Snakku Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2016
Snakku is a Japanese snack subscription box that sends a mix of authentic snacks you can only find in Japan and more familiar selections. It has two different sizes: the regular snack bento box and the Tasting Box.
This is a review of the snack bento 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, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK ($15 shipping)
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Your first box comes wrapped in traditional Japanese furoshiki wrap. This month features snacks from the small coastal town of Kamakura. June’s box contained 24 snacks.
These cookies look cute and taste delicious. The store that makes these have been making them since the 1860s and were inspired by butter cookies when Western goods first started flowing into Japan. It tastes like a Nilla wafer, but saying it’s just a Nilla wafer does it injustice. The cookie is buttery and soft but also crisp. I’m happy they are the size of my palm, too!
This is a solid piece of caramel and chestnut pastry that won the 27th National Japan Snack Award. It smells like pound cake and has a perfect balance of sweet and nutty flavor. I really liked it, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t like nuts in her sweets!
Kintsuba is a traditional snack that has been made since the 1600s. It is covered by a thin flour outer layer and the rest is sweet, sweet red bean paste. This is one of the sweetest red bean snacks I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a lot of red bean snacks!
Kamakura Hydrangea Cookie
These are multi-layer wafer cookies. The crunchy wafer balances out the light filling. According to the info card the filling is made with hydrangea essence!
Apple Honey Pie
I was expecting to see a pie like the ones from McDonald’s but this is a palmier or elephant ear pastry. I didn’t really taste the apple but it is light and flaky and delicious.
Calbee Wasabi Snowpea Crisps
Two words: wasabi ranch. The pea crisps are great… the flavor? Not so much. I don’t like wasabi but I soldiered on anyway, until I realized it wasn’t just wasabi but wasabi ranch! It was too much for me. On the bright side, my boyfriend’s family loved it!
Matcha Azuki Cookie
These are matcha green tea cookie sandwiches with Hokkaido red bean cream in the middle. I really liked these, although I must admit after eating the addicting red bean paste in kintsuba nothing else has really tasted the same.
These senbei remind me of Quaker brand rice cakes! They are lightly glazed with soy sauce and make for a light savory snack.
I’m picky about seaweed flavored snacks but bakauke aonori gets my seal of approval! These are simple rice crackers flavored with seaweed pieces and are very addicting.
Bourbon Baum Rolls
Delicious! The little cake rolls are covered in a solid layer of vanilla glaze and are hollow in the center.
Flower’s Kiss Candy
I’ve had these before (my local Asian grocery sells them too) and like them. The info card says they are creamy, apricot-plum flavored candies made with flower essence. Creamy candies are my weak spot so I’m very happy Snakku included five.
Verdict: Once again I love my Snakku box! My favorite is the kintsuba. Oftentimes it’s hard to appreciate the history or tradition that’s behind these snacks. I think Snakku does a good job giving subscribers a peek into that. The cost breakdown is always difficult to do with international snacks. There are 24 items total but for calculation purposes I counted the five Flower’s Kiss candies as one item (so I’m calculating for 20 items), which equates to about $1.95 per snack. It’s a relatively pricey box. That said, this subscription is a unique snack experience with top-notch curation and I would recommend it.
What do you think of Snakku?