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.
Card Captor Sakura is a popular anime in Japan and she graces this month’s box. She looks cute!
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This month’s box is full of delicious snacks from top to bottom!
Included inside the box is a booklet that lists the contents of the box, as well as some fun food and cultural info about Japan. 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!
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!
Of course, there are featured Japanese festivals like Aomori Nebuta, Awa Odori, and Gozan No Okuribi. There are also features on seasonal foods like Kakigori and Hiyashi Chuka.
This month’s theme is Cardcaptor Sakura!
They also sent us a Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 1 sampler.
We’re happy to get a glimpse of the new Sakura story!
It’s such a fun read, and the illustrations are all kawaii!
When all the cards are gathered…
It’s not the end, but rather, the beginning.
The beginning of the end.
The box interior is so cute.
Everything in my August 2018 box!
Premium Umaibo Cheese. Umaibo is a popular Japanese puffed corn snack. This one is flavored with cheese. It’s light and really cheesy!
Double Ice Chocolate Vanilla. It’s not an ice cream, but a lollipop flavored with vanilla and chocolate ice cream. So sweet and creamy!
Strawberry Cream Roll Cake. This soft and fluffy roll cake has a strawberry cream frosting inside. It’s best paired with a hot beverage for a filling snack!
Dress Palette Cheesecake. Inside the pack are six individually wrapped cheesecake cookies with lemon and vanilla flavoring. The cookie is dense and really tasty!
Umaibo-Shrimp Mayonnaise. There’s another umaibo in the box and this time it’s flavored with shrimp and mayo. If you’re into shrimp flavored snacks, you’d probably love this one too.
Shimi Choco Strawberries And Cream Flavor. The first thing that popped into my head as I munched on these stars is that they resembled those dry cereals. The strawberry is a winner to me and there is no denying that the star-shaped snacks look pretty too.
Long Gum Cola. This cola flavored gum-like chewy candy was so refreshing to chew on.
Horadekita! Apple Soft Candy DIY. Inside the pack is a small tray containing soft candies, some sauce, and sprinkles. The steps on how to prepare this DIY snack are printed at the back of the package. They’re written in Japanese, but the accompanying illustrations make them easy to understand. The candies taste like apples and the sprinkles definitely added a nice, crunchy texture.
Salt Potato Chips. This bag of potato chips is made from potatoes grown in the northern prefectures of Japan. Each piece is light, crispy, and not too salty.
Strawberry Daifuku. Soft and sweet, this marshmallow-like candy contains strawberry cream inside.
Amanatsu Rare Cheesecake Candy. Cheesecake in candy form? Yes, please! We received a bunch of individually wrapped cheesecake candies which are great for sharing. They are sweet and creamy, with just the right amount of cheesiness.
Sakuranbo Gummy. This resealable pack contains several soft gummies in cherry flavor. It’s chewy and tastes naturally fruity! They have a soft foamy texture that was really unique.
Taneramune Watermelon. At first glance, they do look like watermelon seeds but they are just candies coated in black and has the distinct taste of watermelon. The candy inside of the coating is white and even sugary. The kids loved it!
Hi Kick Candy. This foot-shaped soft lollipop is grape flavored. It’s fruity and refreshing!
Kororo White Peach Gummies. We got another pack of not quite gummy candies, and this time they’re peach flavored. Each piece is light and sweet. It feels like you are eating peeled grapes! They were almost like little peach sausages and it was disconcerting and they even have the twist at the end.
Candy Fruit Box. As the name suggests, this candy snack contains several fruit candies placed in a small tray. It also comes with a toothpick so that it is easier to pick them up and pop them in your mouth too. I have seen this sampler style a few times recently and I think it’s sort of a summery treat.
Sea House Shaved Ice Ramune Candy. These hard candies that look like Smarties are actually inspired by shaved ice desserts which are popular in Japan during summer time.
Afternoon Tea Mango Lassi. Perfect refreshment on a hot summer day, this yogurty tea is flavored with mango and has a sweet, tart taste.
This premium box is surely jampacked! It took our taste buds on a joyride, and let us experience sweet, tart, salty, and unique flavors. The fact that it’s Cardcaptor Sakura themed makes it even more fun and exciting. Of course, we get to learn about Japanese culture and traditions through this box too!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!