TokyoTreat Subscription Box Review – April 2017
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)
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!
This box always comes with a booklet filled with info on the treats inside, cultural tidbits, and more. This month is also the second-anniversary edition of the box. I’m excited to see if any unexpected items are included in celebration!
It includes a product list for each of the boxes they offer. This review is for the Small box, but you can see the other items you can get in the larger subscriptions!
Ghana Milk Chocolate Bar
I’m a huge fan of chocolate, so this big bar made my day!
There isn’t anything out of the ordinary about this chocolate bar, but it has a great flavor to it. It’s melt-in-your-mouth creamy and isn’t super thick, so each tasty piece snaps off the bar in a satisfying way. It did have the slightest waxiness to it, which I could’ve done without, but the savory sweetness of the chocolate made up for it!
Pureal Peach Gummy
If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that gummies just aren’t my thing. So these peachy, jelly-filled gummies weren’t my favorite.
These bouncy gummies do have a dreamy crystal color and translucence about them, though. And the flavor is plenty peachy. The “goo” inside is more liquid than a gel and has a more intense fruitiness to it.
Chip Star Lobster Bisque Chips
One thing I’ve learned from eating through quite a few TokyoTreat boxes now is that seafood-flavored chips are a huge deal in Japan. Some flavors, like “clam,” have been kinda weird, but this lobster bisque flavor was actually pretty yummy!
They really nailed the salty-sweetness of lobster bisque broth. And the chips themselves are light and crisp. I got to the bottom of this foil-lined cardboard tube really fast…
The rest of the items in the box are dagashi treats that aren’t called out by name in the TokyoTreat booklet. That’s a little bit of a bummer, just because I have no idea what these treats are without that information. But here goes nothing! If anyone recognizes these treats, feel free to share more details in the comments!
These wafers are paper-light and really crisp. They taste a bit like a rice cereal might taste like—there’s a very delicate sweetness to them that’s pretty tasty.
There are about 6 circles in the pack. There’s also a little foil packet of some kind of brown, gel-like sauce that you can presumably spread on these (maybe creating your own wafer sandwich?). The sauce has the strong flavor of soy ramen seasoning, but with some other taste in there that I couldn’t put my finger on. There’s a little drawing of a sea otter holding a clam, so my best guess is that maybe it’s a clam sauce? I’ll be honest—I only tried the tiniest bit, since it wasn’t the most pleasant color. I think not knowing what to expect (since there wasn’t a description or name given for the item) made me more skittish about it, too!
Garlicky Puff Snacks
The next dagashi snack comes in this little frog pouch. Again, I’m not super sure what I’m getting into here…
Going by flavor, I’d say that these are corn puffs, but they do have a sturdy crunchy bite to them (rather than traditional corn puffs that kind of melt in your mouth). The seasoning on them tasted most like garlic salt, but there were also briny notes of seaweed or maybe another fishy flavor. The flavor was really strong—I needed to reach for a glass of water after the first puff—so they weren’t my favorite. And again, I could feel myself approaching these with more apprehension than curiosity, since I didn’t know what I was about to taste. Japanese flavors get really adventurous, which I like, but I like to at least prepare myself for what I’m about to put in my mouth!
Hooray! This snack had a name written in English along the side, so I could give it a Google. I’ve had mochi before and think it’s a really fun treat—it’s the closest thing to a gummy that I actually enjoy.
These balls are basically rice flour that’s been turned into a stretchy, gooey, sugar-sweet paste. Mochi are filled with different things, and these ones have both a white whipped-cream and yellow caramel-like filling mixed together. I think the caramel flavor was trying a little too hard to taste really rich (the saltiness of it was the most resonant flavor). Otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty these were.
This bar also had an English name written on its package! Yay! This bat is about 6 inches long, so it’s a sizable treat.
The basic gist is that it’s a crispy (maybe rice?) rod covered in dark chocolate. The chocolate is pretty waxy and kind of lacking in flavor, so if you’re looking to satisfy a chocolate craving like I was, this might not do the trick. It has a consistency that’s dense like a cake, but crisper like a crunchy snack, which was unique. But in general, it didn’t really wow me.
Crunchy Pizza Snack
While I couldn’t read about this snack, I could tell from the package that it’s pizza-themed!
But holy cow, what a pizza flavor this was! I was actually a bit overwhelmed. It’s kind of like if all of the seasoning in an entire Doritos bag was channeled into just one crunchy treat. It’s… a lot. I will say that every aspect of pizza makes an appearance in this seasoning—cheesiness, saltiness, tomato-iness, even a meaty flavor that reminded me of pepperoni. But it was just so much flavor that I couldn’t get through it.
Verdict: I was surprised that I really didn’t like this TokyoTreat box. I think the heart of the issue is not having information about the dagashi treats, which meant I was skittish rather than intrigued by what I was biting into. For me (and this is admittedly more about my tastes than the quality of the box), the more unique items (the wafers and sauce, most notably) were a little too odd for me to enjoy or appreciate, and the run-of-the-mill products were just not my style (the gummies, the puffy snacks, the Chocobat…). The box is $14.99 (+ free shipping), which means each of these 8 items would be about $2.00. That’s pretty fair (it’s what I’d pay for snacks like these at the convenience store). Still, I wish this box was as exciting to me as other boxes have been.
What did you think of this month’s TokyoTreat? Do you think you would have enjoyed some of the out-of-the-ordinary treats?