Product placement #17-Soup Cheetos

While living in Japan I’ve noticed that many products come in a variety of strange flavors. Often these flavors are available only for a limited time, and coincide with a particular holiday or season. I’m not sure if these Cheetos pertain to any holiday or season in particular, but it might have something to do…

Product placement #16-crabby bread

There was definitely an element of fear when I bought this bread. I was sure it was going to be stuffed with creamed crab. I was intrigued by the images on the side of the packaging. It appears there are instructions for the order in which you should eat the bread. As you remove legs,…

Product placement #15-faux ice cream cones

The box says “Petite Pastel.” I was mostly intrigued by the mini-ice cream cones. Let’s see what these little cones look like. Pretty cute. Mediocre chocolate for the cones. The “ice cream” part had a soft bit on the outside, and was slightly chewy on the inside. I didn’t notice any difference in flavor between…

Product placement #14- The most cool(ish) ice cream

Yes, that is what it looks like. Ice cream in a squeezy pouch. And yes, I know it looks super lame and terrible. But it’s not. It’s not at all. In fact it is incredibly, amazingly delicious and is my current obsession. I was first introduced to Coolish this August, when I had to go…

Product placement #12–Squirrel treats

As usual, I only bought these because of the charming animal on the front. The scoop of vanilla ice cream also caught my attention. I’m still perplexed as to what the squirrel has to do with ice cream. Do squirrels like ice cream? The outside ended up having a somewhat brow sugar mixed with cinnamon…

Product placement #11–little brownies

These little brownies were in the seasonal/new section at the grocery store so I thought I’d try them. I was definitely expecting more inside… They were pretty good. Tasted like typical brownies but had a slightly caramel center. I ate them all in one go!

Product placement #10–sour candies

I decided to post about two things this week since they are both pretty similar. First I tried these Harajuku Pure gummy snacks.   They were a nice strawberry flavor, and just a little bit sour. It tasted like the typical sour gummy candy you can get in the States. Next I tried these guys:…

Product placement #9-Purun Purun

These little energy gel-drinky things seem quite popular in Japan. I think I’ve seen them in the US, but usually only at sporty stores like REI. I see them in most grocery stores and convenience stores in Japan, and of course there’s not just sporty ones, but also cutsey ones. Surprise! I chose this one…

Product placement #8–Animal crackers

I think I found the Japanese version of US animal crackers.   Obviously they are meant to teach kids the English words for animals. It would be more beneficial for me for them to be in Japanese, but oh well. But the back of the box has all the animals listed in Japanese and English!…

Product placement #7–more animal themed treats

Yet again I was persuaded to buy something based on the level of cuteness. This time it was this “canael corn” (typo? Not sure…). At first I was a little worried about the flavor. The picture on the side shows the treat looking a very shrimp-like color, and that sounded pretty terrible to me. I…