TokyoTreat Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 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)
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use code POKEHUNT to save $3 off your first box and get a bonus Kirin World Kitchen’s Salty Lychee Drink!
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!
TokyoTreat includes an informational booklet in each box. July’s theme is Beach Party!
The booklet features different DIYs, contests, and highlights from the TokyoTreat community, among other things.
It also lists out the products you receive in each box’s assortment. Very helpful!
Dagashi Bag (5)
In this box, you will find a plastic bag filled with 4 random dagashi snacks and 1 Umaibo. According to TokyoTreat, “Dagashi snacks are the Japanese version of old-fashioned penny candy” and Umaibo is a super popular corn puff snack whose name literally means “delicious stick.”
The 4 snacks included a gummy ‘fruits doughnut’, some type of crispy fish sticks, a bag of cereal-like corn puffs, and some candy balls that at first appeared to be chocolate but actually tasted like cola.
The fruits doughnut was surprisingly tough for a gummy. Biting through it takes some vigor! The doughnut has a sour sugar coating, and its flavor is pretty nondescriptly ‘fruity.’
Onto the fish sticks (I know you’re intrigued). They were chewy, slightly sweet, and very fishy. These were also pretty tough to bite into it. I was expecting more of a subtle seaweed-like taste and texture, but these were much more shoestring-like and intense in fish flavor. Not really my kind of snack.
The corn puffs were probably my favorite of all 4 dagashi snacks. Their flavor was familiar… kind of like Fritos-meet-Cheetos without the cheesy dust.
Lastly, the candy balls were a surprise! On the outside, they appeared to be made primarily from chocolate. Maybe a chocolate coated malt ball of some sort? Nope — these are entirely hard candy to their core. I made the mistake of biting down on my first, but they’re much more enjoyable if you just let them melt in your mouth. I detected a cola flavor, but I’m not sure that that’s accurate to the candy’s description. I wish there was more info on the dagashi bag items in TokyoTreat‘s informational booklet!
The Umaibo was the last item in this bag. It was a super flavorful and crispy stick of a corn puff-like texture. Very tasty, and kind of reminded me of pizza!
Melon Cream Soda Candy
I have to say, I don’t really love melon or cream soda flavors independently, so I had an inkling that this candy wouldn’t be my fave. Its taste isn’t offensive or anything… it just wasn’t my thing. Apparently melon cream soda (melon soda + ice cream) is an iconic Japanese dessert, so experiencing this unusual flavor combination was pretty cool. The retro packaging is also awesome.
One’s Bar Salty Vanilla Chocolate
Imagine white chocolate Kit Kats without the wafer. That’s sort of the vibe I was getting from these! The chocolate is smooth and strong on the vanilla, but I didn’t pick up on much of the ‘salty’ component described. Very good though!
Crunchy Corn Snack
These crispy little morsels had a very intense corn flavor. At first, I was sort of taken aback by it, but it definitely grew on me. They really put me in the mood to throw some corn cobs on the grill: totally in line with this month’s Beach Party! theme.
Verdict: I love boxes like this that allow you to explore flavors from other cultures and areas of the world. Considering that many of these snacks are not easily accessible in my area, I do think that the TokyoTreat Small Size box is worth the $14.00 price tag (+free shipping) although it’s sort of pushing it on the value. If you average everything out equally, each of the 8 items has a value of around $1.75. Seems a little steep, especially when you consider that dagashi is described as “penny candy.” Still, you are sort of paying for the experience of trying unique Japanese snacks, and I think that’s worth it if you’re interested in trying out some Asian flavors and snack favorites.
What did you think of this month’s TokyoTreat?