Japan Crate Premium Box Review + Coupon – February 2019


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Japan Crate February 2019

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.

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. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

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

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

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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!

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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!

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New Mochitaro 

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.

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Heart Chocolate

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.

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Crispy Chocolate Rice Cereal

This reminded me so much of a Crunch bar! It had the same delicious milk chocolate and puffed rice bits.

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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!

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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.

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Strawberry Mousse

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!

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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.

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Rilakkuma Gum

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?

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Choco Taro

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Arigatou Chocolate

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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  1. Megan, are you the reviewer for the other Japanese snack boxes as well?

    Our family would like to try one, but I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices. Need something that is big enough for a family of 6 sample, but not so expensive that it breaks the bank.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    • Hey Mary! I do tend to have a ton of Japanese snacks cross my desk and I think this one would be my favorite because the premium box just has SO MANY things. It also always includes some sort of beverage (last month was grape Pepsi!) and a fun DIY kit. They also explain the products well within the book and touch on local Japanese holidays and happenings. Bokksu is nice and the treats tend to be a little less weird and more traditional, at least in the ones I have gotten! ZenPop has a Sweets + Ramen combo that is great if you also love different ramens. I think Japan Crate has my heart though. 🙂

      • Thanks Megan!

    • Hi~~ I’m the reviewer for the other Japanese snack boxes! I would recommend Umai Box or Japan Crate as Megan said simply because the number of snacks you get from the box value is incredible. Bokksu is another good subscription because of the high-end cultural experience they deliver to you. Snacks included in Umai Box or ZenPop series are snacks you’ll find commonly at a Japanese convenience store or your local Asian supermarket. Bokksu includes a few of those but mainly focuses on snacks that are very true to the “original” Japanese flavors from specific Japan prefectures (for example, Hokkaido cheese flavors or Uji matcha flavors). Hope this helps, I’m so glad you’re interested! ☺️

      • This is super helpful! Thanks Nicole!

      • What about Tokyo Treat compared with Japan Crate? These two are very similar and I want to know how they rank against each other.

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