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November 2015 Bocandy Unboxing
I’m sick today, so obviously what I wanted to do most was taste test some candy! In all seriousness, it’s always fun to open Bocandy boxes and see what types of candy they deliver from around the world. Despite being sick during the unboxing, I was excited to see what the box would include. And, of course, I fulfilled my duty as a reviewer by tasting some of the treats!
The first item I pulled out was a Gyxa nacma sponge cake from Bulgaria. This type of cake was included in the October Bocandy box, but the previous cake was strawberry-flavored. This one is vanilla-flavored. I don’t mind the repetition of item because I enjoyed the first cake and the inclusion of a new flavor makes this different enough to provide a new tasting experience. The estimated value is $2.50.
The second item was a Tunnock’s tea cake from Scotland. The cake is labeled “Milk Chocolate Mallow”, so I assumed it included chocolate and marshmallow. I was right, but in addition to those two elements, it also has a wafer inside. This candy is essentially a Scottish s’more. I love s’mores, so this was one of my faves of this box. The estimated value is $1.
The third item was a double Daim bar from Sweden. This bar is labeled as a “crunchy caramel candy bar”. The picture also depicts the caramel as being covered in chocolate. So, if you like caramel and chocolate, you’ll probably love the Daim bar. It was thinner than I expected, but in a good way - I could taste the caramel more strongly. Be prepared for it to stick to your teeth, though, as caramel is likely to do. The Daim bar is the highest-value item in the box with an estimate of $3 for the full double bar.
The fourth item was a Mexican candy called Pelon Pelo Rico. This was the most interesting candy to me due to its unfamiliar container and flavor. I looked up the candy online and found that Tamarind is a fruit, like I expected, but it’s not spicy. Rather, it’s described as “sweet but tart” and “potent.” As for the container, the way it works is that you pull off the red cap on the top and then push the white portion up to push the candy out of holes in the top of the green portion. Hmm...that description makes it seem a lot more complicated than it is. Anyway, the container looks fun, even if the taste is not for me. This item is valued at $0.50.
The fifth item was a pair of Mexican lollipops called Vero Elotes. These lollipops are strawberry flavored, but our dipped in chili powder. If you like spicy foods, you’ll probably enjoy them. If you don’t, like me, you can give them to a friend, like I plan to do. The estimated value for both pops is $0.50.
The sixth item was a pair of Oreo sticks from Japan. It’s important to note that these Oreo sticks are strawberry-flavored, and the strawberry taste comes through strongly when you eat them. The package doesn’t quite scream “strawberry”, although the katakana reads the word “strawberry” if you can read Japanese. I think I would’ve enjoyed these more in a traditional chocolate Oreo flavor, but the strawberry version was good too. The estimated value is $0.75 for both.
The seventh item was a set of four Marukawa gum packs. I received three melon flavor boxes and one orange flavor box. There are four little balls of gum in each box. I would’ve appreciated a greater diversity in flavors, but overall these are a fun, practical candy to receive. I estimate the value of all four boxes as $1.
The eighth and final item in the box was more flower candy. This time I received five rather than ten. I like how these taste, so I don’t mind the repetition; I’d be fine with it if they included these in each box, honestly. I view them as an added bonus rather than as an integral part of the box. The estimated value for all five candies is $1.
Overall, I think Bocandy does a good job of including a diverse selection of candies in their boxes. They seem to favor Japan as a country from which to get candy, but, in their defense, Japan has some delicious candies. Although I don’t like spicy candies, I appreciate that Bocandy includes them alongside chocolatey and fruity candies. I believe the purpose of a box like this is to introduce diversity into a person’s candy consumption.
That having been said, I’ve again found that the box cost more than the items I received. This time, the estimated total value of the box’s items was $10.50. For a box that costs $11 per month at the very lowest, with prices up to $15 per box, some people might be disappointed in the box’s value. However, if you appreciate having someone curate candy for you, it might be worth the additional cost compared to buying the candies on your own. New subscribers can also use coupons to try the box at a lower cost, in which case the value of the box should be more than the price they pay.