Think Inside the Box…Filled with Assorted Japanese Snacks!

Last updated: June 2, 2017 

Photo by TOKYOTREAT

Do you enjoy Japanese snacks such as Pocky, Hi-Chew and anime-themed candies? Have you indulged in high-end confectionery when traveling in Japan?

If so, you might be thrilled to learn about subscription services to Japanese snacks available in the U.S. and other countries.

Once common in magazines, subscription services have expanded widely to cosmetics, consumer goods, clothing and even food in recent years. The popularity has generated the word “SubCom,” which stands for subscription commerce, surging to claim a large segment in the consumer economy. You’ve probably heard about meal kit delivery services such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh, and joining them are Japanese snacks and candies to meet real niche yet specific demands!!!

Here are some features of Japanese snack SubCom:
  • Subscribers receive a box filled with assorted snacks and candies at home on a periodic basis. Surprise items may be included in the box
  • Subscribers can be entered into sweepstakes to win a gift such as exclusive snacks and/or toys from Japan
  • Subscribers have fun by posting their unboxing experience on social media and interact with others in the community
  • Subscription can be cancelled any time (some restrictions may apply)

We discovered the following four services specialized in Japanese snacks (surprisingly competition already exists) so let’s find out what’s inside the boxes.

1. Japan Candy Box

Price: Starting $18.20 per month for 8-10 items
Shipping: Free worldwide
Inside the box: Kracie Popin Cookin Ramen DIY Kit
Bourbon Fettuccine Peach Gummies
Shin Chan Ramune Candies
Doraemon Green Tea Chocolate
GyoGyoGyo Taste Changing Gum   and more
Highlight: Japan Candy Box brings collection of fun candies and character items to your doorstep. Though one box size is offered, the free international shipping is a big score for the fans. Subscribers are automatically entered into the Japan Candy Megabox raffle, which is valued for $100.

2. TOKYOTREAT

Price: Starting $14.99 per month for 5-7 items
Shipping: Free worldwide
Inside the box: DIY candy kit contains 3 kinds of syrup
Sakura Cola
Limited Edition Chocolate Umaibo (puffed cylindrical corn snacks)
Koikeya’s Potato Tiramisu Chips
Pencil shaped Chocolate   and moreExploding Cola Candy
Highlight: TOKYOTREAT delivers different themed treats every month with free shipping worldwide. The premium box priced at $34.99 is most expensive of all the plans provided by these businesses but contains the largest volume (15-17 items) of all in the mean time. The monthly lottery box worth $500 includes special snacks, toys, figurines and so on.

3. Japan Crate

Price: Starting $12 per month for 5 items
Shipping: Free to US and varies for other countries
Inside the box: Exploding Cola Candy
Choco Taiyaki
Kinako Mochi
Gant Mashmallow
DIY Melon Jelly   and more
Highlight: Japan Crate is a winner when it comes to diversity in plan options. It offers three box sizes and four subscription terms for regular snack subscription, and a separate plan called DOKIDOKI Crate containing kawaii items such as character keychains and figurines. Subscribers have a chance to win Sugoi Crate, meaning “amazing” in Japanese, which includes giant snacks and toys such as Nintendo WiiU.

4. Snakku

Price: Starting $15.75 per month for 5-7 items
Shipping: Free to US
Inside the box: Bite sized cakes covered with white chocolate
Kinako (roasted soybean flour) Mochi
Mayo rice cookie
Caramel Pudding Cake
Brown sugar rice cookie and more
Highlight: With the price on higher end, Snakku is specialized in traditional snacks like rice crackers, authentic sweets selected from local stores, and quality products they curate expertly. You receive your box wrapped in furoshiki, a traditional reusable wrapping cloth, when subscribing to 3 or 6-month plan. Subscribers are automatically entered into Deluxe Box giveaways, valued about $100.

Do you think these services will satisfy your enthusiasm for Japanese snacks? It’s definitely convenient and seems lots of fun for $15 or so. Well, it may be worth a try!!!