TokyoTreat – November 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 November 2018 the theme is “It’ Fall Y’all!” This month focuses on autumn flavors in Japan, like sweet potato and chestnut. There’s a physical booklet and an online zine with information about the snacks, Japanese culture, contents, etc.  They also show you how to take advantage of their new loyalty program. You enter a code on your box on their website each month. 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. I’ll be giving a brief description of each snack, as well as a review if I’ve had a chance to try it.

Chestnut Kit Kat *

These new Kit Kats are made with white chocolate flavored with chestnuts! Chestnut is a super popular flavor in Japan, and I hadn’t really eaten a lot of chestnut things before moving here. These Kit Kats have a really sweet flavor that reminds me of buttercream frosting. Oddly, I don’t really taste any chestnut!

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Canada Dry Peach Ginger Ale *

This month’s drink is a peach ginger ale from Canada Dry. It has a pleasant balance of sweet peach flavor with a mild ginger taste. Peach and ginger are a surprisingly good combination.

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Apple Pie Pie No Mi *

Apple pie is a classic fall treat in America, but I usually don’t see it as much in Japan. So I was so excited to see these apple pie flavored treats! The outside is a flakey, pie crust-like buttery biscuit with an apple custard filling inside. They are amazing, and easily one of my favorite items I’ve gotten from TokyoTreat!

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Disney Tsum Tsum Bitesize Choco *

Next is a little pouch of chocolate filled biscuit (like Koala March) printed with characters from Disney’s Tsum Tsum series.

King’s Crown Chocolate Cookie *

This small cookie has a swirled design that’s meant to look like a king’s crown—the packaging is pretty cute! The cookie itself tastes like a crunchy shortbread with a bit of gooey chocolate filling in the middle.

Mont Blanc Shimi Choco

Mont Blanc is another chestnut sweet that I didn’t know about until coming to Japan. These puffed corn stars are coated through with white chocolate flavored like the Mont Blanc dessert. I haven’t had a chance to try these, but I’m excited to try them.

Sweet Potato Caramel

These little boxes of caramels are a popular Japanese sweet, and this one has added sweet potato flavor! The consistency and taste of the caramels are wonderful—soft, chewy, and sweet. There’s a super tiny hint of earthy sweet potato, but it’s subtle. These would be so good for caramel apples!

Puffy Sweet Potato Chips

These puffed potato chips are made from Tanegashima prefecture.  They’re very light and airy with a good hit of sweet potato flavor.

Juicy Gummies

These gummies are made with 100% juice and come in three flavors: purple grape, green grape, and orange. Some packs have a heart or star shaped gummy or two mixed in the usual round variety. The gummies are firm and sweet—nothing special, but not bad at all.

Japanese BBQ Scone Share Pack

This month’s share pack is a corn curl snack coated with Japanese BBQ flavor. They’re very crunchy and a bit dry with a sweet, almost teriyaki-like taste. There’s a good amount of flavor on each piece, which I appreciate.

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Ramune Soft Cream DIY Kit

This simple DIY kit lets you make a little ramune soda ice cream cone. The booklet and online zine contain all the instructions you need. You basically just need to mix the powder with water and scoop it into the little cone.

Bisco Sandwich Snack

This little sleeve of mini-biscuit sandwiches is this month’s health benefit snack. They’re made with lactic acid to help with digestion. They almost have a lemon flavor, which I think might be from the lactic acid. They’re simple and tasty.

Vegetable Salad Umaibo

Next there’s an umaibo, a puffed corn stick that comes in a variety of flavors and is a cheap, yummy snack. This one is vegetable salad flavored. It doesn’t taste like salad at all, but it’s still quite good! It’s heavily seasoned with vegetable/spices, so it’s very salty and savory.

Yakisoba Taro Snack

The last snack is a little pack of dried yakisoba noodles. They’re super crunchy and light with a strong “sauce” flavor, sauce being a popular condiment for yakisoba. It’s made of soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, oyster sauce, etc.

Overall, I enjoyed this month’s autumn treats! I had a few standouts—the Apple Pie Pie No Mi, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, and Sweet Potato Caramel. These three treats are actually some of my favorite things I’ve ever gotten from Tokyo Treat! I like that they included so many seasonal/limited edition snacks, since that’s one of the best things about Japanese treats.

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 November box, make sure to subscribe by the end of October!

 

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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