Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tasting Halloween Snacks from Japan Crate






Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean the treats have to end! I've been wanting to try out Japan Crate for awhile now ever since I saw their October themed crate last year. From seeing photos online, Japan is home to some extremely adorable themed food. And to make that food even cuter they usually wrap it up in packaging that is to die for. As you all know I am a sucker for cute packaging, so I already know this box will be a win for me based on the packaging alone.

If you have never heard of Japan Crate before, it's a subscription box that sends a variety of Japanese snacks and candies right to your doorstep straight from Japan. The treats you receive are a mystery although they do revealed some hints on their social media pages. There are three options to choose from, mini, original and premium. I purchased the premium option because I wanted to try as many Halloween treats as possible! Here's a quick run down of the three options:

Mini
-$12/mo
-5 Items

Original
-$25/mo
-10 Items

Premium
$35/mo
-18-20 Items
-Includes drink
-1 DIY Kit Guaranteed
-Limited Edition Bonus Item



On to the treats! Here's everything that came in Japan Crate's Premium October box in no particular order.



Each Japan Crate comes with a very helpful booklet about everything that's included in the box. 



I provided the descriptions for each candy and snack that I received in the box down below!



Halloween Pepsi Midnight




"Sip this special edition Pepsi, infused with favor of cassis. It is meant to be enjoyed in the afterglow of the evening so it's fitting to enjoy during Halloween night."


I didn't know what cassis was before Japan Crate but after one google search later, I discovered it's black current. It doesn't taste too different from a regular Pepsi to be honest, just has a slight fruitiness to it. I don't normally drink Pepsi on my own but I totally would if it had fun packaging like this.




Halloween Tsubu Gummy




"Try these jelly bean like gummies in ramune, cola, apple, grape, and a mystery secret "zombie" flavor!"





When I read the description, I wasn't quite sure what to think of "zombie" flavor. I was just hoping this candy wasn't anything like the Bertie Bott's Beans. You know the jelly beans with such amazing flavors like earthworm and dirt? Yum! I'm happy to report "zombie" flavor is pretty darn good and doesn't taste gross at all, just fruity. 


Halloween Kit Kat




"Take a break of these Halloween themed Kit Kats! Each wrapper features a character that encourages sign language."


Can't go wrong with Kit Kats! Just tasted like a normal Kit Kat to me but since they had a Halloween themed wrapper it instantly enhanced the taste. If you didn't know already, Halloween packaging makes whatever your eating taste way better. The more you know! 



Chee-Zack






"Take a break from all the candy with this cheesy snack. This tasty biscuit has a crispy and flaky consistency with a sweet, creamy cheese taste for a unique cheese snack experience."

This biscuit looked like a giant rectangular Cheeto and tasted like one too. The flavor was salty cheese on the outside and creamy cheese on the inside. It was really good and flavorful! 



Burnt Caramel Osatsudoki





"Satisfy your sweet and savory cravings with these chips coated in butter specially sourced from Hokkaido (known for their dairy and agriculture). The burnt caramel flavor brings out the richness of the sweet potato chip for a unique and delicious experience."

One of my favorite snacks in the box! It's the perfect fall treat, smelled just like freshly made caramel apples. The combination of the caramel flavor and the sweet potato go perfect together. So yummy!


Chibikko Mikan




"Don't fall for this trick! This isn't a stack of pumpkins but a stack of mikan (mandarins). This cute package contains delicious orange flavored candies."


I was really hoping this was an adorable stack of pumpkins when I first saw them in the box. Don't get me wrong the packaging is still cute but not as cute as a stack of pumpkins would have been! Anyways, these tiny crunchy candies had a nice sweet orange flavor to them. I can see myself taking these little sweets on the go for a quick sugar fix but due to their size, I have a feeling these candies won't last very long.



Halloween Alphabet Chocolate




"Enjoy these delicious Halloween themed chocolates. There are three flavors: milk, vanilla and pumpkin pudding. Which was your flavor?"

Delectable chocolates sealed in delightful ghoulish packaging, what's not to love? My favorite flavor was the pumpkin pudding due to my love of all things pumpkin!  


