Snack Break! Character Media Staff Reviews Japanese Treats

This month, we asked our staff to try out the products from two leading Japanese snack subscription services: Sakuraco and TokyoTreat. Keep reading to see our first impressions, favorites and rankings from one to ten. 

Sakuraco: Mochi & Fruit Marvels

See our review of Sakuraco’s Mochi & Fruit Marvels box below! (Photos by Samantha Galang.)

1. Ajiko Mochi Crackers

Caroline Yu, staff writer: Good – it’s got a crunch! I’d rate it a 7 out of 10.

2. Kabosu Nut Sable

Francis Ray, lead video editor: Oh, it’s like a cracker! Mmm, oh yeah. 10 out of 10.

3. Shine Muscat Jelly

Emily Chung, editorial intern: It tastes pretty good! I’d rate it an 8 out of 10 … just because of messiness.

4. Momo Kibidango

Samantha Galang, marketing intern: Peach mochi … Mmm! I’d rate it a 9 – one point off because I wish it was filled.

5. Ichigo Mochi Manju

Patrick Zhang, marketing intern: I don’t know how to describe it … I’d rate it a six. It’s kind of dry.

6. Melon Gaufrette

Jasmine Nguyen, managing editor: You know what it tastes like? Cream wafers. 9 out of 10. It’s not too sweet.

7. Lemon Vinegar Arare

Charles Gray, digital content director: It’s like a giant corn puff. 8 out of 10.

8. Hana Moyou

Joyce Chang, video editor: This is really pretty. I’ve had these before. 8.5 out of 10; pretty good!

9. Lemon Pie

Joshua Gong, video editor: It’s a nice crunch with some sugar. Really dry. I’m going to have to give it a 2 out of 10.

10. Honey Apple Mochi

Audrey Ryu, creative director: I like the texture!

Florence Lo, junior creative: I do, too.

Audrey: I don’t like the flavor, though [laughs].

Florence: I would rate it 6 or 7.

Watch the full taste test:

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TokyoTreat: Osaka Snackation

See our review of TokyoTreat’s Osaka Snackation box below! (Photos by Samantha Galang.)

1. KitKat Chocolate Orange

Caroline: That looks good!

Emily: Very interesting.

Jasmine: Smells like an Orange Dreamsicle.

Emily: It kind of tastes like those little orange jaffa cakes. 

Caroline: I love this! … I think this gets a 10 out of 10.

2. Potato Fry Snacks

Samantha: Oh, they’re skinny!

Joyce: She’s skinny!

Samantha and Joyce: Bella Hadid!

Samantha, Patrick and Joyce: Cheers!

Samantha: It tastes like a french fry.

Joyce: It’s exactly what you would expect. I’d rate it a 9.

Patrick: I’ll give it a 9. I feel like I could eat a lot of those. 

Samantha: A 9 as well.

3. Banana Man Marshmallow

Francis: It’s interesting! … They remind me of those Easter bunnies.

Charles: Yeah, Peeps! They’re like Peeps.

Francis: I’d rate it maybe a five.

Joshua: For me, this gets a big fat donut. It’s a 0. [Laughs] I don’t like banana.

Charles: I guess a 6. 

4. Takoyaki Flavored Snack Mix

Florence: It’s like octopus balls.

James Ryu, publisher: It’s a little tangy flavored.

Audrey: That sour taste is the mayo. Really mayonnaise-y. … [I’d rate it] a 6?

James: It’s good! Like, 8?

Florence: I would give it a 7.

5. Mike’s Popcorn Ume Flavor

Francis: You know in church, they give you the communion wafers? That’s what it tastes like.

6. Peach Pastilles

Audrey: They’re like gumdrops. Really, really hard. It’s like, you would snack on it at your desk. 9 out of 10.

Florence: It’s a little too hard for me, so I would give it like a 6.

James: Flavor’s good, but it’s taking a long time to chew this thing.

Audrey: Actually, I’ll go down one point. The chewiness – it loses the bouncy chewy and turns to like the Swedish fish chewy.

James: I’ll give it a 9.

7. Osaka’s Delaware Grape Gummies

Caroline: I really like it! 

Emily: It’s just really tough.

Caroline: I think there’s a jelly center.

Jasmine: You expect it to be all jelly…

Caroline: The outside… there’s definitely a chew factor there…

Jasmine: That you don’t expect.

Caroline: 7 out of 10.

8. Osaka Takoyaki Senbei

Samantha: It’s like a dried up takoyaki ball. It has a lot of seaweed.

Joyce: I think if you like takoyaki, you’ll like it.

Samantha: I’ll give it a 6.

Joyce: I’ll give it a 7.

Patrick: I give it an 8. … I think it would be good in a mix — like an Asian chex mix.

9. Chocolate Bread Bites

Joyce: It kind of looks like there’s chocolate inside. There’s a cute little baker guy on it. I really like the design of it. They have a little sesame on top.

Samantha: I was expecting a cracker, but it’s bread.

Patrick: It’s kind of dry.

Samantha: The flavor is there; the texture isn’t. 

Joyce: I’ll be honest, I don’t mind it! I feel like it’s literally just a Hello Panda but with actual bread.

Samantha: I give it a 4.

Patrick: A 5.

Joyce: I’m going to still give it a 7.

10. Lifeguard Soft Candy

Jasmine: It tastes like Play Doh.

Caroline: Play Doh is salty! I like this though.

Emily: It doesn’t feel like something I should consume.

Jasmine: It’s like Smarties.

Caroline: It does taste like Smarties! 

Emily: 3 out of 10.

Jasmine: 3.

Caroline: I’m going to go 6.

11. Melon Panda Cookie

Audrey: It’s literally a butter cookie but melon flavor. I think it’s good! 8 out of 10.

Florence: Yeah!

James: 8 out of 10.

12. Retro Corn Puffs

Charles: This one’s actually really good! It’s a little salty and sweet.

Francis: It kind of has a burnt marshmallow aftertaste, but like a good burnt marshmallow.

Joshua: It tastes like the smell of curry, but it doesn’t taste like the taste of curry.

Charles: I’ll give it a 9.

Francis: Probably a 7.

Joshua: This is the best one so far.

Watch the full taste test:

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@charactermedia finding out if Japanese snack boxes are worth it so you don’t have to—part 2 😜 @TokyoTreat came through with the cool treats! #japan #japanesesnacks #tokyotreat #asianfood #charactermedia #foodie #foodtok #asiansnacks ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey
@charactermedia finding out if Japanese snack boxes are worth it so you don’t have to—part 3 😮‍💨 which treat from this month’s @TokyoTreat box would you try first? #japanesefood #japanesesnacks #foodie #foodtok #snackideas #asianfood #asian #japan #charactermedia #tokyotreat #tastetest ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey