TokyoTreat – March 2018 Review

TokyoTreat

$25 – $35 per month

Free worldwide shipping from Tokyo

TokyoTreat is a monthly Japanese snack subscription box shipped straight from Tokyo. They recently revamped their subscription service, and they now offer two sizes. There’s the Classic for $22.50-$25 and the Premium for $31.50-$35. The cheaper prices are for prepaid plans. TokyoTreat aims to bring fun, seasonal snacks curated with the goal to share their love of Japanese treats.

The Classic box includes 12 full sized items: 4 popular Japanese snacks, 4 sharable packs, 2 dagashi, 1 DIY kit, and 1 kinosei (health-benefit) 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.

They include a paper booklet in addition to the online zine.

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The theme for March 2018 is “Sakura Surprise.” Very fitting, since springtime in Japan means cherry blossoms! Around this time of year you also see other traditional flavors pop up like plum, red bean, and matcha. The booklet tells you all about each snack. They also explain about hanami, which are parties where you sit under cherry blossoms and eat! I love that they included a little Japanese language lesson as well.

I’m reviewing the Premium box, and items marked with an asterisk* are only in the Premium.

Peach Coca-Cola*

Everyone’s been talking about this new Coke! TokyoTreat always picks a great drink, and this month is no exception. This Coke is like Cherry Coke, but instead with a peach flavor! There’s no actual peach juice, but peach flavor still tastes very nice.

Sweet Sake Kit Kats* 

These Kit Kats are amazake flavor, which a sweet sake drink. They do contain a little bit of alcohol, 0.8%. My husband found the sake flavor subtle, while I thought it was pretty strong! These would be great for hanami parties!

Sakura Shrimp Potato Ring Party Pack*

This month’s party pack are these savory shrimp potato rings. The packaging is Hinamatsuri themed, which is a doll festival. I’m not really a shrimp person, so I’ll probably give these to a friend. However, it’s nice to have a savory party pack! And the packaging is very pretty.

Anpanman Festival Rice Puffs*

Anpanman, aka bean bun man, is the most popular kids character. He and his friends are celebrating Hinamasturi with these rice puffs! The puffs are in the traditional festival colors and are slightly sweet.

Melon Bread Cookie* 

Melon bread isn’t usually actually melon flavored, but this cookie is! It’s a sweet butter cookie with a fruity melon taste. I like the cute panda shape too!

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Sakura Marshmallows

This bag of marshmallows are both shaped and flavored like sakura! They’re flavored with sakura extract. TokyoTreat gives you a recipe to make sakura mochi, yum! The bag also talks about adding them to lattes or making rice cakes. They aren’t too floral, but they do have a subtle cherry blossom taste.

Shimi Choco Corn – Milky Red Bean

This puffed corn snack is flavored with Hokkaido red beans and milk! They’re crunchy and creamy, with a little bit of the sweet/earthy red bean flavor. It’s a unique combination that would also be great for hanami!

Chocolate Kinako Mochi DIY

This DIY kit is simple—you make mochi by adding water to the kit, and then dip it in either chocolate and kinako. The booklet describes how to do so, including photographs of each step.

Ginger Tea Hard Candy

This month’s kinosei snack is a ginger tea hard candy meant to soothe a dry throat. I love ginger tea, and the slightly spicy candy is nice on a chilly day.

Puccho Gummy – Hoppe-Chan Cherry

These cute little gummies are designed to look like the character Hoppe-Chan. I like the cherry flavor, but they’re a little hard for my taste. The packaging is very cute though, and the cherry flavor is on theme.

Salty Split Pea Sticks

I love these savory puffed pea snacks! To be honest, I eat them all the time, so I was happy to get a bag in this month’s box. They’re crunchy and salty, which I enjoy.

Sweet Soy Sauce Cracker Share Pack

This month’s share pack are fried rice crackers flavored with a sweet soy sauce. The Anpanman packaging is cute too! The crackers taste great, with a good balance of salty and sweet.

Veggie Salad Umaibo

Umaibo, the every popular dagashi snack, is a puffed corn stick. This veggie salad flavor is one of my favorites, as it’s pretty salty and savory.

Squid Jerky

Lastly, there’s a little piece of squid jerky. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s fun that they included a more traditional seafood flavor.

In summary, I enjoyed the sakura theme of the March 2018 box! A lot of these treats would be fun to share at a springtime party or meal. I also liked how many traditional Japanese flavors were included, like sakura, kinako, azuki, and amazake. My favorites were the Peach Coca Cola, Sweet Sake Kit Kats, Sakura Marshmallows, and Chocolate Kinako Mochi DIY. Plus, TokyoTreat always does an amazing job with design and social media. They often have contests or interesting posts on their website and Facebook.

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. If you want the March box, you only have until February 28th to sign up, so hurry!

 

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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