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Pre mommy life I was a huge traveler & plan on continuing my traveling ways as soon as my daughter is a tad bit older! I'm all about kids traveling & want her to sorta remember the places we go so she can soak in as much knowledge as possible. I traveled so much and feel that I learned more from my travels about life than I did in school & hopefully my daughter will be the same way! Nothing is cooler than sitting in class listening to your teacher talk about something you have seen in real life. I even corrected a global teacher once about Buddhism , he didn't believe me, so I brought in a souvenir book from a temple & he had to apologize to me lol.... Maybe that's just the history nerd inside of me that thinks that sorta thing is cool ;-)
Last week I had the opportunity to try out my very first Treats subscription box! I thought this would be a super fun way to revisit some of the snacks I had tried on various travel excursions & a great chance to try things I haven't yet had!
What is Treats?
Treats is a subscription service for international snacks. Every month they send you a box of snacks from a different country!
And wouldn't you know! My very first Treats box is from Japan! If you are a regular reader over here then you know that I spent a month in Japan afew years back so to get a box of snackies that I'm somewhat familiar with was sorta cool! A nice little flashback hehe. I was also digging the "Tiffany" color wrapping since Tiffany is my favorite color and all. Good job marketing people ;-)
Treats offers two types of boxes, the "Standard Pack" and the "Premium Pack". The "Standard Pack" contains 4 to 5 international snacks, and the "Premium Pack" contains 8 to 10 international snacks. So excited they sent me the premium!
You can expect to receive snacks from candy to crackers to chips to cookies to chocolate and more every month with the exclusion of beverages.
I am gummy candy obsessed, so these were my favorite hands down! These are all over Japan so when I first opened my box I was pretty excited!
Kasugai is a premier gummy maker in Japan. Their gummies are easily recognizable for many who grew up in Asia. Kasugai gummies are known to taste like real fruit (and it is no surprise, for these gummies are made with real fruit juice), and also come individually seal wrapped, making them convenient to store and enjoy over time.
and here were the toddlers favorite! My daughter just loved these things which is kind of funny since she won't eat real shrimp lol.
Virtually unheard of in America, Shrimp Chips and are one of the most popular snacks in Asia. You might be thinking “Shrimp flavor? I don’t know about that.” I assure you, for shrimp lovers or haters alike, these chips are incredible, it will probably win you over. These chips are baked, and this gives them crispy texture. As the name implies, there is a light, yet satisfying shrimp flavor to these chips. If you like seafood, you will love shrimp chips.
These were good too! They have a hint of soy sauce and I'm the kind of person who puts soy sauce on almost anything so they are definitely yummy!
Amanoya is one of Japan’s premier rice cracker companies, and the Himemaru is one of their main products. Himemarus are golden-hued, deep-fried rice crackers in the shape of a shell. Crunchy with a light soy sauce flavor, this treat achieves the perfect balance between sweet and salty while retaining a incredibly crispy and fresh texture.
These I didn't have when I was in Japan, but if you go to Epcot at Disney and head over to Japan, You can find these in the gift shop! Funny I found a snack from a different country that I actually enjoy without even leaving lol.
Kaki no Tanes are crescent shaped, soy-flavored rice crackers from Japan. Although commonly enjoyed as a bar snack, these treats are ubiquitous across Japan. With a crispy and crunchy texture, they come in different flavors including original, wasabi, extra hot and more. In part because the Kaki no Tane is known as bar snacks, many people like to enjoy their Kaki no Tanes with a glass of beer.
This is another Epcot goodie, so i was excited to get a pack in my box! They are fruity and I'm all about fruits flavored anything!
Like the Pocky Strawberry Midi, the Pocky Strawberry Tsubu Tsubu is an innovative variation of the iconic Pocky snacks. Like most Pockyss, the Pocky Strawberry Tsubu Tsubu is made of a pretzel stick covered by a cream. What sets the Tsubu Tsubu apart is that it contains creamy strawberry flakes embedded in its strawberry coating, giving it an extra crunchy texture and strawberry taste.
This snack my daughter totally stole from me! It looks like an ice cream cone when you unwrap it, so I totally see the toddler appeal ;-)
The Giant Caplico is a giant version of the Caplico Stick. It looks like a giant ice cream cone but instead of containing ice cream, it contains a thick and fluffy layer of strawberry filling. If you like Strawberry, you’re in luck. If you like Chocolate, even better! For beneath outer strawberry is an inner layer chocolate filling. The Giant Caplico may not be an actual ice cream cone, but its just as awesome.
These are hand down just awesome if you like soy sauce!! I wish that soy sauce flavored anything would get popular here in the states!
These are soy-sauced flavored potato crisps that look like french fries. Baked, not fried, they contain less oil then your average fried potato chips. Jagabee crisps are crunchier then french fries and being flavored in soy sauce, they tastes different than other potato chips we've tried!
Now this is definitely an interesting one! If you like Pop rocks, candy and melon, this might be your favorite treat of all times!
The name of the Watapachi Melon Soda hints at its form, for Watapachi means Cotton Candy in Japanese, and Melon Soda is the flavor of an immensely popular drink invented in Japan (great example of the inventiveness in Japanese Snacks). This treat is a Melon Soda flavored Cotton Candy. Did I mention it also contains pop rocks? Embedded within its Melon Soda flavored cotton candy are pop rocks and fizzy candy. When the cotton candy is in your mouth, the pop rocks and fizzy candy activate, and explosion of taste in your mouth follows.
Not gunna lie, I totally had no clue what this one was lol.... I had to open it and look it up online to figure it out! It ended up being a Carmel so it wasn't that bad!
Milk Caramels by Morinaga were first introduced 1914 and immediately became a hit in Japan. Milky, chewy and with a rich caramel taste, these treats are an absolute favorite for many snackers and a MUST if you enjoy caramel. Another interesting fact about these treats, they contain tea extract! These treats also come individually wrapped and stays fresh over time. These are well made, highly delicious caramel candies.
and last but not least I leave you with this! What is it?! This was another one I had to look up to figure it out and omg yum!!! It's soda flavored candies!!! Can't go wrong with that!
Pucchos are chewy candies made by Japanese confection company UHA. Pucchos are available in some very interesting flavors, such as blue cream soda, melon soda, cola, (as well as traditional flavors like pineapple and grape,) and are unique for having chewy gummy-like “balls” in its center that release flavor and fizz and carbonate when chewed on. It’s fizzy texture (in the form of the gummy-balls in it’s center) and interesting flavors combine to provide a very unique and memorable snacking experience.
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