Saturday, May 28, 2016

April Freedom Japanese Market Review

If you love Japanese snacks then you have to try Freedom Japanese Market! They send snacks straight from Japan to your door every month. Not Japanese snacks sourced from Japan and shipped from an address in the U.S., these are curated and sent to you from Japan.

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Freedom Japanese Market was founded by the husband and wife team of Ken and Sanae, and their kids Juliet and Kevin work as their official taste testers! The boxes are always packed with Japanese snacks as well as an Origami of the Month! This one is so cute--it's a daruma doll, which is a round, traditional Japanese toy that is often seen as a good luck talisman.

They have three pricing options:
  • Puchi Pack ($12.99/month) - This is a mini version of the original subscription box that contains five to eight snacks.
  • Original Subscription Pack ($24.99/month) - Each box contains 12 to 16 full-sized and sample snacks.
  • Family Pack ($45.99/month) - This has double the snacks of the original subscription.
Each subscription option has free worldwide shipping! You can also purchase one-time sample packs for $15, $27, and $50, respectively if you don't want to commit to a renewing subscription.

This is a review of the Original Subscription Pack box.
  • Ramen Baba - This is an instant ramen that you can eat right out of the package, no water required. I've never seen this before; all the ramen I've had prior was dry and needed to be boiled.
  • Karappa - These are curry flavored corn puff snacks. The packaging is adorable!
  • Cheese Bit - I think I'm most excited to try these. They're crispy cheddar cheese flavored crackers.
  • Umaibo Premium - The informational print out says that this is a "delightful combination of mozzerella and camembert" cheeses, but I'm not sure if that means it's like a string cheese or something else with those flavors.
  • Train Chocolate (bonus item) - This is a cute little train-shaped box with chocolates inside.
  • Frog Egg - This isn't a real egg, but a little gummy candy.
  • Chocolate Coin - This one is pretty self-explanatory; it's a chocolate shaped like a 10 yen coin.
  • Lemon Cheesecake Pocky - Pocky is so good and I've never had this flavor before. If you've never had Pocky, they're these wafer sticks dipped in flavored cream.
  • Chocolate Pie - This has a crispy pie crust and sweet chocolate filling.
  • DIY Dodotto TsubuPyon - I always see DIY candy kits in boxes like these and I think they're so fun. This has flavored powders that you mix with water to create sweet and sour jellies.
  • Pachi-Pachi Panic! - These are similar to Pop Rocks and are a mix of sweet milk ramune and sour strawberry flavors.
  • Dracula Gum - I could see this being really popular with kids, especially around Halloween. It's a cola flavored gum that turns your mouth red, so definitely not for everyday chewing (unless you're okay with having a red mouth throughout your day, ha!).
  • Kit-Kat - Japan has tons of unique flavored Kit-Kats, and this one is green tea flavored. I've had these before and they're delicious.
  • Ume Mints - These are sour plum flavored mints, which I think is interesting. I guess they're basically like flavored Tic Tacs.
The April Freedom Japanese Market box was full of great snacks! I love that they send things that aren't readily available in the U.S. Although some of these snacks may seem familiar (especially Pocky), there are often foreign-made versions for sale in the States that are different than the kinds available directly in Japan.
Bottom Line: I think Freedom Japanese Market is a fun and affordable way to treat yourself to authentic Japanese snacks! They always have a great variety of things to try.

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