SNAKKU Review – May 2016

by Must Have Boxes on June 27, 2016

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Company: SNAKKU

Category: Food & Drinks

Cost: USD $38.95/month (save even more with an annual subscription), free shipping

About: “From Japan to You. Authentic Japanese Snack Subscription.

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive the best authentic snacks that are only available in Japan. These delicious sweet and savory snacks are hand-picked and arrive right to your door. Be treated with the amazing service and attention to detail that Japan is renowned for. Choose from a variety of subscriptions, including a smaller sized Tasting Box.

The Box:

I was super excited to receive the May shipment from SNAKKU, my favorite Japanese treat subscription. This month’s theme is edamame. Yum! I’ve only eaten edamame in steamed bean form so I was really curious to see how the edamame flavor would be incorporated into the sweet and savory snacks. The box was beautifully-wrapped in a colorful cloth and came with a card that described each of the featured items. Let’s check them out…

thegoodies

Shiogama and Zunda Chiffon Cake

Shiogama is a snack made by a Buddhist temple in Sendai. The handcrafted treat has an outer layer made from rice, shiso, and sugar, and an inside filled with a lightly salted Azuki red bean paste. The texture of this treat was a little funky and not my favorite. The Zunda Chiffon Cake, however, is delicious!  Zunda is a paste made from edamame and it results in an amazingly tasty cake that’s filled with creamy custard.

Sendai Zunda Tart Cookies and Zanda Manju

These Sendai Zunda Tart Cookies are oh so good! The cookie features a rich butter cookie base that’s topped with Zunda and a sweet almond glaze. Yum. Zanda Manju are soft thin-skinned rice cakes filled with a slightly sweet Zunda filling. This snack has an enjoyable texture and pairs well with a warm cup of tea.

Zunda Bamboo Dango and Ko-Ume Candy

The Zunda Bamboo Dango are mini Japanese sweet rice cakes made from Mochiko rice flour. There’s a sweet red bean paste filling too. The Dango doesn’t compare to the taste and texture of fresh mochi, but it’s not bad for a pre-packaged snack. Ko-Ume is a slightly sour candy made with Japanese ume plum. This candy is a little bit sour, a little bit sweet – and definitely unique!

Zarajiman, Cheese Kibun Senbei, and Matcha Azuki Cake

I have a special place in my heart for Senbei. The Zarajiman is covered with large Japanese sugar crystals. The salty sweet flavor combination is surprisingly tasty! The Cheese Kibun Senbei are one of my favorite snacks. The crackers are super crispy and they’re baked with Japanese cheddar cheese. Matcha Azuki Cake is a yummy dessert that features fluffy matcha green tea cake filled with Azuki red bean cream.

Kani Crab Chips

If you’re at all familiar with Asian snacks, then you know all about crab chips. This snack is exactly what it sounds like: airy, crispy chips that are made with Japanese crab. The flavor is awesome and these are so fun to crunch on. I ate the whole bag pretty quickly :).

verdict

SNAKKU is such an awesome subscription that delivers yummy snacks straight from Japan. It’s a total foodie’s paradise! The May shipment featured an amazing assortment sweet and savory treats that celebrated the flavor or edamame. My favorite snack from this month’s box is the Cheese Kibun Senbei. The crackers have a bold cheese flavor and I loved the crispy texture. SNAKKU would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in discovering the flavors of Japan.

Do you someone who would love to try these yummy Japanese snacks? Interested in subscribing to SNAKKU? Let me know! 

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Surprise My Pet Review – March 2016

by Must Have Boxes on June 19, 2016

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Company: Surprise My Pet

Category: Pets

Cost: 1 month plan – USD $25.00/month, 3 month plan – USD $23.00/month, 1 year plan – USD $19.00/month, plus USD $5.00 shipping & handling

About: “A monthly box of dog goodies.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a box filled with 4-6 awesome toys and treats for your pet. After signing up, you’ll share the size of your pooch so you receive items that are perfectly tailored for your dog. In addition to getting great products, you’ll also be supporting animals in need as 10% of the proceeds from each box are donated to a great cause.

The Box:

Hello, readers! I’m playing catch up with my reviews for Surprise My Pet but I promise to show you what I received in every box over the past few months. My March shipment of premium dog toys and treats arrived in a cute branded box (love the blue paw prints!) with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also fun welcome message and a card that described each of the featured items. Let’s check them out…

thegoodies

Loving Pets Vegitopia Sliced Carrots Dog Treats

Veggies aren’t just good for people, they’re important for your pooch too. These sliced carrot treats are made with simple, all natural, healthy ingredients and a flavor that your dog will love. Why feed your dog carrots? Carrots contain Vitamin A and beta-carotene which can aid in improving eye-sight.

Natural Value Puffed Cheese Treats

These easy-to-chew bone-shaped puffed cheese treats almost look too good to be made for dogs! The 100% all natural treats are made in the U.S.A. and they make an awesome treat for your furry friend. You don’t have to worry about feeding these to your pup either because they’re soy-free, corn-free, and contain no by-products.

