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A sealed bag of gummies with two big beautiful strawberries on the front
Fine

Kabaya Pureral Gummy - Two Strawberries

Candy from Japan

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Source:

Japan Candy Store

Despite having had the grape and apple flavors of Pureral gummies before and really enjoying them (the grape flavor used in Japanese snacks is so good!), I would rate this “two strawberries” flavor as just ok. Somehow it tasted a little more chemical-y to me, maybe a little more matte. How does something taste “matte”? I have no clue.

This might have been a limited edition flavor, because it’s no longer on the site I bought it from, nor on the official Kabaya product page.

Written on Mar 16, 2022

A yellow bag of potato chips in the "happy butter" flavor. There is an illustration of a potato with its finger pointing skywards on the bag.
Nope

Calbee Potato Chips – Happy Butter

Chips from Japan

Rating:
2 out of 5 stars
Source:

Japan Candy Store

What the product image doesn’t show you (and what I missed in the product description) is that one of the flavors on this is honey. I was expecting a particularly buttery chip and got something that was…fairly sweet. Not for me!

Written on Mar 05, 2022

A bag of individually-wrapped spherical candies in a strawberry yogurt flavor
Yum!

Kabaya Fruit Ramune Candy – Amaou Strawberry Yogurt

Candy from Japan

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Source:

Japan Candy Store, while seeking out some ramune candies to replace my Kasugai fruits ramune candy fix

These are good! They’re the texture of ramune candies, in a spherical format. There’s little crunchy bits of strawberry flavor. Probably my favorite out of the different ramune candies I was trying out from this Japan Candy Store order; would buy again.

Written on Mar 05, 2022

A large bag full of individually-wrapped candies shaped like tablets. They are Ramune soda flavor.
Fine

Kasugai Glucose Rich Large Ramune Candy

Candy from Japan

Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Source:

Japan Candy Store, while seeking out some ramune candies to replace my Kasugai fruits ramune candy fix

I…didn’t realize quite how massive a bag of these I was purchasing. These are individually-wrapped, larger-size ramune candies in an original Ramune soda flavor. Despite being made by Kasugai (who makes my favorite ramune candies), these weren’t my favorite of the bunch I tried. These candies are a little stiffer and don’t melt in your mouth as well, which is what I love about ramune candies in the first place. The flavor is also a little eh, nothing to write home about.

Written on Mar 05, 2022

A tube of chips made by Calbee, which looks much like a short stack of Pringles.
Yum!

Calbee Potato Chips Crisp – Consomme Broth

Chips from Japan

Rating:
4 out of 5 stars
Source:

Japan Candy Store

AFAICT, Calbee is *the* potato chip brand of Japan. Their stuff is everywhere and fairly easy to find here in a major U.S. city (Seattle), though various flavors may not be equally available. I couldn’t resist trying out this consomme broth flavor, presented in a Pringles-like tube format. Calbee’s tube chips, for lack of a better term, are a bit stiffer, flatter, and rounder than their Pringles cousins. This flavor was pretty tasty, with a respectable amount of flavor dust. Had these been made in America, there probably would be a heavier hand with the flavoring. Would buy again.

Written on Mar 05, 2022

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