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Hard-To-Find Japanese Snacks Headline This Subscription Snack Box

The snack scene in some parts of the world is innovative, creative, and tasty beyond belief. This is especially true in Japan, where the snacks range from your standard range of chips to a plethora of unique KitKat flavors, mochi, and more.

For those looking to get some of the harder-to-find Japanese snacks, there’s a subscription box service called Bokksu that tracks them down and gets a ton of them to your door.

Bokksu works directly with local snack manufacturers in Japan, some of whom have been in business for hundreds of years. The comapany’s specialty is using those connections to make hard-to-find snacks more accessible globally.

You have the option to get one of their snack boxes, which are thematic (ie. “Seasons of Japan”) and can change, but there’s also a marketplace where you can buy items individually, including some of those coveted Japanese KitKat flavors.

Foodbeast got a box to try filled with a lot of snacks we normally wouldn’t expect to find just shopping around in the U.S. These include uni-flavored crackers, freeze-dried whole strawberries, yuzu sake candy, matcha and red bean sponge cakes, obanyaki-inspired cookies, and even a sack of Kinako sugar donuts.

The variety and breadth of local snacks available is definitely intriguing and makes for an interesting gift or just something you can get to satisfy your cravings.

Bokksu boxes are available for sale on their website.

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Tapatio x HipDot Cosmetic Collection Is The Spiciest Collab We’ve Seen This Fall

Photo courtesy of HipDot Cosmetics

I’ve seen many food collaborations with different brands over the years. Restaurants were pairing up with Hello Kitty, Panda Express doing apparel, and even Star Wars doing cookware. Never once did I expect to see hot sauce paired with makeup, however. 

Yet here we are. 

Photo courtesy of HipDot Cosmetics

Makeup brand HipDot Cosmetics has paired up with Tapatio to launch an exclusive makeup line inspired by the hot sauce. 

The new collection includes Tapatio eye shadow palettesTapatio lip glossTapatio drip sponges, and a Tapatio Collector’s Box that features all the products well as a bottle of Tapatio hot sauce to complete the set. 

You can find the collection now at HipDot.com, Ulta.com, and at Ulta locations nationwide in early November. 

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Hormel Announces World’s Hottest Canned Chili Featuring Ghost Reaper

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As a lover of all things chili, the spicier, the better when I sit down to a bowl. Sure, some days I may be drenched in sweat, tongue numb, and downing glasses of lact0se-free milk to help calm the heat. What can I say though, I’m a sucker for that fire. 

To my delight, Hormel Chili has announced the release of what they’re calling the World’s Hottest Canned Chili with Beans. 

Ghost and Carolina Reaper peppers are added to Hormel’s classic chili recipe to create the fiery new Ghost Reaper Chili that you can throw on pretty much anything or eat entirely on its own. 

Me, I’ll probably throw it on a bacon cheeseburger or a buttload of fresh homemade fries. Extra well done, so they don’t get soggy under the chili. 

You can order the Ghost Reaper Chili in packs of two cans beginning Oct. 25 online at Target.com. 

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Trader Joe’s Adds Beef Pho To Frozen Soup Selection

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For those who’ve tried pho — the iconic Vietnamese noodle soup made painstakingly by slow-cooking meat (chicken or beef) with charred onions, ginger, and a medley of spices — you’ll know that once the craving sets in, you’re not going to stop until you knock out an entire bowl.

While I’m always an advocate of the classic noodle restaurant (the best ones titled “pho” followed by a number) sometimes, you can’t get your fix if it’s too early or late in the day.

It turns out Trader Joe’s just added Beef Pho Soup to their list of frozen food options and features tender, seasoned beef, rice noodles, and a pho broth flavored with aromatic herbs, including basil and cilantro.

All you’ll have to do is pop it into the microwave for six minutes, or cook it on the stovetop for 10, and you’re good. But things wouldn’t feel complete without the necessary pho accouterments such as bean sprouts, Thai basil, jalapeño slices, and perhaps a squirt of hoisin sauce and sriracha.

You can find the new pho entree in the frozen food section of your local Trader Joe’s. If anything it might help those pho cravings until you can make your way into an authentic restaurant. Though I gotta try it first and see.

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OREO Releases Packs Of Rainbow Cookies For LGBTQ+ History Month

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OREO is continuing its history of showing love and support to LGBTQ+ communities for LGBTQ+ History Month by releasing a limited-edition pack of rainbow OREOs.

The packages feature 7 different creme fillings to mark the colors of the Pride flag. You won’t be able to find them in stores, however, as OREO is giving them out for free to celebrate and reward acts of allyship for the LGBTQ+ community.

