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Run by a family in Japan, Freedom Japanese Market offers three sizes of Japanese snack boxes: Puchi, 5-8 snacks ($12.99.month), Original, 12-16 snacks ($24.99/month), and Family, with 2x the snacks of the Original ($45.99/month).
Every curated box includes an English content list and hand made, seasonal origami. Shipping is free worldwide! Longer subscription plans also come with a discounted price. You can also purchase a single box with no subscription in each size for $16-$50 depending on size. I’m reviewing the original size.
This month’s origami is a sailboat. It feels especially appropriate for where I live in Japan, Yokohama, which is a port town. The info sheet included tells you a little about the family who runs Freedom Japanese Market as well as a brief description of each snack.
Okashi Na Mizu Ame
I must admit that I’ve gotten this candy quite a few times before in Japanese snack boxes. It comes with three different flavored gels, soda, lemon, and strawberry, that you mix in a plastic tray. When they’re mixed it makes a grape flavor! I’m not a huge fan of gel candy, but this is still fun to play with.
Pumpkin Soup Umaibo
This is a popular puffed corn snack that comes in tons of different flavors. This is flavored like pumpkin soup! The cute character on the front is the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture, so I’m assuming the pumpkins are from there. I love Japanese pumpkin, called kabocha, so I could have used a little more pumpkin flavor. However, it still tastes great, like a light, savory pumpkin soup.
The second Umaibo product looks like it’s the same shape, but the wrapper actually have four chocolate puffs inside. The outside of the puff is flakey, almost like a cream puff. Inside the puff is a chocolate frosting-like cream. I’ve never seen or tried these before, but the chocolate was really rich!
Strawberry Koala’s March
I asked my husband what he thought of these Koala’s March snacks, and he said “they never let me down.” Koala’s March are known for the adorable koalas printed on the biscuit snack. The cream inside has good strawberry flavor.
Usually rusks are toasted bread with a sweet sugar topping/glaze. This snack was more of a cookie, and it almost tasted like freeze-dried angel food cake? It sounds strange, but it was so good! The cookie melts in your mouth, leaving a sweet cream taste.
These were a huge hit at my house! My husband described them as “kimchi croutons,” which feels accurate. They’re kimchi flavored senbei. The rice cracker itself is crunchy, while the kimchi flavor is strong. The bag was quickly gone!
This is another snack that I’ve gotten before in snack boxes, but I’m always game for fried potatoes. They’re a french fry shaped potato snack. I love salt, so these could be a little more flavorful for my taste. However, it’s something that most people will like.
These are ume (plum) flavored gummies. Plum flavored treats here can be quite sour, but these weren’t overpowering. Then again, I quite like sour things! So if you’re sensitive to sour treats, maybe try a bite before you pop a whole gummy into your mouth. I like how the fruity and sour flavors play together; it’s a very “Japanese” taste.
I love the retro packaging on this snack! It’s fried noodles flavored like fried tofu udon. The little fox is saying “there’s no fox in here!” It’s sort of a pun–this type of tofu udon is called “kitsune udon.” “Kitsune” is also the word for fox. It’s a savory, crunchy snack perfect for those who enjoy Japanese noodles.
Premium Cheese Umaibo
Umaibo are one of my favorites. They’re super cheap and come in so many flavors. The first Umaibo in this box is a Premium Umaibo. It’s larger than the normal corn puff snack and is flavored with mozzarella and Camembert cheese. There isn’t a lot of cheese in Japan, but Camembert is very popular. It says on the package that it’s “rich and creamy.” This is hands down one of the best Umaibo—it tastes like a more sophisticated cheese puff.
This cute little bottle has strawberry candy inside. It reminds me a lot of those sugar Pixie Stix. It’s fairly sour, which gives it more flavor than your typical straight sugar treat.
This little packet of popping candy has the strangest name—“Baby Gang?!” I have no idea why it’s called that, but it green apple flavor was actually really good! It was a little sour, and not overly artificial tasting.
This candy is a little fizzy and has a strong purple grape flavor. The info sheet says it’s chewing gum, but I’m pretty sure it’s actually hard candy. Be careful! I was expecting gum based on the info card, so I bit down pretty hard…oops!
Melon Soda Gum
This stick of gum is melon soda flavored, and it’s this month’s bonus item! It’s very soft and chewy. The melon flavor is strong and sweet, but not overpowering. The stick of gum is longer than my hand!
I was so excited to see a full sized bag of Mike Popcorn! I love popcorn, and Mike popcorn is how I get my fix here in Japan. They always have fun new flavors. This bag is flavored like “mentsuyu,” which is a Japanese soup base used for dishes like ramen or udon. It’s mostly soy sauce, but there’s other ingredients often used like cooking sake, mirin, kombu (kelp), and bonito (fish flakes). This popcorn is amazing–it’s salty, savory, and flavorful. It combines a very Japanese flavor with the crunch of popcorn.
Overall, I enjoyed the August box from Freedom Japanese Market. There were a few snacks that I’ve gotten before, but there was still a lot of new things to try as well. My favorites were the Mike’s popcorn, DonDon Yaki, and Cream Rusk. I’m still excited about getting that big bag of popcorn! The box is an excellent value as well–you get a lot of sweet and savory snacks for the price.
You can subscribe to this box here, (affiliate link) starting at $14.99 up to $45.99, depending on size. The original box is $24.99/month. All boxes have free worldwide shipping too!
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