Japan Crate January 2020 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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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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The box features Japan Crate branding and other Japanese inspired designs. On the side, it indicates that it is a Premium box.

There’s a booklet on top of the snacks.

There are LOTS of snacks in this box!

The booklet features an awesome cover art!

Featured at the back of the booklet are the different selfies of subscribers with their Japan Crate box. Upload your own selfie and tag #JAPANCRATE for a chance to be featured on the next month’s issue!

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.

This booklet also includes food and some cultural information about Japan.

The bottom of the box even features cute manga-inspired illustrations!

Everything in my January 2020 box!

Coca-Cola Original Taste Ribbon Bottle. Based on the brochure, we should be receiving a zero caffeine Coca-Cola but what we got is the Original Taste flavor. I love its taste, but I’m still looking forward to trying the zero caffeine drinks.

Kit Kat Mini Party Ice Cream. Kit Kat is a staple snack in our box, and this month’s version of Kit Kat is the new and limited edition milk chocolate cookie biscuit that features a delicious vanilla ice cream flavor with a kick of cinnamon and mint. It’s tasty and very yummy, a refreshing way to start your year! As always, they’re individually wrapped so we can share them with family. The wrappers are also super cute.

Garlic Kaatage Potato Chips. It’s a bag of delicious hard fried potato chips blended with savory garlic flavor and showered with chili hot pepper that resulted in a delicious umami flavor. These chips definitely pairs well with a glass of Sapporo beer!

Fukufuku Candy. It’s a Maneki-Neko-inspired candy believed to bring good luck to its owner. They are hard-shelled, bite-sized, round-shaped treats with unique purple color and deliciously sweet flavor. It’s so appetizing, you’re easily lucky just by having it!

Donguri Gum. This grape-flavored candy feels so refreshing in the mouth! It has a hard outer shell and a sweet chewy gum at the center.

Fortune Telling Mont Blanc. It’s a miniature version of the real Mont Blanc, made with pureed, sweetened chestnuts, and topped with a blob of whipped cream. So yummy, it almost tastes like the real deal!

Almond Mochi Choco. Mochi is another popular snack in Japan, and the one we got this month is a chocolate-coated mochi filled with scrumptious chocolate-almond stuffings. It’s soft, chewy, tasty, and absolutely addicting!

Mike Popcorn Gyokuroen Konbu Tea Flavor. Mike, a well-known popcorn brand made a collaboration with Gyokuroen Konbu Cha to create a unique mix of popcorn that features a delicious taste of Japanese konbu tea mixed with sweet and salty popcorn. I never thought that a tea-flavored popcorn would taste this good!

Funny Soft Candy. For this month’s DIY snack kit, we’re making our own sweet and soft jelly candy. It’s so easy to do, simply open the three sachets (ramune soda, lemon, and strawberry flavor) and then pour them carefully on the plastic tray, and mix them all together.

Crispy Chocolate. Malt and rice cereal were combined in this delightful snack bar. It’s crispy and sweet, and perfect as a quick afternoon snack to boost your mood. It tastes malty as well. When you snap it in two, you’ll see the rice crisps ingrained in the bar.

Chocolate Soft. This yummy treat is a hit with kids and kids-at-heart. It’s primarily made from marshmallow on a cone, with a creamy chocolate filling inside. It’s so sweet and satisfying!

Doraemon Gum. We got here thin strips of chewy candies with a rough texture and delectable ramune soda and yogurt flavor. Despite its thinness, it’s packed with so much flavor. The cute wrapper features the popular Japanese manga character Doraemon!

Takenoko No Sato Village Double Nut Cake. This popular Japanese snack features a scrumptious cookie base with delectable double nut cake toppings. It’s a limited and exclusive edition snack since the regular toppings are made from chocolate. I’m very pleased I got to taste these!

Candemina Honey Lemon Soda. We love gummy and sour candies, so this one is an automatic win! They’re chewy candies featuring a distinct taste of honey lemon with a blend of soda flavors. The burst of flavor in each chew is just satisfying.

Fettuccine Gummy Cassis Orange Flavor. We got another pack of gummy candies in our box, and this time it is made by Bourbon, a well-known confectionery in Japan. These gummies are shaped like a flat fettuccine pasta with real orange flavor and a bit rough texture.

Akabe Gum. This magical gum will turn your tongue a shiny red color in no-time. But don’t worry, once you’re done with the gum, it’ll come back to its original color!


Cider Ball. Just as expected, cider and jelly mixture would be perfect together. This type of treat is loved in Japan, and I now I know why. This jelly is soft and smooth, with the refreshing and slightly sweet cider flavor bursting in every chew!

One-Two Chocolate. This treat looks a little like the original Kit Kat flavor, as it’s a chocolate-coated wafer filled with yummy chocolate filling. It’s so crispy, crunchy, and absolutely yummy!

More snacks means more FUN! The January box was filled with delicious snacks and treats that satisfied our cravings, from savory to sweet! They even included a number of new and limited edition snacks that you’ll only see in this box. We definitely love everything inside our box, and although we did not get the zero caffeine ribbon bottle Coca-Cola, I still like the original version. Can’t wait to see our next box!

What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!

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