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June 2016 Esian Box - Snack
Esian Mall is a marketplace for Asian beauty, grocery, and household products. They recently launched two boxes, a Beauty Box and a Snack Box. Esian Mall generously offered me the opportunity to review both boxes, and this written review is based on the contents of their Deluxe Snack Box.
The first item in the box was a pouch of furikake (rice seasoning) with a Pokemon theme. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but with Pokemon GO coming out, this was a well-timed product to include. I’ve never had rice seasoning before, but it seems like a reliable complement to plain rice. It’s also one of the more unique items I’ve seen in an Asian snack box. I couldn’t find this size pouch for sale online (a testament to Esian Mall’s procurement skills), so I’ll assign this pouch a value of $2 based on my knowledge of similar products.
The second item was a bag of potato flavored crisps from Ning Shim. I’m not big on savory snacks, and when I tried this product, it didn’t taste much different to similar treats (such as snack fries.) All in all, I think this was an OK item to include and I think people who enjoy chips and other savory snacks will be happy with this product. The bag of crisps is worth around $2.
The third item was a Cafe Latte drink from Maeil. First of all, I found this product’s packaging to be incredibly cool! It resembles a coffee cup you would get from a cafe, but in an easily portable and spill-proof (when unopened) form. I don’t actually drink coffee so I gave this to a friend; despite this, I was still impressed with the item and believed it was a good pick for the box. These Maeil drinks sell for around $3 at Asian grocery stores.
The fourth item was a container of Doraemon ChocoSnacks. Being a chocolate fan, I dug into this product quickly. They reminded me of large Cocoa Puffs. Not a complaint - they tasted good! I estimate a $3 value for the product.
The fifth item was a container of Koala March matcha green tea cookies from Lotte. I’m personally not a fan of green tea, so I’m giving this to a friend. However, I’ve eaten chocolate Koala March cookies before and enjoyed them, and I suspect the green tea variety is similarly delightful. This product can be bought for around $3.
The sixth item was a sleeve of Bourbon Petit Chocolate Cookies. I ate these soon after opening the box and I found them to be delicious! Perhaps my favorite item in this box. They were mini chocolate cookies with chocolate chips and they did a wonderful job of satisfying my chocolate cravings. I value the product at $3.
The seventh item was a package of crispy olive oil seaweed from ChoripDong. I’m not a fan of seaweed, so I’ll be giving this to the same friend who is received the Koala March cookies. At the same time, I know that seaweed is a common snack in Asian countries and I believe it was a suitable choice for this box. This type of product can be bought for around $2 from Asian grocery stores.
The eighth item was a pack of panda chocolate cookies from Kabaya. These tasted more like little chocolates than cookies, and that fit my preferences just fine after eating the other cookies from this box. I shared them with a friend who also enjoyed the taste. These cookies sell for around $2 per package.
The ninth item was a pouch of spicy Shin instant ramen. These are a fairly common item not only in Asian grocery stores, but regular grocery stores throughout the US. Although I typically prefer unique items over common items in these types of boxes, I don’t mind the inclusion of this ramen because it’s unique among the other contents of the box (there aren’t any other spicy/noodle products.) These ramen packages sell for around $1 typically.
The tenth item was a bag of Jagabee potato crisps from Calbee. I haven’t tried these yet, but I expect they will taste different to the Ning Shim crisps included earlier in the box because the Jagabee crisps are promised to have a distinct “butter soy sauce” flavor. That flavor intrigues me, so despite my limited enthusiasm for savory snacks, I will give these a try at some point. I value the bag at $2.
Fun fact: Calbee is the manufacturer of the popular “Harvest Snaps” brand in the USA. I had no idea until I was researching prices!
The eleventh item was a package of Hi-Chew candies in a “banana” flavor. I LOVE Hi-Chew. The banana flavor is not my favorite, but I still enjoyed the treats. This candy can be bought for about $2 at grocery stores of all kinds.
The twelfth item was a full pack of Watering KissMint gum from Glico in a watermelon variety. I hadn’t heard of this gum brand before, so I was curious about its taste. I’m not a fan of the watermelon flavor, but the gum itself was sweet and lasted a reasonable amount of time. This pack of gum sells for around $2.
The thirteenth item was a set of 2 small baked rice crackers. I haven’t eaten them yet, but I think they were a fair item to include in an Asian snack subscription box. I estimate their collective value at $1.
The fourteenth item was a trio of Look24 dark chocolate candies. As a dark chocolate lover, I would say these tasted okay. Not as good as some of the higher quality dark chocolate, but better than Hershey’s. I’ve assigned a $1 value to the trio.
The fifteenth item was a trio of Peko crunch milk candies. I really enjoyed these candies! The candies had a crunchy shell with a soft creamy center. They had a distinct sweet taste that I don’t think can be found among domestic treats, which I believe adds to their appeal. Like with the other trio of candies, I’ll estimate the value at $1.
Overall, the June 2016 Esian Mall Deluxe Snack Box contained $30 worth of Asian snacks. This value falls short of the box’s $35 cost, but the difference is minimal if you consider that the items likely cost more than $5 to ship and shipping for the box is free. Additionally, these products would be difficult to buy from a single source, so Esian Mall provides the added bonus of procuring and curating the selection for its customers.
Looking to get a good deal on an Esian Mall Snack Box? I’m a fan of Kickstarter and I noticed that Esian Box is listed as a project to be backed. If you contribute to the project, you’ll be able to get Esian Mall’s Snack (and Beauty) Boxes at discounted prices. Click here to learn more about the Esian Box Kickstarter project. It ends on July 20th, so don’t delay if you want to make a pledge!
Recommended for: people who are interested in trying a variety of snacks from Asian countries
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review.