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!
I received a card from the founder describing the theme for the month of March. It also mentioned I would find a free box of cookies!
March’s theme is SPRING PICNIC. I was impressed with the booklet that was included in the box.
Info on Spring 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 March 2019 Classic Bokksu!
Alfort Premium Rich Strawberry Chocolate was the free item sent to those who receive the Classic Bokksu.
The front has a strawberry white chocolate piece stuck to a chocolate cookie. The chocolate is tangy and of course chocolate and strawberry are a classic pairing.
Sapporo Chokoro was very different but I enjoyed the contrasting flavors.
It has a roasted soybean in the middle that is covered by white chocolate and an outer layer of strawberry flavor. It kind of reminded me of a peanut M&M but I don’t think they’ve ever offered that flavor before.
Uni Fried Rice Crackers have a light, salty with a touch of sweet flavor. Uni are sea urchins and this is supposed to have that flavor.
I could not tell that these were seafood flavored, they were just light and crunchy. Like tempura batter dipped in sauce. So good!
Gourmet Edamame Chips have real edamame (green soybeans) baked into each cracker.
They were salty and had great crunch. I’m not sure about the edamame flavor, but then I don’t care for edamame.
Honey Butter Stick Potato looked just like shoestring potatoes that are available here in the US.
The difference is that these are super sweet! They have a sweet and salty coating and it looks like maybe a hint of spice, based on the picture above. It’s such a weird combo but it works.
Mocchan Dango Mochi My daughter wanted to try this snack first, and isn’t it so cute!
The mochi are covered in sugar so eat it over a plate to avoid having sugar all over your lap. The product is chewy and softer than our gummies and the flavor is sweet, but I couldn’t say exactly what it is supposed to taste like. Maybe like one of those candies I would eat as a child that had the edible rice paper wrapper.
Gobochi Yuzusco are pieces of dried burdock root with yuzu vinegar hot pepper sauce.
They reminded me of sweet potato chips, but with a peppery bite. Sweet! NOTE: If you see a little packet like the one in the picture, it has something in it that keeps the treat from becoming soggy and stale but make sure you don’t eat that packet, just throw it in the trash.
Gourmet Shrimp Chips I can handle some fishy flavors but out of the three of us who tried it, I was the only one who couldn’t finish my portion!
Luckily my daughter and husband have more adventurous taste buds.
Kuromame Tea Hmm, place the soybeans in a cup with hot water and then eat the beans when they are soft along with the liquid? That’s not tea, that’s soup! I used boiling water but after my drink was gone the beans were still too hard for my teeth to chew. The “tea” itself wasn’t bad, kind of earthy and a cool purple color in my cup.
20th Century Pear Langue De Chat is a butter cookie with a white chocolate filling and was one of my favorites.
The outer cookie may be simple but the flavor was spot on and the pear-flavored white chocolate gave it a wonderful taste.
White Strawberry is just dreamy! What an awesome invention!
It’s very simple, just a freeze-dried strawberry infused with white chocolate. The result is so tasty and is creamy, crispy, and sweet all at the same time!
MogyMogu Cranberry Chocolate Chocolate and berries are pretty popular this month, and this candy has some crunch going on.
Dried cranberries and popped barley are mixed with dark chocolate for a sweet after dinner treat. Crispy, fruity, and chocolaty at the same time.
Bokksu always sends the neatest snacks! Sometimes they are a little weird but that’s actually a good thing, plus it pushes me to try something slightly out of my comfort zone. People in another part of the world enjoy these snacks and now I get to try them too? Cool! My favorite was the white chocolate strawberry, but the uni crackers were a close second. I was sad thinking that I was out but then I remembered that there were two bags and now I’m happy!
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?