Wednesday, September 28, 2016

[Video Review] Candysan Snack Tasting - 3. Seven Flavor Umaibo Sticks

[Review] Candysan Snack Tasting - 2. Sweets

Hello again! Time for another tasting review. This time we're going to try some sweets from Candysan. I've devoured them before I could take photos, so we shall use the stock photos and move on! Ok! Let's start with the peachy heavenly bliss that is Fettuccine!
Peach Fettuccine
Now, there are 6 different flavors to choose from on Candysan. My grumbly tummy choose Peach, and what a perfect choice it was. They're made to look like teeny little Fettuccine noodles, but taste of Peach. So, a much better experience. They are lightly sugared so that the "sour" flavor isn't overbearing. Both the fella and I agree that this little snack is delicious. He also wants to try the Ginger ale flavor next ^_^. 
Order again: YES

Sakeru Gumi - Peach
Keeping up with the Peach theme, let's go on to Sakeru Gumi! This was quite a surprising treat with many pluses. The first plus, it being peach of course. The next being that there were 7 individually wrapped pieces of yum. Ok, so that little rectangle in the photo is what you get once you unwrap the first one. This one was lighter sweetened than the fettuccine, and it had an odd texture. That of chewing gum, but not the actual gum consistency. Though odd, it was still yummy.
Order again: YES

Long Sour Gumi - Strawberry
This was just as it says. Long Sour Gumi...well not so sour but definitely long and gummy. It was more of a sweet strawberry flavor. Another odd textured gumi, it was less chewy than expected. The strawberry flavor was nice and not too overbearing. Though it is long, it doesn't last very long. It's a skinny gummy, so it loses some time with the width of it. It does come in other flavors on candysan, including cola and grape. 
Order again: Maybe, but not 100%

Chewing Straw Candies - Green Apple
When deciding to order this little candy snack, I'd thought they were reminiscent of sour punch straws that we have here in America. Once I opened and tasted them, it was almost the same. More sweet than sour though. My face did not do the same as mister apple on the package. Not saying it's a bad thing, but if you're expecting super sour...not getting that here. I didn't mind, was still a super delicious green apple treat. I'm a little bias being a lover of green apples. I do wish the snack was bigger though, More to enjoy instead of a little tease.
Order again: Yes

Baumkuchen - Chocolate
So this little cake is the Japanese version of a German dessert. It only lasted long enough to make it into the video...Once the fella got home, we collectively devoured it. It was soft and delicious. Like a pound cake, but a little bit more moist. I'd, again, wished that this was a bigger cake to eat and share. Was another tease of a treat. 

I hope, once again, that my words were helpful in your sweets decision making when ordering from Candysan. Thank you for reading either way!

Friday, September 23, 2016

[Review] Candysan Snack Tasting - 1. Savories

In my last post, I showed you all the goodies that were ordered in my Candysan packages. This time, we're stuffing our faces! I've gone through and tried a handful of the goodies that were included. I'll start with the most flavorful, and end with the most subtle of flavors. At the end of each, I'll let you know out of these snacks which ones I would and would not order again.

Umaibo - Premium Wasabi Steak, Yakitori, Premium Mozzarella & Camembert
Starting with the Premium Umaibo. The most flavorful one was the Premium Wasabi Steak. Not actually a good thing when wasabi is involved. I don't know what I was expecting when I ordered this, but it definitely has a VERY strong wasabi flavor when you first bite into it. Like a drop kick to the taste buds. I'm not even sure if I initially got to some "steak" flavor. If I did, it was not as strong.
Order again: NO

Premium Mozzarella & Camembert swoops in to save your tastebud's day with a ever so delicious cheesy flavor. Both the fella and I sunk our teeth into one of these Umaibo sticks. He immediately praised Japan for "having the best snacks". I couldn't pick out one cheese flavor over the other. They were perfectly married in this airy stick. The airyness is also a plus, and reminds me of eating cheese balls. Actually eating one as I type 
Order again: YES

We'll revisit the Yakitori flavor after a couple other snacks.

