Tokyo Treat – November 2017 Review

Tokyo Treat

$25 – $35 per month

Free worldwide shipping from Tokyo

Tokyo Treat is a monthly Japanese snack subscription box shipped straight from Tokyo. They recently revamped their subscription service, and they now offer two sizes (the Small option is gone). There’s the Classic for $22.50-$25 and the Premium for $31.50-$35. The cheaper prices are for prepaid plans.

The boxes now contain new items and item amounts, increased variety, and a digital zine instead of a printed copy. If you want to read about all the changes to their boxes and website please click here. There is also information for those who currently have a Small monthly or prepaid plan.

The Classic box will now include these 12 full sized items: 4 popular Japanese snacks, 4 sharable packs, 2 dagashi, 1 DIY kit, and 1 kinosei snack. The Premium box includes 17 full sized items: 5 popular snacks, 1 party pack, 4 sharable packs, 3 dagashi, 1 Anime snack, 1 DIY kit, 1 kinosei snack, and 1 Japanese drink. The first box to include these changes will be December. I think the new direction is great, and I’m excited to see the new box!

Whew, lots of good changes! I encourage you to poke around their updated website to learn more.

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The November Premium box doesn’t have the new changes (it starts in December), so I received a physical zine titled “Flavorful Thanksgiving Feast.” The zine, as always, is designed extremely well. There’s content about the box, social media, contests, DIY kit instructions, and Japanese culture. The box was packed perfectly full, with no wasted space. The Premium box always includes a DIY kit and drink!

Pocky Double Fromage

These special Pocky have 3.2x the chocolate than the normal snack. The busicut stick is chocolate, and it’s coated in a thick layer of cheese chocolate. The chocolate almost tastes like cream cheese frosting! These were super good, and very appropriate for November since 11/11 is Pocky Day!

Morinaga Strawberry Ramune

A classic Japanese candy, these little ramune tabs are strawberry flavored. I liked how they melt in your mouth and the bright strawberry flavor. The little bottle is cute too.

Calbee Osatsu Snack

Sweet potatoes are a popular fall flavor here in Japan, so these are a great choice. My husband really liked these puffed snacks! The flavor is light and the chips are very airy.

Dagashi Mix

This is a mix of snacks, kinda like Japan’s “penny candy.” It’s like the nostalgic candy you bought when you were younger because it’s cheap. (I love that Tokyo Treat includes a mix of dagashi and counts it as one snack—other boxes often include dagashi as single items, which I think lowers the value.) Dagashi is always fun, and this month includes an Umaibo Cheese, Cola Gummy, Twisted Marshmallow, Baked Sweet Potato Yokan, and Yakisoba Sauce Snack. My favorite was the Yakisoba snack! It was crunchy with a savory and salty sauce flavor.

Choco Flakes Crisp Balls – Kinako

I’ve had the regular Choco Flakes before, but I’ve never tried the ball shape or kinako flavor. Kinako is roasted soybean power, and it has a toasty, nutty, flavor that’s really grown on me since moving to Japan. These little balls are super good—not too sweet, crunchy, and with a unique flavor. I would buy these again!

Super Light Rice Crackers

These airy crackers are made with rice from Niigata prefecture and flavored with dashi and ginger. These were one of my favorites. They melt in your mouth, but they still have a strong, savory flavor of dashi soy sauce and a little ginger zing. You get a hint of seaweed taste from the dashi too.

Giant Chocolate Snack

This long snack is a peanut and corn puff stick coated in milk chocolate. It was way lighter than I expected. Peanut butter and chocolate is always a great combination, and sometimes difficult to find in Japan! So, I really enjoyed this.

Vending Machine Cola Gummies

These cola gummies come in a tray that looks like a Japanese vending machine! It’s a very cute idea, and it’s fun to peel the gummies out of the tray.

Sapporo Multi-Veggie Snacks

These little potato sticks are made with seven types of vegetables, and have a good crunch to them. They aren’t as greasy as other potato stick/chip snacks, which is nice.

Kirin Chocolate Mint Milk Tea

I was a little nervous to try this drink, since milk tea is still something I’m trying to like! It’s very popular here in Japan. I do really love chocolate mint flavors though, which I think helped me to like this milk tea more than others I’ve tried! I also think this is a great choice as a featured snack, since it is a unique drink.

DIY Pokemon Sun and Moon Soft Candy Kit

This super cute DIY kit lets you make candy Pokemon! Each kit comes with a mold of 2 Pokemon, which you press soft candy into. (The zine has the instructions in English.)  I got Litten and Pikachu! The strawberry and lemon candy actually taste pretty good, and you can keep and reuse the molds if you’re crafty.

Squid Crackers

These are fried squid crackers with a good crunch. The squid taste isn’t overwhelming, and these would be a good introductory snack for people who aren’t fans of seafood.

Gudetama Rubber Magnet

This month’s special item is a Gudetama magnet! I love magnets and this lazy egg character, so I was happy to see this item. I got a sliced egg design, and I think he’s saying something like “I’m completely giving up.” (スッパリあきらめよう . . .)

Pretz Mild Roast Flavor

Pretz are a popular Japanese snack, and this type has a mild roast flavor and added calcium. It’s a very mild snack, and I think they might be good dipped in Nutella or peanut butter!

This month’s Tokyo Treat was great! My favorites were the Pokemon DIY kit, Choco Flakes Crisp Balls, and Super Light Rice Crackers.

The selection of snacks feels very balanced, but still exciting. Tokyo Treat has always been one of my favorite Japanese snack boxes, and that still stands. Now that I live in Japan, it’s nice to see a box full of snacks that I would want to send my friends and family. It feels very authentic, and I like that they include cultural information too.

Their variety and quality stand out, using full sized treats and well-known brands. Nothing feels like filler. Plus, the design of their website and zine are cheerful and engaging. The drink included in the Premium box is also a big selling point—I don’t know of any other box that includes a bottled beverage.

If you want to get your own Classic or Premium box, you can do so here. Prices range from $25 – $25 per month, shipped from Tokyo through Japan Post. Shipping is free worldwide. The next box will be December, and they’re teasing that they will include treats from Fanta, Lotte, Kit Kat, and Pokemon brands.

PR sample. All opinions are my own, and no compensation was received for this review. Affiliate links are used.

Nednettinc

Nednettinc

Sara loves all things cats, snacks, and video games. She lives in Yokohama, Japan with her husband. Sara has her B.S in Women and Gender Studies and currently teaches English. Japanese snack and kawaii boxes are her favorite, along with anything nerdy, cute, and/or edible.
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