Bokksu January 2019 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.

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

This box was packed full!

January’s theme is GOLDEN NEW YEAR. I was impressed with the booklet that was included in the box.

A map is also featured and it shows us where each snack came from.

Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from.

There’s also a brief description of each item and a list of common allergens, which is really helpful.

There’s a group photo of all the snacks in this month’s box and it’s fantastic!

Bokksu has also included a card in the box that shows a bit of Japanese culture.

At the back, there is a note from Bokksu’s founder.

At the bottom of the box, there is a 10% off coupon.

Everything in the January 2019 Classic Bokksu!

Pure Gyukoro. It’s the highest grade of green tea and the first Bokksu-branded tea. The tea has a beautiful green color that translates to jade. To prepare, just steep in 3 oz to slightly cooled water at 60C (140F) for at least 90 seconds or later to taste. Sweeter in taste with a rich grassy aroma, this fresh cup of smooth green tea helps me relax. There are three pouches of it in the box.

Golden Financier. This fluffy cake opens with a light, moist texture with a buttery taste. It is a classic French cake that resembles a gold bar made with almond flour and usually baked in a small mold. It also contains wheat, milk, eggs, and tree nuts. There are two individually wrapped cakes in the box.

Onigiri Senbei Okonomiyaki Sauce. Named after Japanese rice balls, this snack has the same flavors as the Onigiri. It is peppered with parsley and dry Japanese seasoning. There are also two packs of this snack in the box.

Bake Cookie Rilakkuma. This superlight chocolate cookie has chocolate at the base and a butter cookie on top which balances the taste. It’s so good, it melts in my mouth! It’s very unusual and delectable.

Garitto Cheese. It’s a cheesy cookie! It’s more special because it’s made with Hokkaido’s popular cheese. It has an additional umami flavor with a sweet base. It can be enjoyed with beer because of its crunchy and crumbly texture. This is made of milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, and beef. There are two of these cookies in the box.

Cheese Curry Rice Cracker. I never could’ve imagined curry in a cracker. Never underestimate the creativity of people for snacks! Curry is a popular meal in Japan and they smothered this rice cracker with flavor and a light cover of curry. It also has a hint of cheese that brings a different twist to the standard curry. We got three individually wrapped rice crackers in the box!

Kinako Mochi Cookie. Kinako is roasted soybean powder that a rich nutty flavor. I love the mochi bits throughout the cookie because they make this cookie chewier. We got two pieces in the box but I wish we have more!

Fried Seaweed With Blue Cheese. You might find seaweed and blue cheese an odd combination but it works! The little seaweeds are battered and fried to create a crisp you can’t resist. It also combines the nutty taste of cheese and the complex flavor of the squid which in a way is addictive.

Ebi Crunch. It’s another puffed rice cracker with sweetness from the soy sauce and spicy kick from black pepper, curry powder, and garam masala. It has Ebi that symbolizes the wish for a long life. It also has a crustacean shellfish, peanuts, and soybeans.

Matcha Crunch. This super crunchy treat tastes divine! Each bar is coated with light matcha blended with white chocolate. It doesn’t have an overwhelming tea taste so you can be able to enjoy this flavor even if it’s your first time.

Black Sesame Kinako Chocolate Azuki Beans. Finest red beans are sourced from Hokkaido and made into these sweet fermented beans dipped in white chocolate. They are coated with black sesame and roasted soybean powder that make the snack addictive.

Rasucre White Chocolate Rusk. The twice-baked baguette slice is coated with a smooth white chocolate layer that melts in your mouth like a creamy buttery toast. Delicious, wonderful, and unusual!

These snacks are all unique and have creative ingredients that you wouldn’t have imagined possible. They change the flavors or add up an ingredient to a simple recipe that makes each treat special. Sure some treats can only be liked if you already have an acquired taste for that kind of food but they are all worth trying out. I love the black sesame kinako chocolate azuki beans and the fried seaweed with blue cheese. The box did not disappoint in giving us variety in terms of rich flavor and texture. They started the year right and I hope they can continue giving us exciting new snacks for the rest of the year.

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

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