Here’s What You Missed: September’s Japan Crate

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HEART CHIPLE
When you are craving the taste of fresh barbecued steak, but don’t have the time… this is probably not the solution. But at least they are shaped like hearts so you can try to love them.

KUMAMON UMAIBO CORN SOUP STICK
I don’t think anything in this world should emulate the taste of corn soup except actual soup. But this was too weird to not share with you.

POMPOMPURIN MILKY LOLLIPOP
If my pediatric dentist had given these out after visits, I would have gone every week for cleanings.

EDAMAME BAKED CHIPS
I never thought edamame would be anything more than a pre-sushi appetizer, but leave it to Japan to make it an on-the-go snack in the form of a crisp. The best part is there are no pods to clean up afterwards.

COCONUT STAR COOKIE
Do you like Pina Coladas? Then try getting caught in the rain while eating these. I’m not much into health food. No really, they’re good.

SUMIKKO GURASHI GUM
Japanese gum? Big fan. I love everything about this one, especially the creatures on the label, sitting in and around a teacup, drinking tea. Tastes good too.

PICOLA MANGO YOGURT
In all honesty, I tried these with a dismissive attitude. I’m not a fan of whatever mango dessert is pictured on the box, but these are good. Seriously.

CINAMOROLL
I think they are going more for cinnamon toast than some sort of pie. But I’ll let you be the judge. Doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever made at “home” though.

SUMIKKO GURASHI DIY FLAN
Uh… not sure how a Mexican dessert made it’s way to a cutesy DIY Japanese version. Fun to make, and a good dare for your friends to try. I wouldn’t order it at a restaurant though.

SOUR LEMON GUM
I thought that sour candies and gum had been played out buy now considering all the variations of gummies and juicy centers, but these have just the right amount of sour to make you wince while still enjoying the lemon flavor for an alarmingly long time.

GINZA RUSK
Bite-sized cripy rice treats with vanilla flavoring. Where have these been all my life? This was the fastest box to be emptied at my household.

ONION PUFFS
Like richer, rounder Funyuns. I used to hate onions, but then I saw this packaging and realized what a close bond they can provide for fathers and sons.

ABC MESSAGE COOKIE
Use them to spell “ANIMAL CRACKER” and then you’ll know what will they taste like.

FIRE ICE COFFEEYou have to drink this ice cold or burning hot. There is no in-between. It is also mandatory to play Pat Benatar’s ‘Fire And Ice” while consuming it. Or at least it will now be stuck in your head for a while.

BIRD HOUSE FIDGET SPINNERS
I like to think of finger-size skateboards as the original “fidget” toy, so here is my • take on the latest spinner craze. Now you can do your own 900’s on the tips of your fingertips

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