Bokksu August 2016 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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Bokksu is a premium snack box that features authentic Japanese snacks, as well as a tea pairing to go with it. The items are what you can’t easily find here across the pond, so trying them is a real treat and always a fun experience! I love learning about the different regions of Japan, too. Last month’s box was my first and I really enjoyed it, so I’m excited to see what this month has in store.

Bokksu now ships to Canada! And shipping is only $5 which is super reasonable!


First look! The bright orange colour of Bokksu always makes me smile.


August’s theme is kuro, which means black. In Japan, black isn’t associated with death like it is in the West. In fact black foods like black sugar and beans are considered to be healthier. This month’s treats are either black in colour or feature a black food.


The fold out card is laid out clearly and includes translations of all the items as well as interesting facts about why they were selected.


Goma Senbei These large rice crackers are toasted with a soy glaze, but what makes them stand out for this box is the black sesame seeds. I love the taste of sesame seeds; they have a nutty, roasted flavour that complements the salt of the cracker.


Bake Chocolate These chocolate treats are addicting — I actually like popping them in the freezer so they get hard and crunchy. They’re very crumbly, as you can probably see! The chocolate is rich and dark and melts in your mouth.


Amanatto Black azuki beans are stewed in sugar and then dried. The texture looks similar to raisins but is a much more dense feel when you bite down on them. They’re lightly sweet and you can taste the familiar azuki bean flavour which I like.


Kurohachi Karinto Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking. I promise you that this is nothing but sugar, flour, and yeast which is deep fried. I promise. Despite it’s outward appearance, these have a burnt caramel flavour to them from the sugar and honey.


Kuro Warabimochi This mochi is different from traditional mochi, as it’s made of bracken starch instead of rice. The texture is similar but the flavour is lighter. They even include a packet of soybean flour to sprinkle on top! I chilled mine as recommended and found it enjoyable, though the soybean flour is a bit overpowering.


Bokksu also always sends a tea pairing! I admit I didn’t try the pairing this month – black bean tea – just because it didn’t sound like something I would enjoy. Instead I passed them on to a more adventurous friend who would appreciate it more!


How cute is the packaging, though?


I always enjoy unboxing Bokksu! I really find that they push my comfort level to try different things I normally wouldn’t be brave enough to try — not that I would ever get a chance to since they are all right from Japan!

What did you think of August’s kuro Bokksu?

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The Subscription: Bokksu
The Description: Bokku is a premium subscription box for people to discover authentic snacks and teas from all over Japan. Each month, you receive a thematically curated box containing 13-15 artisanal Japanese snacks, a tea pairing that complements that month’s flavors, and a Tasting Guide that explains each item’s story. We source directly from Japanese snack makers and meticulously craft each month’s assortment, so you receive the best curation of snacks only found in Japan.
The Price: $39.00 per month


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