TokyoTreat is a snack subscription box filled with candy and other tasty goodies from Japan. A little salty, a little sweet... all very authentic to what you'd find walking through a convenience store in Japan.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Small Size, $14.00 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: TokyoTreat
The Cost: Choose from one of three different sizes:
Small - $14.99 + free shipping
- 5-7 Full-size Japanese candy and snacks (< 1 lbs)
Regular - $24.99 + free shipping
- 8-12 Full-size Japanese candy and snacks (< 1.5 lbs)
- 1 DIY candy kit
Premium - $34.99 + free shipping
- 13-17 Full-size Japanese candy and snacks (< 2.5 lbs)
- 1 DIY candy kit
- 1 Drink
- 1 Special item (i.e. drink, premium DIY, high-quality Gachapon toy)
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 3/31, use coupon code NEWTOKYOTREAT to save $5 off your Premium box every month!
The Products: Each box has a hand-picked collection of Japanese candies, DIY kits, traditional Dagashi snack, and savory snacks and drinks for you to enjoy.
Ships to: U.S. and Worldwide
Good to know: Sign up for boxes is open until the last day of the month. All boxes are targeted to arrive between the 20th-28th of the month.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The February box is all about Valentine's Day! This box always includes a really thorough, fun info booklet.
It includes a product list for each of the boxes (which makes it tempting to upgrade, doesn't it?)...
...and other fun info, including a Japanese song!
Strawberry Chocolate Covered Barley Puffs
These little puffs have a hard coating on them, not unlike an M&M.
I didn't get the chocolate flavor as much, but they did have a low-key strawberry taste to them. The puffed barley insides are crispy and have a heartier, nuttier flavor than traditional rice puffs might. They sort of dissolve in a bite or two.
Tirol Choco Strawberry Assortment
This pouch contains individually wrapped little bricks of chocolate.
The flavors are strawberry smoothie, strawberry mille-feuille (shoutout to Great British Baking Show for teaching me that a mille-feuille is a dessert made of layers of crispy pastry separated by some kind of cream, cake, or other goodness), and strawberry tea.
Aren't they pretty?
The smoothie flavor (solid pink) had a marshmallowy center and really captured the sweet, creamy flavor of a strawberry smoothie (or milkshake, really). The mille-feuille flavor (the marbled pink one) had some kind of cookie crumbles running throughout it, and the flavor was much milder. My favorite was the tea flavor (the sandy color). It has a more solid cookie center, which gives a nice crunch, and the flavor was rather aromatic. You know when you smell a really fantastic, dessert-like, strawberry candle? It's kind of like an edible version of that smell. I know, I know, that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but trust me—it's pretty good!
I've had snacks similar to this before, but usually with chocolate as the featured flavor.
These little tubes of pastry are light and crisp, as is the flavor. They have an airy crunch to them. I really liked the strawberry flavor of these, too. It's very true strawberry, but it's not super bright or overwhelming. I also found that it stuck around as sort of a pleasant aftertaste. (Again, sounds weird, but is really nice!)
I'm really not a gum or gummy person, though, so I can't say I was thrilled to try these! The gumballs are pretty small (I'd say about an inch in diameter), but they do pack a nice peach flavor. (You can smell it as soon as you open the pack, too!)
They look innocent enough, with their powdery, sugary shell and peach-like shape. But one of the gumballs in the pack has sour filling! Definitely not up my alley, so I'll have to pawn these off to a friend and see whether they hit the sour center!
Mini Peach Ramune
This tiny capsule mimics a little soda can. There's a plastic pull-tab on one end to open it.
Inside are these little sugary tablets. They're just sugar, plain and simple, and great to just let dissolve slowly in your mouth. They had a great peach flavor with a bit of citrus to them, so that they ended up reminding me of kid's vitamins. (I'm using the goofiest comparisons in this review, aren't I? Ha!)
Calbee Kataage Chips in Clam Soup Flavor
Okay, "clam soup" scared me a bit, but I'm a big chip fan, so I had to give these a shot.
The chips are super crispy, almost like kettle chips would be. I didn't really pick up on the clam flavor in the first bite or two but in the aftertaste? Boom. It felt like I'd just eaten a big spoonful of clam chowder. How wild! I don't know if I'd ever seek these out, but they definitely were a fun experience!
Mini Asparagus Biscuits
Here's another one with a name that made me go "huh... wha???" But as the info booklet clarifies, that's only in reference to their shape.
I really liked the cookie end of these, but there was something in the chocolate that was leaving a weird aftertaste in my mouth. Maybe a fruitiness? Mind you, I still ate a little handful, but I kind of wish the crispy, cookie part was matched up with something else.
Verdict: I liked this TokyoTreat box and how it reflected the Valentines theme with lots of pretty, pink and peach flavors. The box is $14.99, which means each of these 7 items would be about $2.00. I think that's pretty fair, especially since a few of these specialty items are really hard to find online. If you're a big fan of candy in general and love exploring new cultures through food like I do, this subscription might be right up your alley!
Do you think you'll try TokyoTreat?