I'm waaay overdue with writing up a review for this box! I took the photos for this Freedom Japanese Market box... a long time ago... but other things ended up taking precedence and this post got pushed to the back burner. But now I'm ready to let you guys know what I thought about these snacks, because it's a great selection!
As always, each box contains a hand-picked selection of unique Japanese candies and snacks. There are some “safe” options like chocolates and salty snacks and then some “challenge” snacks with new flavors that most people may not be familiar with.
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I continue to love the colorful packaging of the Japanese products - they make me excited for every box! The fact that I can't read a darn thing on the labels makes me even more excited, though there is a printed guide that comes with each delivery with English descriptions so I have a better idea of what to expect.
We'll go ahead and start with my very favorite snack from this month's box, lemon pepper Mike popcorn. Like, you guys, I never knew that lemon pepper popcorn was missing from my life until I tried this stuff. I immediately opened up my digital notebook of recipe ideas and made a note, because I need to recreate this popcorn so I can make it at home whenever I want. And don't worry, as soon as I get it right, I'll share it with all of you! But until then, omg this popcorn is amazing! Just enough tart lemon flavor that tastes real and not artificial with juuuust a hint of pepper coming through in the background. It's perfect.
These vanilla ice cream-flavored puffed corn snacks were my kids' favorites, and why not? Little crunchy sweet puffs of goodness are basically tailor made for little people. I thought they were pretty tasty, myself! We've had other flavors from this brand before and they've all been delightful treats.
From first tentative bite to big ole smile to begging and pleading for more!
Yakiniku, or puffed corn flavored like Korean BBQ, came in a close second place for favorite snack in the box. A nice mild spice but lots of flavor. I wouldn't mind a full size bag (or 10) of these!
This is Karappa - little corn puff rings flavored like fried soba noodles. These had a relatively mild flavor so I gave these to my kids, who loved them.
These Umaibo, puffed corn sticks, have become a favorite snack. So far they've been included in all of our boxes and they come in so many cool flavors. This month's flavors were "Vegetable Salad" and "Cheese Pizza". The pizza one was delightful, as one would expect, though I was wary about Vegetable Salad. I needn't have worried, though, cause it was really tasty! I don't know exactly which vegetables the flavor includes though I definitely got some hints of fresh greens in there.
I look forward to seeing the DIY candy kits and they've been a fun activity to do with my three year-old. This one was a strawberry ice cream cone kit with cute teeny tiny little sugar cones with a powder that you mix with water to create "ice cream" with a soft serve consistency.
Here's a look at the candy and gum selection from this box. On the far left is Awa Moko Moko, a melon-flavored candy powder that you can either eat straight out of the bag or mix with water for a sweet drink. Next is Sono Manma Peach - fruity gumballs with a plot twist... one of them is sour! On the top right is Konpeito flavored sugar balls, and right below that is Banana Man, a banana-flavored marshmallow with a chocolate center. On the bottom right is Minivita C or little orange-flavored hard candies with a dose of Vitamin C. Since we don't eat a lot of sugared gum or candies of this type, I chose to not open many of these and keep the cute packaging as a souvenir instead. Though we did try the little Vitamin C candies and enjoyed them.
This was one of the more unique items in the box, Bin Ramune - a soda bottle made from something similar to an ice cream cone or wafer and filled with flavored candy powder. The idea is to bite off the end of the bottle and then stick the miniature straw inside to eat the powder.
I encourage you to give the box a try if you like trying new and interesting food, or if you just like fun and cute things from Japan! Prices start at $12.99 per month and shipping is free worldwide. You can save money in the long run by subscribing to 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month plans.
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