Scones - BBQ and Nissan Yakisoba UFO
Next on being most flavorful would have to be these two flavors of Scones, BBQ and Yakisoba. Scones are reminiscent of American cheetos, but are a little bit more airy crunch and less "hard" crunch. This octomaiden is a fan of airy snacks if you hadn't already caught that. The BBQ had a little bit more flavor than the Yakisoba flavor. There was also a strong sweetened savory flavor [high on sweet, low on savory but you still know it's there] with both scones. It was as if the scones opened the blinds to your mouth, flooding it with light, and waking it up for the day. My fella tried the BBQ and fell in love instantly.
Order again: Yes  [but not often] 

Petit - Pizza Sembei, and Hiroshima Carp

These petit snacks are miniature chips on a sleeve, for easy carry and easy eating.
They do seem small in photos, but are definitely larger once in hand. Still very easy to quickly devour, but definitely a little more than expected. The pizza sembei was my tastebud's favorite out of the two only because I was expecting the Hiroshima Carp to be a little bit spicier. There was also more seasoning on the pizza sembei. Think as if you were to bite into a balloon filled with the flavor, and it all comes rushing out as the air flows. Super yummy!
I also ended up eating the sour cream and onion flavor of petit....FRIG FRAGGING DELICIOUS! It was the perfect rice cracker too. It seemed as though I wouldn't have a lot of snack to eat, but I felt like the chips were never ending. And then they did end, and I was sad.
Order again: YES [to pizza, and sour cream and onion]

Pizza Potato Chip - Meat and Cheese
Pizza snacks in America are yummy....but something about what Japan can do with tomato, cheese, and meat flavors that can't be beat. The chip were light and airy, much to my delight. I can't say that I could taste all of the pizza "ingredients", but the smorgeshborg of flavor that I did get was a winning combo. Another plus is that there were little to no broken chips within the bag. A whole chip is always a wonderful feeling.
Order again: YES

Scones - Sour Cream and Onion
Not as much flavor as the other two scones already mentioned, but this Sour Cream and Onion flavor would definitely come next in the list. The seasoning is more subtle, but each bite is still packed with a little flavor. Would taste really well on the side of any soup or sandwich. 
Order again: YES [more often than other flavors]

We can now revisit that Yakitori flavor Umaibo stick. Each Umaibo is coated with it's flavor. This one was definitely coated, but not as distinguished a flavor as the others. That's the only reason it's fallen so low on the flavor scale. I also didn't really enjoy the overall flavor of this Umaibo.
Order again: NO

Big Katsu
This little strip, breaded and fried, was a deliciously dried treat. Apparently, it's supposed to make you think of a dried pork cutlet. I thought it more of a fried chicken. Maybe that's the American in me, but it was a perfect treat all the same. This little snack is perfect to carry around in your purse, or to add to your lunch for a boost of protein. If you aren't a fan of dried snacks then this is NOT the snack for you.
Order again: YES

Potato Stick - Chicken Ramen, Kara Mucho Hot Chili
These two potato sticks are on the same flavor spectrum when talking about the amount of flavor. If there was a little bit more spice on the Hot Chili flavor, then they would win in most flavorful. They're both a very delightful taste, and would be yummy added to soup for a little crunch. 
Order again: YES [chicken ramen more often]

Scones - Cheese
Now, being used to Cheetos, I was expecting these to be a bit more on the cheesy side. I was a little disappointed to find out that they were very subtle. Though they weren't as flavorful as I hoped, they were still yummy. They have a bit of a sweet side, but still cheesalicious. 
Order again: Yes [but not as often]

Potato Stick - Tyrant Habanero Spicy, 7 cheese Karu Stick, Jagabee Garlic Shrimp
I've clumped all of the potato sticks type snacks together here, with the better seasoned and flavored on top. Now, even though Mr. Tyrant is at the top, he has not shown me what he usually does. I love the Tyrant Habanero rings as well, and was expecting that same kind of intensity. Nope, just tastes like an over cooked french fry. I didn't get the feeling of "habanero" either. The 7 cheese came in second only because I'm not the cheese head in the house. It did have a good flavor, but it did not overcome the fat overcooked french fry taste. The one I was saddest to eat was the Garlic Shrimp. It had almost no flavor at all. AT ALL!!! I expected it to be the most flavorful. *sheds tear*
Order again: NO

Alright, so with everything said and done I think it's time for me to do my daily yoga and hula hoop to work these bad boys off. But in all honesty, about 80% of my savory snacks were utterly delicious. If you feel that you may have different tastes then me, just ensure to read the descriptions of each product as well as the reviews before you decide which snacks to order! I hope I was able to help even a little bit, and stay tuned for sweets next week!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Candysan Mega Order & Unboxing!

