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Japan Crate Subscription Box Review – September 2014

Haley Faye
ByHaley FayeSep 26, 2014 | 4 comments

Japan Crate Subscription Box Review - September

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).

Japan Crate Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Items

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 Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Letter

Japan Crate included a letter from their CEO - this is Japan Crate’s third month since the launch of their subscription service!

Japan Crate Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Snacks

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!

Japan Crate Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Sweets

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.

Japan Crate Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Hi Chew

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.

Japan Crate Subscription Box Review - September 2014 Cpne

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?

Haley Faye
Haley Faye
Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

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4 comments

vania choirunnida

Im form indinesia can i buy that that form japan right

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Melissa

Having lived in Japan, I’m disappointed to see so many candies that I am more likely to see in markets here in the States vs. in a Japanese conbini. You’d think they’d include more seasonal items, considering how frequently candies change to suit the season’s flavors.

I’ve yet to find a Japanese subscription box that doesn’t seem to appeal to my tastes. :/ Maybe I’m just difficult.

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Erin

No, I’m right there with you. I think anyone who lived in Japan at some time or another tends to not love the candy sub boxes. I miss being able to run down the street and grab my seasonal faves.

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Amy

I love Japanese sweets! They tend to be fruitier than a lot of American things, and their chocolate is amazing.

The Flower-Kiss candy, if I remember correctly, are peachy and delicious. I love me some hi-chew as well! This makes me want to get this box because it has more variety than is available at my local Asian supermarkets!

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