Freedom Japanese Market Box Subscription Review – July 2014
The Freedom Japanese Market Box is a monthly subscription that delivers over a pound of unique Japanese candies and snacks in each box. They offer free shipping worldwide, and if their online shop doesn’t have a snack you’re looking for, they’ll find it for you and help get it to you.
Freedom Japanese Market Box kindly sent us this box to review.
The Box: Freedom Japanese Market Box
The Cost: $25/month
The Products: 7-12 Japanese treats each month
Ships to: Worldwide – with free shipping everywhere!
Each box also contains information about each snack – of the handful of Japanese snack boxes I’ve tried, this info card has been the most helpful! The labeled photos and easily-understood bit of information about each treat made everything seem less like a surprise grab-bag of Japanese snacks than others have (not to mention it saved me loads of time trying to figure out what each thing is for this review!).
Umaka! Champon – Seafood flavored ramen puffs
Pachi-Chew – Chewy grape candies mixed with grape pop rocks
Umaibo! Rusk – Ruck (a twice-baked sugar biscuit)-flavored crispy tube
I’m so thankful for the descriptions of the snacks in this box! In each of the handful of Japanese/Asian snack boxes I’ve tried, I think there’s been something in crispy-tube form and something seafood-flavored in each one! I think they must be popular trends in the East.
Hello Kitty Strawberry Marshmallows
Super Soft Cake – a tiramisu-flavored cake with cream filling
Kit Kats – one was Matcha-flavored and the other was strawberry cheesecake-flavored
We actually ate all of these! I could eat marshmallows all day, and these are no exception – they were round, strawberry-flavored marshmallow balls and super fun to eat. The Soft Cake didn’t actually taste as much like tiramisu as I hoped (yet another one of my favorite desserts – can you tell I have a sweet tooth?), but it was a nice idea.
Neruneru-Nerune – a DIY kit from a company called Kracie
Hi-Chew Festival Edition – cotton candy-flavored chewable candy with bits of crunchy cotton candy inside
Morokoshi Watoro – Corn ring crisps
Kokobis – Crispy, coconut-flavored biscuits
Tohato Caramel Corn
This caramel corn is really similar in texture to cheese puffs, but caramel-flavored. Definitely interesting, though not exactly my taste!
Verdict: Freedom Japanese Market has impressed me. The information card is far superior and more informative than others I’ve seen in similar boxes, and I felt like the curation included a good variety of things. There were trendy things, classic (to them, I understand) things, new versions of candy I recognized, outrageous things, and things that didn’t seem so strange to try. Even though I won’t eat every treat, I know a lot more about each one so I can either swap them or informatively pass them along to someone else! As far as the value goes, I really can’t estimate the cost of these snacks easily, due to the language barrier (all the labels are in Japanese), but I do love that they include free shipping world-wide.
What do you think of this box? Have you ever heard of, or tried, any of these snacks?