TokyoTreat Classic Review – May 2019
TokyoTreat is a monthly subscription service filled with candy and other tasty snacks from Japan. Savory, sweet, salty—all the flavors you wish given to you with authentic products you would find in a convenience store in Japan.
TokyoTreat offers two sizes: the Classic box for $22.50 a month and includes 9 snacks, or the Premium box for $31.50 and includes 13 snacks. More information about the snacks included can be found here.
This review is of the Classic, $22.50 a month, box.
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The Subscription Box: TokyoTreat
The Cost: $25.00 + free shipping (save with longer commitments)
The Products: Each box has a hand-picked collection of Japanese candies, DIY kits, a traditional Dagashi snack, and savory snacks and drinks for you to enjoy.
Ships to: US + Worldwide for free!
TokyoTreat Classic May 2019 Tutti Fruity Review
TokyoTreat brings us a box filled with fruity items this month! Each TokyoTreat box comes with a booklet around a timely theme that includes information about products, some Japanese culture fun facts, and mini contests.
This month’s booklet game is a fun crossword puzzle. We also learn the gift-giving culture of the Japanese, such as their use of fruits!
May’s Snack Menu lists the snack items plus interesting facts of their origins, reference to theme, and occurrences in Japanese culture.
Each booklet also includes instructions for the DIY kit included in the box. They’re simple enough to just follow the pictures on the kit packaging in case you lose the booklet, so don’t worry!
To better introduce Japanese culture, the TokyoTreat team includes bits of culture information and some phrases to learn and say. This month’s culture fact was about Japan’s strawberries! Japan loves their luxury fruits, such as Queen strawberries packaged beautifully which taste so, so sweet and delicious, or White Jewels, completely white strawberries that are still sweeter, juicier, and almost honey-like. (*´∀`*) I’ve tried both, and I must say, it’s one of the top must-eat items of your life!
Let’s go on a fruity adventure!
Calbee Lightly Salted Potato Chips – Retail Value $1.89
Nothing to dislike in these! Perfect potato chips, not too oily, and they’re not too salty so I can enjoy the taste of potato.
Ginza Rusk Pink Strawberry Biscuits – Retail Value $0.74
You may be wondering, what is a rusk? Rusk is a hard, dry biscuit, like a baguette slice baked twice. Japanese rusk is often a delicacy made from a baguette or cake, usually sweet with a white chocolate or syrup coating.
These little biscuits are baguette slices coated with strawberry chocolate. The coating wasn’t artificial at all and had this lovely tang of strawberries that was smoothed over with the white chocolate. The texture difference made these so fun to eat—the crunchy baguette with the smooth covering, and the nice toasted bread taste when the baguette softened!
Chobo Chobo Cookies – Retail Value $1.08
Aw, the puppy is so cute! These little cookies are baked in such a tasty way, so they melt as soon as they hit the tongue. A cup of rose floral tea melted the cookies into a nice, fragrant mix. 10/10 recommend!
Cherry Mochi – Retail Value $1.58
This kind of mochi is a little interesting! Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice with water, sugar, and starch. The rice is pounded into a sticky paste and shaped, filled with red bean paste, eaten plain, decorated with sakura blossoms, or performed in rituals. Usually, they’re very squishy and have a lovely subtle sweetness from the white rice, but these are quite hard and chewy (like tablets?) Though I’m not sure about the texture, I will say I enjoyed the colorful squares with a sweet cherry flavor!
Tohato Caramel Corn Puffs Share Pack – Retail Value $1.63
I LOVE these caramel corn puffs—they’re one of my many top favorites. The taste of caramel is so smooth and buttery, it’ll please any palate preference. There’s a big crunch of the puffed corn texture, then it just melts into a sweet, buttery, dark caramel puddle that’s just so divine to eat. ( ´ ▽ ` )
Strawberry Mochi – Retail Value $0.68
One of my favorite Japanese treats is mochi! Homemade mochi filled with red bean paste and a fresh strawberry is delicious—you must try. \(^0^)/ This mochi uses a wonderfully sticky rice base and is filled with a marshmallow cream and a sweet strawberry jam. Isn’t the vibrant red strawberry color a lovely splash of color? The texture of the delightfully chewy mochi and soft marshmallow cream and jam was so yummy!
Strawberry Soft Cream DIY Snack – Retail Value $0.52
DIY Kit time! We’re given three (a bit stale) ice cream cones and a yeast-like powder. When a little bit of water is added, the powder fizzes and blooms into an almost sticky, foamy, strawberry mixture. Scoop it up into the cone, and you’re done!
Tada~ here’s my ice cream! Love the sour fizzy flavor with the lovely artificial strawberry candy flavor 😀
Umaibo in Sugar Rusk – Retail Value $0.63
Another rusk product? Yes, please! Umaibos are light puffed corn sticks flavored with a flavor syrup or powder. This umaibo is one of my favorite flavors; it’s so cool! The puffed corn texture contrasts deliciously with the crunchy, hard glazed white sugar coating. It’s very sweet, but also very tasty 😉
Dotaro Crispy Flakes – Retail Value $0.51
Don’t let the strong curry-like smell stop you from eating this snack, because it’s so yummy! This tiny bag of savory and crunchy goodness is filled with small noodle crisps seasoned in a salt and curry flavor, a perfect topping for your Japanese udon.
Verdict: Another lovely curation from TokyoTreat this month! I do wish I had doubles of items—the crispy flakes were so tiny I couldn’t fill my savory snack loving stomach T^T and the puppy cookies were such lovely partners for tea! Definite highlight item was the caramel corn share pack that was so tasty. I know I’m supposed to share these, but heheh they were too tasty 😀 Perhaps some more fruity items would have been more welcome to fit the theme?
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Nope, but there are still 10 days left to get the July box (go here)!
Value Breakdown: For $25.00 + free shipping, you’re receiving 9 products, so you’re paying around $2.78 for each share pack or snack bag. I calculated a retail value of $9.26, which is far less than half of the original price, so I really (really) hope TokyoTreat adds a bit more in the future months!
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What did you think of this month’s TokyoTreat? Favorite fruit included?