Halloween Choco Bat




"This chocolate bat is a special Halloween version of a classic Japanese chocolate treat that has been around since 1964. The package typically features a baseball player but this time he is dressed up as a witch, using a scepter as a bat!"

Nice tasty chocolate on the outside with a crispy biscuit on the inside. From the description I was expecting it to be just chocolate so I was surprised by the biscuit inside. I'm glad it wasn't all chocolate, this was better. 


Akabe Kurobe Gum




"Watch this gum magically transform your tongue color to a bright red color or black color!"

It's not just a bunch of hocus pocus, it really does turn your tongue colors and tasted great too. The description didn't say what the flavor would be, to me it tasted like soda. 


Makai Drink Succhimaoze




"Succhi Mao is a devil from Hell that is excited about making the special Makai (Hell) drink made from the "konuts" of the big tree called, "kini naru ki" found in Hell. When he drinks it up he becomes Super Succhi Mao as seen on the cup! Help Succhi Mao blend up his concoction so he can transform into Super Succhi Mao." 




I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into after reading that description. I thought this would be a harmless DIY. Boy, was I wrong. Hell drink? Yeah, I would call it that. The end result looked really neat but the taste, yuck! It tasted just like nasty grape medicine. I could only take a few sips before it was down the sink. I will say I was super thankful that the booklet included English directions to make the drink, otherwise I would have had to hunt them down on the internet. 


Halloween Koala March




"Our familiar koala friends are ready to celebrate Halloween! Each koala is dressed up for just the occasion. Which costume is your favorite?" 


I knew these adorable snacks right away! I had these snacks all the time in middle school and still do! If you haven't had any Koala March cookies before, you're missing out. Each cookie has an adorable koala design on a crunchy outer shell with a creamy and smooth chocolate filling inside. I wish there was more in the box, one little bag is not enough! 



Skeleton Ramune





"Piece the ramune candy together to make a skeleton! Keep the bones safe in its cute coffin inspired case."


Another treat that reminds me of my childhood, we have a very similar treat here in the US. At least I think we still do, I haven't seen them for a few years. I can never turn down the opportunity to make a spooky scary skeleton.  



Horror Mask




"Spook your friends with this instant horror costume. Each pack comes with a scary mask and apple candy."

Got some Heath Ledger Joker vibes from the mask I received. It appears I already have my Halloween costume for next year. The little candies that were included with the mask tasted very similar to the Chibikko Mikan candies, tangy yet sweet. 


Halloween Tara Tara




"Tara means cod, the type of fish used to make these dried fish strips. The mascot is saying "Don't be Tara Tara", or don't move slowly, playing on the fish meaning of tara and the slow/lazy meaning of "tara tara".


Dried fish strips? No thank you! Going to have take a pass on this one boils and ghouls. The Halloween packaging is awesome I'll give it that but I need this terrifying snack far far away from me.



Halloween Mini Rumando



"Bite into crispy and flaky deliciousness, Rumando is a thinly baked crepe cookie coated in a caramel and cocoa cream. MMM!"

It tasted like a flakier version of a Kit Kat. I could eat a bunch of these. I'm a very big fan of the little spook on the wrapper. 


Halloween Fettuccine Gumi




"Fettuccine Gumi is a popular staple of Japanese gummy snacks! The gummy pieces look like fettuccine noodles. This package is decorated with Disney Tsum Tsums in Halloween costumes! Share them with your friends and family or save a stash for yourself!"




Can we appreciate how cute this packaging is for a moment? I'm obsessed with it! Each package has a different Disney character, including Mickey, Donald, Minnie and Daisy. These gummies had a very strong flavor, the grape flavor was spot on. Pretty sour but very enjoyable. 


Halloween Kyachan




"These fun hard candies change color and taste as you eat them. They start purple with a grape flavor and can change to pink peach, yellow lemon, and blue apple. Look out for a special gold leaf Kyachan candy in each pack! Also have a little fun by cutting out the cute Halloween shape on the back and taping it to a stick for a fun photo prop."




