Japan Crate January 2017 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. Starting with February’s box, Japan Crate will be mailed FROM Japan!

DEAL: Save $3 on your first regular or premium crate with coupon code HELLO.

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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 box!

There was a Manga-zine that lists the contents of the box and other info. The cover included references to some of the snacks!


Now on to the products. My 13-year-old daughter especially loves this box and helped me test the snacks. 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!

Umaibou Chocolate was a cereal-like corn puff covered with chocolate and was gone in a flash. Kajiriccho Grape & Ramune Soft Taffy Rope Candy starts out like gum but the grape candy with a lemon-lime center eventually disappears completely.

It’s kind of hard to share a lollipop so Karina told me that Double Ice Cream Lollipop in Chocolate & Vanilla tasted like chocolate and vanilla puddings. Fruits Doughnuts is a super sour gummy ring that comes in a variety of flavors, and Karina said it tasted like a candle she smelled once. I gave it a try and I think she was right, it smelled/tasted like a fruity candle, in a good way!

My daughter said that she thought Umai Ring Mentai Flavor tasted fishy, and it turns out that mentai means “roe flavored.” These corn puff rings are salty and supposedly the most popular flavor in Japan!

Karina said that Mini Choco Chips Cookies were better than Chips Ahoy. They were crispy and had about the same flavor and texture. See that pucker on the Suppai Lemon Gum package? That was my face when I chewed this super sour gum. So juvenile. So fun! Chocola Gummy has a great name (choco + cola!) and is a chocolate covered cola-flavored gummy.

I’m not a fan of matcha but Furuta Matcha Sandwich Cookies had a mild flavor and the cookie part was good, like a vanilla matcha Oreo.

I always hand over the DIY kits to my daughter and she mixed up Magic Slime DIY. The instructions are included in the manga-zine.

Karina mixed up a blue watery liquid and then poured the white powder into the basin. She then stirred in the blue liquid which turned the mixture pink. Finally she added the last packet of powder and kept mixing and had blue slime. It had a lemon-lime ramune flavor.

ABC Message Cookie are vanilla-flavored shortbread cookies shaped like the alphabet. Animal Land Gummy are grape-flavored animal-shaped gummies. They have that classic grape-bubblegum flavor that my daughter liked.

I loved the flaky pastry and chocolate filling of the Sanritsu Chocolate Pie and it was gone in two bites. Meigum Gaburichu Strawberry Yogurt Flavor is a weirdly textured but still delicious treat. It’s kind of chewy like gum but is creamy like strawberry yogurt! Eventually it just disappears.

There was a misprint in the manga-zine so I’m not exactly sure what this soda is supposed to taste like. I’m going to say that BG Bodyguard Plus is a vitamin enhanced energy drink that smells and tastes like medicine. I saw some comments on Instagram that compared it to Flintstones vitamins and Monster energy drinks, but since I’ve never tried Monster I can’t say for sure, just that Karina and I found it unpleasant.

The last item was a bonus and has shown up before in my July box. Puchu Puchu Fortune Telling Candy are candy-covered chocolates similar to Sixlets.

Another fun month of Japan Crate! We have a blast trying all of our snacks each month, plus, I had a really hard time finding most of these online so it is indeed exclusive. My husband couldn’t stop eating the Mentai rings and who knew that sour gum was so much fun? I’m looking forward to seeing how the February box looks now that headquarters have moved to Japan!

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

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