Bokksu is a premium snack box that features authentic Japanese snacks, as well as a tea pairing to go with it. There are two levels to choose from: Classic Bokksu ($39.99 USD) includes an assortment of 20-25 premium Japanese snacks and a tea pairing; Tasting Bokksu ($25 USD) includes 10-14 premium Japanese snacks and a tea pairing. The snacks sent are not easily found outside of Japan and this subscription ships internationally from Japan. Shipping is already included in the price. I am reviewing the Classic Bokksu.
Other Japanese snack subscription services use mass-produced mainstream snacks that can be readily found in most Asian markets outside of Japan. Bokksu directly sources its artisanal snacks from local snack makers in Japan (some of whom have been around for over 200 years!). We only curate high quality and gourmet snacks, never filler items. We are also the ONLY service that handselects a tea pairing for each box to complement that month’s flavors.
This box was packed full!
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I received a card and could tell that the items would probably revolve around matcha! I also received a bonus treat which I believe will only be in the Classic Bokksu.
November’s theme is TEA STORY. I was impressed with the booklet that was included in the box.
Info on the fall season in Japan was discussed.
A map gave a visual of where each snack came from.
Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from, brand name, common allergens, and a description.
The back of the mini mag had info on how you can enter to win a free box.
Everything in the November Classic Bokksu!
Olive Oil Spicy Pepper Senbei Senbei are one of my favorite crackers and this one was very tasty.
It was salty and had a bit of bite from the pepper. It was a little tough to break off a bite and I let it soften before chewing.
Alfort Milk Tea Chocolate are similar to chocolate shortbread cookies but with a twist.
The cookies are still shortbread-like, but the “chocolate” is actually milky-tea flavored. It almost has a perfumey flavor to it but my daughter loved them.
Foliage Rice Crackers My daughter picked this as the first treat she wanted to try, and who can blame her, they are adorable!
There was a cheat sheet with the flavors of each cracker listed but guess what, I can’t read Japanese! That’s ok, Karina somehow figured out how to translate it with her iPhone. (It is also listed on the Bokksu website, just click the link for this product to see it, or look in the booklet.)
Aren’t they pretty? They are also tasty and remind me of senbei rice crackers but are of course flavored differently!
Hokkaido Cheese Mochi I really liked the flavor of these puffs and would love to try the cheese they are based on.
The texture was so different, they melted as soon as they touched my mouth yet they had a bit of a crispy texture, it’s hard to describe. Even airier than a Cheeto Puff.
Mini Dorayaki are usually filled with red bean paste but this version was filled with matcha cream made with white beans.
It tasted a bit like a pancake with filling, although the filling was very mild. It was soft and I liked it very matcha.
Matcha Milk Beans I didn’t like so matcha. They are peanuts with a matcha coating.
They were also crunchy. I think these were a little too earthy for me.
Hojicha Latte Mochi Chocolate was a bonus for Classic Box subscribers. Both of my daughters spit theirs out, my husband decided not to try it, and I thought it was different and not something I would want again. I liked the consistency of the ganache and I liked trying something new, but not everything is going to be a winner, right?
Gogo No Koucha Milk Tea Cake I think this cookie must be made by Japan’s version of Little Debbie Snack Cakes!
It was super soft and had a filling that was similar to the ones we have over here. The flavor is milk tea and like a previous snack, it was sweet and perfumey.
Matcha Chocolate Coated Pecans I love pecans, matcha not so much, so I couldn’t wait to see if they went well together.
This is pretty much matcha flavored white chocolate coating over some very tasty pecans. Not bad!
Ice Coffee Chocolate Sandwich are just what they sound like – coffee-flavored cookies!
The outside cookie is similar to an Oreo but the inside is creamy coffee filling. Has Oreo tried this combo yet? If not, they need to get on it. The coffee flavor is pretty strong but that might be because I’m not a coffee drinker.
Genmaicha Tea Bags A few years ago our neighbors, who are originally from Vietnam, invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner their way (it was delicious!) and after dinner they served us popped rice tea. This is it! It’s green tea and popped rice, so it has an earthy and toasty flavor. I steeped mine for 3 minutes in water that was just under the boil. My tea was tasty with no trace of bitterness and I didn’t even add any sugar, it was good as-is.
I have really enjoyed my Bokksu subscription. This is the second month of my subscription and I have had fun sharing it with my family and getting their takes on the sometimes unusual flavors. Matcha (and the sometimes perfumey sweet tea) is not really my favorite flavor but I managed to find some items that I really liked. My favorite part is when my younger daughter reads along in the book as we try a new snack that was shipped from 6,579 miles away from our home.
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?