Serious question, What goodies do you usually snack on while playing otome games? If someone outright asks me this, I’d probably answer them (in my fakest Makise Kurisu tsundere voice) with “ゲームをしながら食事はしません！バカ。” (“I don’t eat while playing games! Fool.”) But this is a BIG LIE! Because I get the munchies a lot of times while playing games, most especially otome games!😩 ..I can’t be the only one, no?!
I remember craving 🍩donuts so much while playing Sazasuka’s route in Collar x Malice and wanting to go so bad at the only Italian bakery in my area after playing Piofore. Even my recent gameplay of Olympia Soiree made me scour my fridge and pantry so I can make some mint-chocolate milkshake🍨 because Tokisada-kun just won’t shut up about it! (laughs)
Today, I’ll be sharing with you all my recent guilty pleasure, and instant remedy of my otoge food craving woes. The TokyoTreat Japanese Candy and Snack Box!
WHAT IS TOKYO TREAT?
TokyoTreat is a subscription-based service that delivers you a box full of unique and fun Japanese candies and snacks directly to your doorstep every month. Each box has a hand-picked collection of Japanese candies, DIY kits, traditional Dagashi snack, and savory snacks and drinks for you to enjoy.
These entertaining snacks and candies you will not find at your local grocery store without paying a small fortune for them. We guarantee that every box sent to you from TokyoTreat will leave you feeling extremely satisfied while also allowing you to avoid the over-inflated import prices that you would have to deal with, otherwise!
-TokyoTreat Japan (Source)
Opening the box, I was amazed that it was filled to the brim with all these Japanese goodies! It was packed really tight and neatly too, and it was fun digging inside & finding out more surprises hidden at the bottom.
I was shocked to find one Umaibo dagashi inside the box. To me, this was a massive trip down memory lane because I haven’t had one of these since I was a kid. Moving to America really deprived me of my fav childhood snacks!😭
Another thing I liked was the little pamphlet that comes with the box, covering the detailed list of the snack menu inside, and some fun facts about the box’s current theme. The September theme was called “Okinawa Snack-Out”. And the good folks from the TokyoTreat crew have put together handpicked treats that perfectly capture Okinawa’s breezy ambiance. I also enjoyed reading the short article about Okinawa’s lion Guardian, the Shisa. I didn’t know Arcanine was based on this guardian either! What fun reads!
My Septemeber box, came with 17 Okinawa themed snacks. Most of the treats incorporates a very distinctive Okinawa flavor such as the shikuwasa flavored fanta and calbee chips. Feel free to view my unboxing video above to see which goodies made me really excited!
So far, my top pick treats in this box were the Shikuwasa flavored snacks and my fav umaibo brand dagashi treats. As a kid, I used to spend summer vacation at my cousin’s house by the beach, and Shikuwasa flavored anything honestly reminded me of the peaceful sound of beach waves I used to wake up to every summer morning. The rest of these goodies (if not all of them) made me reminisce my childhood 😭 and I adore treats that give you dat good ol’ nostalgic throwback!
Also, the (limited edition) summer ice cream flavored kitkats were to die for! I can’t stress this out enough, you have to try this flavor, at all cost! The Pikachu pure gummies also took me by surprise. Its sour-sweet flavors of orange, mango and pineapple were so irresistible, and the pikachu shaped gummies just looked really really cute! (squeeks)
TOKYO TREATS + OTOME GAMES
Some of these treats actually reminded me of Otome Game characters that you’re probably familiar with. So here’s a list of the treats that maybe you should snack on while playing these otome game character routes:
Sage (Nekopara Catboys Paradise)
DoraChoco reminded me so much of this big fluffy catboy himbo. We all know Sage loves his Japanese food, and his fav. snack, the dorayaki of course!
Hino Kagitsuchi (7’Scarlet)
Hino in 7’Scarlet was a sucker for anything kawaii. He’s definitely one to fangirl in almost anything cute, and more importantly, he loves the town Okunezato’s panda mascot, Okune Panda. Snacking on these Pandaro butter cookies, made me think of his route!
Mineo Enomoto (Collar x Malice)
Although, Mineo is that person who would probably eat anything tasty looking. I believe he’d absolutely flip whenever he tries one of these pudding-flavored Pokemon snacks! As a pudding lover myself, this was such a fabulous treat, and I’m pretty sure Mineo, our genki, pudding-loving husbando would enjoy this just as much!
I’m a huge fan of subscription boxes, especially if it involves treats from around the world, and Tokyo Treat is by far one of the better Japanese snack subscription boxes I’ve tried. Tokyo Treat is great for those who genuinely enjoys Japanese snacks or is keen on trying one. Below I’ll be breaking down what I loved as well as what I felt neutral about this subscription box:
First of all, the decent pricing for its premium box is $31.5 per month if you subscribe for 12 months. You can also change your subscription to 6 months (for $32), 3 months (for $33.5), and if you just want to try one of their monthly boxes, you can get them for $35. While there are definitely cheaper options out there, I can downright say that the quality you get from Tokyo Treat compared to other Japanese subscription boxes is definitely worth more than what you pay for. The goodies inside will also probably cost you around $50-60 if you buy them at your local Japanese grocery stores and $70-80 if you order them individually online.
Subscription and Billing
I wanted to point out how it’s very easy to change your Tokyo Treat subscription, or even unsubscribe altogether if you don’t want to receive anymore of the monthly boxes. Just make sure to cancel before it automatically renews. You will not get an email reminder that your subscription is expiring, so be sure to make a note to yourself.
Since August 2020, Tokyo Treat has used DHL Express to ship their boxes internationally, and shipping prices can range from $10.50 to $12.50 to some countries. After your order is placed, your box will arrive in 2-5 business days. As someone who normally orders goods from Japan through proxy services, this shipping fee, plus the quick delivery was a breath of fresh air, honestly! 😂
The orange box it comes with was cute yet very simple. Personally, I did wish the TokyoTreat box is placed in another regular box (lol I know this sounds really redundant and unnecessary) – but the carrier system in the US has not been that great compared to other countries, and how they handle your packages is outright horrible. My box came extremely dirty, with a carrier sticker just plopped over on top of the box. It took me a lot of effort to make the carton as presentable as possible when I made my unboxing video lol. Nonetheless, this is not a Tokyo Treat problem but rather a handling problem by the US carriers.
Each box every month will have different themes. This is something I’m always excited about. Variety is ALWAYS good in my book. The quality of the snacks you get is also another aspect to look forward to. Expect staple Japanese brands like Calbee, Pocky, Glico but also look out for some rare surprises. The limited-edition Kitkats for me was so worth it because you literally can’t get these interesting flavors anywhere without paying five times its regular price!
Also, the box WILL have dagashi snacks! If you’re someone like me, who grew up in Asia and loves getting nostalgic about the treats you used to enjoy as a kid, Tokyo Treat will definitely take you on a sentimental throwback of your childhood. (o˘◡˘o)
If you love subscription boxes and are looking for Japanese snacks you can munch on while playing your favorite otome games, I totally recommend checking out TokyoTreat! This subscription box really satisfied my otomegemu munchies yet also had me craving for more! I can’t wait for my Halloween special box to arrive next month! ╰(▔∀▔)╯