Just as the title says, you're favorite octomaiden has placed quite a large order with one of her favorite online oriental snack retailers, Candysan. It has been beyond a long time since I'd last indulged in the purchasing of asian goodies. Of course, I pick up a couple here and there from what's offered at work. It's just not the same. Thus, the MEGA ORDER! I've picked things from savory to sweet and almost everything in between. I decided not to get any beverages this go around, due to the weight it would have added to the shipping. Anyways, let us dive right in!!

So far, I've eaten one of the Umaibo rice sticks [Shrimp flavor], and almost all of the spicy snacks! My fella has tried a pork Umaibo to his enjoyment, and one of the Premium Cheese flavored ones. He absolutely loved the Cheese one! Oh, and he's devoured my little chocolate cake TT_TT. He's no bad guy though, I did say he could. Haha.

The Candysan website is very easy to navigate, so even though I have not written the names, everything is easy to find. Their products are put into different categories, and subcategories to make it even easier. Now, some things have been sold out since my order, but there's plenty to substitute!

Thank you so much for reading!
Stay tuned for tastings of these snacks....that I haven't alreayd eaten >_<

Friday, September 9, 2016

[Review] Relaxing Sleep Tea by Cuppa Magic

New review for me and you, consisting of a lovely relaxing tea, provided by Cuppa Magic. Mmm tea! Hank is so excited to help [ha].


Let it soothe your mind & body, increase healthy sleep & replenish your stores of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants. So brew the tea, grab a book & relax in bed

Our magical properties are: Anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti- fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-irritant, antibiotic & anesthetic
The following are high in vitamins & minerals & known to help:
Chamomile: stress & sleep disorders - gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers - menstrual pain - reducing rashes, pimples & scars
Ginger Root: stomach upsets, indigestion & nausea - fight infections - lower cholesterol - improve brain function
Saffron: promote learning & memory - cell formation & repair - maintain blood pressure - disease prevention
Licorice: heal ulcers - relieve pain & stress - calm liver inflammation - PMS
Fennel Seeds: reduce toxic effect of alcohol - digestive disorders - as appetite suppressant - cough & phlegm problems
Rose Buds: clear toxins from internal organs - prevent infections - fight depression & bring inner peace - clear acne & moisturize the skin
Spearmint: improve circulation & reduce stress on blood vessels - fresh breath - nervous strain & fatigue - hormonal balance
Rose Hips: reduces pain, stiffness & joint inflammation - respiratory problems - boost immunity
Lemon Grass: hydrates the skin - eye problems - relax the senses decreasing stress - boost metabolic process aiding digestion
Tulsi Holy Basil: detoxifying & purifying - digestion - relieve headaches - prevent kidney stones by reducing uric acid
Stop counting sheep, get a solid 8 hours sleep, wake up feeling amazingExtremely effective at promoting a calm sleepy stateRELAX, REJUVENATE & DETOX WHILE YOU SLEEP"

As you know by now, the most of my review is in video form. Which can be watched just below. 

As I said in the video, my overall review would be a 4.7 out of 5 due to the initial smell of the tea and the photo used for the back. They got high marks on flavor [though it was a little weak], and effectiveness of purpose. As the day went on I felt highly relaxed and ready for bed. Speaking of bed, time to go night night! Thanks for reading, and Goodnight!

FTC - This product was provided, at a discounted rate, to give my honest opinion to.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Charlotte Russe Try on Haul

I took some time to clean out some of my clothes to replace with cuter, more mature bits and pieces. I stumbled upon a Charlotte Russe sale whilst bargain hunting. If you didn't know, you're also able to stack coupons...means getting your items at super low prices! Who doesn't love that? Time to try them on!
Some items in the video are also from Walmart, and Hottopic.
Thanks for reading/watching!