February’s TokyoTreat box of delicious Japanese snacks is perfect to share with your sweetheart! Also, I’m very happy that they’ve brought back their menu booklet! You’ll see more about that below, but in the meantime, let’s take a look at the goodies.
One top is the menu booklet.
There’s a full contents list and descriptions.
It also includes instructions for this month’s DIY candy kit, plus some fun seasonal trivia.
There’s some serious packing skill.
Koikeya Sour Plum Chips are some of the most unusual but delicious potato chips I’ve ever tried! I’ve tried sour plum candy before, and I’m not really a fan, but somehow the flavour translates beautifully to crisps! They manage to be somewhat fruity yet not actually sweet, and the sour edge is slightly reminiscent of salt and vinegar flavour. Really very moreish!
This month’s party pack is Maroyaka Milk Chocolate Strawberry. They are little milk chocolate and strawberry cubes, and they are delicious. They strawberry part tastes like proper strawberry, and while I’m not usually the greatest milk chocolate fan, this flavour combination is smooth and delicious.
Lotte Pie No Mi are a very well known snack. They are tiny little flaky pastry pies with a huge variety of fillings. This version is Strawberry Chocolate, and is just as good as the others I’ve tried! I discovered you can also put them in the oven and eat them warm. Yum.
More strawberry! This time it’s Ginza Rusk Strawberry. This type of rusk isn’t like the regular dry Japanese rusk, but instead it’s a crispy square that’s been soaked in strawberry cream. It’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
On the left is an Umaibo, which is one of my favorite snacks ever! This one is Shrimp Mayonnaise Flavour.
The thing on the right isn’t actually on the menu! However I discovered that it is another Umaibo-type corn snack, but this time it’s chocolate! It got a bit squashed in transit, but it tastes delicious. I’m very glad for that, because I can’t eat the shrimp Umaibo, so I’m more than happy to have the chocolate one instead! It’s also bigger than a regular Umaibo, so extra yum.
OK, the bottle might read Christmas Cola, but it’s actually Strawberry Shortcake Pepsi. It’s called Christmas Cola because, believe it or not, Christmas dinner in Japan always ends with a strawberry sponge cake! It was only released in Japan least November, and it’s not available anywhere else in the world, making this a pretty special drink.
This month’s DIY candy kit and anime snack is Pretty Cure DIY Shake Milkshake. There are instructions in the menu booklet, but it’s a pretty simple one. Just add the ingredients to the included cup, shake, and drink! It’s also strawberry flavour, which fits in well with this theme. Pretty Cure is an anime series about a group of teenagers who fight evil with magical assistance.
These Cola Gummies Share Pack are five little bags of fizzy cola bottles, joined in a strip. You can separate the bags to share (or not!), and fizzy cola is a classic flavour combination.
Three little fun candies here! First on the left, Rose X Berry Glamatic Tablets. They have the same concept as breath mints, but instead of minty breath you get rose and berry breath! Very sweet.
In the middle is an Ice Cream Lolly. These look like two scoops of ice cream and have a very creamy taste. They come in several different flavours, but this one is, appropriately enough, Strawberry and Vanilla!
On the right are Strawberry Barley Puffs. These are little bites of puffed barley covered in strawberry chocolate. Barley puffs may sound unusual, but they’re a bit like rice puffs but with more flavour.
Cola Sour Long Gum is one of the varieties of this gum which takes sweet flavours and makes them sour. Sour and cola is a very popular flavour combination!
Finally, this snack has a very funny name: Kinnikuman Ultimate Muscle Chocolate Wafer! Kinnikuman is a Japanese manga series, and this snack is a wafer sandwiched with chocolate and cookie pieces. The package also contains a collectible sticker.
Well, strawberries are associated with romance, and there’s plenty of strawberry in this month’s box! I’m delighted, because I love strawberries.
This month’s contents have been really well selected (not that that’s any different from usual!) and the flavours are perfect for the Sweetheart theme.
I was really happy to get the extra bonus chocolate Umaibo, because I’m always sad when I can’t eat one of the shellfish snacks, I feel like I’m missing out! But the chocolate one is heavenly. I was also pleasantly surprised by the sour plum chips. I was also surprised when I discovered I’d eaten the entire pack in about ten minutes flat!
This month’s box is definitely low on the savory snacks: just two, shrimp Umaibo and the potato chips. Usually I’d be slightly disappointed by this as I do love my savory stuff, but actually, I’m so pleased with the other delicious things that I don’t mind a bit! I’ve had to hide away the Maroyaka Strawberry Chocolates because I do actually want to share them with my husband, but they’re so moreish it’s difficult not to eat several at once!
If you’re feeling romantic there’s plenty to share with your loved one. I’m sure I’ll be able to restrain myself and keep a few things back for my sweetheart. At least, I’ll try…
Have a sweet and delicious Valentine’s Day!
Oh, and can I just say how overjoyed I am the menu booklet is back. TokyoTreat had a little revamp and upgrade back in December, and that month’s box and the January box contained a flyer while the menu was online. (Their sister company YumeTwins, did the same thing.) I suspect the customer response wasn’t that positive because the booklet is back and it’s fantastic. I love all the little cultural details, and it’s just a generally enjoyable tactile experience reading it while going through the goodies.
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A different version of this review was first published on allsubscriptionboxes.co.uk.