Although we stock nearly 1,000 different snacks from around the world, something is missing. Any guesses? It's popcorn! Lucky for us, the folks at Takaokaya reached out and asked that we sample their brand new popcorn line, T-Pops.
I used to live in England and popcorn isn't all that common there. When I did find some, it usually had sugar on it. For those living outside the U.S., it's mostly consumed with salt and butter and you can get it this way nearly everywhere. Well, that's the plain old way. Recently popcorn flavors have become wild and crazy with boutique shops opening up and offering anything they can think of. Some flavors are good, while a majority of them are a little gimmicky. (Think Dr. Pepper Popcorn).
So when our box of popcorn from Takaokaya arrived we were relieved to find a wholesome product with non-gmo kernels, no high fructose corn syrup, and zero trans fat. The flavors aren't that wild and crazy... in Japan! Being we are international snack experts, we welcomed these flavors and quickly moved onto the review process.
T-Pops Matcha Green Tea Popcorn
The first flavor we sampled was Matcha Green Tea. Here at World of Snacks we sell a ton of great green tea snacks from Japan and we were very excited to give this unique flavor a go in popcorn format. Hands down this was our favorite flavor. The popcorn is crunchy like caramel corn. It's sweet, in a rich decadent way and it's rounded out with a creamy butter and earthy green tea. It's simply AWESOME!
T-Pops Curry Popcorn
Curry flavor popcorn? I lied above when I said "hands down" the Matcha was our favorite popcorn, because this one came in a close second. We eat curry a lot, like at least once a week. It's also the dish our friends ask us to make when they come over. So it goes without saying that we know our curry. We also know we love T-Pops Curry Flavor Tokyo Style Popcorn. It's savory and only mildly curry flavored, but it's enough to make this treat highly addicting. There's a chance this popcorn would be our favorite if it packed a little more heat.
T-Pops Salted Cod Roe Popcorn
Matcha and curry popcorn aren't that adventurous, but salted cod roe is! Or is it? The package had us intrigued, as salted cod roe is not a flavor we encounter often. I've had roe before, but not in snack format. So how's it taste? Buttery, salty, and a tad savory. It's pleasant and enjoyable. It's also not that adventurous.
T-Pops Sesame Popcorn
Hey this package looks familiar. However, the flavor is definitely unfamiliar. At first we only read sesame, which doesn't sound that distinct. Underneath the giant "Sesame" it also reads nori and salt. Nori is seaweed and this popcorn flavor is a little too fishy for our taste. But we do sell a ton of seaweed snacks from Thailand, so we know many of you will enjoy it.
T-Pops Nori Popcorn
We thought the last popcorn flavor was fishy, T-Pops Nori Flavor tastes like the ocean! At first the flavor was jarring but after a few kernels it became more enjoyable and hinted towards sushi, which we love!
So there you have it. We just ate a ton of popcorn (we know you are jealous). Will we offer Takaokaya T-Pops Tokyo Style Popcorn in our international snack store? Chances are we will. The selection of flavors and the quality of the popcorn is unsurpassed. So check back soon and pick up a few bags for yourself!
Update 6/16/2017: We've just received a limited supply. Order now why supplies last!
For those who follow our snack blog, you may realize it's been a few months since we last posted. That's because we've been scaling up World of Snacks! We've moved into a larger warehouse and will be adding even more exciting snacks from around the world in the near future!
Another project we have been working on is our upcoming Subscription Snack Box. In order to prepare we've been doing a ton of research and subscribing to a bunch of boxes from a variety of businesses. Of course, we don't want to share our feedback on our direct competitors but one of the boxes we've subscribed to (that doesn't specialize in international snacks) arrived this month with a chocolate bar – so we thought it'd be fun to highlight it here on our snack blog.
The subscription box we are referring to is from Robb Report, a high-end publication (magazine) that I've enjoyed for years. Dubbed Robb Vices, each month a box arrives filled with a curated collection of luxury items. This month the box included our snack under review, the K+M Extravirgin Chocolate bar. If you look close, you can see it towards the bottom of the box.
K+M stands for Thomas Keller and Armando Manni. Mr. Keller is a the first and only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide. So he's a pretty big deal. Mr. Manni is from Tuscany and has an equally impressive reputation for quality by producing antioxidant-rich, extra-virgin olive oils.
