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March 27, 2014

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Remember back when we went to Japan in February? Then the biggest snowstorm in Japan’s lifecycle hit and ruined our plans and film schedule? Yeah, that was odd. Well, when we were in Japan, we did a convenience store raid and bought a whole bunch of stuff that we never tried before, and decided that it’d be ultra fun to try out. So that’s what we’re doing today!

Question: do…any…of…you…like this Mountain Dew stuff? I mean, I understand the drink. It’s tolerable. But in chip form? Good googly goo: it’s so bad! I’m sure some of you like it. But…but…why? You know, we’ve actually kept the Mountain Dew chips, long after we’ve filmed this video (we filmed this, like, a month ago), and whenever we have new people come by the studio we’re like “oh! You should try these” and then we make them eat the Mountain Dew chips AND SUFFER! No one we know likes em, either! Someone actually was kind enough to leave a package by our front gate when we were out of the studio (I’m sorry I can’t remember your name!) and they put in another pack of the Mountain Dew chips. I SHANT BE FOOLED AGAIN!

As for that Japan project we’re working on, umm, we’re still waiting to go back to film the second part. I think it might be a bit weird when our video’s finally published, because it’s all sunny and 20+ degrees here in Korea now, and that footage has lots of snow. Hopefully it won’t be too odd! We’ll keep you up to date and let you know when we go back :D

Apart from our Japan plans, we hope you liked this video. We had a lot of fun with it. Martina had a really odd moment, when she was making different words out of “LOOK.” She made the joke in the video, and current Martina, watching the old Martina make the joke, laughed at the joke. Then the Martina in the video laughed at her own joke. Both of them were laughing at the joke. Then current Martina paused the video and howled with laughter, saying how she finds this girl funny and would like to be friends with her. It was rather…meta, and bizarre.

Anyhow, we’ve got some extra footage that didn’t make the final cut, which, of course, makes it to the bloopers, like Martina’s slobber car!

And, lastly, don’t forget to click on this pretty button below right here. If you don’t, you will be force-fed the Mountain Dew chips. An endless supply of them. Clicking on this button protects you from such penalties

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  1. Martina, where did you pick up your hoodie? It’s adorable/awesome. :D

    2 years ago
  2. My brother worked in the bookstore at his college and the manager there took advantage of the defective supplies thing. Like they would be unpacking boxes of new t-shirts and she would ask him if he liked them, and if he said yes she would rip the sleeve or tear a letter off and then say “oh it’s defective, you can have it”. My family has a lot of free t-shirts.

    2 years ago
  3. One of my friends loves Mountain Dew and drinks it ALL THE TIME. I’m curious as to how she’s react to those chips. XD

    Also, we have a lot of random Japanese candies sold in stores here, like Pocky, Strawberry Gummies and this one thing call Choco Shrooms which I FREAKING LOVE THEY’RE SO GOOD omg. I call them Choco Taems. XD Like Taemin. Mushroom hair Taemin. XD

    We also have Yan Yan and Hello Panda which I’m not sure they’re from Japan or not.. they’re marketed here as being from Japan but their packages say they’re made elsewhere. We also have stores that sell “authentic Japanese noodles” which are actually made here in the US, so… LIES.

    What kind of Japanese snacks do you other Nasties have in your own Countries/Areas? :D I wanna try more!

    2 years ago
  4. My theory is that Simon actually hates the taste of most foods, that’s why he tries to eat all the pieces at once without savoring the flavor. Seriously though, I don’t understand how eating more at once is more enjoyable. The kimbap episode makes me angry every time I think about it, what a waste! I don’t care how much you end up eating, as long as you eat them one at a time and actually take the time to savor and enjoy it! Blargragg *internet stranger overreacting about another stranger’s eating habits*

    2 years ago
  5. Ugh, this video makes me want to go back to Japan.

    2 years ago
  6. “Then the Martina in the video laughed at her own joke. Both of them were laughing at the joke. Then current Martina paused the video and howled with laughter, saying how she finds this girl funny and would like to be friends with her.”
    I totally do that in my mind. Thinking about a joke I made earlier and then laughing at it again and congratulate myself for the awesome joke i did. ahahahahahahah, I’m weird !

