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Bokksu Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016

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Bokksu is a premium Japanese snack subscription service. Each box includes an assortment of authentic Japanese snacks as well as a tea pairing chosen to complement and enhance that month’s flavors.

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The snacks are selected around a cultural theme, and each box contains a Tasting Guide that describes the items and how to best enjoy them.

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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.)

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The Subscription Box: Bokksu

The Cost: $39.00 per month + free US shipping

COUPON: Use code ADDICTION to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: 13-15 premium Japanese snacks plus a tea pairing

Ships to: USA (free shipping) and Canada ($5 shipping)

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August’s theme is Kuro, or black. The leaflet explains that while black has more of a negative connotation in the West, the Japanese have considered it a more positive color.

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Kuro Warabimochi

This is a thick and bouncy jelly mochi made of bracken and usually covered in kinako (toasted soybean flour). It differs from “true” mochi in that they’re made from glutinous rice. Nonetheless, warabimochi is delicious. I ate mine chilled and sprinkled with kinako, which was included in a packet. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness and makes for a great snack when you want something cooling.

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Kurohachi Karinto

Karinto is a traditional snack that dates back to the 19th century. They are a deep-fried concoction of flour, yeast, and sugar. Karinto is not the most photogenic snack, but trust me, they are very sweet, crunchy, and quite delicious. A thick honey-covered Cheeto, if you will. Since they’re so flavorful I only eat a couple of sticks per sitting.

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Amanatto

Don’t these beans look like raisins? Amanatto are stewed in water, simmered with sugar, and then dried. They are surprisingly sweet for a bean product, and since I’m generally a black/red/green bean fan I enjoyed this a lot.

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Goma Senbei

I am never not a fan of senbei. This type has a soy sauce glaze and is covered in black sesame. It’s crunchy, savory, and surprisingly filling.

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Bake Chocolate

I’m so in love! These are delicate, airy, fluffy chocolate truffles that literally melt in your mouth. Sometimes regular bar chocolate can get very rich very fast, but this? I can’t tire of this.

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Mamena Kuromamecha

Kuromamecha literally stands for “black bean tea.” This tea is made from roasting black beans and grinding them into fine powder. The grounded powder is what makes this one darker and more fragrant than other ungrounded black bean tea. It has a toasty flavor similar to the mugicha I had in last month’s Bokksu. I sipped this with a chilled Kuro Warabimochi and the combination was delightful!

Verdict: One word– delicious. There wasn’t a snack I didn’t enjoy. The warabimochi surprised me the most because I didn’t think jelly made of bracken would taste good (I’m happily proven wrong). The warabimochi and Bake Chocolate were my two favorites. I counted 12 snacks and 4 tea bags, so the cost breakdown this month is about $2.44 per item. It’s still a little pricey for what you receive, but there’s also value in the tasting experience. The curation, presentation, and Tasting Guide definitely allows me to explore and appreciate Japanese culture and food.

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Written by Nancy Su

Nancy Su

Nancy used to be a Candy Crush addict but then she became addicted to subscription boxes instead. Now she has a particular interest in Korean/Asian beauty after seeing the wonders it has done to her skin. She’s constantly in search of new lippies, skincare, and tasty international snacks.
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3 Comments

  1. “Karinto is not the most photogenic snack”….I died laughing… I have a lot of Karinto in my yard…never knew it was so yummy…lol

    • Me too! Hysterical description!!!

  2. “A thick honey-covered Cheeto” I’M SOLD haha.

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