I’m always curious about snacks and candy from different countries and I love trying them out. Japan is known for candy curiosities and especially fun packaging of their candies and snacks and therefore they are the ones I love most to try. There is a fairly new Japanese Candy Subscription Box around called TokyoTreat and I’m glad I was provided with one of their awesome boxes to share my opinion with you:
TokyoTreat is a monthly subscription box service located in Japan and delivering handpicked candies and snacks directly from Japan. The range of their snacks and treats reaches from sweet to savory and the best part is that they have free worldwide shipping for their subscription boxes.
They have differently priced and sized boxes for subscribing. The smallest and also cheapest retails for 14.99 US $ and contains 5-7 full-sized japanese candies and snacks. The medium (called regular) sized box contains 8-12 full-sized candies and snacks and a DIY Candy Kit for 24.99 US $. Lastly, there is the premium option for 34.99 US $ containing 13-17 candies and snacks , one DIY Candy Kit, 1 drink and one special item, which can be a drink, Gachapon Toy or Premium DIY Kit.
The TokyoTreat box I received is the one from April and it is the Premium box containing all the possible products you would have received (including the products from the small and regular box). The box is also the first anniversary celebrations box on the same time containing a total amount of 15 products! I will divide the products into the box categories, so you will get a better overview of how the boxes are structured.
Let’s start with the 6 products which would have been included in the small-sized subscription box: Meiji’s Plum Pati-Chan, Crunchy Panda Z , Karamucho Hot Chili-Flavored Chips, Calbee BBQ Flavored Sapporo Potato Snacks, Raw Ramune Candies, and Meiji’s Pucca Chocolate. The variety reaches from sweet to sour and savory and shows a good variety in Japanese candy.
The Pucca Choco Biscuits by Meiji were the first product I tried. I love chocolate and biscuit! These biscuits are shaped like sea creatures. The inside of the biscuit is filled with smooth chocolate cream filling. I really enjoyed these because they were not overly sweetened, but nicely balanced in their taste.
I learned that Calbee are Japan’s leading makers of potato snacks. The BBQ Flavored Sapporo Potato Snacks are one of their newer releases. These fluffy potato chips remind me of potato chips from Germany called Pom-Bär, except for the additional BBQ flavor. The potatoes used here are from the Sapporo region of Japan though.
Have you heard of Ramune?! This drink gas been really popular in Japan these days. On the Japan day in Düsseldorf this year it was available everywhere. The Raw Ramune Candies are candies with the taste of this drink. They are supposed to be sweet, fizzy, refreshing cubes of candy and you can even freeze them in the fridge. I didn’t try the drink because I’m fearing that this will be to sweet and I didn’t try the candy either because of that fear…maybe I’m brave enough today XD…same for the Meiji’s Plum Pati-Chan…I didn’t try this Plum flavored candy yet, but they are supposed to be tiny candy crystals with a frizzy effect.
I did try the Crunchy Panda Z biscuits though! As I said, I love chocolate and biscuits and on top they are shaped like cute panda faces. And they are delicious, too! These biscuits are made by the famous Japanese snack manufacturer Kabaya.
Lastly, there is another bag of potato chips. These are Chili flavored and from the thin and crisp kind of chips: The Karamucho Hot Chilli Chips. These had a nice taste, too, and similar to the chips in the western world.
For the Regular TokyoTreat box there is a DIY Green Tea Mochi Kit included. In addition to the products from above there are these products, too: Baby Star Bonito Kelp Udon, Carrot Chopped Rice Cake, Lotte’s Koala March (Seasonal): Custard Pudding Flavor, and Scissor-Cut Grilled Seaweed.
I didn’t try the DIY Green Tea Mochi Kit yet, although from all the DIY kits I received in the past I’m really curious about this one because it contains green tea! Maybe worth to spend some minutes on preparing it?!
One if the products is even a tiny meal: the Baby Star Bonito Kelp Udon! It us an instant noodle meal. It comes with a flavour sachet full of classic udon noodle soup seasonings (including bonito fish extract and seaweed extract) and vegetable garnishes that add extra flavour and texture. I planned to bring this to work with me, let’s see if I like Bonito and Kelp taste.
The Carrot Chopped Rice Cake are tiny crunchy rice crisps packed in a carrot shaped packaging. It doesn’t have any carrot taste though, simply sweetened Rice puffs- a nice snack.
If you have followed me for a while you will know that I love Lotte Koala March biscuits. The regular sized TokyoTreat box came with a limited edition of these adorable biscuits: Custard Pudding flavor! A nice and new taste, although the strawberry and chocolate flavours are still my favorite.
The last product for the regular box are the Scissor-Cut Grilled Seaweed Pieces. This is quite a snack with tradition. the bits of salted roasted seaweed have a wasabi flavour and are quite crisp. For seaweed lovers this snack is ideal.
We are almost at the end. Here are the products which were included in the Premium Box in addition to the products above: Baby Star Yakisoba Sauce Flavor, a Hello Kitty Purse, Chocolate Monaca, and as a special the limited Pepsi Sakura.
It seems there has been a real hype about the limited edition Pepsi Sakura. This pale pink colored drink has a sweet sakura taste and fits perfectly to spring. It was a bit to sweet for me, but still interesting to try.
I loved the Chocolate Monaca biscuits. The waffle biscuit was filled with a chocolate cream and rice crisps and it was quite filling and satisfying, too.
The Baby Star Yakisoba Sauce Flavor noodle snack is quite popular in Japan. It is a combination of bit sized ramen noodles and savory Yakisoba flavor and has a nice taste all in all. Perfect for an in-between snack.
The last one is the special item. My box included a Hello Kitty Purse. A Doraemon purse was also included in some other boxes instead. A nice little extra merchandising add-on to complete this amazing TokyoTreat Box!
Phew, that was a lot of pictures and writing. I hope some of you made it through to the end XD. All in all, the TokyoTreat Subscription box is a versatile Japanese candy and snack box with a good variety of products. some of the products are even seasonal and limited and rarely available, even if the brand itself is known in western countries, too, like the Lotte Koala Biscuits and the Pepsi. I also do love the three options which are provided for the box. You can decide for yourself how many candy you want to try and whether you like to have a DIY kit and drinks included or not. There is also a members monthly roulette were you can win a lucky box filled with all kinds of japanese merchandising, which is really a nice add-on.
What is your impression of the TokyoTreat subscription box?
Just as a short reminder: All products mentioned and reviewed on this blog are of my personal opinions. This product here was sent to me for reviewing purpose by https://tokyotreat.com which doesn’t influence me in providing my honest opinion on the products.