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 $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!
This month’s theme is VALENTINE’S DAY! The chart of contents lists the snacks for all three box sizes. The tiers are cumulative, so our Premium Box has everything on the page!
The box is filled to the brim with lots of snacks and treats from Japan.
The box interior is also filled with kawaii illustrations!
Everything in the box!
Oni Mo Arukera Kanabo Chocolate This individually packaged biscuit snack was dipped in milk chocolate and then covered in nuts. The foil wrapper features Oni, a mythical demon character from Japan.
It looks like a bat, the weapon of choice of Oni. It’s also similar to Pocky and Pepero.
Constellation Chocolate Covered in chocolate, this round biscuit snack features various constellation designs. We got Aquarius!
Uncle Daniel’s Chocolate It’s another chocolate-covered snack, but this time it’s shaped like a waffle. It’s inspired by the Dutch wafel snack.
They’re quite small, but packed with rich chocolate flavor.
Luxury Chocolate Chips A perfect balance between sweet and salty, this bag of Hokkaido potato chips were seasoned with French sea salt and drizzled with sweet chocolate syrup.
The chips are thick cut and wavy and disappeared rather quickly. The flavor combo was so good – and the ruffle chips with chocolate? My favorite of this unique sweet!
Tohato Strawberry Milk Caramel Corn This caramel corn is a staple snack in Japan. The variant that I received is strawberry milk.
They look like pink puffy clouds! Every piece was light and airy but fun to munch on.
Kampai Ramune The packaging of this one is quite creative. Rather than the usual foil or box packaging, this comes in a plastic beer mug. It’s filled with ramune candies which tastes like Japanese lemon lime soda.
Mixed Trio Soft Candy These soft chewy candies come in three different classic soda flavors including cola, ramune, and grapes!
Hello Kitty Ichigo De Chu Strawberry and chocolate were combined in these tiny candy pieces. They are packed in a small triangular pouch featuring Hello Kitty!
The small pieces of pink candies are from Hello Kitty Ichigo De Chu, while the larger pieces in 3 different colors are from Mixed Trio Soft Candies!
Valentine Umaibo Chocolate It’s a puffed rice stick very popular in Japan, especially to children. This special edition Valentine Umaibo is coated with chocolate. Quite different from the usually uncoated savory flavored stick!
Ume Marshmallow. Ume are plums native to Japan, characterized by their distinct sour taste. This fruit gave the typically sweet marshmallow a tangy twist!
One is sweet, while the other is sour, and both are great lunchbox snacks!
Umaibo is crispy and airy without any filling. Meanwhile, the marshmallow was super soft and its melts in the mouth with its filling.
Dragon Ball Super Card Gum. This sweet bubble gum includes a card featuring a character from Dragon Ball!
The pack we received contained two bubble gums and two Dragon Ball collectible cards!
Here’s Super Saiyan Vegeta with his energy ball and Trunks wielding his sword!
Let’s Make Pokemon Soft Candy Pokemons are so cute, that’s why we’re so thrilled that we received a Pokemon-themed DIY candy kit in this month’s box!
The back shows the different types of pokemon you can create using this DIY candy pack. There’s Pikachu, Litten, Rowlet, Rockruff, Kormala, Togedemaru, and Popplio!
The DIY candy kit includes two individually packaged dough, several sticks where you can put the candies, and two character molds.
Also included in the package is a detailed step-by-step procedure on how you can create your sweet tasty Pokemon candy.
It’s actually quite easy to make. Just put the dough and the stick on the mold, take them out, and then you’re good to go! We made Rowlet and Komala using the pink and yellow dough in our kit.
The pink dough is a strawberry flavored, while the yellow dough is lemon flavored. Both of them taste great and were easy to make – and both of these things are the total opposite of the usual DIY treat.
Mini Angel Pie Strawberry Daifuku These chocolate pies have a detectable strawberry marshmallow filling that emulates the chewy sweetness of strawberry daifuku.
The box contains 8 pieces of individually wrapped chocolate-strawberry pies. They’re great for sharing!
It reminds me of South Korea’s famous choco pies, except that this has a creamy strawberry filling.
Pokemon Honey Apple This apple drink was blended with honey for natural sweetness. Since it’s packed with vitamin C, it’s great for providing a boost during a cold winter day. The bottle even features Pikachu, how kawaii!
Japan Crate brought us another awesome line-up of yummy Japanese snacks! The chocolate and strawberry treats we received this month fit the Valentine’s Day theme very well, and I’m also happy that they included a delicious apple drink. This subscription is really a great way to experience snacking the Japanese way!
What item do you want to try this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!