TopMunch November 2017 Snack Box Review + Coupon – Japan
TopMunch is a monthly snack subscription box aimed at exposing members to treats from around the world.
Each month’s shipment features sweet and salty snacks from a different country. TopMunch says they aim to showcase hard-to-find snacks that help you get more out of your snacking routine.
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: TopMunch
The Cost: $32.00 a month. Or choose a 3-month plan for $81.00, a 6-month plan for $150.00, 9-month plan for $222, or a 12-month plan for $288.
COUPON: Use code FIRSTBOXADDICTION to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: Sweet and salty snacks from a different country every month.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Worldwide for an additional shipping cost
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
The location for this month is Japan!
The booklet included each month provides you with a little tour of Japan! Not only is there a whole section outlining each snack featured in this month’s box, but there is a culture section outlining fun facts about Japan, top phrases, and then a music section. I love when there is a bit of history included in my snack boxes each month!
Time to snack!
Our first snack of the month is perfectly deep fried rice cracker! For me, this is the ultimate savory snack consisting of rice, oil, sugar, soy sauce, spice, dried bonito (fish) extract, and salt. You get this light sweetness mixed in with the saltiness from the soy sauce, and then at the end, you do get a hint of fish flavors. However, if I didn’t know that there was fish extract in this recipe, I wouldn’t know for sure if that is what I was tasting. The rice crackers have this incredible crunch that you can only get since they are deep fried. This is the type of snack that I can’t put down!
A little novelty chocolate for your snacking pleasure! These little burgers are basically cookie sandwiches sprinkled with sesame seeds (on a sesame seed bun!) with chocolate as the burger patty. You can’t really see it, but there is also a layer of white chocolate that is supposed to be the cheese. Don’t worry, this doesn’t taste like a burger, it only looks like it! Instead, you get this fun little treat that is so sweet and easy to just pop in your mouth on the go!
According to the monthly booklet, UHA is originally a coined Japanese word that symbolizes a wish to provide pleasure through their confectioneries, quietly and gently like calm waves. How special! I have had this brand of soft candies before, but have never received this fun variety pack. Inside you will find these chewy gummies that really taste like taffy. Inside they are filled with bits of candy that really pack a fruity flavor punch! Inside you will find grape, melon, strawberry, and mango flavors.
These crackers are addicting! These aren’t like other cheese crackers that don’t really taste like cheese. Instead, you are hit with such a strong cheese flavor because these are made with 53% cheese. The cracker itself is baked so you get a light crunch but nothing greasy or too heavy. The monthly card says these are typically paired with wine, which is exactly how I enjoyed this entire bag!
I thought these cookies would be like a wafer, but instead, they are this beautiful delicate crisp. The inner shell is meant to be more like a crepe and appears to be rolled. The outer shell is a very thin layer of chocolate frosting. Even though the cookies are extremely delicate, they won’t crumble all over your clothes when eating since the chocolate layer is so thin. These cookies were first developed in Japan in 1974 and quickly became the Bourbon companies best-selling product! I can see why!
Roasted green peas are my favorite snack, and really are the type of thing that you just can’t put down once you start munching! The peas are roasted to provide that crunchy outer shell and have a light sprinkling of salt. The monthly card notes that this snack is a healthy alternative to chips. I couldn’t agree more!
I have received a few different Pocky flavors in other boxes, but I have never received the mango! Mango is my favorite fruit so I was excited to taste this sweet treat. After reading through the monthly booklet, it looks like this Squeeze Pocky is a shorter version of the regular size box which allows each biscuit to have more of the creamy mango icing! There was nothing artificial about the mango flavor either, each biscuit consists of 70% mango juice, so it really does taste super fresh and refreshing!
Verdict: Every time I have a new TopMunch box my husband eagerly asks me “what location this month?!” This box really brings so much excitement and fun into the world of snacking. Plus, with the monthly information booklet, you can learn as you enjoy each snack and imagine yourself traveling to distant places. I have said it before, but I will say it again, TopMunch really is an overall experience that allows you to taste the flavors from across the world right at home!
At $29 a month, I received seven total snacks which average out to $4.14 per item (or valued at $35.03 retail or $31.10 with sale prices). The overall retail value increased from last month and I did receive more items, which helped in bringing that value back up! Each snack came in a large size as well which left me with plenty to share with my husband and friends.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, sign up now for the December box!
Coupon – Use code FIRSTBOXADDICTION to save $5 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $29.00 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:
- Amanoya Himemaru: $3.63
- Bourbon Every Burger Cookie: $4.14
- Uha Mikakuto Puchao Fruit: $4.68
- Haldirams Soan PapdiGlico Cheeza Camembert: $5.17
- Bourbon Lumonde Cookie: $3.93
- Kasugai Roasted Green Peas: $3.31
- Glico Pocky Squeeze – Mango: $4.14
What do you think of this month’s TopMunch? What are your favorite snacks from Japan?