    2 years ago
  7. Just because chips and sodas go great together as a snack does not mean one should be flavored as the other. Imagine sour cream and onion flavored soda. *Shudders* I just made my mouth sad at that thought.

    2 years ago
  8. glad i’m watching at lunch time. now i need to drive down to the gas station and get me some snacks…^^

    2 years ago
  9. I’M A ONE PIECE FAN WOOWOO!! LUFFY!!!!!!!!
    Simon you got Sanji!!

    2 years ago
  10. I can’t believe Mountain Dew has crisps…. only in Japan I guess? Its a shame you can’t get any Japanese sweets now because its Sakura season! Lots of Japanese sweets, cakes, noodles even burgers in MacDonald’s are pink and Sakura flavoured, its supposed to be really nice but really sweet!

    2 years ago
    • Last year in the US Dunkin Donuts did “Cherry Blossom” donuts. I think it was a promotional for the Washing DC because they have their own Cherry Blossom festival in the spring. Or maybe that was two years ago? Dunno. I just remember it being very meh.

      2 years ago
      • See even that sounds cool! Nothing like that happens in the UK, we don’t celebrate things that much and if we do, companies, especially international never really get involved which is a shame.

        2 years ago
    • Omygod I love those! Well I tasted Sakura flavoured soft ice cream and holy poop it’s amazing. Japan’s soft ice cream is really top notch, they have so many flavours HUEHAJOFHO I want to go back there just for the ice creams YASS. I do not love ice cream AT ALL. :——–D Their sweet potato ice cream was also pretty awesome in my taste, maybe because I love sweet potato.

      2 years ago
  11. Really? I like the soda ones too! Cause they are all sparkly/bubbly tasting! :P
    Does the HI-chew have a kind with the bubbles in it too (I’ve only had the plain kind)? I like the Puucho ones better just for the bubbles, and it would be awesome if HI-Chew had them too.

    2 years ago
    • I like the bubble feeling but the taste is too much like soap for me so I can’t stand it. XD They need one that’s the flavor of hi-chew with the bubble and jelly of puucho. That would be the ultimate candy.

      2 years ago
  12. I was shocked at the Mountain Dew crisps, not surprised that it was nasty (nasty in a bad way, not the good way) Its a shame you can’t get any more sweets, right now Japan has lots of Sakura flavoured things because its Sakura season there! You can get pink burgers, noodles and milkshakes too!

    2 years ago
  13. OMG! the bubble candies are amazing!!! I always get my friend from Japan to bring them out for me!! I swear I am addicted to those things!! *drools*

    2 years ago
  14. Totally seconded! It has a great plot and world and the characters are all really awesome and it is SUCH a good series.

    2 years ago
  15. The Pringles container said “Sour Cream and Butter.” Doesn’t really sound like the flavor you described, but I guess that’s what it’s supposed to taste like.

    2 years ago
  16. Martina, you are on a streak with Rock Paper Scissors! =D Woooot! Go Martina!

    2 years ago
  17. What’s that song at 2:40? It’s driving me crazy! I’ve definitely heard it somewhere. It sounds like ‘BUMP ON da STYLE’ from Baccano……but I’m not sure if many people know Baccano :’D

    2 years ago
    • *Frantically waves hand* I know Baccano! Saw it last Autumn and I loved it! I didn’t remember this particular song, but I checked it on youtube and it’s pretty good :D

      2 years ago
      • Okay I went back and checked. The song is actually from the Durarara! OST. Made a mistake, sorry :’D

        2 years ago
  18. Those LOOK bars reminds me of the “4-flavours” chocolate bar, I don’t know if they still make it, but I think it was only in Canada. It’s like a Caramilk bar but 2 squares are filled with vanilla cream, 2 squares are filled with caramel, 2 squares are filled with chocolate cream, and 2 squares are filled with butterrum cream. I used to split the bar down the middle to eat one square of each and then eat the other half later.

