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.
Included in 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!
September 2018 marks the 4th year of this subscription. Happy 4 years, Japan Crate!
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.
The box interior is so cute.
Everything in my September 2018 box!
Yuzu Lemon Salt Potato Chip. These crunchy chips boast a refreshing citrusy flavor from yuzu and lemon. The taste is quite unique but delicious, it’s so easy to eat the whole bag in one seating.
Dinosaur Gummy Cola. We love gummies so getting these dinosaur-shaped gummy candies got us excited. They’re cola flavored and have a balanced sweet taste too.
Winnie The Pooh Marshmallow. This marshmallow treat is soft, chewy, and sweet. Whether you’re a fan of Winnie The Pooh or not, it’s a quick way to satisfy your craving for sweets.
Usagi Manbo. Usagi Manbo is a type of penny candy which is popular in Japan. It’s flavored with lemon and kids like it a lot.
Petit Petit Sherbet DIY. DIY candies have become a staple in every Japan Crate. This month, we’re making sherbet candies. Inside the pack are small trays for mixing the ingredients, three flavored packets, and a mixer.
The English translation of the instructions for making the DIY candy is included in the magazine.
Cracking Panic Cola. As the name suggests, this candy comes with popping rocks in cola flavor. They’re fun to eat because they immediately pop as you put the candy in your mouth. Also, the cola flavor is spot on!
Ramune Candy. Ramune candy is actually designed to have the same taste as that of the classic ramune drink which has a lemon-lime flavor. This candy fizzes when you put it in your mouth!
Mugipon Milk Coffee. This pack contains wheat grains that tastes like a combination of coffee and milk flavor. You can eat it as is or pour it in a bowl and add milk, just like when eating cereal for breakfast.
Chewing Strong Grape. The burst of grape flavor in this chewable candy is refreshing. It tastes natural, just like the real deal, but has sour citric acid on the outside for some zing!
Toku-Natsu Sable. We received four packs, and there are five biscuits in each. The combination of coconut and pineapple flavor is surprisingly good! I want to eat these all the time!
Picola Peach Yogurt. These wafer sticks are filled with peach flavored yogurt. The taste is totally unexpected and the combination of crisp wafer and peach yogurt is amazing. I can’t seem to get enough of it!
Mochi Mochi Panda Annin Tofu. This treat is inspired by annin tofu or almond tofu, a famous jellied dessert in Japan. It’s soft and sweet, but not overwhelming.
Chocoball “Pachi Pachi”. It’s a special edition snack made of milk chocolate balls embedded with colored sugar specks. What I love about this candy is that it pops once you get into the center! It has a fizzy mouthfeel.
Watermelon Hi-Chew. Hi-Chews are always soft and chewy! This one’s flavored with watermelon, which is really perfect for summer. Like most Japanese fruit candies, the flavor is more natural than artificial tasting.
Caribori. We got six packs of these wafer biscuit sticks. Three are cola flavored and three are grape flavored. I love the texture of the snacks and both are flavors are really yummy.
Gateau Premium Chocolate Cookie. Who can say no to double chocolate cookies? These are soft, moist, and rich in chocolate-y goodness. It’s almost like eating a piece of a chocolate cake.
Gabunomi Zunda Cream Soda. This soda drink contains edamame, also known as soybeans. It’s an unusual flavor for cream soda but it’s nice since it’s creamy and refreshing. It was sweetened just right too.
Japan Crate always brings us a lot of snacks to try out! This month, there are many cola-flavored snacks, as well as fruit-flavored treats. Although the subscription has been around for quite a long time, they still manage to keep things exciting by giving us new goodies we’ve never encountered before. It makes us happy, aside from the fact that we get to share the whole box with the family. Whether you’re into the Japanese culture or you just want a taste of Japanese snacks, this box is a must-try!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!