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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Known for its colorful dialect and fun-loving people, Osaka is located in the heart of the Kansai region and is the third largest city in Japan. Steeped in culture from its past as an ancient capital of Japan, Osaka is also the birthplace of Kabuki (classical dance-drama theater), Bunraku (traditional puppet theater), and many of the top Japanese comedians today! But most importantly, Osaka has an incredibly robust food culture and is widely regarded as the gourmet capital of Japan. In fact, the love for food in Osaka is strong that the city is sometimes referred to as Kuidaorenomachi (the city where you eat until you drop). This month, to give you a taste of this gluttonous lifestyle, we’ve curated a vibrant assortment of mouthwatering snacks only found in Osaka.
Osaka Caramel Cake by Meada Seika. This bite-sized sponge cake is known for its deep caramel flavor and rich aftertaste. No wonder it won the prestigious Monde Gold Award in 2014. After only one bite I was ready to give it an award also, the caramel flavor is perfectly mixed with moist sponge cake.
Rich Baked Chocolat by Nakajima Taishodo. As the name suggest, this rich cake is slowly and carefully baked in the oven to chocolate perfection. I don’t like dark chocolate and that was all I could taste, no hints of rum to be found. I also thought the cake was a little on the dry side.
Takoyaki Corn Puffs by Japan Frito-lay. Takoyaki, a classic Osaka street food, are pan-fried balls of tako (octopus) topped with sauce and powdered seaweed. These fluffy and light corn puffs perfectly recreate the savory takoyaki flavor and are dangerously addictive. These are melt in your mouth good and the only way I want to consume seaweed.
Okonomiyaki Senbei by Osaka No Aji Honpo. Okonomiyaki Senbi is about as close as you can get to the real flavor of Osaka! It’s a rice cracker topped with freeze dried ingredients you would normally find on okonamiyaki (grilled Japanese savory pancake). Included are two flavors: cabbage ad mayo. I cannot pass a Senbei through my lips, the shrimp scent is overwhelming to me. Luckily for me my father will try anything and I do it just to see the expressions… he liked this one.
Osaka Cheese Stick by Maeda Seika. This fluffy cake stick is layered on top with camembert cheese and baked to sweet and savory deliciousness! We also recommend chilling Osaka Cheese Stick for an hour to enjoy a refreshing difference in texture. I kind of wish I had read this recommendation prior to eating both stick that were included in my box. They were scrumptious and I can’t wait to get my hands on a few more.
Osaka Chocolate Egg by Redhorse Corporation. Encased in a thin layer of white chocolate, this egg-shaped cake is deliciously fun to eat! The white bean filling inside the “egg” further enhances the sweet flavors of the white chocolate and cake. Even thought this was a little melted it was still amazing. Rich in flavor without being too sweet, a great treat for any white chocolate lover.
Mayo Okaki by Faithwin. Available only in Osaka, Mayo Okaki (rice crackers) is a super popular snack made using quality rice from Saga Prefecture and tasty Japanese mayo from Osaka. Each bite is enhanced with creamy mayo aromas. I’ve never met a rice cracker I didn’t like and this is no different, it was crispy and salty, the perfect treat.
Glico Caramel by Ezaki Glico. These heart-shaped caramels were named after gylcogen and were first sold in Osaka! Not only are they deliciously chewy, but they’re also filled with Vitamin B2 and Vitamin D. Ezaki Glico claims you can expect to run 300 meters with every piece, hence the marathon runner (Osaka’s most iconic landmark) on the box who represents a healthy lifestyle! It also came with a little toy, so cute. Now I can attest to the chewy great flavor of this candy but without the help of some scary clowns will not be running 300 meters anytime soon.
Genmaicha Green Tea by Yamamotoyama. Genmaicha is a tasty blend of roasted brown rice and green tea. The unique Genmaicha blend also contains Matcha, which adds a pleasantly rich taste and a vivid green color to the tea Enjoy the toasty aroma and nutty flavor of the roasted rice! To be totally honest I could not try this teas as the more I get Bokksu the more I realize I am not a fan of Matcha.
Bokksu is the most amazing snacking box I’ve come across because they feature different parts of Japan while pairing a rich history and great food. I love the bright orange box it comes in that brightens my day and I love that no two boxes have featured the same food I will say that the Senbei is the other food I could live without but even so I still find someone who is able to enjoy them. Bokksu comes with the perfect amount of snacks to share with the entire family for a hands on cultural experience.