Japan Crate November 2016 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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Japan Crate is a monthly subscription box that helps you “experience the excitement of Japan every month through fun candy & snacks.” They have three subscription levels that start at $12 a month and offer 1, 3, 6, or 12-month plans that auto-renew at the end of the term. Japan Crate aims to send candy that is fun and exclusively available in Japan.


DEAL: Save $5 on your first regular or premium crate with coupon code CANDY5.

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There are 3 different subscription levels available: The Mini box includes 5 items, the Original box includes those items PLUS another 5 items, and the Premium box includes those 10 items PLUS another 5 items. This month I am reviewing the Premium kit but I will be numbering the items so if you are thinking of subscribing to one of the other sizes you will know what is included. Note: Numbers 1-5 are in the Mini, numbers 1-10 are in the Original, and numbers 1-15 are in the Premium.

There was a Manga-zine that had a comic followed by the contents of the box. The cover included references to some of the snacks!


I love that Japan Crate takes the time to put out a helpful guide to all the products, as well as some info on what is happening in Japan at this time of year.

Now on to the products. My 13-year-old daughter especially loves this box and helped me test the products. Japan Crate now has an online shop so if you want to try these out just follow the links!


Everything in the box! Japan Crate always manages to put together a colorful box!


  1. Umai Sugar Rusk was delicious, like a crispy corn puff that tastes like caramel corn.
  2. My husband was especially fond of Brazilian Orange Pocky, which has an orange flavored white candy coating and made a refreshing change from the usual flavors. This one was specially made in honor of the 2016 Rio Olympics!


3. Chew-ing Straw Green Apple Flavor are sugar-covered gummie straw candies that are sour on the inside. 

4. Saku Saku Panda Chocolate Cookies are delicious little vanilla cookies that are covered in white and milk chocolate on one side. Yummy!

5. Coris Sportsubu have potassium, sodium, and citric acid in a convenient little chewy candy ball, sort of like a sweet and sour ramune-flavored sport chew.


6. Waku Waku Zoo Animal DIY is the candy kit of the month. It comes with two packets of a soft candy that you press into a mold. The candy is either pink strawberry or yellow lemon flavored and you can mix and match the colors to customize your animal. Put a stick in the middle before closing the mold and out pops a, um, pop.


The instructions are always included in the book.


Karina filled her pops but maybe she should have packed them a little more because the little critters didn’t stay in one piece. She decided to eat the rest of the candy as is and I grabbed a bite too. It reminded me of chewing gum except it dissolved in my mouth after a few chews.


7. Big Thunder III is a chocolate cookie covered with milk chocolate, sort of like a milk chocolate version of a Cookies & Cream candy bar.

8. Yaokin Fruit Sour Gummy Strawberry is a sugar-covered gummy candy that wasn’t mouth-puckeringly sour.


9. House Tongari Cone Assari Shio Flavor Have you ever had a Bugle corn chip? This is exactly the same!

10. Meito Funwari Choco Monaku are individually-wrapped wafers that enclose a milk chocolate center. 


12. Coris Sonomanma Grape Fuzen Gum has three soft gum balls that hide a surprise in the middle; two have a sweet filling and one is sour. I shared these with my 2 daughters and guess who got sour? Yep, good ol mom.

13. Ginbis Shimi Choco Cone was a crunchy corn puff stick drenched in chocolate coating. It was delicious and disappeared faster than a shooting star. 


13. Chobo Chobo Cooki is similar to a crispier, sweeter version of a Nilla Wafer that is made with potato starch instead of wheat flour.

14. Men’s Pocky has dark chocolate coating the slightly sweet cookie stick. Don’t let the “Men’s” name fool you; it refers to the belief that the dark chocolate flavor may be more palatable to men but my daughter prefers dark chocolate and these were a hit with her.


15. I love the ramune sodas Japan Crate sends each month and this Peach Ramune was one of my favorites! Subscribers received “ramune roulette” this month, which means that my peach soda was one of 6 flavors sent this month. Some bottles have a special sticker so if you find one you can win a giant ramune. The peach flavor was sweet but not as sweet as American style sodas and I loved it!


I loved this month’s assortment of goodies from Japan Crate! You should see my daughter when this box shows up, she loves it too! I think the Brazilian Pocky was the house favorite this month and the combo of a buttery sweet rusk with a salty cone was a match made in heaven!

What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate?


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