For this giveaway, OREO is teaming up with PFLAG National, a nationwide organization for parents, family, allies, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. All folks have to do to enter to win is post a photo representing what allyship means to them on Instagram or Twitter. You also have to tag the OREO brand and use the hashtags #ProudParent and #giveaway to take part.

Only 10,000 packages of the unique OREOs will be available, and OREO has no plans to put them in stores. This is similar to past campaigns, including a 2019 set of “Pronoun Packs” of OREOs that were also distributed for free during Pride month.

OREO has received hate for such campaigns in the past, and continues to do so for their newest one. (Seriously, the homophobia in some tweets responding to their above video are disturbing.)

The rainbow cookie giveaway, however, represents a heartwarming to show allyship without attempting to profit off of it.

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KIND Announces KIND HEROES to support Mental Health

Although the coronavirus crusade continues, humanity has somehow managed to achieve some semblance of normalcy. The strength we exhibit during difficult times should be no surprise, there’s no match for our togetherness.

Much of this strength can be owed to those who work on the frontlines, day in and day out, risking their lives to ensure our health and safety. Commendably, we’ve done well expressing our thanks to essential works through billboards, commercials and community initiatives. One area that has received less consideration though, is the impact frontline work has had on their mental health. Imagine having to do your job in an atmosphere of uncertainty for months on end, all while being expected to maintain a semblance of strength.  

To help bring more awareness and support to the mental health crisis frontline workers face, KIND is launching a multi-faceted project named KIND HEROES. A recent study by JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) found that over 50% of physicians working on the frontlines felt depressed. With no clear end in sight to the pandemic, and without sufficient support, continual trauma is likely.

The KIND HEROES initiative will donate 100% of proceeds to NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. They plan to pledge a minimum donation of $25,000, matched by an additional $25,000 from The KIND Foundation that supports mental health programs for our true American heroes such as healthcare workers, first responders, military service members and veterans.

KIND HEROES was inspired by a survey conducted by The KIND Foundation’s Frontline Impact Project, a platform which directs donated resources to workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 and other natural disasters. Results revealed an increase in mental health challenges for essential workers, following PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), mental health resources were cited as the most important need.


You can show your support for our American heroes on October 6th, when the KIND HEROES bar releases online and at select retail stores.

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This ‘Dream Honey’ Is Made To Help You Sleep

In May 2020, Sleep Standards conducted a survey with 1,015 respondents in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 70 on their sleep habits during lockdown. The results have found that a whopping 98% of Americans have developed new sleep problems post lockdown. Further, 68% feel stress or find it hard to sleep during these times.

Though the high percentages of those that have trouble sleeping are quite startling, the current state of the world and the anxieties brought on by it come as no surprise. Simply put, we need help to fall and stay asleep.

Enter Potli’s new ‘Dream Honey’, designed with a special formula that includes CBN, CBD, and either melatonin or THC to promote deep, restful sleep. The effectiveness of the honey lies in CBN, a minor cannabinoid known to inhibit optimized sleep. The raw honey itself is from wildflower and harvested from their own proprietary bee hives. For specifics, 120mg of CBN and 6mg of melatonin are in there to help you fall asleep, while 60mg of CBD help you stay asleep.

I tried the ‘Dream Honey’ myself, given my own struggles with sleeping and I found it to be beneficial in what seemed like a rejuvenating night’s worth of sleep. It’s been a long while since I’ve felt that, making me a believer in the honey’s abilities.

Shop ‘Dream Honey’ on Potli.com now, with a 4oz jar of hemp-derived honey priced at $32 and a 4oz jar of cannabis-derived honey going for $40.

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Trader Joe’s New Cinnamon Bun Cookies Just Landed On Our Radar

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I love cinnamon buns as much as the next guy, but the dessert roll is so rich sometimes its tough to finish a single one, even if you started your attempt with a massive craving.

Trader Joe’s has found a way to capture the essence of the lauded cinnamon bun and package it into something a little more snackable.

Junk Banter discovered these new Cinnamon Bun Cookies sold at their local Trader Joe’s and trust our interest is piqued.

The snacks are described as soft baked cinnamon and brown sugar cookies that sandwich together with a cinnamon bun-flavored creme filling.

It looks like Trader Joe’s checked off all the boxes for a proper cinnamon bun snack, though Junk Banter says they went a little too heavy on the spices and chewiness. You can find these at your local Trader Joe’s snack aisle and give them a try for yourselves.