Online subscriptions have been all the rage for quite some time. Whether it be a monthly subscription for tea lovers, a subscription to have handpicked ingredients delivered to your door, or even a mishmash of unique snacks from around the world, if there’s something you’re looking for it probably exists. Although I have never been able to commit to any subscriptions myself, my friend sent me a personalized box while on her travels which made it feel like I got a food subscription package. Similar to my reaction watching the movie Se7en with Brad Pitt, when he sees a mysterious box, I pondered: “What’s in the box?!?!”.
Thankfully it wasn’t a head or body part, but it was full of snacks my friend bought for me while she was in Japan.
The first thing I tried were these golden crispy sticks. I had no idea what I was eating at first and being unable to read Japanese, your guess would have been as good as mine.
It tasted a bit fishy, but seeing what resembled hot dogs and a cow on the front, it made me think my tastebuds were broken. I had to ask my friend and my hypothesis wasn’t far off. She said they were fish roe flavoured fries….Interesting, to say the least! Crunchy, hard, and well….fishy!
Next, I tried the package of fried edamame beans. For some reason, when I ate them, they reminded me of bananas, but also as if I was simultaneously eating beans.
They were crispy, green, and odd shaped little bites – square, round, big, small…I guess a healthy alternative to typical crisps, perhaps?
Then there was apple pie. What’s so special about this pie? Well, apparently the type of apples used! The package says they use “sweet and sour apples. Their sweet aroma and flavor of apple overwhelm your mouth”. Surprisingly, for a pre-packaged pie, it really was full of flavor. The crust was soft and the apples were delightful. The apples had such a crunch that you would feel like you were biting straight out of a fresh apple covered in sauce. Although I’m sure popping it into the toaster over would have made it better, the rectangular snack would have been even better if it came with a crispy crust. So much that I would be willing to purchase a box full!
Then there’s the apple drink. Looking at the package, I thought it would have been similar to the apple tea I had back in Turkey which contained crystallized, apple flavored sugar. However, this actually contained tea bags…and actual apple! Taking a sniff from the canister also revealed a beautiful aroma of apples, like being at an apple orchard and smelling a freshly picked apples.
After steeping the tea for a bit, the dehydrated apple bits expanded and puffed up the tea bag. So it’s not imitation apple or just sugar crystals!
It says you can add sugar, but I had it plain. It was like drinking a hot apple cider, but less sweet and more aromatic.
Overall, I love surprises and I think a food subscription would be fun. If only they weren’t so expensive! For now, I’ll just settle with what I can get. 🙂