ZenPop Ramen + Sweets MIX Pack Review September 2018
ZenPop Ramen + Sweets MIX Pack is a monthly subscription box filled with tasty ramen noodles and yummy treats sourced directly from Japan. It’s then shipped straight to your doorstep with free shipping to most countries. ZenPop currently has multiple subscription plans, including one-time box purchases (no subscription needed). They kindly sent me September’s box to review. So lets dig in!
Box Details: ZenPop’s Ramen + Sweets MIX Pack is filled to the brim with a variety of delicious ramen noodles that are easy to make at home, as well as yummy treats! Each box contains 2-3 packages of ramen, plus 6-10 various snacks!
- One-time Purchase: $24.50
- 3 Months Prepaid Plan: $70 ($23.33/month)
- 6 Months Prepaid Plan: $137 ($22.83/month)
Shipping: Free Worldwide Delivery
Here’s a closer look at the items I received this month….
I’m not exactly sure if ZenPop curates their monthly boxes around a specific theme, but this is the Autumn Pack. This month features Japanese fall favorites, like roasted sweet potato, and rich tasting foods that will get you ready for the fall season!
Included in every box is a mini flyer with details, descriptions, and instructions for each item! For most items, ZenPop makes note of ingredients that some people tend to have allergies to, and/or other ingredients used in the facilities that processes the items. I think this is so considerate of ZenPop and I really appreciate them going the extra mile for people who may have food allergies.
Asakusa Style Sauce Yakisoba
ZenPop included a pretty big tray of make-it-yourself Yakisoba, or fried/grilled noodles, in Asakusa Style! Asakusa is an area in downtown Tokyo and they use Worcester sauce for flavor in their noodles. Yakisoba is a dish I’ve always wanted to try, so I was very excited to see this. This dish took only 3 minutes to make and it contains bits and pieces of vegetables. The noodles are a bit thicker than the average, which makes them ideal for mixing with the sauce. It was a very hearty, delicious, and savory meal – I’m already trying to buy more online!
Wakame Soup Ramen
This ramen isn’t fried, like the above, which gives it a much more fresh taste! This one also takes just 3 short minutes to prepare. The soup is made of soy sauce which gives it a very rich and savory sesame/soy flavor. There’s bits of seaweed included in the ramen that gave it a much more authentic feel and taste too. This would be a nice ramen to use as a base, where you can add your own pieces of meat to, like pork chashu. I really enjoyed this one as well and would prefer it for cold autumn nights to help soothe my soul.
Soy Sauce Rice Cracker
Despite this being a “sweets” pack, ZenPop also includes some salty/savory snacks for variety! They included this Soy Sauce Rice Cracker, which is easily one of my favorites snacks in the box. It is a rice cracker made with charred soy sauce. It’s super crispy, like a grilled rice patty, and has an addicting salty and savory soy sauce flavor that makes you come back for more.
In Japan, Yakiimo, or baked sweet potato, is one of the popular fall favorites among its residents. This Yakiimo Youkan treat is a mini stick made up of soft baked sweet potato. It has a gelatinous texture and tastes very healthy with a naturally sweet flavoring.
Mini Bottle Powdered Ramune
I love ramune, but I’ve never tried powdered ramune before. According to ZenPop, powdered ramune is very rare in Japan, too! There are three different flavors you could receive including: soda, lemon, or strawberry. I got the strawberry flavor which came packaged in a super cute miniature bottle. I was a bit disappointed with this item, since it didn’t taste or feel like I was drinking soda. The powder does melt in your mouth almost instantaneously, but it tasted like a sweet liquid rather than a fizzy soda.
Strawberry Whistle Ramune
This Whistle Ramune candy comes with 8 pieces of strawberry tablet candy that you can actually whistle with. This is such a cool treat, and my niece and nephew had so much fun trying to whistle with it. The candy also comes with a small toy inside the box!
How cool is this Bake Chocolate? Stick it into the microwave for about a minute and you’ll get a soft piece of chocolate with a hard outer shell. The outside shell reminds me sort of a like a crispy brownie edge, while the soft center melts in your mouth.
Cream Collon Otana Milk
The Cream Collon Otana Milk features a rich caramel flavored roll filled with a milky whipped cream center. The outer shell was thin and crispy which pairs well with the creamy center. The slight bitterness of the caramel waffle tones down the sweetness of the cream and makes this a very tasty treat that’s easy to eat!
Super Kari-Kari PRETZ Cheese
“Kari Kari” is the noise we make when crunching on something, and these Cheese PRETZ are very appropriately named. These are the thinnest PRETZ ever made and they’re extra crunchy to boot. The pack comes with two bags, and each pack has about 100 PRETZ sticks inside! These were super cheesy, delicious, and sure to please any cheese lover out there.
ZenPop Ramen + Sweets MIX Pack REVIEW September 2018 – FINAL THOUGHTS
This is my first time receiving and reviewing the Ramen + Sweets MIX Pack from Zenpop, and I gotta say, I’ve VERY impressed! Despite ‘sweets’ being in the name, they do include a few savory/salty snack options which nicely balances out the box. This month, I received 2 different styles of ramen/noodles, and 7 other snacks that vary between savory and sweet. Value-wise, I think you definitely get a bang for your buck.
What I really liked most about this box is that they included many unusual Japanese items that you won’t be able to find in your local supermarket (at least where I’m from). I highly recommend giving this box a try if you’re interested in trying out unique snacks, and of course, if you love ramen! It’s hard for me to pick favorites this month since I enjoyed the majority of the box, but the Asakusa Style Yakisoba, Soy Sauce Rice Crackers, Bake Chocolate, and Super Kari-Kari PRETZ are the most notable.
Mary Vu – http://thepointofvu.blogspot.com