[UNBOXING] Japan Crate – February 2016

i’m a huge fan of Japanese candies. there, i said it. i love Pocky, and gummies and those koala cookies that are filled with chocolate. know what i also love? MOTHER FRICKIN’ GREEN TEA KIT-KATS and you know what? Japan Crate snuck them into this month’s stash. there was only three of them, so i had to draaaaaaaaag it out before i was able to get more. [Rinny hooked me up because they’re cheap as hell in Asian markets in NYC.]

but anyway, i was originally on the waiting list for the “Mini” crate [$12/mo, free shipping], but Japan Crate sent out an email at the end of January to get $10 off the “Original” crate [$25/mo, free shipping] so i figured….what the heck! let’s try it out and just switch to the cheaper “Mini” crate later. so i got the “Original” crate for $15 with free shipping.

the “Original” crate gives you 8-10 items and a guaranteed DIY kit. however, for the February crate all crate sizes got the DIY kit.

without further ado, here’s what we got in photographic glory!

 


 

CHIP STAR NORISHIO

this resealable tube of potato chips is a lot like American Pringles, but with a tasty Japanese flavor: Seaweed & Salt.

these tasted like straight up plain Pringles like the booklet said. nothing really to write home about if you’ve ever had original Pringles before: salty thin potato chips.

Nestle Kit-Kat (Green Tea)

Japan is known for their wacky Kit-Kat flavors [Sake is coming out soon, and Rum Raisin????] and Green Tea is no exception. however, THESE ARE AMAZING AND THEY’RE LITERALLY LIKE CRACK.

Petit Pastel Ice Cream Cookies & Chocolate

adorable mini ice cream cone and assorted fun shaped chocolates with a crunchy wafer center. the box includes two packages so you can split them with a friend!

i actually really liked these! they reminded me of regular chocolate Kit-Kats and plan to hunt down more.

Super Lemon

Push your tongue to the limit with an entire bag of invidually wrapped super sour lemon hard candies. The first layer is a tart lemon powder, then there’s a mild, sweet hard shell and finally a third layer of intense lemon flavor in the center.

i honestly wish they didn’t throw in an entire bag because i tried one, and the rest went straight into the trash can. i do not do well with sour candies [but will try them for science.] and these were no exception. holy hell, no thank you.

Heart LTD. Oekaki Choco DIY

Create your own Valentine’s Day Design or follow one of the included shape templates. Get creative and see what you can make!

being this is entirely in Japanese, they gave you the translated instructions in the booklet included in your crate. i passed on making this as it seemed too involved.

Toppu Trio Stick Gum

6 individually wrapped chewing gums that are perfect for carrying on the go. Try three different flavors: Cola, Cider and Grape.

had to pass on these as well, i have a very finicky jaw that hates the overtly repeated chewing that gum causes

Twinbow Drink Gummy

Each of these sugar-coated, sour gummies features two different flavors: Red – Cola, Blue – Ramune, Green – Lime and Yellow – Lemon. Pair them together for an intense flavor adventure!

these just tasted like Sour Patch Kids, nother really exciting or different about them.

Coris Grape & Soda Kajirittyo

A refreshing soda flavored taffy wrapped in a layer of chewy grape taffy. the stick has similar consistency to gum, but dissolves overtime.

i think the soda-flavored taffy saved this for me. i’m not a fan of anything grape aside from grape jelly and this didn’t taste grape-y at all! i was expecting to bite into this and then toss it right out.

 Nericcho Soft Cider Cones

A bonus item for all crates! Mix the included powder with water to create a creamy concoction, then use the spoon to fill your wafer cones. Instant mini ice cream cones! Enjoy cider or strawberry flavor.

i’ll let the two following Instagram photos sum this one up for me…

OVERALL VERDICT!

as with any subscription box you’re bound to get something that you don’t like. February’s Original Japan Crate did have some disappointing things but also had some awesome things [GREEN TEA KITKATS!!!!!!!!] so i’m definitely going to give it another go for March, but with a smaller box.