These two rockstars have joined forces to offer this snack, "a revolutionary extravirgin chocolate high in antioxidants." Typical chocolate bars loose most of their antioxidants when the bean is roasted. These guys worked with the University of Florence in Italy and developed a method for processing each batch of cocoa beans to best preserve the antioxidants, making a bar that boasts serious health benefits (which you can read about below).
So as you can see, this isn't your everyday chocolate bar. They've done their homework and did a great job packaging it all together. With a $15 a bar price tag, we wouldn't expect any less. Now, onto what you've all been waiting for – the taste test!
Some of you may have noticed, this bar is 75% Peruvian. This is the first single origin chocolate we've highlighted here on our international snack blog. So needless to say, we were excited to sample it. The chocolate had a nice satin finish. It was smooth, but not oily. It felt good, and it was easy to realize this was a high-end bar just by the touch (as if the packaging didn't give it away). It had an earthy aroma that only hinted toward a typical chocolate bar. The bite was firm and the chocolate crumbled nicely when bitten. The flavor was mild at first but slowly became more intense. It was slightly bitter and seemed to have a subtle sweet after-bite. The first few pieces had a unique olive oil flavor but it eventually went away with more pieces.
So what does all that mean? Was it good? Yes! Well at least I thought so. We had two other tasters and myself and another enjoyed it (our 14 year old Director of Taste). Our third tester didn't appreciate the flavor. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and we are glad it was included in our Robb Vices subscription box.
Will World of Snacks offer the K+M Extravirgin Chocolate Bar for sale in the international snack store? Maybe someday in the future. We do intend to expand our inventory to include high-end chocolate bars from around the world. However, we have much to do before we get to that point. So for now, check out these chocolate bars – we think you'll like them!
First up is the World of Snacks favorite, the Balconi Choco Orange. Why is it our favorite? Because it tastes like a chocolate covered orange dreamsicle. Not familiar? It's an orange flavored cream filled popsicle - and you should get familiar. Unfortunately we do not sell popsicles being that they will melt (as we ship them around the world), so you'll just have to order one of these instead.
Our second featured snack cake is the Balconi Mix Milk, and it's our second favorite of the bunch. This is also the only cake we are featuring made of chocolate cake. Who doesn't love chocolate cake? This version is also covered in chocolate and features a nice layer of milk cream.
Next up we have a classic, the Balconi Mix Max. Although it's a little more conservative than the others it is still a yummy choice. It also outsells the other cakes. It's a sponge cake, covered in chocolate, with a chocolate layer in the center. It's easy to see why everyone is buying this cake. It's not easy to see why you haven't ordered one yet.
Last but not least and my partners personal favorite, the Balconi Trancetto Chocolate. This version is a tiramisu rendition. It's not spot on tiramisu, but it's as close as you can get in a snack cake. It's multi-layered and delicious. So, you should buy a few.
So which is your favorite Balconi Snack Cake? Let us know below and check back soon as we add more delicious snacks from Italy and around the world!
Nearly everyone loves Doritos. In fact they are the number one selling Tortilla chip brand in the U.S. - and by a wide margin too. Here in the states there are a few fun flavors. Of course you have the classics, Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese. In recent years Frito Lay has also introduced some bold flavors in their Doritos Jacked line. What you may not know is that there are even bolder flavors offered elsewhere in the world. As you may have guessed by the headline of this article, we are taste-testing the Spicy Curry Doritos from Japan.
Here at World of Snacks we love curry. In fact, we eat it almost once a week for dinner. So when we found out there are Spicy Curry Doritos in Japan we knew we had to have them! However, we also knew it would be hard to write an unbiased review. So for this taste test we recruited twelve 25-40 year old American males whole live in the Southern United States. For those outside the country, Southerners love food but for the most part they are not adventurous eaters.
We started with a smell test. As soon as you open the bag the curry aroma hits you hard. Fortunately, all testers involved described this as pleasing. A few mentioned they thought it was foreign and unfamiliar, but none-the-less everyone was eager to try the Spicy Curry Doritos. So onto the taste test!
So will World of Snacks offers Spicy Curry Doritos for sale online in our international snack store? We are not sure yet. These are a limited edition flavor and they are very costly and difficult to get from Japan. Eventually we do plan to sell all the Japanese Doritos we can get our hands on but we are not quite there yet. Until then you can check out our current selection of unique and tasty snacks from Japan. We offer them for sale here online in the US with international shipping. As always, keep on snacking world!
