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Japan Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2016

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Japan Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends candy and snacks from Japan.  They pride themselves on sending items that can only be found in Japan.

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box:  Premium Japan Crate

The Cost:  The premium box is $30/month.  There are options starting at $12.00 per month.

COUPON: Save $5 off your first Original or Premium box with code MSA5!

Ships:  Internationally with a few exceptions – you can find those here.

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Green Tea KitKats – $0.75

These are absolutely amazing.  I’ve never tried these before, but had heard rave reviews…they’re worth all the rave reviews!  I will definitely repurchase these.  My KitKats had the wafers in them, so I don’t get to sue for a lifetime supply.  Sad face.

Coris Grape & Soda Kajirittyo

This is a grape flavored taffy-like candy that turns into gum, but then dissolves.  It’s quite odd, but the flavor is good!

Yaokin Moguchuu Strawberry

These are very, very hard chewy candies.  The flavor is excellent, but I will not be finishing the rest of the packet.  I’m a little afraid for the health of my teeth!  Japan Crate compares these to Hi-Chews, and I would agree with that regarding the look and flavor, but the Hi-Chews I’ve had in the past were nowhere near as painful to eat!

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Twinbow Drink Gummy

These are essentially gummy worms.  I believe the ‘drink’ part comes in because they’re drink flavored – cola, ramune, lemon, and lime.  They’re not too sour, but you definitely don’t mistake them for regular gummy worms!  I really like that the package of these is resealable.  Not many candy packages here in the States are resealable – we could take a few pointers from other countries on this!

Toppu Trio Stick Gum

These are individually wrapped chewing gum sticks – this package has 6 sticks.  The flavors are cola, cider, and grape.  The consistency of this gum is more similar to bubble gum than say, Trident, but the flavors are good!

Nericcho Soft Cider/Strawberry Cones

This is a DIY kit for ‘ice cream’ cones.  The kit includes powder to make the ‘ice cream,’ cones, and a spoon to mix.  The packaging itself functions as the container to mix.  Once I added water to the powder, it turned into a foaming creamy substance.  You put that in the cones, and then eat!  My niece loved this one.

Yaokin Budou Grape Gummy

One thing I can say about Japanese candy/treats is that it always smells very strongly like it tastes!  These tasted great, and they were very soft.

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Chip Star Norishio

These are seaweed and salt flavored chips.  They’re not bad, but the flavor is not one I would choose for myself.  I’m sure if you’re a seaweed fan, you would love these.  They’re extremely similar to Pringles!  This can is resealable – again with the usefulness!

Ramune Rumble – Raspberry

This is a raspberry flavored lightly carbonated drink.  The novelty here, is that there is a marble under the cap that you have to push down in to the drink to get it open.  I’m not talented enough to get it opened yet, so I can’t really review the drink itself!

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Petit Pastel Ice Cream Cookies & Chocolate

These are adorable chocolate and cookie shaped ice cream cones, and they’re delicious!  There are two packages inside the box, and I’m hiding it for me.  They’re too good to share!

Super Lemon

How awesome is the packaging on these?!  I love the faux newsprint and comic-y design of this.  If you didn’t get your sour fix with the Twinbow Drink Gummies, you’ll get it here.  The outside of these candies is exactly like the Warheads of the 90’s.  They’re a layered candy, so the first layer is sour, second layer tastes similar to a Lemonhead, and then the inside is another layer of sour lemon flavor.

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Heart Ltd. Oekaki Choco DIY

Another DIY kit!  I’ve linked to the Japan Crate YouTube account, where they demonstrate how this one is made.  I received an ice cream/parfait pattern.  This one is very involved, with the tweezers and placing everything where it belongs.  I’m not that patient, nor that artistic, so we’ll see how it comes out for me!

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Mini Ramen Bowl

This is a really fun addition to the box.  it is approximately 3 inches in diameter, and it’s pretty heavy!  The attention to detail is fabulous, and it seems very well made!

Verdict:  I didn’t do values this month because it is pretty difficult to find all of these items online and accurately guess the values of the ones I cannot find.  In general, I think this is a great value for the cost of the box, and the curation is usually pretty great.  The Manga-zine that is included is always very informative, and I love reading the descriptions of the items before I try them!  They also include various trivia and articles about Japan.  This month was about Valentine’s Day – it’s quite opposite from the States!  The women gift the men chocolate on Valentine’s Day instead of the other way around…I know some men that could get on board with that!

What do you think about Japan Crate?  I think it’s fun going through and seeing all the new-to-me snacks and candies!

Written by Bekki Menzies

Bekki Menzies

Bekki first discovered subscription boxes in 2014 and they quickly took over her life! (Not quite, but pretty close.) She started with POPSUGAR Must Have, then moved to Little Lace Box, Birchbox, Hamptons Lane…the rest was history. Her favorite product find is Beekman 1802 Fudge (so, so good) and her favorite boxes are Birchbox and Hamptons Lane…but she’s always looking for a new subscription to try!
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4 Comments

  1. I got three months of the original box for my 13 year old daughter for Christmas. She’s into anime and Japanese culture. She loves it so much! She let me taste the two chocolate items (I’m not into sour), and they are so delicious. She decided she wants to earn enough money to keep getting the subscription, and maybe the premium.

    I also love the way they itemize the three box types in the leaflet, so you can easily evaluate the value for yourself.

  2. In Japan, ladies get their V day turn on Sweetest Day. I still have my tea cup set from my last holiday there in 2005. A gift from the restaurant my then single girlfriends and I had diner at that night, not knowing it was a romantic holiday. I think they felt sorry for a group of “lonely” American ladies, lol.

  3. The “ramen” is actually kitsune udon! One of my favorites. It’s adorable!

  4. We love ramune! Take the plastic off the top and punch the inner green piece out of the larger circle green piece. Push the inner green piece down on the marble hard with the flat part against your hand. It will take some effort, but it is worth it. This is a flavor we haven’t tried and I will look for it. Our favorite is the original which tastes a bit like bubblegum.

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