TokyoTreat – July 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 curates a box of fun, seasonal snacks with the aim 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. It’s rare to get seasonal Japanese drinks outside of Japan, so that’s always one of my favorite items.

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They include a paper booklet and there is also a digital zine on their website. The booklet includes all the information on the snacks and how to do the DIY kit. They also include fan photos, cultural info, contests, giveaways, and mini Japanese lessons. The theme for July 2018 is “Camping Getaway.” The booklet says they picked this theme because camping and hiking are popular summer activities here in Japan. I haven’t tried camping here yet, but I do enjoy a good hike!

They’ve also included that they have a new website, JapanHaul.com, where you can buy individual snacks.

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

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Uji Matcha Jelly*

This month’s drink is a jelly drink made with matcha from Uji prefecture. You shake the can a few times to break up the jelly, and there’s also a vanilla sauce that gets mixed in throughout. I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s a refreshing choice for the summer!

Cookie and Cream & Strawberry Cheesecake Kit Kats*

These Kit Kats come in two flavors, Cookie and Cream and Strawberry Cheesecake. The packaging recommends eating them chilled, so I popped these in the freezer. They’re both very sweet. The Strawberry Cheesecake has a little hint of the tangy cheesecake flavor, which balances the sweetness nicely.

Pineapple & Coconut Marshmallows*

These marshmallows come in two shapes. The fish are pineapple flavored while the starfish are coconut flavored. Sometimes these flavors can come off a little lotion-y, but I was pleasantly surprised with how subtle and real the flavors were!

Butter Toast & Sesame Biscuits Party Pack*

This month’s party pack contains two types of biscuits, butter toast and sesame. They’re both a little sweet, and almost remind me of rusks. I like how simple and clean the tastes are, and I think the sesame in particular would be good for s’mores.

Koikeya Tempura Matcha Salt Chips*

These potato chips combine two traditional Japanese flavors—matcha and tempura! This sounded so odd when I read the packaging, but the flavors are subtle. The hint of bitter matcha cuts through the richness of the fried potato. I’m not sure if I detect the tempura flavor, but then again I’m not sure exactly what tempura batter by itself tastes like.

Chocolate Mint Twigs

These little chocolates have a light mint flavor and a little bit of crunch. I put mine in the freezer to intensify the cool mint taste. I like a little more of a mint punch in my mint chocolate treats, but these are still very yummy.

Okara Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake cookies are this month’s kinosei (health benefit) snack. They’re made with fiber, vitamins, calcium, iron, and okara. I think they’re referring to the okara that comes from making tofu? I haven’t tried this yet, but I love cheesecake, so I’m excited they included it.

Rich BBQ Potato Sticks

I often am disappointed by Japanese BBQ flavoring, but this snack was amazing! Japanese BBQ flavored chips are often on the sweeter side, which is fine, but I love the tangy American BBQ flavor. These potato sticks remind me a lot of American BBQ chips, with a strong smoky, tangy flavor.

Poteko Potato Rings Share Pack

The share pack for July contains four mini-packs of little salted potato rings. The flavor is similar to plain Pringles, but with a bit more salt. The unique shape is fun, and I know I always reach for salty snacks when it’s warm out.

Pretty Cure Chocolate Wafer

The anime snack is a chocolate wafer that comes with little nail stickers. I haven’t heard of Pretty Cure, and I don’t really do my nails, but the packaging is cute! The wafer itself is pretty standard—not bad, not great.

Cheese Umaibo

It’s not a Japanese snack box without an Umaibo, right? This ever-popular puffed corn snack is cheese flavored. The strong cheese taste pairs well with the airiness of the puffed corn.

Grape Soda Gummy

One of the dagashi, this is a little grape soda gummy. It has a firm texture with a strong grape taste, and a little bit of soda fizz.

Konpeito Candy

A traditional candy, konpeito is made from sugar and often dyed in bright colors. There are five possible color schemes, all inspired by flowers. I got pinks and oranges inspired by cosmos flowers. It’s a very sweet, simple, and crunchy snack! It’s reminiscent of the rock candy I had as a kid.

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Water Candy DIY

The last item is a DIY. This DIY has been in a lot of Japanese snack boxes, and it’s not my favorite. You mix lemon, strawberry, and soda gels together to make a mystery flavor.  If you like liquid candies, then this is for you.

My favorites from this month were the Butter Toast & Sesame Biscuits Party Pack, Koikeya Tempura Matcha Salt Chips, Chocolate Mint Twigs, and Rich BQQ Potato Sticks. They included a good mix of sweet and savory, and I really appreciate how many limited edition items there are every month. Japanese snack companies are always turning out new or seasonal flavors, which is one of my favorite things about Japanese treats!

Make sure to check out their social media for contests, coupons, and sneak peaks of upcoming boxes.

If you want to get your own Classic or Premium box, you can do so here. Prices range from $25 – $35 per month and boxes are 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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