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Snack Crate Subscription Box “Japan” Review – August 2018

2.8 overall rating
17 Ratings | 5 Reviews


Snack Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of global goodies from all around the world! Snack Crate offers three sizes: the Mini box with 5 snacks for $15 a month, the Original box with 10-12 snacks for $26 a month, and the Premium box with 18-20 snacks for $49 a month.

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This review is of the 5-item, mini-sized, $14 Snack Crate.

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About Snack Crate

The Subscription Box: Snack Crate

The Cost: $14 + free shipping 

ACTIVE DEAL: Get your first "original" size box for $5 No coupon needed - just use this link.

Products: A delightful mix of sweet and savory goodies, hand-picked by our team of experts around the globe.

Good to know: You’ll be prompted to choose one of three countries for your first box; after that, Snack Crate chooses for you!

Ships to: Any address in the United States and territories.

Snack Crate "Japan" August 2018 Review

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Since it’s summer in Pittsburgh (where this box shipped), there was an insert recommending that I refrigerate my box before sampling the treats, so fix anything that might have melted in transit. 

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There were also some fun extras included – stickers! I can never have enough stickers (my toddler loves to peel them off and apply them to everything) – so I’ll pass these to him to stick somewhere.

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This box always greets you with a colorful card and talks you through every snack to be found in the subscription (at all levels)! This month’s box theme is Japan, and I can’t wait to learn more about the area and its snacks.

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Green Tea Pocky Sticks – Retail Value $1.39

I’m a big fan of pocky sticks – but tend to prefer the strawberry or chocolate varieties. I’ve had these green tea ones in the past, they’re even sold at my local target. This is a fun snack, pretty tasty, and I love that the box contains plenty to share with my family.

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Hi-Chew Strawberry – Retail Value $0.92 (Buy a pack of 10 here for $9.29)

I loved these chewy strawberry bites. The flavor reminded me of a pink Mentos candy, but this was a bit on the gummy side and did leave me feeling like something was stuck in my teeth. The flavor remained in my mouth long after I tried this treat – and it did leave my sweet tooth satisfied.

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Takaoka Wheat Chocolate - Retail Value $1.30 (Buy a pack of 20 here for $25.99)

These little bites tasted like puffed wheat cereal covered in chocolate! I really loved them and could see myself snacking on these endlessly if they were on my desk. I am NOT going to buy this 20 pack for that reason. They’re too good!

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Kajiriccho Grape Soda Candy – Retail Value $0.39

This is like a grape version of a cow tail. With a sweet creamy center and chewy grape taffy exterior, it's a sweet and delicious treat. I love grape taffy!

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Umaibo – Retail Value $0.14 each (Buy a pack of 50 for $11.98 here)

These puffed corn sticks come in all kinds of flavors. I received 4 flavors and didn't enjoy any of them, in fact, I thought they were all gross. I didn’t like the texture, the smell, the concept, or the flavors. For reference, the assortment pack comes with the following. I’m not sure which ones I tried (except for the Teriyaki that’s marked on the package) – but aside from the cheese listed below, none of these sound like a flavor that I would dig.

Umaibo (Shrimp and Mayonnaise)
Umaibo (Corn Potage)
Umaibo (Salami)
Umaibo (Takoyaki)
Umaibo (Cheese)
Umaibo (Chicken Curry)
Umaibo (Pork Kimchi)
Umaibo (Teriyaki Burger)
Umaibo (Tonkatsu Sauce)
Umaibo (Mentaiko)
Umaibo (Vegetable Salad)

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Koike-ya Crispy Pizza

These were kind of like a Japanese version of Doritos. They had the same look and texture but almost tasted like a pizza flavored combo. I could really pick up on the mozzarella cheese flavor, and though these were quite good for a savory snack. I couldn't find them for purchase online.

VerdictI liked the items featured in this box. They felt fun – but not super out there and I enjoyed all except for the umaibo. I thought that it was a good mix of texture, flavor, and the sweet and salty preferences and a wide variety of people would likely be happy with this curation. For me, having this box curated and the products sent directly from the country of origin really adds to the value, even if the items themselves are pretty low cost.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you have to sign up by the 5th of the month to get your Snack Crate, but when you do, you can choose among three countries for your first box.

ACTIVE DEAL: Get your first "original" size box for $5 No coupon needed - just use this link.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $14 + free shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box (not including the bonus stickers) has an average cost of $2.80.

Check out all of our Snack Crate reviews and more of our snack subscription boxes in the Food Subscription Box List!

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Colette Christian
Colette Christian
Colette's subscription addiction started innocently enough with a few beauty boxes in 2013. As her life has evolved, so have her subscriptions - and some of her favorites now include boxes that cater towards lifestyle (Popsugar Must Have), pets (BarkBox), and children (Gap Outfit Box and Mac & Mia).

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