Bokksu Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2016
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.
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.
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: Bokksu
The Cost: $39.00 per month + free US shipping
COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA10OFF to save 10% off on 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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October’s theme is Autumn Appetite and features snacks and foods that Japanese people traditionally eat during this time.
Bokksu mentions a Japanese adage that translates to “autumn is the season for eating,” which stems from the old belief that “one’s appetite increases in autumn because of the abundance of many foods at the peak of their freshness.”
Golden Sweet Potato Cake
These are cakes made of sweet potato with hints of cinnamon and rum. Each cake is so soft and moist!
Each bite has a hearty sweet potato flavor which gets toned down by the soft texture so that it doesn’t taste like you’re just eating a sweet potato. Due to the denseness of the cake, just one is enough to fill me up.
Honey Glazed Apple Pie
These are very similar to apple danish pastries. The apples are first glazed with honey and then baked together with the crust.
I love the light, flaky crust. Each bite tastes super buttery and is so good with the sweet apple center. I think the apple flavor is “crispier” and fresher than anything I have tried in regular danishes, which is interesting since the pies aren’t actually fresh.
20th Century Pear Langues De Chat
This is my favorite snack from the box. These sandwich cookies are made using 20th Century pears (a type of pear). The filling is a blend of white chocolate and pear while the cookies are sweet and buttery.
I’m obsessed with the white chocolate and pear filling. It is heavenly! Something about the combination is so very delicate and unique, I don’t think I’ve had anything like it before.
Hazelnut Cafe Rusk
These are hazlenut-flavored twice-baked crispy baguettes topped with nuts.
The rusk contains the perfect amount of sweetness in each bite. It has a slight toffee undertone that I think brings a heartiness to an otherwise simple snack.
I wasn’t a big fan of this. Monaka are sweets made of jam filling and covered with thin wafers made from mochi. This one contains persimmon jam with added yuzu citrus.
I have enjoyed other types of monaka before, but here the intense persimmon and citrus flavors are too much for me. It also has an almost gingery aftertaste, which I dislike since I loathe ginger.
Apple Green Tea – Value $1.56
This is my favorite tea pairing from Bokksu ever! This is a fragrant blend of green tea, apples, and rose petals.
The warm apple fragrance is so autumn and cozy that I can almost see myself in a knitted scarf and ankle boots! I taste predominantly the apple– it is a crisp, sweet, and tart flavor. The green tea is secondary and I smell the rose petals more so than I can taste them. I really think this is the perfect fall weather drink (aside from PSL, of course).
Verdict: This is my favorite month of Bokksu so far. The snacks were perfect for autumn and for my tastebuds! I received 16 snacks total, which makes the cost breakdown about $2.44 apiece. Although the cost breakdown is high, the snack selection is exquisite. Each box offers a glimpse of the culinary diversity of Japanese foods that I can’t readily find on my supermarket shelf, so I find value in that. The subscription isn’t cheap but I would say it makes a great “treat yo self” box.
What do you think of Bokksu?