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.
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The box is full!
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 HANAMI!
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!
So what do you get in the Premium box? Well, there are chips like Suppamucho Chips, Strawberry Milk Soft Candy, Peach Coca-Cola, and a host of goodies from the Mini and Original tier. This is definitely a box of Japanese goodies that need to be checked out!
The box interior is filled with doodles! So kawaii!
Everything in the box!
Suppamucho Chips. Trust the Japanese when it comes to fun and healthyiersnacks! These chips are light and less oily yet crunchy. What makes it unique is the plum flavor, also known in Japan as ume.
It has a light scent similar to vinegar, but there is also a subtle hint of sweetness to it. As for the taste, it reminds me mostly of vinegar and salt chips but with the extra light and sweet flavor that is found in tart plums. This is quite new and the taste has a great balance!
Sonomanma Peach. This peach-flavored gum candy caught my attention because of the kawaii packaging.
These are probably the softest gum candies we’ve ever eaten! You’ll immediately taste the peach flavor, which is what I like about it the best. Kids are going to enjoy the burst of flavor from this bubble gum candy.
Cherry Mini Mochi. If you are a fan of mochi, then this candy is for you. They come in small square pieces so they’re easy to chew. If the image of the cherry is any indication, then this treat comes in sweet cherry flavor!
Provided in the pack is a toothpick that you can use to easily pick up and eat the mochi squares.
Treasures Of The Princess. The surprised reaction of the character on the wrapper made us intrigued about this snack. Apparently, it’s a bread with some delicious filling inside!
Upon opening, there is a delicious whiff of berry. The bread is really soft and moist too.
The berry filling is a bit sweet. It’s an overall yummy snack, I just wished it came in a bigger size so it could be more filling.
Felix Gum. Felix the Cat is the star of this bubble gum!
The wrapper comes with a mini puzzle which you can try to figure out while chewing the gum. This is quite popular in Japan. Some kids even collect wrappers because of the unique puzzles they contain.
Shimichoco Caramel Macchiato. Shimichoco is a light, crunchy snack that comes in caramel macchiato flavor. It does smell a bit like coffee. I enjoyed this one!
These puffed snacks are star-shaped.
Strawberry Milk Soft Candy. The packaging is cute! It looks like a carton of milk, but it is actually made from foil and it contains candy balls inside.
These candies are small but packed with flavor. As always, the combination of strawberry and milk is really tasty!
The outer layer of the candy is quite hard.
The inside is a bit softer and milkier too.
Doki Doki Fishing. We love DIY candy kits so we immediately gave this one a try!
The instructions on the packaging are in Japanese.
Thankfully, the booklet included an English translation of the instructions. It’s quite easy to follow.
Inside the wrapper, you will get a plastic fishing rod, a plastic spoon, a plastic mold, and a pack of powder. These are all you need to start fishing.
See how the string is placed within the molds? Make sure that the strings are in deep so it won’t snap once the powder hardens. The spoon has a smaller side to it which is for the water. The bigger scoop should be used for the powder.
Now, fill up the molds with the powder without removing the string. You can already see how the molds start to form different sea creatures.
Once they have dried, give the string a little tug and pull your haul up. What a catch!
There is no doubt that this is the easiest fishing that we’ve ever done. All it takes is just five minutes of waiting time!
Time to enjoy this sea-inspired candy snack!
Kikkun Mixed Candy. It’s a hard candy ball and there are four flavors of this available in the market: strawberry, cola, ramune, and green apple. Apparently, you can tell your fortune depending on the flavor/color you get!
We got a blue candy and it means we’re going to be lucky! How awesome!
Mini Peach. These peach-flavored mini candies come in a small easy-to-carry bottle. According to Japan Crate, it is similar to the peach candies you can get from vending machines in Japan.
Cookie Biscuit Assort. These almond cookies are quite big in Japan. They are great as desserts after eating a bento meal. Each box is decorated with a Sanrio character. Ours had Marroncream! She is a girl rabbit created in 1985.
The cookies are individually wrapped inside the box. There are two cookies in each pack. It’s great for sharing and for portion control too!
They do have real bits of almonds! Yum!
There is a blank space at the back of the packaging where you can write a message before sharing the cookies with others.
The cookies are perfectly baked. The almond bits added a nice texture, plus it wasn’t overly sweet.
Puchi Strawberry Sandwich Cookies. These sandwich cookies are bite-sized, just look at the packaging that looks like a small tube!
Even they’re small, the cookies taste a lot like strawberries. I love the filling, it was creamy! You can bite into the cookies or separate them to get some strawberry cream if you like. Either way, you are still going to enjoy this snack-on-the-go.
Strawberry Short Chocolate. This treat is shaped like the popular strawberry shortcake dessert, but is made of chocolate! Yum!
It’s too cute to eat! There’s mostly white chocolate…
…and only a little milk chocolate at the bottom.
Mochitto Ichigo. Rice cakes, anyone? The Japanese are quite fond of rice cakes and we totally understand why. They’re filling and they’re never overly sweet. This pack contains two rice cakes, more commonly called mochi.
The strawberry filling is a perfect complement to the glutinous texture of the mochi. Yum!
This month’s Japan Crate did not fail to impress as there are loads of tasty snacks you can enjoy whether you’re at home, at work, or even on-the-go. What I like the most is how the Japanese packaged their snacks to make them more enjoyable. The taste of these treats is wonderful too. I love how the majority of the snacks in this month’s box had strawberry and chocolate! They really made our tastebuds happy! The Premium box is worth getting if you want to share the flavors of Japan with your friends or family! If you think it’s too big for you, you can also start out by trying the Mini box or the Original box.
What item do you want to try this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!