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Japan Crate Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016


Japan Crate is a monthly subscription box that sends candy and snacks from Japan. The box aims to “recreate the excitement of exploring Japan through fun candy and everything kawaii,” and the assortment is handpicked straight from Japan.


There are 3 crate sizes to choose from: Mini, Original, and Premium.

This review is of the Premium crate.

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.)


The Subscription Box: Japan Crate

The Cost: $12/month for Mini crate, $25/month for Original crate, $30/month for Premium crate. Free shipping to the US.

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

The Products: Candy and snacks from Japan!

Ships to: Internationally with exceptions found here.

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Each box comes with a “manga-zine” that details the included snacks along with information on Japanese food and culture. This month’s theme is Japanese Café.


Maruta Mini Bottle

I’m not a fan of this powdery candy. It’s too sour for me, and the plastic bottle has a weird sour smell that makes my nose scrunch up.

Sakusaku Panda Anniversary Chocolate Torte Cookies

I love chocolate panda cookies as much as the next person, but sending them in the middle of summer was bound to melt them. These cookies are individually wrapped, which made it even harder to eat, sadly. I loved the crunchy cookie and whipped chocolate combination though!


Closeup of the Sakusaku cookies.


Morokashi Wa Taro Doubanjiang Flavor

I have mixed reactions to this snack. I really like the puffy texture but the salty chili and bean paste flavor isn’t my style.

Takaoka Choco Flakes

These are basically chocolate covered cereal flakes! They sound run-of-the-mill but as a breakfast cereal addict I assure you this is super yummy. Why have cereal and milk when you can take these Choco Flakes on the go?


Yaokin Cocobis Biscuits

I love these sweet biscuits! They have a slight coconut and sugar coating and would be delicious with milk or tea.

Animal Kid Biscuits

These taste very much like animal crackers but slightly sweeter and creamier.


Paicro Sugar & Butter Flavor

I am in love with this snack. These are sweet, puffy treats that really taste like mini croissants. They are buttery, sweet, flakey, and cute to boot. This may be the most memorable snack I’ve ever received from Japan Crate!


Closeup of the Paicro mini croissant cookies.


Milk Flavored Chocolate

This packet holds tiny candy-coated dots that look like Wonka Nerds but taste like white chocolate. I’m a fan of white chocolate so this was really tasty!

White & Cookie Chocolate

This cute chocolate square tastes almost exactly like Hershey’s Cookies’n’Creme chocolate.


Maroshuwa Peach Soda

Give me more! I always love Japan Crate’s monthly beverage selection, and this peach soda was no different. It tastes sweet and peachy and is perfect for the hot summer days.

Sumiyaki Coffee Candy

Unlike other coffee candies I’ve had, these have a hearty, bitter coffee flavor underneath the sweetness. It’s a yummy combination.


Caramel Gari Gari Twist

This bag contains crunchy caramel-coated biscuits. It’s really delicious, if not a bit too sweet!


Puchi Puchi Uranai Candy

These are small candy-coated chocolates. Now that I’ve opened a handful of Japan Crates I notice some Japanese snacks are portioned and packaged quite differently from American snacks. I mean, if this was sold in the US it would be sold in bags and placed next to the check-out line with the Skittles and M&Ms! Instead I get the honor of peeling the foil back one tiny candy at a time.

Punifuwa Happy Nikukyu Peach Gummies

In my opinion, peach and gummies are a match made in heaven. The gummies are deliciously soft and squishy.




Yokai Watch Jelly Drink DIY Kit

This month’s DIY kit features Yokai Watch, a video game from Nintendo that’s kind of like Pokemon. The drink is “cola flavored” and is made from powders that change color when mixed. After you chill the beverage it turns gelatinous! But…I enjoyed making the kit more than I did drinking it.

Verdict: I had a blast with this month’s Japan Crate! Almost every snack was a hit, and I discovered some really addicting ones like the Paicro mini croissants and the peach soda. There were 15 snacks, so the cost breakdown averages to $2 per snack. I think this is a good value for discovering Japanese snacks that you can’t find in the US.

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Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy began her subscription box adventure in 2014 and never looked back. She loves Asian beauty and is constantly in search of skincare holy grails. She hoards lipsticks. Her favorites are beauty, lifestyle, and jewelry subscriptions.

Posted in Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, Japan Crate Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: japan crate | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. there is a fortune telling feature that goes with the little chocolate-covered candies. it is posted on the japan crate blog.

  2. Great review, honest, descriptive and so much fun to read! I think one of these days I am going to buy the premium crate and have a couple of friends over for a Japan tasting party!

    • Thanks for reading!

  3. There’s a fortune-telling feature that goes along with the Puchi Puchi Uranai Candy:

    The only one I really didn’t like in this one was the Morokashi Wa Taro Doubanjiang Flavor. I could’ve eaten a bunch of the Maruta Mini Bottles and the croissants and caramel things. Oh and the coffee candies are going to be passed on to someone who likes coffee. Overall, I liked the May box way better, though, possibly because there was more chocolate.

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