    Great video, great framing and editing and so funny! Maybe having Leigh (instead of no one) behind the camera causes Simon to ham it up more, because his local audience is bigger? Other than the giant eating (I understand Simon, you have 3 women instead of just one to fight for food now), I haven’t really noticed him getting louder on camera.

    2 years ago
  19. We have ranch flavoured Pringles in Australia!!!

    2 years ago
  20. The chicken and turkey and gravy song is really quite interesting. Does the rest of the song exist? =DD

    2 years ago
  21. lol you guise could always tweet out pics of stuff with things you want translated, and the nasty army would defs come to the rescue.
    i’ve had that LOOK bar myself, and it was one of my favorites. strawberry flavored things in japan are usually a safe bet i find.

    2 years ago
  22. I recall when I was a kid and used to go visit my grandparents in Mexico, many markets carried coca cola flavored jello. At the time I thought it was odd and never tried it.

    2 years ago
  23. Hey Simon and Martina! I’m planning to go to Korea next year (yeah, I still have 1 year and some months to think about my trip but yeh…) and I’d like to know if I can travel to Jeju being a tourist.. like taking a domestic flight from gimpo or any other airport to Jeju..do I need any documents or not? Because I need a tourist visa to get to Korea, I think, if I get that visa, can I go to Jeju without worrying about not being korean or anything like that? >.<

    2 years ago
    • I’m pretty sure you can. When I visited I just had the one tourist visa, and then I just took the train from Incheon to Gimpo (I’m pretty sure it was this… The one where domestic flights go from) and badabingbadaboom I was there :) Thought it was a long trip… However, I’ll just double-check that for you with my mum when she gets home tonight, since she was the one who organised everything ^-^

      2 years ago
      • Uuuh! Thank you so much Sofia! ^^ I just reaaallly want to visit Jeju, but I thought I needed to have other docs or any other thing to get there :3 Anywaaay, thank you very muuch *-* haha :P

        2 years ago
        • You’re very welcome! :) I double-checked with my mum and yep, it was just the one visa! I hope you can go and that you have a lovely trip! It’s absolutely STUNNING there! If you can, I would highly recommend renting a car and getting one of those maps that show tourist locations. We just planned all the places we wanted to go using the map and then drove all over the island visiting them – it was definitely worth it because the scenery is fantastic and otherwise it’s pretty hard to get around and really see Jeju for what it is :)

          2 years ago
        • Wooooow~~ Thank you! I think my trip to Korea will be memorable *-* I mean, now I know for sure that I can go to Jeju (I love Jeju ahahaha). Too bad I don’t have a driver license :( but I think I’ll have so much fun there anyways >.< hahaha

          2 years ago
        • Aaaw, you’re welcome! :) I really hope that you have a wonderful time! It’s not a disaster if you don’t have a driver’s license – as far as I remember there were a few buses, as well! It’s just that you’ll need to know a few basic Korean phrases to get yourself around, because (unlike Seoul) not many people seemed to speak English on Jeju…

          2 years ago
        • Korean will not be a problem! haha I’m starting to learn korean at university hehe :D So, yeah…I hope I can survive there hahahahah anywaays, thank you much *-*

          2 years ago
  24. I’m really curious now as to how those Mountain Dew chips taste. I wonder if they have them in other soda flavors??
    Also, props to Martina on her gawi bawi bo winning streak of late XDD

    2 years ago
    • I’ve eaten Pepsi ones in Japan… They tasted like Pepsi just the texture was different. Still wouldn’t eat a whole bag of them. XD

      2 years ago
      • Are these literal soda chips like a promo/special thingy or whatever or are they regularly sold?? And does anyone actually like them?? Haha

        2 years ago
        • Mountain Dew was a special one, I’m not sure about the Pepsi ones though since I wasn’t the one who bought it. I haven’t seen the chips though at stores so they might be a limited thing or only sold at special places/time. Yeah, I haven’t met anyone who has actually liked them! hah

          2 years ago
        • Wut o.O Then why keep selling them? lol I guess it’s just another one of those things I’ll never understand about Japan~

          2 years ago
        • Maybe Japanese like them! XD I haven’t asked any Japanese person’s opinion… But yeah sometimes I wonder why do they have these weird flavours but not all the “normal” kinds. Something like sour cream & onion chips which are very normal to me, aren’t normal in Japan. The popular tastes are salt chips and consomm√© chips.

