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. Now, this box actually SHIPS from Japan!
DEAL: Save $3 on your first regular or premium crate with coupon code CANDY5.
There are 3 different subscription levels available: The Mini includes 5 items, the Original includes those items PLUS another 5 items, and the Premium 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!
Japan Crate lists the snacks for all three box sizes plus gives a little info on what’s going on in Japan that month.
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 but it is currently under construction.
Everything in the box! Japan Crate always manages to put together a colorful box!
Country Ma’am Chocolate Chip Cookies are individually wrapped soft-baked mini cookies and feature two different kinds in one bag! One cookie is a regular chocolate chip cookie and the other is a chocolate chocolate chip cookie. They can be eaten as is or heated for a few seconds in the microwave.
Yaokin Umakamon Mayonnaise are similar to cheese puffs but have a unique sweet and salty flavor that is supposed to taste like Japanese mayonnaise. Melon Pandaro is a melon flavored butter cookie that is shaped like a panda’s head. It tasted a bit like banana to me. Yaokin Diamond Ring Candy is a ring pop and Karina said it had a citrus flavor.
Arcor Bon O Bon is made in Argentina and even says “suave” (Spanish for “smooth”) on the package! Milk chocolate covers a thin wafer shell which hugs a creamy peanut butter filling.
This may not be authentically Japanese but it sure was tasty!
Last month Japan Crate sent the most awesome BBQ Cheetos and this month they sent the equally yummy Cheetos Kyushu Soy Sauce. The flavor is sweet and salty and reminds me of the sauce that comes with tempura vegetables. Bonchi Senbei Rice Cracker was totally delicious! It was crispy and crunchy and had a sweet and salty soy sauce flavor. Please send more every month!
Yaoyasan Soft Candy DIY comes with 3 flavored soft candies that are similar to gum but then melt away when you eat them.
Karina placed the candies in the plastic mold and then squeezed the molds shut and voilà, she had cute veggies that she would actually eat. There was a cardboard “stand” to display the vegetables but I couldn’t figure out how to make it work.
Here’s the corn up close. I think I will take the molds to my pre-k students and let them make Play-Do veggies.
Riska Japan’s #1 Longest Chocolate is a long umaibo, or corn puff stick, that is covered in chocolate that has a bit of peanuts mixed in. Yaokin Umaibo Shrimp Mayonnaise is another corn puff that has a sweet and shrimpy flavor. I’m not into strong fishy flavors but this was good.
Lotte Pai No Me Uji Matcha are crispy little pastry puff cookies with a burnt sugar top and a sweet matcha candy filling inside.
Yaokin Sobameshi Snack was listed as a bonus. It had puffed rice and dried ramen noodles sprinkled with a salty covering that may have included a touch of seafood. Awadama Grape is a fizzy grape soda flavored candy that sizzles a little bit on the tongue. When I was kid I would test whether or not my 9 volt battery had power by touching it with my tongue. It’s like that. Ichigo Daifuku is a pink marshmallow with a strawberry candy coating on the inside.
Calpis White Peach Drink is an uncarbonated fermented drink made with water, lactic acid, and nonfat milk powder. It has a slightly creamy texture and a bit of tang and was sweet and tasty. Outside of Asia this drink is known as “Calpico” and is similar to Danactive.
I always smile when I find Japan Crate in my mailbox! The snacks are cute and fun and although I sometimes find something odd I mostly discover tasty treats. I loved the Cheetos and wish we had a better selection of flavors here in the U.S. but some of the other snacks were totally tasty, like the bonchi. Next month the theme is “Movie Munchies” and I can’t wait to see what shows up in the box!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!