Snakku Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
Snakku is a Japanese snack subscription box that sends a mix of handpicked, authentic snacks you can only find in Japan as well as more familiar selections. Subscriptions help sustain local Japanese snack shops, some of which have been around for hundreds of years. Plus, it’s easy to pause, skip, or cancel.
Snakku has two subscription sizes: the regular snack box and the Tasting Box.
This is a review of the regular box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Snakku
The Cost: $38.95 per month + free US shipping (discounts for 3 or 6-month subscriptions), and the Tasting Box is $15.75 per month.
COUPON: Save 5% off your first box with code ADDICTION
Products: A mix of authentic Japanese snacks only found in Japan and more familiar/classic snacks.
Ships to: USA (free shipping), Canada ($5 shipping), and Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK ($15 shipping)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Your first box comes wrapped in traditional Japanese furoshiki wrap. This month’s box features snacks from tropical Okinawa. I counted 22 snacks total.
Purple Ube Tart
Look at these cute boat-shaped tarts! Okinawa is famous for purple ube (oo-beh) potatoes, and these are made with locally grown and organic ube. The crust is soft while the ube filling tastes creamy and very smooth. I’m so happy Snakku included two!
I received a different elephant ear cookie in last month’s box and I’m so excited to get more! These are made with Okinawa salt and purple ube potatoes but I think they taste very similar to regular elephant ear-type pastries. That doesn’t mean I don’t love the soft, flaky deliciousness though!
Kuromame Blackbean Senbei
These are light and crispy senbei rice crackers covered in a thin, sweet soy glaze and a couple of crunchy Japanese black beans for extra texture. I am a big fan of this sweet but savory flavor.
Thick Cut Baum Cake
Like the name suggests, these are a Japanese take on German Baumkuchen cake (there’s even a Wikipedia section on its popularity in Japan). Last month’s glazed Baum rolls were a riff off of Baumkuchen too! This cakes are soft but not as moist as I expected.
This little cake is not only beautiful but also tantalizingly tasty. It’s shaped like a plum flower and contains ube and red bean paste filling. The cake is moist and delicate while the filling has the perfect sweetness. I’m so sad there was only one in the box!
Salt and Pepper Chinsuko
The chinsuko is a traditional Okinawan biscuit that’s also the 4-time winner of the International Monde Snack Competition. The exterior is a little powdery. When crunching down I get a delicious combination of sweetness and savoriness. I’m not really sure how to describe it but I like the taste.
These are crumbly, thin baked crepe roll cookies; I used to eat a lot of similar rolls as a kid. If you’ve never had one before, they are similar to Pepperidge Farm’s Pirouette Cookies but while Pirouettes are wafer-like, crepe rolls taste more eggy and are hollow. Sakku’s pick contains sesame and are good with coffee or tea.
Unlike other senbei I’ve had, these look almost like white stroopwafel. Each senbei is lightly salted and topped with dried Okinawa seaweed. Each pouch contains 3 crackers. I enjoyed these as a light snack.
Hapi Ramen Crunch
I am so incredibly addicted to this one. It is a bag of savory, crunchy, wavy pieces that taste like dried instant ramen. I’ve never experienced a more crave-inducing snack from a subscription box. I love the perfect crunch and that savory flavor usually found in ramen seasoning packets.
Super Cola Candy
These candies have a very sour outer coating but it disappears quickly to a sweet interior. I don’t really taste the Cola flavor though.
Verdict: This month’s Snakku was so unique and delicious! My favorite is the Hapi Ramen Crunch but the Hana Murasaki is a close second. The cost breakdown is $1.77 per snack, which I think is pretty good considering some have notable mass like the Purple Ube Tarts and Ramen Crunch. For hard-to-find or premium snacks like these, I’d say it’s similar to buying macarons– they’re something I’m willing to pay for as a treat. Also, I do appreciate learning about Japanese history and culture little by little through the info card and snacks. Overall, Snakku feels like a luxurious tasting experience.
What do you think of Snakku?