Freedom Japanese Market is a subscription of “Japanese candies and snacks [that] are pre-selected for each month’s box, with each month offering a new combination of popular, rare, and Japanese exclusive candies and snacks.” There are three sizes offered: Puchi Pack, Original Pack, and Family Pack.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is for the $24.99/month Original Pack.
The Subscription Box: Freedom Japanese Market
The Cost: The Original Pack (reviewed here) for $24.99. There is also a Puchi Pack at $14.99 per month and a Family Pack for $45.99 per month. A price break is offered for 3, 6, or 12-month prepaid subscriptions.
ACTIVE DEAL: Save $3 off all Original and Family Pack plans!
The Products: The Original Pack is the “perfect box of treats from the land of the rising sun.” Each month, you will receive 12-16 full and sample-size snacks (includes a DIY candy kit), 1 handmade origami. A content list with pictures is included in the pack.
Ships to: Free worldwide shipping directly from Japan!
Good to know: The box ships around the 15th of the month. The shipping time estimate is between 10 and 20 days.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
All snacks included are sent directly from Japan and all the labels are in Japanese. Freedom Japanese Market sends a list of the contents that are in the box, along with a brief description in English which really helps while navigating through each snack.
Plus, you also receive an origami of the month! October features a spooky skull that is perfect for fall.
Halloween Umaibo - (Buy a 50 pc box for $12.00)
The umaibo flavors for the fall and Halloween are corn soup! They are extra sweet from the corn flavors with a little bit of a chicken stock flavor, just like soup. Sometimes umaibo flavors can be harder to detect, but I absolutely love the corn soup ones because you really can taste so many different layers of flavor.
Pineapple Candy - (Buy a 350 g bag for $4.85)
I love pineapple so this hard candy was a sweet surprise now that they are not in season. The candy itself had that perfectly sweet flavor of pineapple, so fruity and fresh! The wrapper is Halloween themed which would make it great to give as a fun treat this season.
Chocolate Umaibo - (Buy a 30 pc box for $14.99)
Chocolate covered umaibo, now we are talking! The umaibo stick didn't have a strong flavor but instead was just a light crunchy layer. The chocolate coating was extra thick and oh so sweet! I loved the combination of the fluffy umaibo and the creamy chocolate.
I have received candy from the Puccho brand in other snack boxes and always love them! The gummy tastes very similar to a Starburst with that extra chewy texture. The apple flavors were so sweet, almost like a sour apple candy. A very yummy treat!
Halloween Marshmallow - Retail Value $1.00?
This cute little marshmallow has a fun cola flavored filling! The marshmallow itself is extra flat and super sweet. The cola center tastes just like the real thing with a little bitterness to it. Mixed with the sweetness of the marshmallow was very unique and fun!
Porickey - Retail Value $3.00?
These pretzel sticks are corn flavored and oh so sweet. I was a little surprised by how sweet they really are and that there was very little salt flavors. The pretzel was a bit thicker, almost like a breadstick, with a ton of crunch! While I thought this snack was a bit too sweet, my husband absolutely loved it so I was happy to share with him.
Osatsu Snack - Retail Value $3.68?
These chips are a seasonal exclusive in a sweet potato flavor. The chip itself is extra crunchy, perfect for snacking. The flavors are a little on the sweet side with lots of that yummy sweet potato flavor. These remind me of a candied sweet potato recipe you would have at Thanksgiving. So delicious!
Hot Chili Aerial - Retail Value $0.27
These chips were my favorite snack of the month. They are flavored with chilis and a total of 15 other spices! You can imagine how hot these are, but they are so delicious. I thought it was the perfect amount of heat and crunch, and there were so many in the bag that I was able to share with my husband. He also loved them! The chips themselves are a corn flavor that reminded me a lot of spicy Fritos.
Kaki no Tane - Retail Value $2.19
This snack is very common in Japan and is made with peanuts and senbei. The texture is almost like a hollow crunch, similar to a shelled peanut which was very interesting! The monthly information card says that these are an extra spicy soy sauce flavor, but I honestly didn't get much spice at all. The soy sauce flavors were very light with a mild hint of saltiness. Overall, I didn't think there was much flavor in each bite.
Doki Doki Fishing DIY Kit - Retail Value $2.59? (Price estimate based on similar DIY kit)
This DIY kit was so much fun! I had my son help me make these fish candies and he loved every minute of making it. The candy itself basically freezes when you add the water to it which makes the candy stick to the fishing pole. Once everything becomes solid, you can pick up the fishing pole to eat the candy from. The candy itself was a yummy cola flavor!
Bonus Item: Puchi-Puchi Uranai Chocolate - Retail Value $0.48 (currently out of stock)
This bonus snack was so cute! Each little ball is a candy shell that is flavored with strawberry. The center is made of a rich chocolate. I loved the mixture of strawberry and chocolate flavors together. A super fun and yummy bonus snack!
Verdict: This was my first time receiving Freedom Japanese Market and really enjoyed my first box! I thought the overall snack curation was wonderful, providing a unique look at different snacks from Japan. The origami of the month was such a cute surprise and so beautifully made. You could really tell that it was made especially for each of the month's boxes by hand. I can't wait to see what the November Freedom Japanese Market box has to offer!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? As of today, 11/12, you will be signing up for the November box.
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Value Breakdown: This monthly box costs $24.99 with free shipping. I received a total of twelve snacks for the October box, which averages out to $2.08 per snack. The average value per item seems a bit high since a lot of the snacks were smaller in size which didn't allow for a ton of sharing. To get the overall value up a bit more, I would love to see a few larger size snacks or maybe adding a few more of the smaller snacks like this box featured.
What was your favorite snack from the October Freedom Japanese Market?