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October 2016 Bocandy Review + 80% Off Coupon
Bocandy, an international candy subscription, was one of the first boxes I reviewed on this site.
You can read my previous Bocandy reviews here:
Just like this site, Bocandy has changed since its inception. When I first bought Bocandy, they offered two main subscriptions: a half size and a full size, each of which contained varying levels of international candies and snacks. Now Bocandy offers a Starter package, an Asian Candy package, and a Big Snacks package. This review is of the Starter package, which contains 5-7 different treats from around the world.
The first item in the October 2016 Bocandy box was a full-size bag of chibi soda candy from Nobel. I loved this item! Not only does it taste great, but it’s unlike anything I’ve tasted before, which is what I look for most in an international food box. Rather than tasting like simple fruit candies, these soda candies genuinely taste like different kinds of soda.
Striving to be a comprehensive reviewer, I labored for full minutes to decipher the colors by taste and Katakana (the writing on each little package.) These are the flavors per my identification:
- Red: Cola
- Yellow: Pineapple Soda
- Orange: Orange Soda
- White: Apple Soda
- Purple: Grape Soda
- Blue: Soda (similar to Sprite/7up)
- Green: Melon Soda
There are enough varieties that anyone who likes candy can enjoy this mix even if certain flavors aren’t to their liking. I personally gave the cola and grape soda ones away, but I liked everything else.
Estimated value: $5 (Source: CraftFoodNow.com/Ebay.com)
The second item was a pack of strawberry-flavored whistle candy from Coris. I typically love strawberry candy, but I wasn’t too enthused by these; they have a chalky taste that didn’t appeal to me. However, being from Japan, they are still fitting for the box. The pack comes with a little toy at the bottom (the small box in the picture) that held a small plastic scarab beetle. I think this would definitely be a fun item for kids, not only because of the toy, but because they’ll probably be less picky about the taste.
Estimated value: $1.50 (Source: Blippo.com/Amazon.com)
The third item was a Nordic Sweets Swedish peppermint candy stick. This is a neat item that reminded me of the peppermint pillow mints that are sometimes given out at the restaurant. I enjoy those mints, and so I enjoyed the taste of this, although the size made it a bit difficult to consume. Biting it is not ideal because it makes the stick jagged and the flavor less appealing, so this is something you’ll want to set aside time to eat thoroughly.
Estimated value: $3 (Source: ScandinavianButik.com)
The fourth item was a Bubu Lubu bar from Ricolino. This is a unique item that I wasn’t sure I’d like because it features jelly in a place I wouldn’t normally expect it (the bar is strawberry jelly and marshmallow covered in chocolate.) The actual taste of the bar reminded me of a smore with strawberry jelly, and I love smores, so I was happy with it.
Estimated value: $0.50 (Source: Amazon.com/MexGrocer.com)
The fifth item was a pair of Karla Tajitos lollipops with chili. I appreciate that Bocandy puts in spicy candies like these because they add to the variety of the box, but I personally don’t enjoy them so I gave them away and can’t report on the taste.
Estimated value: $0.50 for both (Source: CandyPros.com/MexCandy.com)
The fifth and final item was a set of five Mr. Wafer candies from De La Rosa. These are little vanilla wafers and they taste exactly how you’d expect - similar to a Kit Kat bar.
Estimated value: $1.50 for all five (Source: Caramelo-Candy.com)
Overall, the October 2016 Bocandy box contained about $12 in international candies and sweets. The box ranges from $9.58 to $9.99 in cost, so this is a good value, although it should be noted that shipping is charged separately. Even then, the cost is likely similar to what you would have to pay to get all of the items shipped to you individually.
In terms of variety, I was satisfied with the October 2016 Bocandy box. My favorite item was the Chibi Soda Candy, which provided both the highest value and the most unique taste. However, all of the items in the box contributed to the diversity of flavors and origin countries (Japan; Sweden; Mexico) represented in the box.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box to review.