TokyoTreat subscription box group which also includes YumeTwins and nomakenolife. Options are are Premium at $35 (around £26) per month: 9 popular Japanese snacks, 3 dagashi, 1 anime snack, 1 DIY candy kit, 1 kinose snack, 1 Japanese drink. Classic $25 (around £18) per month: 9 popular Japanese snacks, 2 dagashi, 1 DIY candy kit, 1 kinose snack. Worldwide shipping is free.
March isn’t the best time of year for specific holidays, but TokyoTreat has still come up with a great theme: Snack Bento! The idea is to provide a selection of classic Japanese flavours and food, but in snack form, like you were filling up a bento box (the classic sectioned Japanese lunch box).
The list of contents in the menu booklet is very useful, as sometimes the flavours aren’t that clear from the packaging. You can also find competitions and little tidbits about Japanese culture.
Asahi Melon Cream Soda. Yes, Asahi that makes the beer produces very nice sodas too. This is just like a melon soda float, combining fresh melon flavour with creamy vanilla. Delicious drunk very cold.
KitKat Peach Parfait. Japan does the best varieties of KitKats, and this lovely peach parfait dessert version is a great way to look forward to summer even if the weather’s cold! Both the filling and the white chocolate coating are flavoured with peach, and they’re really delicious.
Pringles Miso Cup Ramen. Japan doesn’t just do unusual KitKats, they do fun versions of Pringles too! These famous stacking chips are a limited edition in association with the ramen cup producer Ace Cup, and are flavoured just like a delicious cup of miso raman noodles.
DoraChoco. These little mouthfuls are one of my favourite cake-type snacks. They are two little pancakes sandwiched with a chocolate cream filling, and they are seriously rich and yummy!
Spicy Japanese Grain Crackers; DonDonYaki Sauce Flavour; Porickey German Potato Flavour.
As you might guess from the package, the peppery crackers go very well with beer! The DonDonYaki crackers are flavoured with the delicious sauce that is a popular condiment and has both sweet and deeply savory flavours. The Poricky are like little pretzel sticks; these are supposed to be flavoured with German potatoes, but I think that they taste of delicious ham and cheese!
Calbee Osaka Ginger Tempura Flavour. Ginger isn’t a flavour I’ve seen much in TokyoTreat, but this snack is based on the flavour of red pickled ginger tempura, which is a favourite in Osaka. It’s a really interesting flavour for potato crisps!
Caramel Corn Hinamatsuri Peach Flavour. This is a little nod to Girls’ Day, which is February 3rd, and is a celebration of girls and daughters! Also Japanese candy corn is delicious, sweet and crispy corn puffs with a wonderful peach flavour.
Pokemon Hinamatsuri Choco Corn. Another Girls’ Day treat, this is chocolate corn snacks that are light but very chocolaty.
(from top) Yakisoba Taro; Taro Beans; Pudding Daifuku; Melon Pandoro Cookie.
Yakisoba noodles are a popular dish in Japan, and these dried noodle snacks are a fun way to experience the flavour. You can even add water to them! Taro Beans are inspired by the Japanese folk tale of Peach Boy, reflected in the cute packaging. I love the little pudding-filled marshmallow, a super soft sweet treat! And the melon cookie has a lovely fresh flavour, and goes nicely with the melon soda. It also looks like the melon pan bread roll shaped like a melon!
Umaibo Tonkatsu Flavour. Umaibo is one of the most popular snacks, and comes in a multitude of flavours both sweet and savory. This one is flavoured with delicious Tonkatsu sauce, a popular condiment that has both sweet, savory, and spicy notes.
Texas Corn Okonomiyaki. This crunchy corn snack is flavoured with Japanese Okonmyaki sauce, which is a little similar to Texas barbecue sauce, and goes beautifully with the pancake-like street food okonomiyaki.
Baby Kaki Mochi. Super cute salty and crunchy fluffy rice crackers, a great treat popular with both kids and adults.