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.
This is a review of the Japan Crate Premium Box, which is $35 a month.
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.)
About Japan Crate Premium
The Subscription Box: Premium Box by Japan Crate
The Cost: $35 per month + free shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.
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 February 2019 Review
It's the Japan Crate Valentine's Day edition! Included in our booklet this month is a description of each snack, which is super helpful if you don't read Japanese.
Let's dive in!
Shimi Choco Strawberry Shortcake
I have had these cute puffy stars in a few different flavors and I always enjoy them. They have a nice sweet strawberry flavor and a soft crunch that I really enjoy. They aren't too crunchy or too sweet, which always leads to the bag disappearing quickly!
This salty rice snack was ok, nothing too exciting happening here. They make a nice savory afternoon snack and the crunchy texture is very satisfying. They mainly just tasted salty to me.
This little foil wrapped heart reminded me very much of similar Valentine's Day treats here in the States. It was good, rich milk chocolate.
Crispy Chocolate Rice Cereal
This reminded me so much of a Crunch bar! It had the same delicious milk chocolate and puffed rice bits.
Umaibo Chocolate - Estimated Value $0.75
These popular Japanese snacks come in a ton of different flavors. This one is just chocolate over the semi-salty crunchy corn base. I find this snack to be a little dry, but it does have a mix of sweet and salty, which is always winning!
Horadekita Chocolate Banana Soft Candy - Retail Value $6.00 (Currently sold out)
This sub always sends along a fun little kit! This month it is a set of super soft banana candies you can put on a stick and dip into chocolate and then sprinkles. I love banana candies so this was a treat for me! The soft candies with the milk chocolate and crunchy sprinkles were really delicious.
This was a bigger bag filled with individually wrapped candies. The candies themselves were domed shapes, milk chocolate, and filled with a very rich strawberry filling. They were a little too rich for me, but my husband loved them!
Marble Petit Pack
These were essentially M&Ms but in better colors and much cuter packaging! The little triangle package was the perfect amount for on the go snacking, and the crispy little shells were just the crunch these milk chocolate drops needed.
I always think it's so funny to send a single piece of gum, because here in the states we never buy gum one piece at a time, unless it is out of a gumball machine. The flavor of this gum was a yummy soda, and who doesn't love Rilakkuma?
This was another chocolate covered semi-salty corn snack. I don't mind them, but they can be very dry, and compared to many other snacks this month, a little boring.
KitKat Hojicha - Estimated Value $10.00
I couldn't find this exact flavor for sale, but I did link to a bunch of different flavors in the same size bag! These were really interesting. They were a familiar KitKat candy but with a tea flavor that was really fragrant and delicious!
Mysterious Chocolate Ball Chocolate Banana
Yay for banana candies! These chewy little guys were filled with chocolate and bursting with banana flavor. I also really think the little bird on the box is adorable.
Roll Candy Grape
This was like a Japanese version of Fruit by the Foot, but so much better! It did have less length, but the grape flavor was amazing, and I loved the smooth gel-like texture.
These were almost exactly like the M&M like candies from above. They were tasty, so I didn't mind. The floral packaging made them seem really festive for spring.
Hello Kitty Candy
Of course I loved this adorable Hello Kitty lollipop, with its pretty packaging and cute color. I could have used a whole bag of these! The candy was light and sugary, with a perfect berry flavor.
Angel Pie Mini Strawberry
These little pies reminded me very much of Moon Pies, but smaller. They are light and fluffy, and I loved the strawberry flavor and marshmallow filling.
Apollo Petit Pack - Buy 15 bags for $30.00
These little chocolate and strawberries cones really hit the cute factor out of the pack, even down to the packaging! I loved these little morsels because they were a fun shape and the perfect mix of fruit and chocolate.
Hokkaido Cream Luxury Chocolate Can
I didn't like this drink, but I don't enjoy things like chocolate milk or hot chocolate. It tasted a little watery to me. The size of the can was perfect for a little on the go sip, I just wish it had been fruity or fizzy.
The Verdict: Japan Crate always has such fun treats! This month was filled with berries and chocolate, a fitting nod to Valentine's Day. It also had some banana treats which I always enjoy. I think they send some really cool DIY kits and the banana chocolate one this month was absolutely a favorite. The tea-flavored KitKats were also super neat to try, and I like that they sent enough of them for me to share. The drink this month was a dud for me, but I imagine that is likely because I don't enjoy similar types of drinks. All in all, this month was a lot of fun and had a great variety! If you like hard to find and rare Japanese candies, and lots of them, this is a box you should totally try!
To Wrap Up:
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, order by 3/30 to receive the April 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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