Recently we added a large selection of Kasugai Gummies to our international snack store. All the flavors have been extremely popular, but the Ramune flavor has been our best-seller. Being that we are fans of Ramune soda, we knew we had to sample this Japanese Snack for ourselves.
Wait, what is Ramune Soda?
Before we rip this bag open we wanted to take a moment to talk a little more about Ramune Soda, as it's the inspiration of this snack under review. Here's what it looks like:
Look familiar? Probably not as it's primarily available in Japan. It comes in a very distinct bottle. When you open the soda you compress a marble into the top of the bottle. As you drink the beverage the marble rolls around. It's unusual, but fun. As you can see from above, it comes in a variety of flavors, just like Kasugai Gummy Candy. The snack we are tasting is based off the original flavor, which is a lemon soda. We may visit this unique soda on our snack blog again in the future, but until then let's get on with our review!
The Kasugai Ramune Gummy Candy comes individually wrapped. This makes it easier to share. Don't worry, sharing is not required. The packaging is pleasant and the light blue color is pleasing. So it looks nice, but how does it taste?
No my hand is not dirty, the gummy gives off a little shimmer. As it's a soda based candy, it made me think of carbonation. At first the flavor is bubble gummy. Shortly after the lemon soda kicks in. It's like a slightly sweeter Sprite or 7UP flavor that lingers for a long time. The texture is not chewy like many Haribo Gummy snacks. Instead it's firm at first with the ideal amount of bounciness. You can enjoy the snack in two chews. It's highly addicting and being individually wrapped is nice. It makes sure you don't eat the whole bag in one sitting!
For those who have followed our snack blog over the years you know we generally close with a decision if we will stock the snack under review or not. However, this one is already for sale online here in our snack store. What are you waiting for? Go buy a bag right now!
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!
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!
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!
A little over a week a go we posted a Kit Kat Sake Review and almost immediately we sold out of this unique flavor (not to worry - more are on the way). Never heard of Sake Flavored Kit Kats? That's because it's a new flavor only offered in Japan.
Currently we stock nearly 20 flavors of Kit Kats from Japan in our international snack store and we offer them for sale here in the US with international shipping available. We pride ourselves on our selection and really enjoy tracking down rare and exotic flavors. So when we found out there are even rarer Kit Kats then the crazy flavors we sell - we almost hit the roof with excitement!
We discovered a Kit Kat boutique in Japan, known as Chocolatory. Well, 3 Kit Kat boutiques to be exact. Over the years Nestle (they own Kit Kat) has offered hundreds of usual an innovative special edition flavors. They don't sell them anywhere other than Japan. Some of these Japanese Kit Kat flavors are regional, but for the most part they are available throughout the country. However, the Kit Kat Chocolatory offers flavors that can only be purchased at their boutique and no where else!
Well if you happen to own a store that specializes in hard to find snacks this is a big deal. That means these rare Kit Kats are nearly impossible to find without heading to the store and picking up some yourself. What makes it even harder is they only produce a limited number of bars each day, and when they sell out, you are out of luck.
So you probably scrolled ahead to see these two flavors we scored from the Chocolatory. That's right, we are reviewing the rarest Kit Kats in the world on our snack blog! Let's get on with our taste test of the special edition Butter Kit Kat and Chili & Passion Fruit Kit Kat.
Butter Kit Kat Review
Butter doesn't sound like a flavor that would enhance a chocolate bar. Sure it's an ingredient, but the main flavor? My younger brother used to sneak hands-full of butter when no one was looking. Other than him, I do not know anyone who likes butter by itself. So the idea of a butter Kit Kat doesn't sound appealing, but Nestle has yet to disappoint us with any of their Japanese Kit Kat flavors - so we are going in open minded. We are glad we did! This flavor is pretty amazing. The butter flavor is nearly non-existent. It's more of a heavy cream flavor. It's rich, it's decadent, and it's so good. This flavor is a result of a contest from the Tsuji Group culinary school in Japan. Great job guys!
Chili & Passion Fruit Kit Kat Review
Now spice is a more appealing flavor for us. Both my parents have Latin American roots and my partner is from an Asian country that thinks everything should be spicy! So needless to say, out of the two this is the rare Kit Kat we were looking forward to the most. So what do we think of it? The dark chocolate is the perfect right amount of bitter. The fruit is powerful, almost like a passion fruit jam. However the crisp wafer is a much better sensation than jam would be. What about the chili? Oh yeah, it's there and it comes in slowly with a long distinct burn. This flavors is unusual and epic all at the same time.