          2 years ago
        • Woah I had to look up what those were. Interesting. Have you tried them? Any good? hehe But I think salty chips are a win anywhere XDD So the sour cream and butter is also something different for Japan? Or is it just sour cream and onion? Do they have cheese or barbecue flavored? Cuz those are the most popular here in the Philippines. lol Sorry so many questions. I’m a curious person heh

          2 years ago
        • Nah I don’t mind the questions! haha The sour cream & onion flavour is popular in Finland (where I’m actually from) and it’s one of my favourites (with barbeque ones)! :D The Japanese sour cream and butter chips weren’t that good for me. Too sour! D: Consomm√© chips are ok, kinda spicy but not like barbeque chips… There is some cheese flavours and I once bought pizza flavoured chips and they had a bit cheese on top of the chips! :o Not much barbeque ones, I’ve seen some bags with chili but I woudn’t call that barbeque. XD They also have like chicken and meat bbq chips… I think they are bbq. haha

          2 years ago
        • Ah so they do have some similar flavors to the Philippines. We have some pizza flavored chips as well. Chili and Cheese is also kinda common. We also have chicken flavored crackers which are awesome and my brother craves them when he’s in the US cuz there’s nothing like them over thurr xp I’m really interested to try consomme chips tho. They actually sound delicious and I’ve never heard of anything like it lol Sour cream and onion actually isn’t popular here. I can only think of one local brand that sells them, then there are Lays but those are really expensive here~

          2 years ago
        • Yeah consomme is pretty good! I didn’t think they’d be spicy, more like meat tasting, but they are! Maybe not chili spicy but still… I really miss bbq chips while I’m here! And the sour cream & onion chips are more expensive here, we got Lays too.

          2 years ago
        • Oh ya’ll don’t have barbecue chips? Those are so popular over here. And I figure just about every country has Lays xp We do have this place that sells flavored fries, cheese, barbecue, and sour cream and onion, so I find it kinda odd that sour cream and onion isn’t popular in the chips section. I don’t even think we have sour cream and onion Pringles, or at least, I don’t recall ever seeing them before…

          2 years ago
        • Not that type of barbeque I’m used to… Only meat type of chips. Those fries sound very delicious! :D Pringles isn’t really popular brand here. I don’t think I’ve seen sour cream and onion Pringles here either. I could be wrong since I rarely see Pringles at stores. I think you have to go to a specific one to find some Western chips.

          2 years ago
        • Ah I see. We have Pringles in supermarkets, but sometimes they’re in the international section. Huh, well if you ever come to the Philippines, you’d be able to try tons of different varieties of barbecue chips XDD Also, those fries are seriously the best evar. I’ve been eating them since I was 3 years old and they’ve always been my favorite XDDD Cheese is the best, but the barbecue is sweet and spicy, which I sometimes crave. And I prefer their sour cream and onion fries over sour cream and onion chips ^^

          2 years ago
  25. the blonde flaming foot guy is sanji! :D its such a cute keychain.. i want one xD

    2 years ago
  26. Martina, that color shirt looks so good on you! It really brings out the color in your eyes :)

    2 years ago
  27. Man I love the random things that you can find in Japan. The only things we have here in Greece that are “unusual” are oregano flavoured crisps, feta/oregano crackers, tomato crackers, sweetish (but savoury) sesame covered bread rings (koulouri). That’s about as crazy as we go. Then we have these things called “pasteli” (which I love) which is just sesame seed and honey bars:
    http://www.dianekochilas.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/PASTELI.jpg

    And also apparently other countries don’t have Caprice, but I find it hard to believe:
    http://papadopoulou.gr/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/201221515297_300x300_Caprice_Pralina400g-126×2001-167×200.png

    And then there’s just some random ice-cream flavours, like pistachio, yoghurt and this DISGUSTING one called “masticha” (mastic) which looks like vanilla, so I’ll take a bite thinking it’s going to be yummy but then I’ve been tricked :(

    2 years ago
    • Ooh I know Caprice! We have it in Sweden too haha. I even saved that box, even though I can’t eat them anymore I still want to *insert ugly sobbing here*

      2 years ago
      • Oh really? :) How come you can’t eat them anymore?

