Here's a fun idea for your next party—order a box or two of Japanese snacks! These fun and funky flavored snacks range from sweets like cookies and candy to savory like chips and the occasional fish-flavored snack. Yes, all the labels are in Japanese, so half the fun is figuring out what's what.
Note: allergen info is often not included. Do not sample these snacks if you have food allergies!
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Before you order any of these Japanese snack boxes, a word of caution: since these snacks are authentic and sourced from Japan, there is often no allergen warning info in English. If you have food allergies, we do not recommend eating these snacks!
After testing a few different options, we pick Tonosoma’s 30 piece candy assortment as the best bet for Japanese snacks—especially if you’d like to try it out or for a party. The box arrived with out damage and inside was this package of snacks:
Here’s what the snacks look like when you take them out of the package:
One key note: the snacks vary from box to box, so what you see above may not be in the box you get. From what we can tell from our research, contents are similar from box to box but not exactly the same.
Also: you can see the size of the snacks—using the small bag of chips at the top of the picture, you can see most of the candies are bite-size in portion. Some you can share, some not!
Here’s more on what we liked this choice:
What We Liked
• Nice mix of sweet and savory snacks.
• Fun for parties—try to figure out what flavors are what. And for the brave, try the fish-flavored snacks. While we liked a majority of the snacks, some are a, uh, acquired taste!
What Needs Work
• Bring on the funk. Apparently, fish flavored snacks are a big thing in Japan. You’ve been warned.
• Arrives in a bag, not a box. Even though the item is shown with a box, we just got a bag of snacks. So if you are giving these as a gift, the box is BYOB.
• Shipping damage. As you can see from the above picture, some of the snacks arrive with a bit of damage—note the green cookie at the bottom is split in two. This didn’t bother us, but we can see how it would bother some.
• Inconsistent selection. If you have your heart set on a particular Japanese snack, this variety pack isn’t the best way to go. Contents will vary. From our point of view, that is part of the fun.
If you are planning to have a snack box as entertainment at a party, you might consider a box with a larger assortment. Of the options, we thought Ohimesama’s 40 piece offering gives a good bang for the buck! Here’s more.
What We Liked
• Nice variety of snacks.
What’s Needs Work
• Most items are bite size and not big enough to share.
• Some repeated items.
• Seafood flavors are an acquired taste!
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