Candy Japan, who very kindly sent us this package to review, is a Japanese subscription service that sends two envelopes (and sometimes boxes) of candy to you per month! Japanese candy! Ahh! If you’ve been following us for any viable length of time you know how much we adore Japanese candy and snacks so we were thrilled when this showed up in our mailbox.
25$ Per Month – Free Shipping!
Recieve two shipments per month (Comes to 12.50$ a Shipment)
Ships straight from Japan and arrives via USPS
My gosh, where to start. I wasn’t sure what to think when I opened the envelope and saw gummies and an incredibly heavy bar of caramel, but let me tell you, this is an experience unlike any other. We’ve tried lots of Japanese candy in the past but nothing like these. Each Candy Japan package arrives straight from Japan without an info card; they send you a list of the goodies in your e-mail around a week after mailing the package. This shipped around June 17th, and arrived today, July 8th. That’s about average as far as international shipments go.
Super Mario Gummy
“Super Mario is a video game character loved by people all over the world. There are many products based on this popular character and candy is no exception. The taste is cola. If the package contains other shapes than just Mario, consider yourself lucky. For example you can find gummies shaped like power up stars, coins, mushrooms or question mark mystery cubes. “Mario became a gummy!” proclaims the packaging.” – CandyJapan E-mail
These lost their shape a bit, but it’s a Mario head, coin, star, and a ? block. The description says the shape of the gummies varies by package, so I missed out on mushrooms and only had one ? block. They’re cola flavored and sugar coated. The taste is very reminiscent of root beer. We have similar Mario gummies here in the US, but our offerings are artificially fruit flavored and multi-colored. These Japanese ones are 90000x better in every distinction. The package has a very generous offering too; there’s at least 20 gummies in there. Naturally I devoured them all like a ravenous beast.
Verdict: 8/10 – We want more!
Salt Milk Caramel
“Even though the name contains the word “salt”, these are actually not all that salty. They are made from cream that comes from Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan. The rock salt used in this is made in Lorraine, which is an area in France. The candies are chewy in texture and as is common in Japan, individually wrapped.” – CandyJapan E-mail
Dear readers, I have fallen in love. It’s no secret that one of my favorite things in the entire world is sea salt caramels, and these are little slices of heaven. They’re chewy, and firm, lacking a melty caramel texture (I prefer that!), with just the slightest hint of salt. They almost have a taffy consistency and you can taste the cream in them, though it’s not overpowering. It’s a hefty bar of 10 individually wrapped caramels. The Lotte brand is apparently known for mixing exotics (Japanese cream and French salt) and for their playful twists on classic treats, so naturally we’ll be ordering more. A ton more. All of them.
Verdict: 10/10 Happy Beeju Dance
Honey Kumquat Jelly
“What is a kumquat? They are a type of citrus fruit that is cultivated in Japan among other places and used to make jelly. The outer layer of the candy is sweet and sour, with kumquat syrup inside. If you look at the character in the wrapping, you can see that the bear with a green hat actually resembles a kumquat fruit. The candies have a very soft texture.” – CandyJapan E-mail
These melted quite a bit in the package, but that’s 100% understandable since it’s only been hotter than the devil’s armpit here for the last week. Anyway, this is a kumquat flavored gummy. The have a texture very reminiscent of Dots though much less firm, and coated in less sugar. These are filled with a “kumquat jelly,” which I have never had a kumquat before so I could not tell you if the taste is authentic but holy hell if this is what a kumquat tastes like then I need an international food market, stat. They’re like tart clementines covered in sugar. These aren’t blindingly sweet, but they are delicious. They do have a sour note as well but the play on sour and sweet is very balanced. Overall these are very delicious citrus tasting gummies. Did you notice that both gummy packages are resealable? You get generous sizes and a resealable bag to prevent drying out.
Verdict: 7/10 Love it!
Overall, we loved our first experience with Candy Japan and we’re sure you will too. They have a nice assortment of hard to find, limited edition and niche candies. If interested, Candy Japan is 25$ a month and you can sign up by clicking here.
Beeju was provided this box for review. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. No referral link enclosed.