Cuteness overload! It's hard to determine which snack has the cutest packaging in this box. It's a hard call between this one and the Halloween Fettuccine Gumi packaging. I didn't see them change color when I tried it but I could taste the flavor changing from grape to peach. Very neat concept. The adorable character on the package is even on the candy itself. I'm dying! That's it, I'm moving to Japan! 





Peko Peko Konpeito





"Konpeito is a traditional Japanese sweet with a taste similar to rock candy! While Konpeito is often multicolored, these are in a special Halloween color and packaged with fun Halloween monsters on the wrapper."

Pumpkin King, is that you? Just tasted like sugary goodness and it also turned my tongue purple, which was a fun surprise. It would have been fun to have a bunch of these to give out on Halloween. 


Scary Story Gum



"Each one of these gum packs comes with a spooky story and a curse card that can either bless you with sweet dreams or a troubling nightmare! If you're too scared to uncover the mystery alone, surround yourself with the safety of friends and family."




Saved possibly the scariest snack for last. I can't read Japanese so unfortunately I can't read the spooky story or tell if I'm cursed from the curse card. So I got nothing to worry about, right? The story won't give me nightmares but that creepy girl on the gum package will. The gum just tasted like any normal gum, I hope the gum wasn't cursed too. 


Overall, I highly enjoyed my first Japan Crate! As a fan of all things Halloween, this box was a winner in my book. I usually spend way too much to have adorable Japanese Halloween snacks sent to me. In the past I have spent $15 on one item alone. So receiving over 18 items for just 35 bucks the value is definitely worth it. I loved the variety that was included in this box, no snack tasted the same. My favorite items in the box would have to be the Burnt Caramel Osatsudoki and the Halloween Kyachan. Nothing was tossed out except for that horrific Hell drink, so gross! The packaging was a feast for the eyes and made me want to go to Japan even more now, during the Halloween season of course. I initially only wanted to just try out Japan Crate's October box but wouldn't mind checking out other months as well. I know for sure that I will want to try out their crate for October again.



If you would like to know more about Japan Crate and their other subscriptions they offer, check out their website: https://japancrate.com/

-Brittany 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Starbucks's New Halloween Treat "Witch's Brew" Is Here


Double, double toil and trouble
 Fire burn, and caldron bubble


In case you missed the news, Starbucks has whipped up a new magical concoction just in time for Halloween, the Witch's Brew Frappuccino. Last year Starbucks unleashed the Zombie Frappuccino complete with whipped cream brains, it seems they outdid themselves once again in creating a frightfully festive beverage. This drink is made with a orange creme-flavored frappuccino base with hovering chia seeds aka "bat warts". 

Starbucks describes the drink on their website as:


"A powerful potion. Bewitched, it’s true. One single drop and the curse will go poof. Toad’s breath, swamp fog and goblin regret, divine. A mixture so scrumptious it must be a sign. Sip this sweet potion before it disappears, the Witch’s Brew Frappuccino® drink is nothing to fear."





To me, this shimmery purple drink tasted just like cereal from my childhood. Like either Fruity Pebbles or Trix cereal. It was wickedly good! Not sure what to think of the chia seeds though, they gave the drink an usual texture. I may run amuck to my nearest Starbucks to grab another before they vanish. 




Will you take a sip to lift the curse? Be sure to hop on your broomstick and head to your nearest Starbucks. The Witch's Brew Frappuccino will be available for a limited time while supplies last!



-Brittany 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Burger King Unleashes the "Nightmare King" Burger for Halloween



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Yesssss! Burger King has created a sequel burger to the Halloween Whopper called the Nightmare King for the Halloween season. I was getting worried that no fast food places were doing any special promos for the spookiest time of the year but Burger King came through! I'm still salty that I never got a chance to try the Halloween Whopper back in 2015 because of the complains. But after hearing this ghoulishly delightful announcement I knew one thing for sure, I'm not missing that opportunity again! According to Burger King, they claim the Nightmare King has been proven to increase your chances of having nightmares. Totally not joking! You can see for yourself in their video they posted to YouTube:





On to the burger! I headed to my nearest Burger King as soon I could this week to try this monstrosity. 





