Otaku Review: J-LIST Snack Subscription: June

Well, it’s the last J-List Subscription Box, and I have to say it’s been a great time. At the end of this article you will see our final thoughts on its overall worth. But now for the moment you have all been waiting for…the actual review of the candies that we received in the package:


Dan: They are actually quite melon tasting. But what do you expect from a country with melon bread and sweet melon liqueur (Midori). Japanese love anything with melon flavor!
Gelly: Sweet and cute. I absolutely enjoy them, and they would make a great gift for friends.


DSC_0069Mario Gum
Dan: I had the sudden urge to jump up and hit blocks with my head, but refrained just in time after considering the resulting concussion. They are really amazing though, like chewing a piece of  Nintendo-themed Stride gum.
Gelly: The packaging is really cute; the gum smells and tastes great, although has a bit of sourness to it.



DSC_0063Lychee Gummies
Dan: Smells a bit like the shampoo you’d get at the dollar store, but tastes amazing. Chew it up and let it stay in your mouth for a bit; you will be overwhelmed with flavor.
Gelly: Smells like a lychee (I don’t know what Dan is talking about) and has a great mild flavor.

Dan: Tastes like the Hubba Bubba squeeze pop candies I ate as a child at the movie theaters. It’s not bad, but at the same time it’s not great. “Unique” would be a fitting description.
Gelly: Sweet and extremely sticky…Dan even got some on his arm. Kind of plain in its flavor, overall.

Dan: Smells like mango, but it’s one of those love-hate kind of things. You taste the mango, and feels like you’re eating caramel popcorn. But the overall texture is that of wet powdered sugar…not exactly the best marketing ploy.
Gelly: It’s pretty sweet; and for me, just not tasty.

DSC_0065Fruit Mix
Dan: Each candy tastes like the flavor it represents, except the lemon. That tastes like Lemon Pledge cleaner, which I found kind of disturbing.
Gelly: The cherry flavor is amazing, and the orange and cantaloupe are the absolute best of the bunch.

Dan: It tastes like the cream you’d get in Japanese canned iced coffee. I really enjoy it.



Gelly: Milky caramel…it’s good, but also weird.

DSC_0064Dried Squid
Dan: Extremely salty, stringy and a bit bitter at times. I needed to keep water on hand for this. In all fairness though, I’m not a fan of seafood.
Gelly: Don’t look at me…I’m vegetarian. I’ll let Dan do this one.

Dan: Honestly, this one isn’t on the list; they included extra snacks! Overall, it tastes like a plain rice cracker and I really enjoyed it. It smells of a deep strong Worcestershire sauce. Gelly: Smells kinda strange and a bit off-putting. I’ll let Daniel handle this, also.

Well, for three months we got to indulge in a bit of Japanese culture by sampling a variety of snacks and treats. Some made us gag, while others made us beg for more. But what we can agree on is that the J-List Snack Subscription is totally worth the price if you are a hardcore Otaku. If you cannot visit Japan and cannot get to an anime convention anywhere else, then this is the best alternative.

For roughly $25 to $33 U.S. per month (depending on what kind of mailing service you want), you can get a variety of snacks and candy selected by the staff at J-List.com. Some boxes even come with extra items, like this one did. It was absolutely amazing!

Down the road we will probably continue the snack subscriptions, and I have to say it’s been great fun. I loved every minute of it, as did Ingelin and we hope you enjoyed reading about our experiences with the Japanese candy!

Edit: We actually have one more month left to go, I thought we had a three month subscription.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

  • Bakachan

    Melonpan does not taste like melon though :c