Are you read for another Japanese candy subscription box review? Tokyo Treat sent over a box for us to check out, so let’s see how it compares.
Tokyo Treat is based in Japan and offers three sizes of monthly boxes full of Japanese candy, snacks, kits and drinks. We received the biggest Premium size box, which was sent by a tracked service so I was updated by email while it made its way over here, taking only a few days. It’s the biggest box I’ve reviewed yet and the packaging is really cool. It’s recently been redesigned to be stronger and is covered in illustrations by Japanese artist Kinuten. I think this is the first box where everything arrived 100% perfect without even a crushed packaging corner or a snapped Pocky stick.
This is what I found inside: Fuku Fuku Tai Chocolate, Pokemon Wafers, Pokemon Ramune 5 Pack, Soft Serve Ice Cream Caramel Corn, Tyrant Habanero crisps, Winter Pocky, Pokemon Pineapple chews, Pokemon Chewing Gum, Yokai Watch Curry Snacks, Choco Ball Peanut, Amazake Sweet Sake, Neru Neru Nerune Kit, Oekaki Kyanland Candy Kit and a Pokemon figurine.
You’ll notice there’s a lot of Pokemon stuff and that’s because the January box had an anime theme with Yokai Watch items too. I guess if you really don’t like Pokemon, this could be too much, but most of it is edible and really cute! Sadly I didn’t get one of my favourite characters for the figurine, but that’s the luck of the draw. I did get cute stickers in the chocolate wafers and chewing gum. The Pikachu packaging on the candy is adorable -it’s fizzy candy in 5 flavours – Pineapple, Melon, Cola, Soda, and Grape.
You know I always go straight for the Pocky and this was a new flavour to me – Winter Pocky. As the name suggests, this is a limited seasonal variety and has extra thick chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder. I really liked these so grab them while you can.
I also really liked Choco Ball, which are peanuts covered in crispy stuff and chocolate. The box is really fun too as the top has a flap so it looks like a bird with a yellow beak!
I’ve reviewed these chocolate taiyaki fish before and they’re still super good. It’s a wafer fish full of bubbly chocolate and far too easy to eat in one go.
I always love to try new savoury snacks and there were a few included. The middle carton has Japanese curry flavour rings and they were my favourite thing in the whole box! I wish the package was bigger, but you do get a cute Yokai Watch fortune sticker too. The chili crisps warn of being dangerously spicy and they really are! I could only manage a few to start with but they ended up being quite addictive.
I’ve had Caramel Corn before – they’re puffed corn crisps with a sweet coating. These ones are extra special as they’re soft serve ice cream flavour! When you open the (cute Yokai Watch themed) bag, it smells exactly like ice cream and they taste like ice cream too. They were a little bit too sweet for me overall but it’s a really fun idea and I’m glad I got to try them.
I don’t usually have time to try out the kits, but these looked pretty easy so I had a go.
First up, Neru Neru Nerune, which has been around for over 30 years! You mix up some powders with water to make a whipped candy that grows to be thick and fluffy.
You then dip in the colourful sweets and eat. This one is soda flavour and it did taste quite fizzy. The little sweets are quite hard and big so it was a bit of a weird combination – sprinkles or gummies would have been more fun I think.
The Oekaki Kyanland kit is a bit more creative as you push sticky candy into moulds and then fill in the design with coloured sugar icing that you can mix into any colours you like. The candy is a similar consistency to polymer clay so it was easy to do and really fun.
Not bad! I was quite pleased with this, especially considering some of our past disasters. They’d be good for decorating a cake and you could easily reuse the moulds for royal icing or clay crafts (but not both!).
Tokyo Treat boxes also now include a full colour booklet with details of each item, instructions for making the kits and some articles on Japan, plus a contest. Overall, this is a really good value box – you get loads for your money with a range of different snacks and it should last you a while. I found a few new favourite snacks that I’ll be looking out for when I’m in Japan this spring.
Tokyo Treat boxes are sent out monthly with free tracked shipping worldwide and you can choose from 3 sizes, starting at $14.99 for a Small box and $34.99 for a Premium box with discounts for subscriptions.
Check out the Tokyo Treat site to order the March box, sign up for a subscription or just find out more.
(Box was provided for review by Tokyo Treat but this is my honest review and the photos are my own)
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.