        2 years ago
        • Ohhh, that sucks. *pats head* it’s ok, Caprice still loves you. On the plus side, though, you should be able to find something similar soon enough, considering how the new fad diet is “gluten-free” dieting ;)

          2 years ago
    • Oh my God! I love that kind of bars with sesame and honey! I didn’t know it is called pasteli though. Thanks to you, I am more intelligent now :D

      2 years ago
      • Well, I feel it is important to impart my wordly knowledge upon the peasant community every now and then. Oh hohohohoho~
        Haha juust kidding :) Well I know they’re called pasteli in Greek, but I think they have many names, seeing as they seem to be quite popular throughout the Middle East and South Asia as well ^-^ Not that you’d ever catch me admitting that, of course… As far as I’m concerned, we are the great creators of this food… thing… and so our name for it is the correct one ;)

        2 years ago
    • I love sesame bars but the ones we get in Canada (made in Poland) are more…cracker sized and they can get super hard if they are old (break your teeth hard). Those in your photo looks softer and awesome. I love pistachio ice cream, but it’s too much by itself so I prefer it in spumoni ice cream – it’s like neapolitan ice cream but with pistachio, strawberry, and chocolate ice creams, mixed with candied fruit and walnuts (sometimes there are no nuts).

      When I was small I really liked getting those mini maple/honey cones at the convenience store. When I think about them now though, they are a little disgusting. That, and those “ice strawberry” gumballs.

      2 years ago
      • Oh, the sesame bars here range in both size and texture – some are bite-sized, others are big bars, some are a little chewy, and some are bye-bye teeth hard! There are also variations of ingredients i.e. they use different types of chopped nuts instead of sesame seeds. All taste good :D Spumoni ice cream looks soooo good! I’ve never seen it before. Though, I’m more of a sorbet person myself… Mandarin sorbet and yoghurt ice cream? Yes, please!

        Maple/honey cones? I’ve never heard of those either! I googled them, though. They look… questionable. Ahem. But hey, our tastes change over time, right? :) When I was small I loved sweets but now I can no longer stand really sugary things.

        2 years ago
        • I would have thought that spumoni was popular in Europe since it is originally Italian but apparently it is much more popular in North America. There are even national “Spumoni Days” in both Canada and the U.S. (thank you Wikipedia). I also like sorbet or gelato, mango and coconut, cherry and lime, it’s all awesome. I really like banana and pinapple flavours of frozen yogurt too. I also really like baklava (it’s Greek, right?), but I’ve been spoiled by my Dad who only “new and improves” desserts and his baklava has 10 layers of 6 kinds of nuts and just tiny layers of phyllo all encased in the honey-butter-rosewater syrup. I also always ask him to make his date squares for me whenever I visit. I don’t eat things that are ultra-sweet like I did as a kid but I will eat homemade maple fudge, it’s just too too addictive! Speaking of which, I think it’s almost maple syrup time! I finally saw the farmers put out the sap buckets this week – can’t wait!

          2 years ago
      • Ohhh! Also from Canada *Waves* and I love the Sesame bars!! I remember going to the corner store when I was little and buying these all the time, or they were even given out at Halloween time!

        2 years ago
        • At Halloween? Man, as a small kid, if I had been given sesame bars at Halloween time I probably would’ve been like “TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTHY ISH AND GIMMEH SOME PROPER SWEETS. Silly plebeian fools!” *Swish cape dramatically in front of face*
          Nah, I kid. That’s actually pretty cool :)

          2 years ago
        • Hahahaha probably most kids felt that way…But I actually loved these things XD I tend to like stuff like that more than chocolate and candies :P I’m a weird child.