So there you have it. Ready to buy a plane ticket to Japan and check out a Chocolatory? We are and we will save you from needing a plane ticket. In the very near future we will offer limited quantities of these outrageously rare Kit Kats for sale in our international snack store. Until then check out some of the amazing flavors we currently offer. As always, keep on snacking world!
We love our Japanese Kit Kats and our loyal snack followers do to. Any flavor we can get our hands on sells quickly, and rightly so - Japanese Kit Kats are ridiculously awesome. The range of flavors offered is insane and wacky flavors like Wasabi Kit Kats are even delicious. So when we heard Nestle was releasing Japanese Sake Kit Kats we knew we had to have them.
Of course as owners of a wildly successful international snack store we are going to tell you that everything we sell is good. Well, that's not the case. If we don't like something, we will let you know. We know that everyone has their own preferences and snacks we hate - you may love. So as we waited for the slow boat from Japan to get here with our Kit Kats we secretly hoped we would hate them. You know, to maintain our credibility.
For those who hoped (like us) that the Japanese Kit Kat Sake Flavor would suck, we have some bad news. Like the others, this foreign Kit Kat is awesome! The white chocolate is mild and smooth and the sake flavor is spot on. At first it's a little strange, sake doesn't typically have a chocolate-like look and feel or does it come filled with a crisp wafer. But it quickly grows on you. If you like sake, you are going to love the Japanese Sake Kit Kats!
Typically we review international snacks and then make a decision whether or not we will offer the particular snack for sale online in our store. However, we knew the Japanese Sake Kit Kat would be well received so we already have it for sale online. However, our supply is limited and it takes several weeks to get our inventory from Japan. So if you'd like to try this sake flavored Kit Kat you better order it now! More fun flavors soon, so be sure to follow along on our blog!
Calbee Shrimps are a fairly new addition to our snacks store and have done tremendously well. So when a rep from Calbee USA reached out to us directly and asked us to sample some of their snacks we jumped at the opportunity. We also thought this would be a great opportunity for our Director of Taste to make a snack review video and revive our Youtube channel. This is something we plan to do much more of in the future. It's a little rough since it's his first attempt at a solo video review but we think you'll enjoy it!
For the most part the rest of the World of Snacks team agrees with Jayden. However, for those who prefer our classic approach to snack reviews we didn't want you to feel left out.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Original
This is the prefect shrimp chip. It's mildly flavored with the perfect amount of shrimp. The crunch is massively addicting and the more you eat the more prevalent the flavor becomes.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Hot Garlic
Although it's hard to compare to the classic, this version is very tasty. It's definitely one of my personal favorites. I do agree with Jayden. It's not hot, but it does have a nice garlic tinge to it.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Wasabi
Jayden was clearly exaggerating here. There is a slow wasabi burn, but it's not too hot by any means. If anything, I wish it had a little more heat. However, it's very enjoyable the way it is.
Calbee Shrimp Chips Yuzu and Black Pepper
This is currently the only flavor of Calbee Chips from our review that we do not stock in our international snack store. So I too do not know what yuzu is. However, my partner looked it up and said it is a citrus fruit. I agree with Jayden in his video review. It pretty much taste like a salt and pepper chips. There is a little heat from the pepper but I did not pick up anything that would lead me to believe there was any yuzu flavor. However, I really did like this chip and in the near future we will be sure to add it to our inventory.
* Update - We do offer this snack for sale now!
Well we hope you enjoyed our video review. We promise they will get better as we progress. So now that we have your hungry - check out our awesome selection of Japanese Snacks.
We love chocolate at World of Snacks and chances are if you are reading this blog post you do too. However, is chocolate loved by everyone in the world? We spent a little time digging up research to see just how popular chocolate is across the globe.
Lucky for us, Nielsen led one of the studies we found. In 2014 they asked 30,000 consumers from around the world in 60 different countries what they snacked on in the last 30 days. Guess what the most common response was? Chocolate! A massive 64 percent of overall responses mentioned it was chocolate they were snacking on most recently.
So which region loves chocolate the most? We are in North America and although chocolate weighed in at 59%, chips were actually the most snacked on category coming in at 63%. Even though chocolate was the most common answer across the board, only one region weighed in with chocolate in the first position.
