Well, you guys asked for it.  Here is our official write up of Japan Crate.  Whitney didn't have high hopes for it.  I thought the candies would taste good.  We both thought we wouldn't order more than once.  We were right about that.  This box is total kitsch.  We actually had a long debate about who would order Japan Crate.  The most plausible answers were Japanese expats in the US and people sending a goof box to someone else.  I think it's the latter.

Japan Crate is a box that sends you Japanese candy and snacks.  Thankfully, it includes English descriptions and translations.  Some were fun, most were quite good, and we got a good laugh out of all of them.  The bean paste is excluded from all these descriptions.

The box included gummy rock, paper, scissor candy.  It was basically gummy bears in a different shape.  

Then there was the bean paste.  It wasn't that it tasted bad, it was just akward and reminded me of the episode of the Honeymooners where Ralph and Norton thought you just ate caviar out of a bowl with a spoon.  We had a tin, tasted it, and then threw it out.  It wasn't worth the effort of finding crackers or something to eat with it.

Then there was the lifeguard paste and grape jelly candy. Both looked like they would be less than enjoyable.  In fact, they both confused our friend who came over to try some new board games.   They were sweet, gooey, and were gone in seconds. We passed them around and were all surprised that we liked them.  

Yes, definitely needed
My favorite snack of all was the peanut butter wafers.  They were basically the same as anything you would buy in the U.S. Very good.  The box also had a snack that was basically croutons with herb and pepper spices on it.  Those were not very good.

Then, we turned one snack into LJ's project.  It required filling animal molds with water and then adding food coloring to them.  Then you put them in the freezer, wait 30 minutes, and eat.  We, umm, didn't tell him that you could eat the molds later, and they're still in the freezer. But he loved the project part!

Overall, out of 10, I give Japan Crate a 6 on quality, 3 on cost, 5 on appropriate for me, and 9 on fun (we were definitely entertained opening each snack).


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