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 HELLO.
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!
Looking good Japan Crate, looking good!
There was a Manga-zine that lists the contents of the box and other info. This month’s box was curated with the help of pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk. Hawk yeah! I tried living the skater life in high school. I read Thrasher magazine and listened to TSOL. I ended up with a messed up knee. That’s two hours of my life I will never get back.
Japan Crate lists the snacks for all three box sizes plus gives a little info on what’s going on in Japan that month.
This month Tony Hawk gave his hilarious takes on Japanese snack foods.
Chupa Chups were listed but missing from my box. I’m pretty sure they’re not from Japan anyways.
Everything in the box! Japan Crate always manages to put together a colorful box. My 14-year-old daughter especially loves this box and helped me test the snacks.
Riska Heart Chiple were so meaty that my cat tried to eat them out of Karina’s hands! We also had a lot of fun discussing how exactly to pronounce “chiple.” Chipple? Chip lay? Edamame Baked Chips were crispy and had a sweet and salty flavor. I can’t say they tasted like edamame, because I only tried that once over 15 years ago and never tried it again, but the crackers aren’t that bad!
Kumamon Umaibo Corn Soup Stick As far as I can tell this is the same flavor of corn soup as the one I linked to at Amazon, but with different packaging. It has a sweet, canned corn flavor. Pompompurin Pudding Lollipop tasted like a caramel lollipop, it was really good and surprisingly creamy.
Ginbis Coconut Star Cookies were one of my favorites – a light, airy cookie with a coconut-flavored coating that was kind of creamy. Yum yum!
Fujiya Home Pie was similar to a palmier – flaky pastry with a light cinnamon flavor. Very crunchy. Sumikko Gurashi Gum is super soft ramune (lemon-lime) flavored gum perfect for blowing bubbles (I checked).
YBC Picola Mango Yogurt There were two packs of cookies in this box. They reminded me of a Pirouline with a rolled wafer cookie filled with a mango yogurty coating that was sweet and a touch tangy. These were a big hit at work.
Coris Sour Lemon Gum is one of the best I have tried – sweet like pie on the outside, super sour on the inside. The flavor was long lasting and I was even able to blow bubbles with this baby!
Sumikko Gurashi DIY Pudding Kit Here’s Sumikko Gurashi again, this time in pudding form! Sumikko Gurashi are shy characters who like to hide in corners so I can relate.
Ginza White Rusk was very similar to the coconut Star cookies shown above. Crispy corn puff type cookie soaked in a white substance that gives the feeling of eating meted white chocolate.
Onion Puffs was our family favorite this month! Imagine that a cheese puff and a Funyun had a baby and gave it some kind of magical awesome taste. I need more. ABC Message Cookie are buttery little shortbread cookies that are shaped like the alphabet. Yum!
I refrigerated Kirin Fire Ice Coffee so Karina and I could try it on a school morning. We are not big on coffee to begin with and it was watery and very sweet but with the addition of half and half it wasn’t too bad.
Tony Hawk Birdhouse Pro-Spinners are coming soon but Japan Crate already had the hook up!
I loved the Tony Hawk curated Japan Crate, it was totally awesome dude! There were a lot of new items this month and we had a blast trying them out. I had a hard time finding this stuff online too, so they delivered on the exclusive part this month!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!