Squeak N’ Hoot Owl Plush Dog Toy 

This cute owl toy is a total hoot! It features soft plush and it has a hidden squeaker inside which will have your dog playing for hours on end. This toy is 3.5 inches wide so it’s best suited for smaller dogs.

Loving Pets It’s Purely Natural Chicken Tenders Dog Treats

I feel so much better when I feed my dog treats that are made from whole food products, without any additives or artificial preservatives. These chicken tenders from Loving Pets certainly fit the bill. They’re made from chicken that’s farmed in the U.S.A. and they contain no gluten, soy, wheat, or glycerin. Your pup will absolutely love the pure taste of these chicken pieces.

FFD Unscented Pet Wipes

This portable, resealable packet of pet wipes is perfect to take on the go when you want to freshen up your dog. The wipes are safe for all over body use and they’re made with natural bamboo fibers that can easily wipe away dirt and odor. Each wipe is pre-moistened with gentle cleaners and deodorizers.  The unscented variety is made for sensitive skin.

Pet Qwerks Krinkly & Squeak Newspaper Dog Toy 

This toy brings a whole new meaning to having your dog fetch the morning newspaper. This whimsical toy is filled with three squeakers and Krinkle paper that creates a unique rustling sound. Your pooch will love playing fetch with “The Doggone Times” and the durable canvas material will withstand even the toughest play.

verdict

Surprise My Pet always delivers an awesome variety of premium treats and toys for your pooch. This March shipment was no different! This month’s subscription box featured a number of quality dog products. My favorite item is the Pet Qwerks Krinkly & Squeak Newspaper Dog Toy because it’s so darn cute! Surprise My Pet is the perfect way to pamper your dog each month and, at only $25 per box, it’s a total steal. 🙂

Do you have a dog who would love Surprise My Pet? Thinking about subscribing? Let me know!

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Orange Glad Review – May 2016

by Must Have Boxes on June 18, 2016

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Company: Orange Glad

Category: Food & Drink

Cost: USD $25.00/month, free shipping

About: We search high and low for new tasty sweet treats to put in our Gourmet Sampling Box for you to try every month.”

The Scoop: Each month, you’ll receive a delicious collection of handpicked gourmet sweets delivered right to your doorstep. Orange Glad is the perfect cure for your sweet tooth and it makes an even better gift!

The Box:

When it comes to desserts, Orange Glad  is one of my favorite subscription boxes. I love discovering what new treats will be included each month. The May shipment arrived in a cute branded box with the contents carefully wrapped inside. There was also a beautiful booklet that described each of the featured products. Let’s check them out…

thegoodies

Annie B’s Handmade Popcorn Original Caramel
Value: USD $2.00

Who doesn’t love caramel popcorn?! Annie B’s original caramel popcorn is popped and packed to order, so it’s always super fresh and delicious. The hand cooked popcorn is buttery and crisp and has a rich caramel flavor. I love that the product is made with real ingredients including coconut oil and non-GMO popcorn.

Quin Dreams Come Chew
Value: USD $5.00

These fruity, chewy candies are packed with amazing flavor. Think: cherry, strawberry, tangerine, lemon, fruit punch, and pineapple coconut. The candies are similar to Starbust candies only much, much better. I love the chewy texture and the individually wrapped pieces make it easy to enjoy these candies anywhere.

Rustic Bakery Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie
Estimated Value: USD $3.00

I enjoy desserts that aren’t overly sweet and this delicious cookie from Rustic Bakery totally fits the bill. It’s made from rich, buttery shortbread then peppered with rich espresso and Callebaut chocolate chips. Needless to say, this sophisticated cookie would pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Rustic Bakery, located in Marin County, produces artisan crackers and bread.

Annie B’s Original Caramels
Value: USD $1.00

Nothing beats the pure, sweet taste of caramel. These best-selling caramels from Annie B’s are hand-crafted and slow-cooked in copper pots, just as they have been since 1978. The candies feature natural ingredients including butter, brown sugar and condensed milk. I love the chewy texture and rich, buttery flavor. The pretty, individually-wrapped caramels make a great gift.

Caroline Girl Cookies Delectable Rose Tea Cookies
Value: USD $3.00

At first, I was a bit hesitant to sample these cookies because sometimes baked goods with flowers have an overly strong flavor. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised by these tasty Rose Tea Cookies. These cookies are made with the finest dried, edible rose petals and delicate rose water. The flavor is subtle and ties in well with the rich, buttery shortbread.

verdict

Total box value: USD $14.00

  • Annie B’s Handmade Popcorn Original Caramel – USD $2.00
  • Quin Dreams Come Chew – USD $5.00
  • Rustic Bakery Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie – Estimated USD $3.00
  • Annie B’s Original Caramels – USD $1.00
  • Caroline Girl Cookies Delectable Rose Tea Cookies – USD $3.00 

Orange Glad is definitely one of my top subscriptions, but the value of this month’s box is quite a bit less than the cost of the box. That being said, the May shipment featured a yummy assortment of premium sweets from across the U.S. My favorite product is the gourmet Rustic Bakery Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie. I love shortbread and the espresso added a nice flavor. Orange Glad makes a great hostess or birthday gift, so check it out.

Are you planning to subscribe to Orange Glad? What did you think about these desserts? Let me know.

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