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 card had a little info about the theme for the December box.
December’s theme is SNOWY HOKKAIDO. I am always impressed with the booklet that is included in the box, there’s so much info inside! Both levels of Bokksu come 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.
We learned a couple of new words and phrases.
Each product was shown and even listed which part of Japan it originated from, brand name, common allergens, and a description. This month most of the products are from Hokkaido prefecture.
These snacks are looking quite yummy!
A map of Japan shows us exactly where each snack originated.
This month we got to learn about one of the makers.
Info about snow festivals in Hokkaido was informative.
You can find Bokksu on several social media platforms.
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 December 2019 Classic Bokksu!
Natural Yeast Bread: Hokkaido Cream is a sweet yeasty bread – think Hawaiian Rolls. It is soft and lightly sweet, very nice!
Mayo Arare Rice Crackers (upper left) are supposed to have the flavor of mayonnaise and I can’t quite wrap my head around that suggestion. They are rice crackers, some with seaweed and some with sesame, with a mild salty flavor.
Negi Baka Okagi Rice Crackers: Green Onion (upper right) have more flavor than the arare, a light green onion flavor and lots of fried crunch.
Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yaki Toukibi (bottom) I didn’t catch them in this shot but this snack had freeze dried kernels of corn in the bottom of the bag! The flavor was a mix of sweet and salty and this crispy cracker tasted like corn.
Yasashii Yuzu Gummy As soon as I tried this it reminded me of those rice paper covered candies I would get at my favorite Japanese restaurant. I introduced those candies to my kids and sure enough, as soon as she tried it my younger daughter came to tell me it reminded her of those same candies. It has a gummy mochi body with a light citrus flavor. These are individually wrapped so make sure to remove the plastic wrap first.
Kaga Pukkuru look and taste like french fries or just salty and buttery potato chips. Either way, I’m all in.
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk are mochi puffs that instantly melt as soon as they land on your tongue, gently floating down on angel’s wings. There is a coating on the outside that is sweet and milky, almost like white chocolate coating but not quite.
Hokkaido White Raspberry is a rye cookie covered in white chocolate and then rolled in freeze dried raspberries. It wasn’t as sweet as I would expect and the rye cookie itself was an airy wafer.
Onigiri Senbei: Ginshari We had mixed reactions to this salty treat but all agreed it was tasty. It is supposed to remind one of a bowl of warm rice but I thought it tasted like Fritos and my husband said it tasted like chicharones (fried pork skins).
Kitsune No Shippo is a flaky piece of pie dough (more like flaky phyllo) that is topped with maple flavored white chocolate and is shaped like a fox tail! So yummy and the pastry part wasn’t sweet, just the candy topping.
Sencha Tea I can’t say that sencha is my favorite type of tea but I realize it is popular in Japan and this one was more to my taste than others I’ve tried. This one has a sweet fruity grassy smell and very light flavor that wasn’t bitter at all.
Shiroi Koibito: White & Black One buttery cookie is filled with milk chocolate, the other with white. These are decadent bites that would go great with a cup of coffee.
Fried Buttered Corn: Soy Sauce Flavor Fried corn with soy sauce and buttermilk? Yum! It tasted like a crunchy sweet corn snack and I liked it but it disappeared so quickly.
White Black Thunder (top) has chocolate cookie pieces and puffed rice coated in white chocolate. What’s not to love?
Calpico Mochi (bottom) were very good. I’ve never heard of Calpico but it seems to be a drink of some sort and the jammy center is flavored with that drink, then is covered with marshmallow. Then that gooey mochi covers it all and I really liked this sweet treat.
My family loves Bokksu and I love sharing all of these tasty treats with them! Sure, it might be hard to divide a small treat into four pieces but somehow I do and we each give our opinion on these snacks from another continent. My youngest reads the booklet and then corrects my pronunciation. I always find something new that I want more of, and I also usually find something I could do without ever trying again. I think everything in this month’s box was a winner!
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?