At World of Snacks our mission is to locate the best snacks in the world and offer them for sale here online in our international snack store. When a candy company striving to offer the best lollipops in the world contacted us, we knew we had to give them a try. So tonight we are reviewing Original Gourmet Lollipops.
Original Gourmet offers 24 different flavors of lollipops. Although I was unfamiliar with this US based sweet company my 13 year old son already knew about these colorful pops. In fact, he even already had a favorite flavor. He also mentioned they last forever. My son is a regular taster and is actively involved in World of Snacks - so I thought it would be fun if he invited his younger half-brothers to join us for the tasting. Typically taste-tests are brief and to the point. However, with a treat that is sure to take a while to fully enjoy we decided to pair it with family game night.
The flavors we reviewed (as pictured) include Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy, and Birthday Cake.
I personally joined in on the fun with an Original Gourmet Party Punch Lollipop as well.
And the game of choice, The Simpsons Spoons Card Game. The "spoons" in this game are donuts, so it's appropriate for an international snack blog.
So now the setting is set, let's end the epic build up and get on with our lollipop review!
So there you have it. All our tester agree, we are fans of Original Gourmet Lollipops. Typically we close our review with whether or not it's something we plan to add to our international snack store. However, this treat is already widely available here in the US and is also offered for sale on their website. So, right now we will not be offering these sweet treats for sale here online. So if your mouth is watering for a gourmet lolly be sure to check them out directly. As always, keep on snacking world!
A couple weeks ago we reviewed some of our favorite Thai snacks and they nearly all sold out right away. Not to worry, we have more arriving tomorrow! However, we wanted to keep the series going and take a look at some of our Favorite Filipino Snacks that are offered for sale here in our international snack store.
Currently we offer 5 different categories of Filipino Snacks. They include Filipino Nuts & Crackers, Candy, Chips, Noodles, and Cakes. To keep this article short we will highlight one of out best-sellers from each category.
These are just a few of our favorite Filipino Snacks. Be sure to check out all the great Nuts & Crackers, Candy, Chips, Noodles, and Cakes that we offer from the Philippines. Also be sure to check back next week as we take a look at our favorite Korean Snacks!
Jokingly among friends we call Hawaii a different country. For those who are not well-versed in geography, Hawaii is an American state in the middle of the Central Pacific Ocean. Recently the aforementioned friends took a trip to this tropical state and returned with some goodies for us. Although we are "World of Snacks" and typically we focus on snacks from around the world, Hawaii is physically around the world and we felt it would be a great fit!
The not foreign but almost foreign gift appears to be one of the airport gift shop or hotel lobby variety. Which is completely cool with us - we love free snacks! It's a package that contains some dried mango, coffee, and chocolate cups. It also has some shiny stuff in the bottom - we guess it's to make it more gift like.
Mango with Li Hing Powder
Didn't notice the mango? Yeah, neither did we. This giant package of dried mango from Lin's Market on Honolulu was hiding in the back and we were excited to find it. So we've had dried mango before, in fact we sell some pretty awesome dried mango here on our site. But we've never had Li Hing Powder. A quick Google search tells us that it's an acquired taste that is a blend of sweet, sour, and salty. I had a hard time distinguishing each, but the blend really accents the mango and over all this is a pretty awesome Hawaiian snack.
Royal Kona Coffee
Coffee? That's not a snack. Sure it is. In fact we just added some pretty awesome coffee and tea from Thailand to our store. Outside of World of Snacks we are coffee fanatics. I start my day with a slow process ritual each morning of grinding my beans making my coffee (well, my partner makes me coffee - but it takes her a long time!). This coffee is made by a company called Royal Kona and it's their Mountain Roast Blend that comprises 10% Kona Coffee. Hawaiian coffee is a big deal. It grows in volcanic soil with cool island breezes and gentle rains. It smells awesome. So how does it taste? Ask me in the morning, it's too late for coffee - but I am really looking forward to trying this one.
Hawaiian Host Macnut Crunch
Everyone loves chocolate, including us (we own a snack store - how could we not?). So when we saw there was not one, but two packs of chocolate we got pretty excited! The Hawaiian Host Macnut Crunch is jam packed with Macadamias and Crisp Rice. We are not kidding about it being "jammed packed." Look above, you see what we are talking about. It's a great candy and we suggest you hop on a plane to Hawaii now so you can try it for yourself.