The Asian Pacific region reported a massive 69%! Chocolate was in first for both China and Japan. Our international snack store carries a large selection of Japanese Snacks and the amazing selection of chocolates correlates with this report. In all of the remaining regions chocolate ranked 2nd as the most consumed snack.
What other items are people around the world snacking on? Bloomberg Business did a fantastic job highlighting the results on their Global Snack Survey article. A surprise for us is how popular popcorn is in the United States and Latin America. Currently World of Snacks does not offer any popcorn snacks. This is something we need to consider.
We’ve been wildly successful over the holiday season and have spent most of our time fulfilling orders. Now that Christmas has passed, we have a little more time to dedicate to our international snack blog.
Our sales have gone through the roof! Although all our foreign snacks have sold well, a few have done phenomenally well. One of our best sellers has been Kasugai Hard Candies from Japan. We are having a hard time keeping them in stock, as they sell out the same day we put them on our website.
Currently we offer four different Kasugai Hard Candies. We sell Ame Matcha Green Tea, Kuro Ame, Lychee, and Ume Ame Plum. Let’s take a closer look at these yummy treats from Japan.
This Japanese candy is spot on with it's Match green tea flavor. It's earthy, mild, and sweet. If you are not a fan of green tea, it might be shocking at first. However, it's absolutely a flavor that grows on you.
This candy is flavored with Japanese Black Sugar. It's sticky, unlike the other Kasugai Candies we sampled. It has a charged hint, it's bitter, with a rush rich sweet tinge. Overall it seems familiar, yet it's boldly foreign.
My son and I have just recently been introduced to Lychee. It's a crazy looking fruit that we both quickly fell in love with. The Kasugai Lychee Candies are boldly fruity, rich, fragrant, and sweet. This rendition is very enjoyable and is bursting with spot on Lychee flavor.
This candy was the only one of the Kasugai brand treats that we tried that wasn't spot on with the flavor. It's also the most unique. It's plum, but not like any plum we've tried. It's powerful and features a cinnamon-like burn. It's a flavor all of it's own. It's spicy, but in a timid sweet way.
Well there you have it. We hope our review of these Japanese Kasugai Hard Candies will help you decide which you should try. Although we've already warned you, they sell out fast!
If we had to pick, hands down our favorite chocolates from around the world are the Japanese Kit Kats. Nearly every unique flavor we try has blown us a way. In fact, we've been trying to find a Kit Kat flavor from Japan that we don't like. So when we found the Matcha Green Tea and Azuki Bean Kit Kat, we hoped we had a winner. Can this possibly be the first Japanese Kit Kat that we don't like? Well, that's what we hope to find out tonight.
For a little while now we've sold a Green Tea Kit Kat as well as a Red Bean Kit Kat. We really like them both. In fact, we have a hard time keeping the Green Tea Kit Kats in stock. The literally sell out with in a mater of days! For some reason, Nestle Japan thought it would be a good idea to basically combine the two. In another turn of events, they decided to offer them in their Big Little Kit Kat collection. Basically, they are bite size Kit Kat Pieces that are dipped into chocolate, creating a Kit Kat ball of sorts. They pack big flavor, in little pieces. In this scenario, the Matcha Green Tea flavor is infused with white chocolate and the Azuki bean is layer between the Kit Kat wafer. Sounds good? Well for the first time ever, we hope it's not! Now on with the taste test.
Our testers tonight are among some of our most seasoned. For years now, they've been munching on the best (and worsts) snacks from around the world. We eagerly ripped open the bag and found 7 green Kit Kat balls. The smell from the package was very leafy. There is no mistaking the potent Matcha Green tea fragrance. First bite, almost all green tea. We actually didn't note the Azuki bean until the second and third bites. The chocolate is earthy with a hint of creaminess followed by a slight sweet sensation. When the bean flavor kicks in, you get a unique treat that is surprisingly pleasant and well rounded.
So, as you may have guessed. Our search for a Japanese Kit Kat that we don't like continues. We actually liked the Matcha Green Tea and Azuki Bean Kit Kat, and we think you will too. However, we don't currently stock it yet! So you'll have to wait if it's the flavor you are searching for. Not to worry, click the button below and check out all the other great flavors we offer for sale 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.