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!
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This month’s box features the characters from Fruits Basket, a popular Japanese manga turned television series.
Even the interior of the box features a scene from Fruits Basket!
There are LOTS of snacks in this box!
The box includes an information booklet! As already hinted by the box, it’s a collaboration with Funimation, the makers of FRUITS BASKET!
Tohru Honda is a high school student living alone in a tent after she loses her mother, who was her only remaining family member. However, it turns out that the land she pitches her tent on is part of the distinguished Soma family estate! When Shigure Soma sees the value of her housekeeping skills, Tohru ends up living with Yuki Soma, who is essentially the prince of her school, and Kyo Soma, who regards Yuki as his rival. But there’s something Tohru doesn’t know yet: the Soma family has been bound for centuries by a horrible curse… Fruits Basket pairs shojo manga’s signature romantic suspense with an unexpected and profound story. The series has received overwhelming support. Once you get hooked, you won’t be able to stop until the end!
The collaboration between Funimation and Japan Crate is in celebration of the return of Fruits Basket!
Inside the booklet is a chart of contents that lists all the snacks from three different box sizes. 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.
The tiers are cumulative, so our Premium Box has everything on the page!
Instead of the usual food and cultural information about Japan, the booklet includes a relationship chart and a description of the characters from Fruits Basket.
Everything in my June 2019 box!
Fruits Basket Button Pin. We got a set of button pins, packed in a plastic pouch. It’s a Premium Crate bonus item.
The pins feature Yuki Soma, Kyo Soma, and Tohru Honda, respectively. They can be attached to bags or pouches!
Brown Chocolate Ginza Rusk. Rusks are crispy and sweet pieces of dried toast. The rusks in this pack are made with chocolate, making the treat richer and tastier!
Ramune Sour Grape. Ramune, not to be confused with ramen, is a Japanese fizzy soda drink. These candies are inspired by ramune and also packed with a sour grape flavor, giving you a burst of sourness in every chew.
Fruit Gummy Can. These gummy candies are shaped like orange slices. Each piece is chewy and juicy! The orange flavor is not too overwhelming. It was just natural tasting, with the right amount of tartness and sweetness.
Pukupukutai Mint Flavor. It’s not your ordinary wafer snack! This one is fish-shaped and boasts of a minty chocolate flavor. It’s similar to Taiyaki, a Japanese bread with a delicious filling.
Fruits Jelly Beans. These jelly beans can be called a fruits basket because of the variety of fruity flavors it has. There’s strawberry, orange, and grapes, and each piece melts in the mouth!
Puromochi Grape. A hybrid of gummy candy and mochi, each piece of this snack is chewy and squishy. They’re also grape-flavored, keeping your tastebuds awake with its sour taste!
Grape Gum. Here’s another grape-flavored treat, and this time they’re shaped like actual grape pieces too! The gum is chewy and really flavorful until the last chew.
Afternoon Tea Cheese Milk tea Flavor. Cheese tea is quite a unique combination, and it has already become a trend in Japan! Now, they even have this drink in bottles, so you can enjoy it anytime and anywhere, or even when you’re on the other side of the world. The packaging is cute, it features a classic Japanese school setting similar to that of Fruits Basket!
Mikan Mochi. Mikan Mochi is also known as tangerine mochi candy. Although small, each piece is chewy and packed with a refreshing tangy flavor from tangerine.
King’s Melon Bread. A popular school snack, these cookies are soft, sweet, and definitely filling. They’re a perfect partner for tea, coffee, and other hot beverages.
Warugaki Beer Candy. This beer is safe for children! No worries because there’s no actual beer used, only that it will look like beer when you add cold water to the powder in the pack.
Buntan Candy. Pomelo gives a sweet and sour flavor to buntan, a traditional candy from the 1970s. Each piece is wrapped with rice paper.
Kajiriccho Grape And Soda. This rope-like candy is sweet and chewy, with a grape-flavored coating and soda-flavored filling. If you love both soda and grapes, this one’s a must-try!
Matcha Milk Shimochoco. Shimichoco is a star-shaped puffed snack. This month, we got it in Uji matcha and white chocolate flavor. It tastes bittersweet, which is fine by me! If you prefer snacks that are not sweet, this might be for you.
Aobe Gum. We got another pack of gum. It’s chewy and flavorful, but what makes it unique is that it gives your tongue a blue color!
Kataage Potato Salt And Wasabi. Finally, a pack of potato chips! These were slow fried to make them crunchy and then flavored with wasabi to leave your mouth with a lasting heat.
Donguri Apple Candy. Don’t be fooled by this candy, it might be hard and sour on the outside but there’s also a soft gum waiting for you in its center.
Mini Bottle Candy. Subscribers will receive one of three mini bottle candy flavors: cider, strawberry, and lemon. We got it in lemon and it was really sour! They call it bottle candy because the packaging is shaped like a bottle. The candy itself is like powder.
Japan Crate Premium Box is always jampacked with the best and tastiest treats from Japan! This month’s curation contains a lot of fruit flavored snacks, in line with the Fruits Basket theme. From candies to bread, they’re all great to snack on whether you’re having fun outside in the summer sun or spending time indoors. We’ve got several grape flavored treats and they’re my favorite. Although not fruit-flavored, the wasabi potato chips is another standout snack. We even got a bottle of tea to wash down all the snacks we’ve tried! It’s really a fun box overall, and even when you’re not into all of the treats, you can always share them with your friends and family!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!