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October 2015 Bocandy Unboxing
I love sweets and I love learning about culture, so the Bocandy box, which contains sweets from different countries, seemed like a great choice for me. But was it?
The first item I took out was two bags of Kasugai Gummies from Japan. I love Japanese candies, so I was happy to see these. The two included flavors were muscat/grape and orange. I tried some of the grape flavor ones and wasn’t a fan...however, I’ll probably enjoy the orange flavor. The estimate value is $1.55 per bag, or about $3 for both.
The next item in the box was Lucas Salsagheti from Mexico. It’s labeled as “hot mango candy”, which suggests that it’s a spicy food. I don’t enjoy spicy cuisine, so I’m dubious about trying this. It certainly looks fun, though. The estimated value is $1.
The third item was a chocolate-strawberry sponge cake from Bulgaria, whose name I butchered. I mistook the C at the beginning for a G. But even if I’d gotten the letters correct, my pronunciation would probably have still been off. I ate this treat and it was DELICIOUS. The estimated value is $2.50.
The fourth item was a Milka Chocowafer from Switzerland. I love chocolate, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this, although I haven’t had a chance to eat it yet. Besides, Switzerland is the best place for chocolate. The estimated value is $2.50.
Actually, I decided to try the Chocowafer just now, and can confirm it was as delicious as I had expected.
The fifth item was a bag of Krackjack crackers from India. I’m not big on crackers, so I haven’t eaten any of these yet, but the description (“sweet and salty”) sounds good. The estimated value is $2.50.
The final item(s) in the box that I didn’t actually take out were individually-wrapped flower candies. I left them in the box because there were so many of them, but I have been snacking on them on occasion, and they taste very good. It was nice to have a bunch of small, individually-wrapped candies available so I could eat them to satisfy my sweet tooth without committing to a bigger item. The written value on the card is $2.50, which I expect is the cost for all of them (there were about 10 when I opened the box, but I ate some before taking the picture.)
I really enjoyed the items in the box. But was the cost worthwhile? The regular price of a full-size Bocandy box, the size I received, is $15 per month. However, the value of the items in the box was only $14. This arrangement is okay if you’re willing to pay an extra $1 to have someone curate the box and procure the items for you, but keep in mind that the value of the box will not be more than you paid in some cases.
It’s important to note, however, that Bocandy often offers coupons to reduce the cost of their boxes. For example, I listed coupon code “FALL” in the coupon field of this review, which will get you your first box for $7.20. I got this particular box under a similar promotion, and I’m happy with the value of the items I received for the price I paid. Bocandy also offers long-term coupons such as “SWEET”, a code that will get you 20% off the month-to-month price. These coupons will help bring the cost of the box down closer to the value you receive, so if you enjoyed the selection of products they offered this month, I encourage you to give Bocandy a try.