TokyoTreat – April 2018 Review

TokyoTreat

$25 – $35 per month

Free worldwide shipping from Tokyo

TokyoTreat is a monthly Japanese snack subscription box shipped straight from Tokyo.  There’s two sizes: 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.

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This month’s theme is “Easter Hunt!” They decided to include colorful and fruity flavors to fit the springtime holiday. They include a paper booklet, but there is also a digital zine to check out on their website. The booklet includes all the information on the snacks, as well any how to do the DIY kit. They also include fan photos, cultural info, contests, giveaways, etc. I love that they’ve started including mini Japanese lessons as well!

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

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Easter Banana Kit Kats*

I must admit that I’m not a big fan of banana flavored sweets, but these banana Kit Kats are actually pretty good! They come in festive Easter packaging and are a pale-yellow color. It tastes a bit less artificial compared to other banana candies I’ve tried, which is nice. These would be fun to share as well, since unusual Kit Kat flavors are so hard to come by outside of Japan!

Gudetama Candy*

Perfect for Easter, this candy is Gudetama themed. The packages have different faces of the lazy egg on them, which is pretty cute. The hard candy is yogurt flavored with a zingy orange sauce in the middle. It tastes like springtime!

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Afternoon Tea White Chocolate Milk Tea*

This month’s drink is another milk tea from the Afternoon Tea brand. This milk tea is flavored with white chocolate. Milk tea is still growing on me, but the white chocolate adds a rich sweetness that compliments the milk taste. I can see it pairing well with this month’s sweets.

Baby Bear Gummies*

This little pack of gummies is one of the monthly dagashi, which is similar to the idea of penny-candy. The gummies have your typical fruity taste and are shaped like bears.

Colorful Seeds Soft Candy*

This snack invites you to try mixing different flavors together. It includes two soft candy flavors, grape and orange, and a fizzy soda flavored ramune candy. I really enjoyed the combination of an orange chew with the fizzy soda.

Kyoro-chan’s Custard Pudding Snack

This custard pudding flavored snack comes in an adorable Easter themed package. The candy tastes a lot like sweet custard, and it’s nice that you don’t have to worry about any spilling out due to the clever packaging.

Pakkuncho Disney Custard Pudding Biscuits

These Disney themed sweets are like Koala March—it’s a biscuit with sweet filling inside. The filling is also custard pudding flavored, and it contrasts nicely with the not-too-sweet biscuit.

Calbee Plum Seaweed Chips

I was so happy to see these in the box! I’ve seen them in convenience stores here, but I haven’t tried them yet. These Calbee brand chips are flavored with plum and kombu seaweed. You get a hit of that sour plum flavor and then a hint of the earthy, savory seaweed. Plus, the design on the packaging is beautiful. These were definitely a favorite, and it’s always nice to see limited edition items like this in snack boxes.

Umaiwa Cheese

These puffed corn snacks are from the same company as Umaibo. Basically, it’s just an Umaibo stick in bite-sized rings. The rich cheese flavor is very satisfying, and I actually like this more than the regular cheese Umaibo!

Umaibo Teriyaki Burger

There’s also an Umaibo in this month’s box, which is a teriyaki burger flavored puff corn stick. I mostly taste the teriyaki flavor, which has that strong and sweet soy sauce taste.

Healthy Snacking Squishy Lemon Gummies

Healthy Snacking is a brand I often buy, and they’ve created lemon gummies with fiber and protein. There’s no odd aftertaste or anything—just a pleasant lemon gummy.  It’s also this month’s kinosei (health benefit) snack for TokyoTreat!

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Choco Banana DIY Kit

This month’s DIY kit is modeled after a popular festival snack—chocolate dipped bananas! It’s a simple DIY kit that also tastes good! The banana part is made of banana soft candy, which you dip into a chocolate frosting and then top with sprinkles.

Don Tacos Grilled Corn Flavor

These corn chips are flavored like Japanese grilled corn—another festival treat. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but I was wrong! These are so good, balancing flavors perfectly. You get the sweet corn and salty soy sauce. I’m going to look for these in the supermarket to buy again!

Caramel Corn Share Pack

The last item is this month’s share pack. These are one of my favorite Japanese sweets—Tohato’s puffed caramel corn and peanuts! The sweet puffs melt in your mouth and are very addictive. I also like the cute faces on each package!

Overall, I think this month included a great balance of sweet and savory snacks. I really loved the Calbee Plum Seaweed Chips, Gudetama Candy, and Don Tacos Grilled Corn Flavor. I think this month’s selection has something for everyone. I always like that they include a variety of snack types: seasonal, traditional, popular, dagashi, drinks, etc. Unlike other boxes, it always feels fresh. Plus, they do a good job of teasing what treats will be included in each box, which always makes me look forward to the next month.

If you want to get your own Classic or Premium box, you can do so here. Prices range from $25 – $35 per month, shipped from Tokyo through Japan Post. Shipping is free worldwide.

 

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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