Snakku Tasting Subscription 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 review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Tasting, $15.75 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Snakku Tasting Box
The Cost: $15.75 per month + free shipping, and the snack bento box is $38.95 per month (discounts for 3 or 6-month subscriptions).
COUPON: Use code ADDICTION to save 5% off your first box!
Products: 5-7 authentic Japanese snacks only found in Japan and more familiar/classic snacks.
Ships to: USA only with free shipping
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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.
Black Goma Senbei
Delicious! These thin senbei crackers are made with black roasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, and miso. They have a grainy texture and taste crunchy and savory. I was unsure about the flavor at first but it quickly grew on me.
Kaki No Tane
The name literally means “persimmon seeds” because these crescent-shaped senbei look like them. This is a senbei and peanut snack mix. I really like the savory senbei combined with the grainy sweetness of the peanuts.
Gift of Yuzu
This is a mochi snack made by a famous 100-year-old snack store on the island of Shikoku. The sticky mochi doesn’t taste like much, but that may be because the yuzu puree and azuki (red bean) paste filling tastes strong.
This citrusy mochi combination is different from what I’m used to, but I like it.
This is an old-fashioned snack that is made by hand-kneading kinako, honey, and flour.
I like the sweet, hearty flavors but it starts getting dry towards the end. If I chance upon this again in the future I would eat it in small portions.
Chaya No Mochi
These are kinako-covered rice cakes. Each cake is squishy like mochi and covered in kinako.
This snack has a hint of sweetness, which complements the toasty kinako flour.
These are sun-dried baby sardines caught off the coast of Japan. They sure look creepy if you stare too long. This is definitely the most niche snack I’ve ever received from a subscription box. These sardines have a fresh-out-of-the-ocean flavor. They are sun-dried fish, after all. They’re also sprinkled with sesame seeds, which give them a delicious toasted flavor. The sesame is really what makes these sardines palatable for me. Without it, the fishy flavor would be too much.
Hokkaido Matcha Milk Candy
These are hard candies made with Hokkaido cream and matcha from Aichi prefecture. I’m always open to matcha-flavored snacks so this was great!
Verdict: September’s Snakku Tasting Box was a fun treat, to say the least. I enjoyed trying every single snack; even the sun-dried sardines weren’t too bad! I counted 11 snacks total. If you consider the four matcha candies as one item– so 8 items total for the purpose of making the proportions more equal — the cost breakdown is about $1.97 per snack. This is actually marginally cheaper than the regular Snakku box (the September breakdown was about $2.16 per snack). If you want to try out new Japanese snacks but can’t commit to Snakku’s pricier option, this Tasting Box may be a good alternative.
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