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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NOTE: Your first box will be the Seasons Of Japan, shown here.
What a beautiful box!
When I opened my box I found a card on top.
The back of the card had some info on one of the snacks and its maker.
I received a card that gave some info about a food tour of Japan.
April’s theme is HANAMI BLOSSOMS. 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.
There was info on the spring cherry blossom season in Japan.
There was a key to which snacks you should find in your box.
We learned a couple of new words and phrases. Turns out “hanami” means “flower viewing”!
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 learned about hanami.
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! It looks like it’s going to be a colorful box!
The box is always packed to the top!
Everything in the April 2020 Classic Bokksu!
Dondon Yaki: Kimchi I love Dondon Yaki, and this flavor was super tasty. The cracker is buttery and crispy, while the flavor sort of reminds me of sweet onions! It wasn’t spicy at all, just yummy.
Blanchul Mini Chocolate: Sakura Flavor I think these mini Milano wannabe’s are just mouthwatering, they are so good! The cookie is cool but the lightly flavored white chocolate is like a mini candy bar in the middle of each cookie. Plus, it melts in the mouth! This was my favorite item this month!
Plum + Red Shiso Seaweed Tempura and Shrimp Chips Mix There are two different chips in this bag. One has seaweed and the other is more like a classic chip. The flavor is that of pickled plum. I don’t have a list of ingredients but I feel like this is sweetened with something like stevia. The snack smelled fishy when I opened it up but it didn’t taste very shrimpy.
Saki Waffle Shikoku No Wasanbon Sugar is made with a special golden sugar that isn’t mixed in completely, so some bites are lightly sweet, while others have a bit of a burnt sugar crunch.
Nata De Coco Peach Gummy My daughter loves gummy candies, and I actually really enjoyed this one too! The peach candy flavor starts out strong but fades quickly, and I liked the mouth feel of the gummy. Plus, they weren’t like the usual tongue-twisting sour gummies, just sweet and tasty.
Koykeya Minit’s Stick Potato: Suppa Mucho Plum is like salt and vinegar potato chips, with an additional sweet flavor note, but not like BBQ chips. I don’t think there is any spiciness to it at all.
Spring Gold Green Tea I followed the directions and used less than half a cup of water and steeped for 30 seconds. My tea was very strong in flavor and was mildly bitter, even though I used water that was below boiling. Sencha is a strongly flavored tea, and the closest way I can think of to describe it is to imagine drinking the water that is left behind after you cook fresh spinach!
Castella Cake: Azuki Flavor is a moist cake slice based on a treat that originated in Portugal! The sponge cake has sweet azuki beans here and there which don’t really taste like beans at all. It’s a mild flavored cake that would go great with tea.
Sakura Chocolate Crepe I love anything pretty much with white chocolate and this was no exception. The cookie is very thin wafer and the coating is flavored with powdered sakura petals. It is a lovely lightl floral flavor and I need these in bulk.
Koku Cookie: Sakura Domyoji has ground rice, which gives it an interesting texture and crunch. The flavor and texture remind me of a Mexican cookie I sometimes find here in Texas, with a hint of spice.
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Strawberry Daifuku Mochi I think we get a mochi puff every month now and it is like the most delicate Cheeto Puff ever, in terms of texture. Just stick it in your mouth and it instantly melts. This one tastes like sweet strawberry candy.
Handmade Sakura Candy is made exclusively for Bokksu and you will receive different flavors throughout the year. This candy has pieces of preserved Sakura throughout and has a lightly floral flavor.
Sakura Mochi is a sticky, chewy glutinous rice cake with the light floral flavor of cherry blossoms. It kind of tastes like a jelly bean!
I have to say that the April Bokksu is one of the prettiest boxes I’ve ever received! The colors of the pink blossom that is celebrated throughout Japan was sprinkled throughout the box, and even on the outside of the actual box! I use the boxes to store beauty items, essential oils, and stationery all over my home. The snacks were a wonderful combination of sweet, salty, chewy, and cake-like, and there were even a couple of slightly funky flavors in here. I love sharing the snacks with my family and we love learning about Japan and some Japanese customs thanks to the booklet.
What’s your favorite snack from this month’s box?