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Japan Crate Subscription Box Review – July 2015

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Japan Crate is a monthly subscription that sends full-sized, Japanese candy and DIY food kits straight from Tokyo.

Japan Crate sent us this Premium Crate for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: Japan Crate

The Cost: $12 per month for the mini crate (4-6 candies); $25 per month for the original crate (8-12 candies and DIY Kits); $30 per month for the premium crate (10-14 candies and DIY Kits).

The Products: Full-sized Japanese candy and DIY food kits.

Ships to: Worldwide. (US shipping is free. Shipping elsewhere is $10.)

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Japan Crate has upgraded from a card to a booklet! It reads back to front and includes a list of the items in the box, item spotlights, DIY instruction, and fan art.

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The booklet also reveals the month’s “Sugoi Crate,” a large box full of giant Japanese candy and electronics that one lucky subscriber receives every month. Sugoi Crates are valued at over $500, and subscribers are automatically entered to win!

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Corn Potage Chips (BONUS ITEM!)

Corn Potage, the inspiration for these chips, is a popular Japanese soup. The puffed chips definitely have a powerful corn flavor. They remind me of corn chowder!

Potekoro Cubes

I always look forward to the savory snacks that Japan Crate includes in their boxes. I like the sweet treats too, of course, but salty snacks are my true weakness. These Potekoro Cubes are flavored with black pepper and are slightly reminiscent of small fried croutons. I like them a lot, and I appreciate the potent peppery flavor.

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Kids Beer

Not to worry, parents, this “kid’s beer” is really just non-alcoholic apple soda. (Still, I’m not sure a product like this would ever fly in the US!) The information booklet explains that drinking in Japan is full of unique customs (never pouring your own drink and taking the first sip together are two examples), and that this product was created to allow children to take part in the tradition.

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Chameleon Candy

Chameleon hard candies all start out a chocolate brown color but change color in your mouth. According to Japan Crate, it’s good luck if you pick a candy that turns red!

Sour Lemon Gum

I love sour candy, but this gum is on another level! It reminds me a little of Warheads- it’s super sour at the start and then the flavor starts to mellow until you’re left with something sweet. After the sour punch wears off, the gum tastes like lemonade.

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Chu Grape Jelly

Inside the plastic wrapper is a large plastic tube that’s filled with grape-flavored jelly candy. It’s kind of like a shelf-stable Jell-o that you squeeze into your mouth. I think this candy is a lot of fun to eat, and I like the flavor, too.

Lifeguard Paste

The various different forms of candy I receive from Japan Crate amaze me. This paste, for example, is a kind of candy I don’t think I’ve ever seen in the US before! The texture is so unusual (thick and viscous), and it tastes a little citrusy. I’m not sure I love this candy, but I’m happy that I got to try it.

Maken Gummy

Each Maken packet contains a gummy hand that’s shaped into the symbol for rock, paper, or scissors. Japan Crate recommends opening your treat with a fellow subscriber to see who wins!

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Kajiri Chew

This is my favorite discovery in this month’s Japan Crate by far. I love cola-flavored sweets, and I think this chewy cola stick is SO good. The consistency is soft and chewy, a little like taffy, and the flavor is strong and delicious.

Choco Bar Z Kinako

Japan Crate sent out Bar Z in a different flavor a few months ago, and I’m happy to see another one included. Each bar consists of a crispy wafer that’s been soaked in soy flour chocolate. I guess I’m a fan of Bar Z- I really enjoyed both flavors!

Adzuki Mizu Yokan

Most of the time, Japan Crate sends modern Japanese candy; however, Adzuki Mizu Yokan is a more traditional Japanese sweet. It’s a tinned jelly flavored with red bean paste, and, honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it. I didn’t love my first taste, but, without thinking about it, I continued to sneak little bites. I guess it’s growing on me!

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Animal Drawing Sherbet DIY

This month’s Japan Crate booklet devotes a full page to the month’s DIY kit. I always have fun trying to decipher the instructions on the DIY kits, but I think it’s really helpful to have illustrated instructions in English, since some of the kits can be pretty tricky.

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This month’s kit allows you to make a frozen treat! Japan Crate’s instructions made this kit extremely easy to follow.

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I began by mixing a packet of powder into water and filling the molds halfway. The colors are mixes separately and then added to the mold with an eyedropper. The kit encourages you to mix your own colors, but I liked the look of the standard yellow, pink, and blue together, so I just stuck with those. When the drops were all in place, I froze the candy for 30 minutes.

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As you can see, my colored dots got a little mixed into the rest of the candy. (I probably should have assembled it closer to the freezer, so I didn’t have to carry it across the room.) Not to worry, though, it was still tasty! I think this is a perfect DIY kit to send mid-summer, and it’s probably my favorite kit to date!

Verdict: Japan Crate is so much fun! I really enjoy trying different kinds of Japanese candy and always have a great time constructing the DIY kits. I can’t do a value breakdown for this box because I couldn’t find most of the treats for sale online, but Premium Crates are always packed with fun and delicious treats, and I feel they’re worth the cost. If you’re looking for a box full of fun and unusual Japanese candy, I can definitely recommend Japan Crate!

What do you think about this month’s Japan Crate? Did you love the frozen DIY snack, too?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. I want to subscribe to this box so badly! My personal trainer would not be pleased though! Decisions, decisions lol.

  2. I believe the red bean paste in the candy is probably natto. It’s a very popular ingredient in Japanese sweets, which is odd to Americans since it’s fermented red soybean paste. It’s often served on ice cream and is stringy/chewy like melted mozzarella! I tried it. Once. And that was more than enough for me, lol. If they ever include anything with Goya as an ingredient just a head’s up-it’s Japanese bitter melon that tastes a lot like rotten cucumber to me. It’s super bitter and definitely an acquired taste. Our box hasn’t come yet so thanks for the red bean warning!

    • I’m pretty sure the adzuki paste is just a paste treat made with sweet adzuki red beans. Super sweet and traditionally consumed as part of a tea ceremony. Wonderful paired with something bitter, like beer. Even better as a sweet bun filling (again consumed with beer LOL).

  3. Looks yummy

  4. Japan must be the only country on Earth that has louder, more in-your-face packaging than the U.S.!

    • You should see what road construction looks like–holy neon flashing signs!! Hundreds of them, literally. Some are even animated people. So you’re definitely warned but equally distracted, lol

      • Hee! 😀

        I’d love to go someday, although I admit that the heavily structured culture makes me afraid that I’d be offending people left and right!

  5. Oh man, if I didn’t already have a year’s sub to the J-list snack box, I would totally get this. That lemon face on the sour candy! xD

  6. I’ve been surprised at how much we look forward to this crate each month! Great

  7. Help me Rhonda! I looooove this!

    Only problem: I’m diabetic HA! Karma for eating so much candy as a kid.

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