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 ROYALTEA!
There is always a Manga-zine that lists the contents of the box, as well as some fun food and cultural info about Japan. 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 interior is filled with doodles! So kawaii!
Everything in the box!
Matcha Milk Caramel Corn. Matcha is a fine ground powder green tea usually used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Combined with the caramel corn puffs, it tasted really good!
Each piece is airy and crunchy. The creaminess of the puffs smooths out the bitterness from the green tea really well! This was probably the best tasting matcha item ever!
Strawberries & Milk Cream Cake. It’s a soft layered cake with strawberry cream and vanilla frosting.
The bar is also drizzled with yummy chocolate!
The cake is soft and fluffy. It makes for a sweet and satisfying afternoon snack!
Pandaro Cookie. This butter cookie is available in a variety designs based on moods: happy, sleepy, perplexed, angry, etc. It’s really kawaii, and tastes a bit sweet.
Dora Q Gum. It’s a Dracula-themed bubble gum that will turn your tongue bloody red when you chew on it!
Premium Umaibo Mentaiko. Umaibo is a corn based snack. This special edition flavor features mentaiko, which means pollock roe in Japanese.
It’s really crunchy and the taste is quite savory, since it’s seasoned with lots of spices.
Namaiki Shin Chan Sushi DIY 2. This fun DIY candy kit lets you make candies shaped like sushi! It also features Shin Chan, the main character of a Japanese manga about the adventures of a 5-year-old kid.
The kit includes instructions in Japanese. Thankfully, there were illustrations that helped us to figure things out.
Everything is provided in the kit, from the ingredients to the candy mold. They even included a pair of chopsticks!
Dragon Plum. This sweet-tangy candy from Okinawa has a piece of Japanese plum inside it. It somehow looks like an eye, doesn’t it?
Okonomiyaki Taro. Japanese snacks have the most unique flavors and this wafer biscuit is not an exception. Its flavor is based on okonomiyaki, a savory pancake popular in Japan.
Funari Meiji Ichigo Hina Chocolate. These bite-sized snacks are composed of a light melty center covered with strawberry chocolate cream.
It tastes just like strawberry, but there was barely a hint of chocolate. Each piece was crunchy and it melts in the mouth. This treat was totally new to me and we all devoured it.
Peach Hello Kitty Candy. Packaged in a Hello Kitty themed wrapper, this lollipop candy is gem shaped and peach flavored.
Truffle Milk Ganache. These luxurious chocolate truffles are filled with a milk chocolate ganache.
Each truffle is individually wrapped, making it great for sharing. The taste is really chocolate-y and quite addicting. So decadent!
Pureral Gummy Apple. This one’s for the fans of gummy candies, a.k.a. everyone at home. Each piece is soft and cube-shaped, and they’re made with real apple juice.
These gummies are really fun to chew. You could really taste and smell the apples, so it’s a win for us!
Kakushidama Candy. It’s another interesting candy which changes color and flavor as you eat it. The final color of the candy is said to tell your fortune!
If your candy’s final color is green, it means success in life. If it’s yellow, it means you should work harder. Lastly, there’s red, which means bad luck. Hmm, that’s interesting!
Hyorokumochi. These cube candies are actually soft rice cakes made of maltose starch syrup, nori powdered green tea, and white bean paste. They are wrapped in oblate, which is a thin film of edible starch. We figured that out pretty quickly without referring to the booklet, because they couldn’t be unwrapped!
Kagabo Hojicha Latte. The roasted flavors of this tea creates a toasty, caramel taste that pairs well with the creamy milk of latte. It’s a classic drink that can be enjoyed even when on-the-go.
Japan Crate is always loaded with delicious Japanese treats! This month, there was a nice variety of savory snacks, chocolates, and candies. Since ours is a premium box, we also received a drink that goes well with most of the snacks. If you’re like our family who loves receiving treats with exceptional flavors, this subscription will definitely amaze you with their offerings every month!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!