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. Both boxes offer a discount for longer terms. 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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The box is always packed to the top!
When I opened my box I found a card on top.
The back of the postcard had a little info about the theme for the September box. It also discussed the actual box and mentions that we will now receive a wider variety of snacks.
September’s theme is MOON FESTIVAL. I am always impressed with the booklet that is included in the box, and now it’s new and improved! Each level of Bokksu comes with this booklet.
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 option but I no longer see a a way to subscribe to that box.
Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from, brand name, common allergens, and a description.
It lists the manufacturer and notes whether or not the product is vegetarian.
A map shows where the items originated.
They even included a recipe!
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!
My box was slightly damaged and two of the items melted en route. They stuck to the box so now the pretty box will need to be discarded.
Everything in the September 2019 Classic Bokksu!
Nuru-Agesen: Katsuo And Ume Flavor Wow, what a flavor! A combo of dried plum and skipjack tuna (!) makes for an interesting flavor profile!
It sort of looks like a fried pork rind but is chewy instead of crispy or hard. It has a fishy sweet and salty flavor, sort of like dipping shrimp tempura in a sweet sauce.
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Kuromitsu Kinako I know we tried this in a previous bag but I think mine were bad this time because I had to spit them out!
I remember them having a molasses-like flavor but these reminded me of the “chemical burgers” my husband sometimes accidentally makes when he doesn’t let the charcoal briquettes get hot enough. A chemical, off flavor.
Scone: Barbeque Flavor My husband asked if he could finish off the bag of these tasty Cheeto-like chips.
These taste sooo much better than the cheesy snack we have here in the States. It is a little sweet and has a unique BBQ flavor that I think is missing the smokey wood flavor that comes with most BBQ chips.
OFU: Fukairi Shichimi I thought I could handle the heat but these were spicy!
There are little nut-like crackers and actual peanuts. They had a spicy, smokey flavor and were so tasty!
Kuromame Black Bean Tea We received this product in a previous box and since I wasn’t a fan of it then, I decided not to try it again. You are supposed to soak the roasted soybeans in boiling water and then drink the “tea” and eat the beans afterwards. Once you add beans to boiling water then I call it soup so if you are looking for a warm drink and a snack then this might be perfect for you!
Gudetama Golden Pack: Tamago Kake Gohan Flavor My daughters love Gudetama, the lazy little egg.
It looks like a giant, hollow Cheeto puff but with a sweet soy sauce flavor and a pinch of furikake (seaweed seasoning).
Black Sesame Genmai Rice Cracker: Honey Soy Sauce Flavor is full of sesame seed flavor and although I expected it to be crunchy, it was sort of chewy and probably what I would consider stale. It had a coating of what was supposed to be sweet and savory but it mostly tasted savory.
Rich Baked Chocolat I would like to request a box of just these mini cakes and the cheese cakes shown later in the review.
It’s like a mini super moist brownie with a hint of alcohol and I want more!
Black Sesame Taiko: Kumamon Design was simple and delicious, plus the package is so cute!
It has toasted sesame seeds, almonds, and mizuame (a sweetener like corn syrup). Very chewy and yet crisp too.
Organic Drip Tea: Full Moon Tea This tea was interesting because it had some kind of holder so that it wouldn’t sit in the tea, although I can’t figure out why this is better than a traditional string. I think maybe I didn’t hang it right because only one side fit on my mug and I would have had to tear open the bag, perhaps I was supposed to do that? Anyways, I used water that was too hot and ended up with strong, bitter tea and although I added sugar and poured it over ice, I still didn’t care for the flavor, which is some sort of cross between pineapple and spinach.
Usoyaki Shukonin Chibisuke: Consomme Black Pepper Flavor I love that Japan has snacks based on soup flavors.
Cracked black pepper can be found on these crunchy crackers and that is also the primary flavor, but with a satisfying burn that gives it some pep.
Hakata Mitsuki: Delicious Cheese Financier is similar to the cake shown below, but with a sugary crisp outside and rich, moist interior with a fine crumble.
I’m not sure what kind of cheese was used but think cheesecake, not cheddar.
Okashinai Cheese Manju I wasn’t sure what to expect since these looked like cake but had the word “cheese” in the name.
Turns out the middle was more like cheesecake and it was very sweet and moist, very tasty.
Chocolate Azuki Beans: Black Sesame Kinako are azuki beans that have been simmered in a sugar syrup and then covered with white chocolate.
These were soft and tasted sweet, although I can’t say exactly what they tasted like. Just sweet.
Usagi Chocolate Ball had two mini chocolates inside the package, which looks like a cute bunny. They have a candy shell but are harder than M & M’s. They also taste like they have some other ingredient other than chocolate but I can’t tell what that is.
Two pieces had to be discarded, and that was the Mitarashi Mochi. They melted out of the plastic and into the corner of the box.
The September Moon Festival box from Bokksu was full of interesting flavors, some sweet, some savory. Some are even similar in looks to products we have in the States but have vastly different flavors than what we find here. There was a larger variety of snacks this time around but less multiples so if you find something you like, you either have to order more or wait for it to (hopefully) show up in another box. It also makes it a little harder to share with others: when I divided some of these treats into four pieces for my family, we really only had a small bite. I’m looking forward to the next box (theme: Haunted Harvest!) and always enjoy trying something new from the other side of the world!
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?