TokyoTreat – October 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.

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For October 2018 the theme is “Trick or Tokyo Treat,” so all the snacks are centered around a Halloween theme. Just glancing at the contents, it feels very spooky. There’s lots of oranges, blacks, and purples in the packaging of the snacks. There’s both a physical booklet and an online zine with information about the snacks, Japanese culture, contents, etc. They also just started a new loyalty program! It’s streak-based, meaning the longer you subscribe the more points, discounts, and rewards you can earn.

The Premium 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.  There is also a smaller box available, called the “Classic Box.”

I’m reviewing the Premium Box, and items marked with an asterisk* are exclusive to the Premium Box. Also, my cat decided to nap right on the cloth I used to take photos, so she’s making an appearance in this review!

Caramel Pudding Kit Kats *

This month’s party pack is full of a new type of Kit Kat. The caramel flavor is light while the pudding flavor is creamy and sweet. It’s not the most complex flavor, but it’s something I think most people will enjoy! I also like that the packages have little sign language lessons on them.

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Takoyaki Ramune *

This month’s drink is a wild one—it’s takoyaki flavored soda. Takoyaki are a ball-shaped savory food consisting of a piece of octopus inside a ball of batter cooked in a special pan and typically topped with bonito flakes, pickled ginger, and green onion. So, sounds like a tasty soda, right? While I get that this soda is the “trick” part of “trick or treat,” I’m on the fence. I typically enjoy when snack boxes include a few strong/wacky flavors, but I feel like a lot of people are going to take a sip and then pour out the rest. It’s not as bad as I was expecting, but I couldn’t drink more than one gulp. It tastes like a sweet okonomiyaki sauce—sort of a thick, brown sauce made with ketchup, Worcestershire, and oyster sauce.

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Tongari Corn Salted Caramel *

This snack’s information in the booklet is the information from last month’s plum chips! Oops! But, you can tell from the packaging and the online zine that this snack is a salty-sweet corn chip snack. It’s a salted caramel flavor, but the sweetness is a bit overpowered by the saltiness of the corn. It’s still yummy, but it’d be extra good with a bit more sweetness to balance out the corn.

Winnie the Pooh Honey & Chocolate Chip Cookies *

These two packs of cookies have a cute Winnie the Pooh Halloween theme! One pack is chocolate chip cookies and the other is a honey wafer cookie. Both taste good, but I think the honey one is my favorite! It tastes like a Vanilla Wafer made with honey.

Butter Cream Roll Cake *

The last premium-exclusive item is a little roll cake. It’s a yellow cake rolled with a butter cream. For a packaged cake, it’s not bad—the texture of the cream is smooth, and the flavor is light.

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Sanrio Halloween Papiro

This snack comes in a cute little Halloween box decorated with Sanrio characters. Inside there’s a bag of individually wrapped “papiro.” They’re little chocolate rolled cookies filled with almond chocolate cream. The cookie is quite crunchy with a rich chocolate flavor, but I don’t really taste any almond.

Halloween Chupa Chups Lollipop

This Halloween-themed Chupa Chups is half strawberry and half lime. I really like the combination of sweet and a bit of sourness! The skull shape is fun too.

Mochitaro Salt Rice Puffs

This little pack contains small puffed rice crackers lightly salted. They’re quite soft and offer a clean, savory taste. They almost remind me of popcorn! They’d be great to munch on during a scary movie.

Halloween Shrimp Crackers

Another savory snack, these shrimp crackers got a Halloween makeover. I’m not a fan of shrimp, so I’ll pass these along to a friend, but I like the cute packaging and that they included a seafood flavor this month!

Halloween Poteko Pumpkin Gratin

This little pyramid packs are pumpkin gratin flavored rings. They’re really good! They’re salty with a hint of sweetness from the pumpkin. The packages have little English lessons for Halloween on them too, which is cute.

Pumpkin Wheat Puffs Share Pack

Another pumpkin snack, these are sweet wheat puffs. There’s a little earthiness from the pumpkin. They melt in your mouth immediately–the texture of this type of snack isn’t my favorite, but that’s just a personal preference. The Halloween packaging is cute, which I appreciate.

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Candy Apple DIY Kit

This month’s DIY kit is one I’ve received from snack boxes a few times, but I’m happy to get it again! This kit is simple to do and tastes really good! The chewy apple candies used as the base of the DIY have a strong apple flavor, and it’s fun to dip them in the “glaze” and then in the sprinkles! It’s perfect for the Halloween theme too.

Balance Mini-Cake Bar

This month’s kinosei (health benefit) treat is this little balanced snack bar. There’s 10 different vitamins and minerals in this cheesecake flavored bar. In this dense bar the cheesecake flavor is there, but it’s subtle.

Halloween Umaibo Corn Potage

The last item is the ever-present Umaibo in the classic corn potage flavor. The packaging is dressed up for Halloween, which is cute. The puffed corn snack has a savory and salty corn soup flavor, which I always enjoy.

My favorites this month were the Halloween Chupa Chups Lollipop, Mochitaro Salt Rice Puffs, and the Candy Apple DIY Kit. The Takoyaki soda is a risky choice. While wacky flavors can be fun, this one does feel like a waste. It’s interesting to try a sip, but we’re just going to dump the rest. I imagine most subscribers will do something similar. I feel like the flavors of the snacks this month weren’t as awesome, but I appreciated that they really stuck to the Halloween theme. As always, make sure to check out their social media for contests, coupons, and sneak peaks of upcoming boxes. I’m excited that they’ve started their new “Streaks” loyalty program as well.

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! If you want to receive the October box, make sure to subscribe by the end of September!

 

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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