Bokksu October 2018 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. 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.

My items were sitting on shredded packing material but I don’t think it shifted much during transport because this box was packed full!

DEAL: Save $5 on your first box with coupon code HELLO.

The founder sent a card and introduced a new exclusive snack. I grew up with a persimmon tree in my backyard so I can’t wait to see how the candy tastes!

October’s theme is HALLOWEEN HARVEST. I was impressed with the booklet that was included in the box.

Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from, brand name, common allergens, and a description.

Info on the fall season in Japan was discussed.

A map gave a visual of where each snack came from.

The back of the mini mag had info on how you can enter to win a free box.

I opened this box with my 15-year old daughter and it was a great experience. She was really into it and read the descriptions as I pulled everything out.

Everything in the October Classic Bokksu! The kid in me was pretty happy to see ghosts on some of the packages, as well as the overall fall feel of the box.

Apple Caramel Yakkoi Sable is a buttery cookie made with caramel apple butter.

It was incredibly moist and soft, and sweet with just a hint of apple flavor.

Osatsu Snack I like sweet potatoes so this snack was a big hit with me!

It’s lightly salted but mostly sweet and yes, it tastes like sweet potatoes!

Karel Capek Halloween Tea I was very excited to know that this box includes a tea pairing and this one certainly looks seasonally appropriate! It says this is made only with black tea leaves but it smells and tastes like grape Kool-Aid! I used 8 ounces of water and brought it to the boil and steeped for 5 minutes. Yes, I drank it on Halloween!

Shiitake Mushroom Chips I’m a fan of mushrooms so I couldn’t believe I had never heard of mushroom chips before.

They are dried pieces of mushroom caps with a salty powder flavoring sprinkled on them. I couldn’t find ingredients for the snacks in this box but Bokksu lists common allergens and wheat, soybeans, fish, and gelatin were mentioned. Very umami.

White Chocolate Raisin Sandwich Cookie I love white chocolate so again, this was a tasty product.

A cookie (softer than an Oreo) has raisin filling in its layers and then white chocolate is sandwiched in between. There is a touch of alcohol (rum?) in there somewhere that makes this taste special. I really enjoyed these cookies (there were two in the box).

Saku Saku Panda Halloween went straight to my daughter but they are cute little panda cookies with white and milk chocolate.

Apple Butter Financier is a soft and buttery mini-cake with a touch of apple flavor. It is made with almond flour and was gone in seconds.

Sweet Potato Galette is a crispy shortbread type of cookie that is supposed to look like a slice of sweet potato.

Handmade Persimmon Candy doesn’t really taste like persimmons but it did have a tropical fruity flavor. They were solid hard candy all the way through.

Halloween Poteco Pumpkin Gratin is a sweet and salty crispy chip type of snack. I don’t think it tasted much like pumpkin but it was yummy.

Gudetama Custard Chocolate Halloween had a flaky white chocolate center covered with milk chocolate. They looked like bonbons.

Fried Ginko Nuts sounded like a neat snack but was the one that I liked least. They were supposed to taste similar to chips and they were salty on the outside but they were extremely bitter in the middle, which according to Google is normal. It reminded me of the time I thought I was grabbing a handful of almonds from my parents freezer and it turned out to be apricot kernels. I did the same thing here as I did then – I immediately spit it out!

This was my first Bokksu and I was extremely happy with the snacks sent in this box! My daughter was very interested in the snacks and loved learning about where they came from. I thought they were tasty and unique. I’ve subscribed to another Japanese snack box and I was surprised to find that all of these were new to me and fancier than dagashi snacks. If you want to get more of your favorites then you can order them from the Bokksu website and they will be sent from Japan!

Head’s up: The theme for December’s Bokksu is Snow Festival!

What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?

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