The Nightmare King comes in an exclusive wrapper with a Frankenstein inspired theme. The design is hard to see unless it is laying flat. Which can be seen in the next photo. Although the wrapper doesn't say Nightmare King on it, I assure you this is the Halloween burger you are looking for. N is for nightmare!



I am a complete sucker for theming. It's all about the details for me.




This burger includes a quarter-pound beef patty, a white meat crispy chicken fillet, american cheese, thick-cut bacon, onions and mayonnaise on a green sesame seed bun made from nightmares. The price of this burger was $6.39. 

Supposedly, the green bun is made with an "all natural food coloring from watermelons" so it doesn't leave any undesired effects after the Halloween Whopper's complains back in 2015. After taking the first bite, I didn't notice any unusual taste coming from the bun. It tasted like bread to me. Just by looking at the bun, it instantly reminds me of the pretty patties from the Spongebob Squarepants tv show. It was hilarious to see the people's faces do a double take inside Burger King as I ate this unreal burger, it's not everyday that you see a green burger.

The photo up above doesn't do it justice but this burger was beast! No sides required with this burger! I couldn't resist getting the 10-piece chicken nuggets for a dollar while I was there. Might have been a mistake, I felt like I would be full for a week after finishing this meal. But no regrets!

As a lover of burgers, the Burger King beef patty's flavor was something I was already familiar with and enjoyed. I never had a burger with both chicken and beef before, I need that more in my life please. It also contained bacon too, so I was already instant fan. I was surprised how well everything went together. My only complaint is that is needed more sauce, it felt very scarce and seemed to disappear with each bite. 

Honestly, I didn't care too much about the taste. I was finally getting a chance at trying a Halloween themed burger and that's all that mattered to me. If your a fan of Burger King's cheeseburgers, you'll probably love this one. Or as least give it a try before it disappears after the Halloween season. You never know when Burger King will release another Halloween themed burger. Just the bun alone is fun to experience with your own eyes. Please make this a annual tradition, Burger King!




Also the theming wasn't just on the burger wrapper, it has spread to their chicken nugget wrappers as well.



Here's the back side of the chicken nugget wrapper. 




Be on the lookout for "Nightmare King" crowns on your visit. I couldn't leave without one! Even though the guy behind the cash register chuckled when I asked for one. Some lucky skeleton will be wearing this for Halloween.


If you want to make the complete Halloween meal, Burger King is also serving a pitch black Frozen Fanta drink called "Scary Black Cherry" now through Halloween. Supposedly, this beverage will turn your mouth black. Eerie! 




Are you brave enough to try the "Nightmare King"? It's available now and for a limited time! 

If you have already tried it, let me know what you think in the comments!




-Brittany 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dark Ink Launches Monsters Ink Sale Featuring Horror Related Artwork




Hey boils and ghouls! Need some delightfully ghoulish art to haunt your home this Halloween season? Dark Ink is doing a special sale for the spookiest time of the year called Monster Ink featuring artwork of horror related characters and monsters you know and love for 30% off. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Edward Scissorhands, Predator and much more! The sale begins today and will last until November 1st. 


Here's a look at some of the discounted artwork you can get your hands on:



"Familiar"



$ 28.00 $ 40.00

  • Artist:  J.J. Lendl
  • 200 piece hand-numbered giclee print edition
  • 13" x 19" (paper size), 12" x 16" (image size)
  • Comes with certificate of authenticity



"Brundlefly Museum..."



$ 28.00 $ 40.00

  • Artist: Ryan Brinkerhoff
  • 200 piece silk screen edition
  • 18" x 24"
  • Released August 15th, 2016 (The Fly's 30th Anniversary)


"New Breed"



$ 28.00 $ 40.00

  • Artist:  Richard Friend
  • 295 piece hand-numbered giclee print edition
  • 13" x 19" (paper size), 12.3" x 18" (image size)
  • Comes with certificate of authenticity




Check out the sale here: http://bit.ly/monstersinksale


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Be sure to follow Dark Ink on social media for all the latest exclusives and sales!


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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darkinkart/




-Brittany


Friday, October 27, 2017

Zombie Frappuccinos Have Invaded Starbucks!




Braaaiiinnnsss! 