Well there you have it. Thanks to our friends who brought us back a "sweet" gift. Do you have something you'd like us to review? Hit us up and we can review your snacks here on our blog. However, what we'd really like you to do is go buy a ton of snacks from our international snack store. As always, keep on snacking world!
Here at World of Snacks we’ve sampled tasty treats from over 40 different countries. We started out as a small family blog just a few years ago and now we are one of the largest companies selling snacks from all around the world. Generally we use our blog to feature taste tests as we explore new snacks to see if we think they’ll be a good fit for our international snack store. This has been a load of fun but we’ve kind of neglected writing about snacks we currently sell. So we’ve decided to dedicate the next few snack articles to yummy items we currently sell in our store here online. Today, we are starting off with snacks from Thailand.
Thai snacks have been great sellers for us and they tend to sell out fast. Currently we offer a selection of Thai Chips, Candy, Noodles, Cookies and Cakes. To keep things short we are going to feature one of our favorite Thai snacks from each category
Most of our taste tests here at World of Snacks are conducted by our immediate family. However, we always like to invite others to join in on the fun. We had our nephews over the other night and they wanted to try some of our unique snacks from around the world. We thought it would be entertaining to film them sampling some Japanese Chips that Calbee was kind enough to send us.
Calbee Honey Butter Chips
So as you may have guessed, not all the chips smell and taste like vanilla. What our nephew (aka the American Toddler) did get correct is the Calbee Honey Butter Chips do hint toward vanilla. Our of the three Calbee chips from Japan this version was our favorite.
Calbee Jagabee Butter Soy Sauce
What's a Jagabee? It's a thick, whole cut potato crisp. It's like a blend of a french fry and potato chip. The butter soy sauce makes it savory, and although it doesn't taste like chocolate, it's good!
Calbee Saya Wasabi Ranch Snow Pea Crisps
Here's the wild card. Wasabi peas and an American toddler? How do you think he'll react. Spoiler alert, he thinks they are spicy. Well, we tested before handing them off to our nephew, and they are only a tad bit spicy. However, the ranch flavor and the crunch of the pea make this a yummy snack.
Want to try these? Well you can't. Not yet anyway. We are testing them to consider adding them to our inventory. We will most likely add them in the near future. Until them check out our massive selection of Japanese snacks for sale online. As always, keep on snacking world!
What do pickled onions taste like? If you do a quick search the only answer you will find is conveniently on answers.com - and they say they taste like apples. Well, anyone who’s ever had a pickled onion or have sampled anything pickled onion flavor will tell you that’s definitely not the case! Pickled onion flavor is very British, and not all that common here in the United States.
A few years back we posted our Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion flavor review here on our snack blog. Since then it’s been introduced to our store and has become a great seller, so much so that we don’t get to snack on them often - because they sell out. Recently we started selling Walkers Pickled Onion Crisps. They’ve been a hot seller too. So we thought it would be worth comparing Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion Crisps and the Walkers Pickled Onion Crisps. So on to the review!
First up is the one we sampled long ago, the Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion Flavor baked corn snack. We already know we like them, but how do we describe how they taste? Without heading back to our old post we ripped open a bag and gave them a shot. They are intense and bursting with flavor. The have a distinct vinegar burst that mellows out during the after bite. The onion is impactful, but not nearly as notable as the vinegar. The shape is exaggerated and a tad bit silly, but fun nonetheless. Overall, it’s an enjoyable snack from England.
Next up, our newcomer- Walkers Pickled Onion Crisps. If we liked the previous snack, we have to like these? Wrong! They are completely different. The crisps have a burnt tinge, which makes me think they are natural but still takes away from the flavor. Also the onion is much more powerful and very noticeable. If I had to guess, I would say this version tastes more like authentic pickled onions.
So who is the winner in our match up of pickled onion crisps? Two out of three tasters preferred the Mega Monster Munch Picked Onion Crisps. However, our youngest reviewer (a teenager) chose Walkers. So ultimately, it’s up to you to figure it out. Lucky for you (and us) we sell them both online here in the US with international shipping. As always, keep on snacking world!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.