          2 years ago
  28. was the sour cream and butter pringles even nice??? the flavour sounds disgusting! especially when sweet and oily is mixed together… uhhh….ehhh…urg…..;;;;;;;;

    2 years ago
  29. Simon’s old work was apparently inadvertently brewing hooch.

    2 years ago
  30. umm.. i understand sour cream and onion flavour but… um… butter….?? uhh ehhh urggg eww butter… oily…. uhhh ehhh god..

    2 years ago
  31. Yes, Sour cream & butter flavour, really intriguing… Must try these sometime!
    As for the Look chocolate, they are both different types of strawberries (grown in different regions of Japan) as someone mentioned earlier. The first one is just Amaou strawberry flavour (from my hometown of Fukuoka!) but the second one (the one Martina said were creamier) are strawberry and cream flavour!

    2 years ago
  32. there’s so many interesting pringles flavours! my favourite so far was mayo and wasabi! sounds gross but was amaaaaazing! right now is sakura season so there’s a million sakura flavoured products

    2 years ago
  33. OMG Simon, you got a Sanji Charm in your gummy candy! It’s so cute and I am so jealous!

    2 years ago
  34. 237

    ONE PIECE!! It does say Sour Cream and Butter on the pringles, just confirmaiton.

    2 years ago
  35. I was intrigued by the two different flavors of the strawberry chocolate so I made some research, and supposedly they are just two different kinds of strawberries grown in Japan. I couldn’t really explain the difference, though, except that they seem to be grown in different prefectures and were created breeding different species of strawberry (I don’t really know much about agriculture :-$).
    And as we don’t have Moutain Dew in France, I can’t really imagine what those chips taste like, but the idea of soda flavoured (savory?) chips doesn’t sound quite appealing. My brain can’t process the information I think (or maybe just refuses to^^). And I was confused for a moment because in France, what we call “chips” are in fact “crisps” in English, so I wondered if in English “chips” always refer to the kind of snack you introduced in the video?

    2 years ago
    • “Chips” changes meaning depending on where you live. In North America, Pringles are “chips”, and the things you get at McDonalds are “french fries”. In England, Pringles are “crisps”, and the things you get at McDonalds are “chips”. There are a lot of other words that mean different things between England and North America, so it can be confusing :)

      2 years ago
      • Oh I didn’t know there was a difference in both countries! The same goes for “cookies” and “biscuits” too, if I remember well? I lived in the UK a couple years ago but it seems I already forgot this kind of every day vocabulary^^

        2 years ago
    • Yeah, my mum is English so I’ve learnt to call things with their British names, so “crisps” are what Simon and Martina refer to as “chips” and “chips” to me are what Simon and Martina would refer to as “french fries” :)

      2 years ago
      • Haha no problem!! ^-^

        I’m sure there MUST be something similar. I mean, they’re just like chocolate wafer sticks, so it’s a simple enough idea for other countries to have come up with. If not, then I feel seriously sorry for you guys xD I wasn’t expecting the pistachio one, though – I thought that only Greeks have an obsession with them (myself included)! Flower flavoured? Whaaat? I mean, I’ve heard of rose water and lavender water, but anything beyond that… Well, I’m also guessing that it’s not common xD

        2 years ago
  36. Lol at the Martinas laughing at their own joke xP

    2 years ago
  37. The Pringles are “Sour Cream & Butter” flavor.

    2 years ago
  38. Those Mountain Dew chips look disgusting. Also, those Pringles look like a Mayo Potato flavour? Here’s the page I deduced it from: http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/top-30-strangest-pringles-flavors-from-around-the-world

    2 years ago
  39. I’ve seen one guy like mountain dew chips online, Brad Jones. I remember him saying that it wasn’t bad. Not as good as Pepsi chips, but still good. Source: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/bj/bjtries/42269-brad-tries-mountain-dew-cheetos

    BTW, the katagana on the pringles container reads: Sour cream and butter. I can only read hiragana and katagana and it says sour cream and butter. (Menu reading ftw!)

    2 years ago
  40. First!

    2 years ago
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