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.
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When I opened my box I found a card on top.
The back of the postcard says that members of the Bokksu Unboxed Facebook groups chose the name for this month’s box!
June’s theme is CITRUS SUMMER. I am always impressed with the booklet that is included in the box, and now it’s new and improved!
I am always happy to learn new things and so the expanded booklet is welcome.
There was a key to which snacks you should find in your box. It shows a vegetarian box, but I still only found two box options on the Bokksu website.
Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from, brand name, common allergens, and a description.
It now lists the manufacturer and notes whether or not the product is vegetarian.
Some members were in the spotlight.
The back of the mini mag had info on how you can earn points plus a glimpse at the next box theme! So much info!
Everything in the July 2019 Classic Bokksu!
Kakitane Yuzu Kosho Flavor Sometimes I’ll try a snack without reading about it first and I was surprised when I found these to be spicy!
They were salty and had a bit of citrus flavor but the spice made these nice.
Seaweed Tempura: Setouchi Sudachi Flavor Tempura snacks are some of my favorite snacks and this one also had a touch of citrus.
It is crispy and crunchy and salty and would probably go good with a beer or soda.
Setouchi Lemon Mochi Puffs We’ve received mochi puffs in previous boxes but these were the best!
The airy bit of nothing tastes like lemon meringue pie and melts even faster than a meringue cookie. Yummy!
Orange Stick Cake Candied citrus is a favorite of mine and this moist cake has some on top!
The cake is somewhere in between sponge and pound cake consistency and the flavor isn’t overly sweet and the candied bit adds amazing flavor.
Lemon Salt Okaki Fried rice crackers are one of my favorite discoveries from this subscription and I didn’t even know these were supposed to have lemon until I went to do the review!
They are crunchy and buttery and salty, like extra crunchy popcorn.
Candied Iyokan Peels I love candied citrus peels and these were like non-fake Sour Patch candies!
As far as I can tell it is just candied citrus peel but it sets off all of my taste buds at once!
Shiroebi Yuzu Kosho Senbei Senbei rice crackers are another item I find myself looking forward to receiving from this subscription.
The general consensus in my home was that these were just too shrimpy. The crispness of the cracker was perfect but that fishy aftertaste was too strong for me.
Handmade Yuzu Sake Candy Hard candies are not my first choice but this one has 0.1% alcohol so I guess I better give it a try (wink wink).
The little specks in the candy is yuzu peel and the candy is very tasty, like a blend of lemonade and orange juice. It is so light and now I would like to try yuzu sake to see how it compares.
Yuzu Peanut Brittle Peanut Brittle isn’t really one on my preferred snacks, but that’s only because I have a lot of crowns now. I did try some of this and let it melt in my mouth and was surprised to find it had a citrus note!
I don’t know if I’ve ever had a mix of citrus and peanuts, but here it is!
Lemon Vinegar Arare I love arare, although the size and shape of this one was new to me.
The flavor name doesn’t really describe how these taste but they are good, a little tangy but very nicely done.
Okinawan Orange and Black Tea Cookie would go great with a cup of tea or coffee.
It is slightly sweet and has the body of shortbread. The flavor features orange and a bit of spice, and I can’t really taste the tea. It was absolutely delicious.
Pom Ponjuice Mikan Orange Mochi While I’m not really a fan of gelatinous gooey mochi I will say this one was the best one I’ve ever tried.
The inside has a citrus jelly and the outside is, well, mochi. If it makes you feel better, I’m not really a fan of marshmallows either and they just remind me of giant marshmallows!
Organic Genmaicha Tea I remember when I first tried genmaicha tea. I was at my neighbor’s house and must have gushed over the tea so much because they sent me home with my own stash! It has sencha green tea leaves and roasted, popped rice kernels, which give it an almost popcorn taste! Directions said to use 3 ounces of water but I used 8 and I made sure not to let it come to a boil, because otherwise the tea becomes bitter. I didn’t even need sugar!
Bokksu is such a fun box to get and I especially enjoy sharing it with my family. Everyone tries a bit of this and that and it is so interesting to learn about the culture and snacks of Japan. Some of the flavors push me out of my comfort zone but this box was full of citrus and was one of the best boxes I’ve had so far!
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?