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!
First look! The bright orange color of Bokksu makes me smile, that color is impossible to ignore.
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Kit Kats were first introduced to Japan in 1973. Since then, Japanese Kit Kats have exploded to over 300 flavors including limited, seasonal and region specific editions! No wonder Japan is the second largest consumer of Kit Kats after England! Part of its popularity comes from the Japanese pronunciation of Kit Kat, which is similar to the phrase “kitto katsu”, which means “definite victory”. Thanks to this linguistic coincidence, Kit Kat is not ubiquitously gifted to hopeful exam takers all over Japan as a good luck charm. This month we’ll take you on a wild (but tasty) ride of 8 limited edition Kit Kat flavors. So sit back, have a break, and most importantly have a kitto katto!
Cranberry and Almond.These are like eating chocolate dipped granola bars with the tartness of cranberries.
Original. The original “otona no amasa” is less sweet than the regular Kit Kat. Added bits of dark chocolate cookie give this classy Kit Kat a pleasant crunchiness. This is like Kit Kat meets Twix and it’s amazing.
Matcha.Grounded Uji Gyokuro tea leaves are mixed into the chocolate batter and add a aromatic bitterness to this Matcha Kit Kat. Even though it’s creamy and rich I just can’t get behind the green color, it really throws me.
Strawberry.This one is super rich and flavor packed. It’s almost as good as sinking my teeth into a fresh ripe strawberry. The only thing that would make this better is if there was a coating of chocolate.
Sake. Kit Kat Sake launched in June 2016 and contains .8% alcohol. Wrapped in white chocolate with a slight sake aftertaste in every bite. At first, the scent was not appetizing but after sinking my teeth into this one I was pleasantly surprised.
Rum Raisin.Only sold in the Kanto region. This has an alcohol content of .056%. The rum aftertaste was too strong for me and I could not finish this fun sized Kit Kat.
Hojicha. Only sold in the Kansai region, Kit Kat Hojicha is a collaboration between Kit Kat and Itohkyuemon, an artisanal Kyoto Tea Maker since 1952. Handpicked Hojicha (roasted green tea) is layered into the chocolate and produces a delicious, roasted flavor. Wow, this is an odd flavor that reminds me of iced tea and the off color in the chocolate played games with my mind.
Wasabi.Kneaded into the white chocolate is real wasabi from Tamaruya-Honten, a Shizuoka wasabi producer that’s been around for over 130 years. Enjoy the mild hint of wasabi in this Kit Kat that’s only sold in Shizuoka Prefecture and Kanto. Wow! This was my favorite non-American Kit Kat and the light green color made me think of spring.
Satsumarche Benifuuki Black Tea. Benifuuk is a Japanese tea plant specially cultivated in Makurazaki City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Only young Benifuuki leaves are first harvested by hands, and then stored and fermented for 3 months in the dark at low temperatures. As the result, the tea is extremely high in methylated catechin content, which helps combat hayfever and seasonal allergies. To best enjoy the natural sweetness and mild bitterness, we recommend not adding any milk or sugar. This is a strong cup of tea and it was perfect in every way. It smelled so much better after brewing than the dry tea bag alone, and they were so very right it doesn’t need milk or sugar.
I learned so much about Kit Kats with this box. I’m blown away that there are over 300 different flavors. I was beyond excited to find a new flavor to call my new favorite and to my surprise, it was the wasabi flavor. I had a blast trying all the flavors and even the ones I didn’t like very much were unique. I’m excited to share these with my husband and daughter for a fun family Valentine’s Day activity.