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.
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This is a review of the Premium box!
The snacks came in the usual bright-colored red box.
As always, there are LOTS of snacks in this box!
This month, we didn’t get the usual booklet. Instead, there’s a sheet with a list of 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 interior of the box even features cute doodles!
Everything in my June 2020 box!
KitKat Ocean Salt. Just when we thought we’ve already tasted all the weird and unique KitKat flavors from Japan, here comes KitKat Ocean Salt! In this variant, they used their signature wafer, white chocolate as the coating, and sea salt! The salty-sweet flavor is pleasing to the palate. It was really addicting. Also, each individually-wrapped KitKat features a cute illustration of marine life!
Setonoyuage Seaweed Salt. These are traditional Japanese rice biscuits that are usually paired with green tea. The seaweed flavor is there, it was salty but not overwhelming.
Sakura Chiffon Oreo Crispy. This year, Nabisco Japan released a limited-edition Oreo flavor that features sakura chiffon cake! They used thin and crispy versions of Oreo, with a pink creamy filling. It’s a bit sweet and there’s a distinct floral taste to it! If you are new to sakura-flavored snacks, this is a good introduction because the flavor is well-balanced. The box includes 3 packs with 8 biscuits each, perfect for sharing or snacking on-the-go.
Lemon Gum. This is probably the sourest gums I’ve tasted from this box. The lemon flavor is intense, and it makes my face scrunch up! The lemon illustration on the packaging says it all!
Chameleon Ramune. As the name suggests, this ramune candy changes its color and flavor as it melts in your mouth. It’s a pretty exciting snack to have, my kids and I had fun guessing which color and flavor they turn into once we pop them in our mouth.
Sour Jerky. Japan’s version of jerky is one-of-a-kind! It’s made with dried squid, with a flavor similar to a combination of salt and vinegar. There’s no wonder this is popular in Japan. It’s easy to eat and it’s also tasty.
My Melody Chocolate. It’s a piece of chocolate shaped like the popular Sanrio character, My Melody. The milk chocolate used was rich and creamy, and it was perfectly blended with a slightly sweet strawberry flavor. It was such a nice treat, too bad we only have one in the box. Another interesting thing about this snack is that it reveals a random fortune (known as omikuji in Japan) when you peel off the foil!
Lemon Corit. Here’s another lemon-flavored candy! It’s not as intense as the other candies in this box. It’s just smooth and mild, and I like it! It came in a cute triangle pouch that’s also easy to bring anywhere.
Mini Monster Fruit Flavor. This sour candy strip is similar to what we have here in the US. It’s fruity, with a sour kick at the end that will leave you wanting more!
Gabrichu Kishu Nanko Ume. It’s a long taffy candy flavored with plum juice! There’s a burst of refreshing fruity flavor, plus it’s really chewy. The sweet and tangy combination is really good.
Chocolate Pie. For chocolate lovers, here’s a crispy chocolate bread that makes such a filling snack. It also comes with slightly bitter chocolate in the center which I can’t get enough of!
Grape Sour Long Gum. This grape-flavored chewing gum is said to be a childhood favorite in Japan. The fruity flavor was there until the end! It was satisfying!
JR Limited Express Chocolate. These mini-chocolate balls came in a carton designed like a Japanese train. The unique packaging easily captured my kids’ attention, and they also loved the sweetness of the chocolates.
Animal Land Chocolate. We also have these chocolates that look like M&M’s, which have a hard shell and chocolate in the middle. They came in a foil pack with a camel design.
Mini Fresh. The tablet candies were packed in a cute cylinder container. They may be small but they feel refreshing in the mouth! They also have a yogurt-y flavor that I like!
Fanta Socata. Here’s a popular summer drink in Japan, a Fanta in a can with flavors inspired by Socata. Socata is a traditional soft drink from Romania, and it’s made with elderflower fermented in a lemon and honey/sugar solution. This is best served chilled!
Edo-Style Soy Sauce Chip Star. These potato chips look like Pringles! They are flavored with edo-style soy sauce which makes them savory. Each piece was crunchy, and I also like that they weren’t too salty!
Instant Tapioca DIY. For milk tea fans, they included this DIY kit! It includes a cup, a straw, dried black tapioca, and matcha milk tea powder. You just need to put the tapioca and the powder in the cup, add hot water (only half full if you want an iced drink), and mix! Preparing it only takes 5 minutes or even less, perfect for sudden milk tea cravings!
Japan Crate introduces us to new Japanese snacks every month, including those that are limited edition! This month, it’s all about summer snacks and drinks. The candies were really good, as well as the biscuits. Our favorite is the Ocean Salt KitKat! We admire their advocacy and the KitKat with sea salt tastes wonderful. Plus, the wrapper designs are so cute. There’s always a lot of products in this box so I get to share some with my family. It’s really a good subscription for those who are into Japanese treats because the products are all authentic and they come all the way from Japan!
What item do you want to try from this month’s Japan Crate? Let me know in the comments!