Just in time for Halloween, Starbucks has released a chilling concoction called the Zombie Frappuccino that comes complete with whipped cream brains! This ghastly brew consists of a cream frappuccino base amidst green caramel apple flavors and a mocha drizzle with pink whipped cream on top. After the Unicorn Frappuccino, I was curious what Starbucks would come up with next. It's a frightfully fun addition along with the Vampire Frappuccino.




As a fan of all things Halloween, I had to try it. I was immediately sold at the whipped cream brains! If you love the taste of caramel apples, this drink is a win for you. It tastes exactly like the caramel apple lollipops I used to get while trick-or-treating. It is deadly sweet but delicious. The pink whipped cream didn't have any flavor that I noticed, it was just a fun decoration. The drink will look gruesome over time as the mocha "blood" drips down the cup.

Will you be trying the Zombie Frappuccino before it vanishes? This limited offering is only available Oct. 26th through Oct. 31st while supplies last!

Find a Starbucks near you: https://www.starbucks.com/


-Brittany 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ICYMI: The First Trailer for the Winchester House Movie Has Materialized!




I've been looking forward to the upcoming Winchester movie that's based on one of the most legendary haunted attractions in America ever since it's been announced. A movie has been long overdue, this labyrinth of a mansion was screaming for a film to be made. The first trailer gives us a glimpse of Sarah Winchester played by Academy Award Winner, Helen Mirren, who dedicated her life and sanity to building a never-ending mansion to confuse the spirits of those killed by Winchester weapons. Check out the teaser trailer below! 






The trailer delivers an unsettling atmosphere with doors that lead to nowhere and revengeful spirits around every corner. Seeing Helen Mirren as the dearly departed Sarah Winchester cloaked in black lace capes makes me so excited! I just hope they dive deep into her fascinating story and not focus primarily on jump-scares, they have so much to work with. If you're not familiar with the story and would like to know more about the history of the Winchester Mystery House visit the official website.


Synopsis

"Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…"


The poster for this film was also released this week from CBS Films! You can view it here: http://www.cbsfilms.com/winchester/

Also you can get a sneak peak at some of the costumes for the film right now at the Winchester Mystery House during the Halloween Candlelight Tour.





Mark your calendars, Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built will haunt theaters on February 2, 2018.

Be sure to "Like" the Winchester movie on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to receive all the latest updates!


-Brittany 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Halloween Music by KevOz


I was delighted that KevOz reached out to me to share his hour-long song that he created for the most spookiest time of the year. It's the perfect ambience to play outside for trick-or-treaters on October 31st, frightfully fun festivities, haunted house attractions or to put you in the halloween spirit. 

For those who are unfamiliar, KevOz is a instrumental music artist from new age to electronic. His music has been featured at Tokyo Disneyland during a Space Mountain projected light show at Christmas time. How cool is that! Also appeared in Keyboard Magazine (renamed to Electronic Musician) and featured in iTunes Essentials: Yoga. 

KevOz's idea for this song is that the listeners are venturing inside a decrepit and deserted mansion both inside and out. Encountering a variety of bone chilling sound effects and eerie electronic upbeats with catchy hook that will get stuck in your head. Check out the song below!




I provided the youtube link above but you can also listen to it on Spotify and iTunes! While the song lasts for an hour, there are 20 individual sections. You can see each section along with their time slot below:

0:00 - Mansion Grounds
1:24 - Enter if You Dare
4:29 - Haunted Study
6:44 - Skeleton Dance
10:46 - 666 Souls
17:34 - Tick Tock
19:54 - Chamber Ghosts
23:47 - Another Dimension
26:08 - The Stalking
29:41 - Werewolf Pack
32:57 - Haunted Music Room
35:13 - Lunatic in the Rain
36:55 - Demon Incantation
38:29 - Into Hell/Chainsaw Suite
42:38 - Meet the Headless Horseman
44:47 - Cat's Meow
45:27 - Devil's March
50:03 - Into the Fog
55:09 - Witches' Cauldron/Witches' Flight
58:27 - Time to Go

To find out more information about KevOz and his music, check out his website: http://www.kevoz.com/halloween



-Brittany