Japan Crate is a snack subscription box that sends our snacks, candies, and beverages from Japan. Each box comes with 5-20 full-size sweets and snacks that are tricky or impossible to find outside Japan.
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.)
I was shocked when I opened July's Japan Crate box. It was packed with snacks to the point that it was overwhelming. I found the sheet that talks about everything in the box. This month the box has a Japan Crate x Project Diva Mega Mix+ theme. All snacks are inspired by the blue-haired diva and her costumes.
Let's get in the mix!
Japan Crate July 2022 Box
These cherry-flavored gummies have a soft jelly center, and while the bag only had a handful of these, I wish I could get them in boxes. They aren't too sweet, and you could really taste a real-life cherry flavor in them.
I tried this before reading what they were because I wanted to see if they had a distinct flavor. Turns out they do! These yogurt-flavored lozenges have herbal extracts and lactic acid to soothe your throat. It was the most wholesome candy I've tried in my life!
These are caramel-flavored waffles with a rich, creamy filling. I confess it was impossible to put these down. They're so creamy on the inside and bursting with flavor when you bite them. That's a bit too addictive.
It turns out these are butter and soy sauce-flavored popcorns. Not my go-to flavor, but apparently the most popular flavor-combo in Japan! I don't think I'll be ordering these at my movie theater soon, though.
At first glance, I called these Japanese Cheetos. But, when I took the first bite, I realized they weren't. These are cheese-flavored snacks that have some sweet taste to them.
Super Cool Ice Gum
These snowball-shaped gums are definitely very fun. At first, I thought they looked and felt like candy, but after carefully bitting them, I realized it was gum! They have a mild minty taste with some citrus flavors to them.
Ginza Rusk White Milk
Alright, these are white chocolate, vanilla-drizzled biscuit chunks. But, to me, they're so much more than that. They're small chunks from heaven! These have such an intense and comforting flavor that it's impossible not to become addicted to them. I almost wish they made ice cream out of these creamy chunks.
Crispy Mochi Taro
These cute puffy stars are really nice. They're not too crunchy or sweet and have a slightly salty flavor. Nothing too exciting here, but something nice to have.
Corn & Salt Doritos
I wasn't too excited when I realized the Doritos I got from Japan were salt-flavored. But, when I tried these, I was so happy. They are slightly less salty than the US Doritos and have a more tortilla-like flavor. I will need these on my next Taco Tuesday night.
Petit Black Cocoa
These bite-size Japanese snacks are mini Oreo cookies, but a Japanese version. They're less chocolatey than those in the US but still have a similar flavor.
Caramel Popcorn Soda
I'm not sure who would enjoy drinking this. It does taste exactly what you think: caramel popcorn. I'm not a soda person, but I never see myself craving one of these.
Cream Wafer Sticks
These milk cream-filled wafer sticks are winners! They are so soft they melt in your mouth, and the cream is so rich you'll want to keep eating them.
Blue Soda Gum
While my tongue didn't turn entirely blue, I only had half of the gum. It doesn't have much flavor, so I wasn't thrilled about this one.
These mini chocolate pies are a cute snack to have around for coffee or tea time. They're little puff pastries filled with decadent chocolate.
These are ramune-flavored candies. Ramune is a popular Japanese soft drink with a citrusy flavor. They're delicious but nothing out of the ordinary.
Salt & White Chocolate Mini KitKats
This was the bonus item in the box. They're limited edition KitKats with a pinch of sea salt. They're absolutely delicious! I feel they had the perfect balance between sweet and salty, so you didn't feel overwhelmed.
DIY Nericho Ice Cream
I was so excited to make my own Japanese ice cream. But, this addition to this month's Japan Crate left me wanting more. You should add water to this mix, turning it into soda-flavored ice cream. First, the soda flavor was not to my liking; it was acidic more than anything. Secondly, I don't know if I added too much water, but my ice cream didn't look or feel like ice cream.
While the Japan Crate July 2022 box has some winners and losers, I definitely think this box is worth the price. Not only are you getting the box straight from Tokyo, but you get exciting snacks you wouldn't find at your closest grocery store. It is really a fun box to share with a spouse, kids, or roommates, so I think I'll definitely keep getting these boxes.
To Wrap Up
Can I still get this box if I sign up today? No, order by 6/30 to receive the July box. From Japan Crate:
Crates are shipped on a rolling schedule with three schedule shipment dates every month.
Value Breakdown: This box costs $35.00 a month (including free shipping), and I received a total of 17 items in this box. That breaks down to a value of $2.06 per item.
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