Japan Crate Subscription Box Review – September 2014
Japan Crate is a monthly subscription that sends you over 2 pounds of full-size, Japanese candy and DIY food kits straight from Tokyo.
Japan Crate sent us this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Japan Crate
The Cost: $25/month with free shipping in US, additional shipping elsewhere
The Products: over 2 pounds of full-size, Japanese candy and DIY food kits.
Ships to: Worldwide
Japan Crate included a letter from their CEO – this is Japan Crate’s third month since the launch of their subscription service!
GGE Soy Sauce Ramen Wheat Crackers – 2.82 oz, value: ~$1.50
Kasugai Wafu Nodo Sukkiri Mix Fruit Hard Candy – 3.7 oz, value: $4.87
Do-It-Yourself Candy: Apple Pie and Cheesecake Flavor – 1.51 oz
Tohato Caramel Corn – 1.9 oz, value: $4.30
I couldn’t find the Soy Sauce Ramen flavored wheat crackers, so I linked to the original flavor. Apparently, this snack is actually comprised of Japanese Ramen formed into a wheat cracker! (Also, this item is listed on the informational sheets as a “bonus item.”)
My favorite snack in the box was the caramel corn. I’ve tried it before from a different Japanese subscription box – the texture is like Cheetos, but caramel-coated!
Shige Kicks – .88 oz
Hana No Kuchizuke Flower Kiss Candy – 4.54 oz, value: ~$1.75
Konpeito Sugar Candy – 3.06 oz, value: $1.98
(These Shige Kicks are apparently soda-flavored, sour gummy candies.)
The sugar candy is pretty much pure sugar – kind of like rock candy. Apparently they can be consumed on their own or used in coffee or tea, but are often at situations in Japan like weddings, New Year’s, or at shrines.
Kabaya Jyu-C Soda Sherbert Sweets – 15 pieces, value: $1.21
Strawberry Hi-Chew – 1.76 oz, value: $.74
Black Black Super Menthol Candy – 12 pieces, value: $1.88
Morinaga Lemon Hi-Chew – 1.94 oz, value: $1.79
Hi-Chews are a great, chewy treat just to keep handy or my purse – I’ve tried them from other snack boxes and they’re definitely yummy!
This Black Black Menthol candy seems interesting: it’s a caffeinated and super minty candy to help you wake up.
Mini Ramune Tablet Candy – .91 oz, value: $1.99
Kawarinbo Lollipop – .7 oz
Strawberry Giant Calpico Cone – .99 oz, value: $.99
This Kawarinbo Lollipop has lots of flavors. The first flavor tastes like grape, the second layer tastes like apples, and the center tastes like cola. Also, cone-like treats like this one seem to be a popular inclusion in Japanese subscription boxes. I’ve seen a couple now!
Verdict: The value for this Japan Crate adds up to $23, not including the 2 snacks I couldn’t find online. It’s been my experience that foreign snack boxes like this one (the ones I’ve tried, at least) tend to have low values so I’m glad this one breaks even. I also like seeing the variety this box has – there’s a DIY candy kit, chewy and hard candies, as well as savory and sweet snacks. A year ago, I’d never recognize any of these things, but it’s kind of fun seeing snacks I recognize in these boxes now!
What do you think of Japan Crate? Are you familiar with any of these treats?