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 OKINAWA FARMERS MARKET!
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!
Mitarashi Dango Caramel Corn. It’s a famous traditional Japanese caramel corn snack, flavored like a real Mitarashi dango or skewered rice dumplings in a sweet soy glaze.
The corn puffs are super light and crunchy. It has a nice texture too.
Sour Long Grape Gum. This is a super sour gummy candy.
It looks like a tongue with its texture. It’s so chewy and the taste definitely lasts long!
Petite Strawberry Milk. This delicious Sakuma Ichigo Milk Candy is known to be one of the most famous strawberry milk candies in Japan.
There are four pieces of triangular-shaped and hard-shelled candies in one pack. They’re sweet and fruity.
Though this candy has a hard outer layer, it has a sweet and smooth strawberry millefeuille layer in the middle.
Banana Omelette. This delightful snack from Okinawa is famous because of its super fluffy texture and yummy flavor. It’s our favorite from this box!
It’s called omelette, but it’s not the usual omelette you’d expect. It’s actually a cake with a creamy filling!
The banana omelettes arrived in a tray.
They’re individually wrapped too.
Each side of the treat is sealed with cream.
The cake is so fluffy and tasty.
The filling and the banana is just perfect. It’s a great dessert snack for lunch boxes!
Fufu Omikuji Lucky Candy. Hard and sweet, this Japanese lucky candy changes its colors and flavors to tell your fortune.
The candy’s color is initially violet but slowly turns to either red, yellow, or green depending on your fortune.
When the candy turns red, it means you’ll have a lucky day. If it’s yellow, then it means a good luck. If it’s green, then it’s “basic luck.”
Mori’s Fruit. Wafers and mochi candies compose this miniature fruit basket.
We’re quite disappointed when we opened the wrapper. The wafer basket is already broken into pieces.
The pack also contains a toothpick, so you can eat the mochi candies easily.
This is what the mini fruit basket looked like when it arrived. Though it tastes sweet, I just can’t hide my disappointment with it.
Hora Dekita Chocolate Banana DIY. My kids are always looking forward to Japanese Do-It-Yourself kit snacks! This time, they will be making their own sweet-tasting chocolate banana.
The back of the package provides a step-by-step approach to prepare this flavorful snack. It’s written in Japanese…
…but you can refer to the booklet for the English translation.
Everything inside the snack kit! There’s a plastic tray, a banana flavored soft candy, a stick, some sprinkles, and chocolate dip.
This was quick and easy to make. You just have to transfer everything in the tray separately. Take one banana using the stick, then dip it into the chocolate cream and the toppings.
Mikan Gummy. The next pack of candies contains sweet Japanese orange gummies. They’re soft and shaped like orange wedges.
These gummies taste like a real orange, so sweet and juicy.
Apple Cider Gummy. More gummy goodness! This one’s a cola-shaped gummy candy with a white fizzy top and green apple at the bottom.
This gummy is fully covered with sour sugar and has a refreshing apple cider taste. It’s just one small gummy though.
Acorn Apple Gum. It’s an apple flavored hard candy with a yummy bubble gum at the middle.
The outer layer of the candy is quite hard, but it produces a sweet real apple taste.
The gum is chewy and a bit sour!
Mitsu Peach. We received one full pack of candies featuring different types of peach flavors.
The pack contains pink, yellow, and orange colored candies.
The candies are individually wrapped.
The orange colored candy has a juicy and light sweet taste, the yellow one comes with a rich sweet and sour taste, and the pink candy is a balanced taste of sweetness and sourness.
Setoka Hi-Chu. This classic Japanese hard candy from Morinaga is a special edition Setoka flavored candy.
Setoka is a seedless, sweet citrus fruit grown from northern region of Okinawa. This candy is quite hard but is super sweet.
Pineapple Fue Ramune. These Japanese sweets are shaped like Polo. The flavor is pineapple ramune, a traditional Japanese soft drink similar to lemonade.
Each candy has a small hole in the center which enables you to whistle through it.
These candies also come with a plastic toy figurine.
Sour Paper Peach Candy. This sour candy strip is peach flavored. It’s bursting with a refreshing fruity taste!
It’s as thin as a paper with a length of a ruler.
Gabunomi Melon Cream Soda. Sweet and creamy, this soda is like drinking a delicious ice cream float but way much better. It is best to be chilled before served!
This month’s Japan Crate is full of hard candies, and we’re really not into it. All the treats are truly tasty and delicious, but we find the curation not that enjoyable compared to previous boxes we have received. But it’s not a total bust because theire is one snack that truly captured our palate — the Banana Omelette. It is so fluffy, creamy, and yummy. We’re hoping for a better and more varied curation of Japanese goodies next month!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!