surprise” being two pens, and the fact they sent and billed me for an extra crate when I specifically asked them not to… but they gave me a sweet little mini-guide telling me what the fuck it was I was about to ingest, so all is forgiven.
1 in 2 Americans has diabetes. And while I unsurprisingly don’t, I’m patriotic enough to subject myself to 1500 calories of shitty Japanese candy in one sitting as a sign of solidarity. But while I am a true patriot, I’m also always willing to share the load with my friends. As such, I decided to gather a few of my buddies for a taste testing.
Opinions formatted as such:
I have labeled my friends as colors because who cares about them when you have me? Also, some candy was boring (lol @ including two different variants of pocky) so I’m only giving y’all the highlights here.
Yam White Chocolates
The boys were fine with these until I told them they were eating yam-flavored chocolate. Then the bitch tears started flowing.
Fuckers never go bulimic at potlucks when people mix sweet potatoes with marshmallows, so I don’t get what their deal with this shit is.
Sparkling Orange Gummy
We came to a consensus that while this was fucking delicious, with every piece being blanketed in sugar crystals, we were not gonna be able to get on our post-taste testing circlejerk without a lot of blood. Ratings dropped accordingly.
Sorry Japan, but these things matter here in the States.
I actually got this shit with my Loot Anime crate, but I figured it’d be more suited to a review here.
Shit’s basically balls of sugar that… taste like sugar. And balls.
We were clearly not opposed to the concept, but… this is all konpeito is? Sure as fuck am losing my respect for product placement in anime every day. ;_;
Pokemon Pineapple Candy
Pineapple anywhere outside of pizza is an abomination, and I was not having any of it. I daresay my heathen friends were too distracted by the Pokemon images on the wrappers to realize their blasphemy. …not that they’ll be forgiven for it.
Ume Potato Chips
Plum-favored anything will always be associated in my mind with the unavoidable scent of leaking diapers at old folks’ homes. So, no. I did not appreciate this Japanese snack.
Green gave it a 1 cuz he claims to be Irish and thus technically obligated to tolerate all potato-based products. (Pretty sure he’s German, though.)
Asahi Calpis Gummy
If you’ve ever thought of dumping half a cup of water and half a cup of sugar into a glass of skim milk, well Japan has you beat with Calpis.
These gummies taste like how I imagine Chie’s sweat would, distilled into chewable form. And that’s why it earns my top rec.
If you can make a social event out of random, pre-selected Japanese candy tasting, Japan Crate is a reasonable expense (and I’ve decided to keep up with a monthly subscription, though this’ll probably be my only post on the subject).
But if you just wanna try some sugoi desu candy of your own selection and for cheaper… find an Asian grocer locally or put an order in somewhere online. Ain’t like you’re getting that big of a bulk bargain here (seeing as crates vary between $20 and $30 per month).