Snakku Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 2016
Snakku is a Japanese snack subscription box that sends a mix of hand-picked, 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 box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the r eview process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Snack, $38.95 a month, box.
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: Use code ADDICTION to save 5% off your first box!
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)
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If you have a 3 or 6-month subscription plan, each box comes wrapped in traditional Japanese furoshiki wrap. September’s box focuses on yuzu and kinako, two ingredients native to Japan. Yuzu is a popular citrus fruit that Snakku says tastes “like a combination of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and lime, all in one.” Kinako is roasted soybean flour and it has a nutty but slightly sweet taste.
Gift of Yuzu
This is a sticky mochi snack made by a famous 100-year-old snack store on the island of Shikoku. The outer mochi is a little translucent. The inner filling is made of yuzu puree and azuki (red bean) paste.
The citrus flavor is very distinct. I have not tried a citrusy mochi combination before– it’s different but I like it.
This one is delicious! Rusks are apparently very popular in Japan. These are made from twice-baked baguette slices from a bakery in Hiroshima. They are topped with kinako powder. Each rusk combines a pastry-like sweetness with a bit of toasty kinako flavor.
This is a baked manju cookie filled with a mix of white miso and yuzu paste. The outer cookie is crumbly and sweet, kind of like shortbread. In my opinion, the cookie part obscured a lot of the nuanced miso and yuzu flavors. Nevertheless, I loved this snack.
Closeup of the Kinako Rusk biscuits.
This is an old-fashioned snack that is made by hand-kneading kinako, honey, and flour.
It’s a very dense stick of a snack. I like how sweet and hearty it tastes but it can get a little dry.
Coconut Sable Cookies
I am a big lover of these coconut butter biscuits! I have eaten a lot of these before. They are offered by multiple snack brands and can be found in my local Asian grocery.
This one is made by Nissin, the same brand that makes delicious instant ramen! Each butter cookie is lightly coated with sugar and sprinkled with coconut flakes. They’re a great companion to milk, tea, or coffee. Snakku also recommends sandwiching vanilla ice cream between two cookies.
Kaki No Tane
The name means “persimmon seeds” because the crescent senbei look like seeds. This is a senbei rice cracker and peanut snack mix. I really like the strong, savory senbei combined with the grainy sweetness of the peanuts. More, please!
Black Goma Senbei
These thin, black senbei crackers are made with black roasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, and miso. They have a grainy texture and taste crunchy and savory.
My opinion of this snack fluctuated from day to day. At first, I wasn’t a big fan, but I opened the second bag the next day and decided this tasted amazing. Go figure!
Chaya no Mochi
These are kinako-covered rice cakes. Each cake is squishy like mochi and covered in kinako. This has a milder flavor compared to some of the other bold snacks in this box, which I really appreciate.
These are sun-dried baby sardines caught off the coast of Japan. I know what you’re thinking: this looks horrifying. Who would do this to baby fish? Well, I’m inured to most “crazy” foods so this wasn’t too bad.
The sardines look more intimidating than they taste. I detect a strong fresh-caught-from-the-ocean seafood flavor. Well, they are fish, after all. I actually enjoy the sesame seeds sprinkled on the sardines, which give them a delicious toasted flavor. However, if the sesame seeds were not there I don’t know if I would like the sardines at all.
Hokkaido Matcha Milk Candy
I’m a fan of matcha and I’m a fan of candy. This is obviously a perfect snack for me.
I received a bonus snack that wasn’t listed on the card. This was featured back in the July Snakku box.
The pouch contained three senbei crackers that were lightly salted and topped with dried Okinawa seaweed.
Verdict: I’m consistently impressed with Snakku‘s curation of both unique and popular Japanese snacks. This box had a nice variety while still keeping with their theme. I enjoyed trying every snack– yes, even the creepy-looking sardines! I counted 21 individual items, including the bonus snack. If you count the matcha candies as one item– so 18 items total for the purpose of making the proportions more equal– the cost breakdown is about $2.16 per snack. This is the usual cost per item I’ve come to expect from Snakku.
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