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.
This is a review of the Premium box!
DEAL: Save $3 on your first regular or premium crate with coupon code HELLO.
There are LOTS of snacks in this box!
This month’s theme is NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS!
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.
Inside the booklet also is a chart of contents that lists all the snacks from three different box sizes. The tiers are cumulative, so our Premium Box has everything on the page!
Everything in my January 2019 box!
Corn Chips Dressing Flavor. Frito Lay teamed up with Kraft to make these delicious and crunchy chips. It features a delectable parmesan and caesar dressing flavor, perfect for salad toppings or direct consumption!
Maple Hot Cake. Fluffy and filling! These bite-sized pancakes look similar to a dorayaki, a famous Japanese confection made from delicious pancake wrapped with sweet fillings. The only difference is that it is also filled with mouthwatering maple syrup cream, making it tastier and so much yummier!
Doraemon Marble Gum. This gum is definitely one of the best hard gum I ever tasted. On the packaging, it features one of Japan’s most famous cartoon characters, Doraemon. It also has an amazing taste of a real soda.
Mochi Choco Almond. This luscious snack is a chocolate coated mochi filled with chocolate-almond stuffings. This one is so addicting! It’s soft, chewy, and tasty!
Pokemon Sun & Moon Gum. It’s a bubble gum featuring Pokemon Sun & Moon edition on the wrapper. The gum is soft, chewy with a refreshing grape juice flavor!
Sleeping Grape. Each month, Japan Crate includes a Do-It-Yourself candy kit which will teach your kids to make their own treats.
This month’s D.I.Y. kit is easy to make, simply put the no. 1 & 2 powder in the round hollow tray, stir them well until the color changes, and the texture becomes creamier.
Once it’s done, put the no. 3 powder into the character-shaped tray.
Using the spoon, take some of the candy mixture and then dip it into the sparkling candy pieces.
Here’s how it should look like! Creamy, crunchy, sweet, and sparkling!
Fully Ripe Strawberry Genji Pie. It’s a flaky pie made of 64 layers of crispy pastry, filled with luscious strawberry cream. Definitely the perfect afternoon snack, best paired with hot coffee or chocolate! These were ridiculously delicious.
One Piece Gum. This gum candy featuring One Piece is grape flavored.
Hello Kitty Chocolate Marshmallow. The combination of a fluffy marshmallow and sweet chocolate is just unbeatable, and adding Hello Kitty in the mix makes this treat totally awesome.
Dagashi Shop Candy. This candy is one of the most famous and vintage sweets in Japan. It also comes in a variety of flavors: ramune, cola, mandarin, grape, lemon, and peach. We got it in grape flavor.
Small Plum Bag. These candies are sweet, with a little kick of unique sour-y end taste. It’s like you’re eating a Japanese plum fruit. You know what’s the most exciting part about it? We got a bag of them, enough for sharing with the whole family!
Puku Puku Taiyaki. Shaped like a fish, this snack consists of monaka wafer on the outside and air-bubble chocolate on the inside. The chocolate is like a fluffy mousse with a scrumptious chocolate flavor. Crunchy outside with creamy soft filling inside!
Persimmons Hi-Chew. It’s a soft and chewy candy with a burst of sweet persimmon flavor. It’s one of the most well-known treats in Japan and now I understand why!
Koikeya Pride Potato: Kyoto Fried White Soy Sauce. These chips are made using the highest quality potatoes and are normally prepared like Kappo cuisine which is the conventional way of cooking in Kyoto. It uses white soy sauce made with wheat, making it a little sweeter and more flavorful than regular soy sauce!
Pipe Chocolate. A plastic pipe-full of chocolate really is an odd throwback that you won’t see in the US normally. Bring me my smoking jacket and pipe!
Ultraman Candy. A classic Japanese superhero and a classic candy in one pack! This Ultraman-themed lollipop candy really hit the spot. It’s so sweet and is oozing with grape flavor too.
Big Marshmallow. One marshmallow is not enough (referring to the Hello Kitty Marshmallow above) for a family who really loves munching on marshmallows like us. Getting another one from this box makes us very happy. This big marshmallow pairs perfectly with hot coffee or chocolate.
Limited Edition Cola Slim Bottle. We also got a 2019 limited edition new year designed bottle from Coca-Cola. It’s primarily made in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary. It contains the regular Coca-cola drink taste, but what’s important is the bottle, it makes an exclusive Coca-Cola collectible!
Our New Year is more fun because of all these treats from Japan Crate! All the snacks we got this month are tasty and delicious. They took our taste buds to another fun and exciting experience. There were a lot of grape flavored snacks, but there were also other sweet, salty, and uniquely flavored treats exclusive to the country. 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 too!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!