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Japan Crate Premium Box Review + Coupon – September 2018

Anna Reilly
ByAnna ReillySep 25, 2018 | 0 comments

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Japan Crate
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Japan Crate is a snack subscription box that sends out snacks and candies from Japan. In addition to the Premium Box, Japan Crate also offers a Mini Box, along with Doki Doki, Kira Kira, and Umai Crate.

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This is a review of the Japan Crate Premium Box, which is $35 a month.

japan crate inside of box

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.)

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About Japan Crate Premium

The Subscription Box: Premium Box by Japan Crate

The Cost: $35 per month + free shipping

The Products: 15 snacks including a drink, 1 guaranteed DIY kit, and a revolving bonus item

Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here

Japan Crate Premium Box September 2018 Review

japan crate booklet

japan crate customers

japan crate all items product list

japan crate products in box

japan crate 4 year box

It's Japan Crate's 4-year anniversary this month! Here's the booklet that was included in the box. I like that they list and describe each item here—I can't read the language on most of the packages in the box, so the information in the booklet gives me a little preview of what to expect with each snack.

japan crate potato chips

japan crate bag of potato chips

japan crate potato chips in bag

Yuzu Lemon Salt Potato Chips

I love a salty, crispy potato chip. These ones have a twist of lemon flavor to boot! It really takes this classic snack to the next level.

japan crate dinosaur candies

japan crate dinosaur gummies pack

japan crate dinosaur gummies

Dinosaur Gummy Cola

These cola-flavored gummies have a cinnamon quality to them. They have the texture of a firmer fruit snack and playful shapes that remind me of fruit snacks, too!

japan crate winnie the pooh candy

japan crate mochi in package

japan crate mochi ball

Winnie the Pooh Marshmallow

This little marshmallow comes filled with pink frosting-like strawberry cream. Neither the marshmallow nor the cream inside have too much flavor to them—it's just kind of a mildly sweet squishy treat.

japan crate bunny candy

japan crate bunny candy sticks

japan crate pastel stick candy

Usagi Manbo

These little sticks are like edible birthday candles, haha! They're sugary ramune-flavored candy that's not quite hard—they have a bendy quality to them rather than snapping in half.

japan crate blue candy

japan crate dippable candy

Sherbet Pelo Cider

This candy reminded me of Fun Dip. Inside the blue pouch, there's a blue hard candy lollipop that you can dip into powdery ramune-flavored sugar.

japan crate DIY pack

DIY candy pouch

japan crate DIY pieces

Petit Petit Sherbet DIY

This DIY was a little more involved than usual! The instructions for it are actually translated and reprinted onto the back of the info booklet (and I saw them WAY too late in the process, hehe). To make this treat, you mix separate pouches of powder into water in a tray, then use a pipette to drop layers of the liquid into cute little molds. The yellow liquid seized up into a slimy gel almost immediately where the other colors stayed watery. (I don't know if I added too much water to them or what.) Once everything is layered out in the trays, you pop the tray in the freezer. The resulting candies are little frozen treats. The fluid doesn't have very much flavor nor sweetness, though.

japan crate dinosaur candies

japan crate dott candy

Cracking Panic Cola

The mix of little white candies and orange shards of sugary soda candy. Each little pinch of this mix has a Pop-Rocks-like fizzy quality that's pretty fun.

japan crate soda candies

japan crate blue soda candy pack

japan crate ball candy

Ramune Candy

I really like hard candies, though I'm not the biggest fan of the classic Japanese ramune flavor. Still, I liked these little marble-sized balls. They were the perfect size and shape for satisfying an afternoon sugar craving.

japan crate coffee candy

japan crate coffee candy package

japan crate coffee bits

Mugipon Milk Coffee

These little wheat puffs reminded me of Sugar Smacks cereal! They have that light puffed-wheat flavor with a hint of a coffee-like bitterness. There's an illustration of them in a bowl of milk on the back of the package, so I suppose you really can treat them like cereal! Coffee-flavored cereal is something I've never seen or even considered before. What a tasty idea!

japan crate long candy licorice

japan crate purple candy package

japan crate licorice pack

Chewing Strong Grape

These thick ropes of gummy candy have the density and texture of strawberry licorice, but they're thinner, grape-flavored, and much more sour. Unfortunately, they have a weird aftertaste that I don't totally love.

japan crate yellow snack package

japan crate yellow wrapped snack

japan crate biscuits

japan crate biscuit cookies

Toko-Natsu Sable

These biscuit-like cookies are super crispy and yummy. You can actually see the glossy sugar glaze glistening across the top of each one. They do have a REALLY strong coconut and pineapple flavor. It's not bad, just much bolder than I expected, especially when it comes to the coconut. (It was suuuper nutty and almost bitter.)

japan crate picola cookies

japan crate package backing

japan crate picola packs

japan crate twist cookies

Picola Peach Yogurt

These cookies really do taste just like peach yogurt! They're crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, and have a beautiful pastel pink swirl around them. They look and taste elegant!

japan crate panda snacks

japan crate panda candy pouch

japan crate panda candies

japan crate yellow panda candy

Mochi Mochi Panda Annin Tofu

These nutty candies look like sugar cubes but have a semi-firm, jelly-like consistency that's super luxurious. The flavor tastes just like sweet almond. It's not terribly sweet, but it is deliciously decadent.

japan crate chocoball snacks

japan crate chocoball packaging

japan crate chocoballs out of box

Chocoball Pachi Pachi

Chocolate-covered Pop Rocks?! These are kind of amazing. With Pop Rocks, you just kind of put them in your mouth and let them dissolve, but since you have so much of the chocolate in these treats, the popping candies get a little further back in your mouth—they feel so much louder than usual!

japan crate watermelon chews

japan crate rectangular package of candy

japan crate chewy watermelon candy

japan crate unwrapped green candy

Watermelon Hi-Chew

These chewy candies taste JUST like watermelon! They're nice and soft and a favorite of the folks in my office. (They got so excited when I said I had some to share!)

japan crate stick candy box

japan crate box of snacks nutrition facts

japan crate stick candy

japan crate stick candy unwrapped


These crispy wafer sticks are flavored like soda but have a biscuit-like texture. I didn't read the little description of this snack before I gave it a try and was surprised by the unlikely flavor combo!

japan crate soft cookie

japan crate chocolate cookies package

japan crate chocolate cookie

Gateau Premium Chocolate Cookie

There are two (slightly crumbly) soft-baked cookies in this pack, each with a cluster of chocolate chips in their centers. I love chocolate, but this cookie had a lot of that artificial chocolate flavor you get from things like "chocolate" lollipops. It left a weird, almost root-beer-ish aftertaste that I wasn't crazy about.

japan crate candy soda

japan crate soda

Gabunomi Zunda Cream Soda

This is probably the MOST unique item in this whole box! The flavor of this soda is zunda, which is a bean paste made from edamame. And the soda really does taste like edamame! It's a little off-putting AND a little intriguing to get this rather savory flavor from a box of snacks and sweets.

The Verdict: This box was full of tasty treats. I liked the balance of familiar and unfamiliar flavors in this box. There were traditional chewy candies and cookies, plus uncommon combinations like chocolate and popping candy, lemony chips, and that super interesting edamame drink!

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, order by 9/30 to receive the October box. From Japan Crate:

Crates are shipped on a rolling schedule with three schedule shipment dates every month.

Coupon - Use coupon code MSA3 to save $3 off your first Japan Crate Premium, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, or Kira Kira Crate!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $35.00 a month (including free shipping), and I received a total of 18 items in this box. That breaks down to a value of $1.94 per item.

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Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she's swooning for all things kawaii!

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