Taste Test – Fiji Water

Ever since I was a child my go to drink has always been water, cold with ice when necessary. Know that I am old enough to have grown up without bottled water being commonplace in my hometown. When very young on vacation I would sample spring water or water from a mountain stream (this was before the realization of the danger of Giardia) and reveled in its clear clean taste. I first experienced bottled spring water in France on a trip to Europe in the 1980s when I saw Evian which to this day is my favorite. I have had Fiji water before but I wanted to try it again with a more critical eye.

A good clear taste but not without a strong mineral element smooth and clean tasting – one serious drawback is the small spout which makes for an unpleasant drinking experience

7 out of 10

Taste Test – Vegemite

Vegemite is a thick, dark brown Australian food spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives. It was developed by Cyril Callister in Melbourne, Victoria in 1922. To Australian children this is the equivalent to peanut butter and jelly to American children. Alex and I like trying new foods so we ordered a bottle and tried it out.

Not looking very confident

First bite

No thank you, and I have to agree

Where’s the water?

Taste Test – Jerky.Com Kangaroo Jerky

Alex and I both enjoy jerky of all kinds and it is his go to snack for road trips or school outings. Along with the typical beef we have tried Elk, Bison and Deer. Seeing this kangaroo jerky on line from jerky.com we decided to try some. We also purchased some beef for comparison.

Beef first – good taste and texture

Lets try the kangaroo

Good flavor, chewy texture more pronounced than the beef

Taste Test – Try the World (February 2021)

The Try the World subscription box for February 2021 contains products from; Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Germany, Turkey and Italy.

Kopiko Cappuccino Candy from Indonesia

Coffee flavored hard candy

Loma Linda Hawaiian Bowl from Thailand

Pineapple and brown rice in heat and serve bag

Ground coffee from Germany

Fig from Turkey

(Excellent)

Ginger Chews from Indonesia

Capers from Turkey

Cookie Butter from Italy

Pink Salt from Australia

Thai Panang Curry simmer sauce from Thailand

Taste Test – Snack Crate (Hawaii)

We had been receiving Universal Yums for over a year but started to get repeat countries. Because of this we decided to cancel our subscription and subscribe instead to Snack Crate. After researching several options they seemed to have a different variety of countries available and have distinct regions as well. We got the largest box available which has from 18-22 snacks and upgraded with the drink option. The price of the box is quite a bit more than the Yum box ~$60 per month with the drink option. When signing up you can chose more salty of sweet options, we chose a 50/50 mixture. With a beginning subscription you can choose a region prior to receiving your monthly selections. We chose Hawaii since it is a place we have not received snacks from before.

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We started with the drink Lilikoi Passion fruit juice Alex-6 Joe-6 Alex actually likes passion fruit juice and we buy it for him at the store but he only thought this one was average.

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Mochi-pop Crunch was a caramel corn with rice crackers. Alex-8 Joe-8 Alex and I both thought the caramel popcorn was very good heavily coated with tasty caramel but neither of us liked the rice cracker inclusions.

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Hawaiian Hulapeno Chips – Jalapeno flavored kettle cooked potato chips Alex-7 Joe-8 Despite the face Alex thought they were ok, I prefer plain to flavored chips but liked them as well.

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Maui Style Onion Chips another nice kettle cooked style of chip Alex-5 Joe-8

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Lilikoi Biscuits -Lilikoi is a small roundish fruit that grows on a vine, has many seeds, and is used most often to make juice. These crackers were ok with peanut butter or cheese but plain on their own. Alex did not care for them at all. Alex-3 Joe-7

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Luau BBQ Rings – puffed corn with a sweet and spicy BBQ flavor. Alex loved them Alex-9 Joe-7

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Kakimochi cookies were small buttery sesame flavored cookies. Alex-6 Joe-6

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Chili Peppah Nuts – dry roasted macadamia nuts with chili and lemon flavor. Alex-4 Joe-5

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Rainbow Belts are brightly colored gummy strips Alex-7 Joe-7

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Wow-Wee Maui Kona coffee beans, creamy caramel and milk chocolate. Best in the box a coffee flavored chocolate bar with caramel Alex-9 Joe-10

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Tapa Toffee chocolate mixed with macadamia nuts and toffee pieces Alex-6 Joe-6

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Pretz Pineapple – pineapple flavored pretzels Alex-5 Joe-6

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Pretz Kona Coffee, coffee flavored pretzels Alex-6 Joe-6

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Pineapple shortbread – An ok very soft shortbread but with a cheap tasting pineapple filling Alex-6 Joe-7

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Senbei crackers – crunchy rice crackers quite plain Alex-4 Joe-5

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Kona Crunch – macadamia nuts dipped in milk chocolate with crispy rice inclusions Alex-7 Joe-6

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Li Hing Mui Drops – sweet hard candies flavored with plums with a dried plum center Alex-6 Joe-5

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White Rabbit Candy – sweet milk chews Alex-6 Joe-6

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Pineapple gummies Alex-8 Joe-9

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Hi-chew Acai Alex-8 Joe-6
Hi-chew Mango Alex-8 Joe-6

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Teriyaki Tuna Jerky – we saved the most interesting treat for last with the tuna jerky. Alex and I both love jerky of all kinds but this was just a little too fishy for us to rate it highly. I know tuna what did we expect ­čÖé Alex-7 Joe-7

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Our ratings for the box
Alex 6.41 out of 10
favorite snack – Wow-wee Maui coffee chocolate bar & Luau BBQ rings

Joe 6.68 out of 10
favorite snack – Wow-wee Maui coffee chocolate bar

Overall our ratings compare closely to what we had been giving Universal Yum boxes. I like that there are more snacks in snack crate 22 compared to 20 and I like the added drink option. Looking forward to future boxes and some different places we haven’t been to.