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.
DEAL: Save $5 on your first box with coupon code HELLO.
NOTE: Your first box will be the Seasons Of Japan, shown here.
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 March box.
February’s theme is MOCHI MADNESS. 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.
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.
A map of Japan shows us exactly where each snack originated.
This month we got to learn about one of the makers.
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 March 2020 Classic Bokksu!
Fried Kakinotane: Hakata Karashi Mentai Mayo Flavor look like red hot half moons and smelled really fishy when I opened the bag, although the flavor was only mildly fish-like. They sure packed a spicy punch though!
Ajimai Senbei are crispy rice crackers and there were four flavors in this bag: nori (white with green flakes); shrimp (light pink); soy sauce (white); and red chili & white sesame (red). The flavors were mild but I think I like the soy sauce flavor best!
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Amazake I wasn’t expecting this light as air snack to taste like wine! The puffs melt almost as soon as they hit the tongue, and this flavor was very sweet with that hint of alcohol. I couldn’t taste the ginger though.
Cocoa Funwari Nama Chocolate Ganache Mochi is an amazing mochi! There is a ring of soft, sweet mochi that covers a mound of chcolate ganache, and the whole thing is dusted in cocoa powder. Unbelievable!
Pon De Ring Mochi Donut: Sweet Time is a cross between a donut and mochi, but without any of that mochi stickiness. I thought it tasted like, and had the same texture as, a Hostess powdered sugar donut, but without the powdered sugar!
Coconut Sable Mini: 4 Grains These mini cookies are sweet and buttery and have some great flavor, although I don’t think I would have guessed it was coconut. The topping is crispy sugar and they are made with four whole grains. Addictive!
Puru Mocchi: Yogurt Flavor Tangy yogurt flavored mochi gummies? Who would have guessed? I thought the outside coating of sugar reminded me of a citrus-flavored gummy sour, while the inside was also similar to gummy candy. Interesting flavor.
Mikan Mochi There is no filling in this mochi. It’s a chewy citrus-flavored sweet rice cake and there are bits of dried peel inside, in case you’re wondering what that chewy bit is when your are consuming this.
Fujiya Nectar Peach Mochi is a fruity rice mochi wrapped around a layer of marshmallow which is wrapped around peach jelly. The jelly is made of Fujiya peaches and the whole thing is sweet, fruity, and chewy.
Uji Matcha Au Lait I know matcha is very popular but I am not a fan so I shared these instant drink mixes with a coworker whose son loves matcha. Just mix a pack with hot or cold water and stir to get a milky drink!
Kinako Dango Mochi Kinako is roasted soybean powder, a unique flavor that is kind of nutty. The mochi underneath is chewy and sweet, and the kinako kept if from being overpowering.
One-Bite Wagashi Matcha Warabi Mochi I tried, I really did, to eat this matcha-flavored jelly but I had to, um, dispose of it after tasting it. I’m not a fan of matcha and the texture was gelatinous and I’m sure some people will love it, just not me.
Curry Cashew Nuts My daughter surprised me when she talked about how much she liked this snack because #1, I didn’t know she liked cashews and #2, I didn’t know she liked curry. These roasted cashews have a crispy sweet and spicy curry coating and the whole thing is tasty, and not overly spicy.
Bokksu sent so much mochi this March! I loved the different flavors and textures, although my very favorite was the one with chocolate ganache in the middle! I love the assortment every month – sweet, salty, chewy, crispy. I always enjoy sharing these treats with my family and we discuss what we like or dislike about each treat and I am happy to report that the likes are always in the majority!
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?