Snakku Tasting Subscription Review + Coupon – October 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 is a review of the $15.75 per month 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.)
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).
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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The October box features three popular fall foods of Japan: persimmon, chestnut, and kabocha (Japanese pumpkin). All the snacks in this Tasting Box were also featured in the regular October Snakku box.
These are sun-dried organic persimmons from a small town in the mountains of Toyama. There are no sugar additives so I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet they were. The taste is reminiscent of dried dates or the fig part in fig newtons. Each piece is tiny but honestly, they’re so packed with flavor any more would be too much.
This is a seasonal snack from a Hiroshima snack shop called Yamadaya, which has been making snacks since 1930. I am in love with this pastry. “Momiji” is Japanese maple, which is fitting since it is shaped like a maple leaf. The cake part is soft, moist, and the perfect amount of sweetness, while the dense filling is made from roasted chestnut and sweet bean. The flavor is rich but not overwhelming if that makes sense. I really really need more of this pastry in my life.
These are a Halloween-themed assortment of puffy rice crackers made with kabocha. Each bag contains a mix of mildly sweet, mildly salty, and flavorless puffs. It feels like this snack is still trying to figure out its own identity– the mix of flavors isn’t bad per se, but I would have preferred it focusing on one flavor at a time.
These senbei are made in Niigata. They are topped with sea salt, dried green laver, and shaved bonito flakes (fish flakes). The senbei itself is thin and crunchy. I taste predominantly the seaweed and sea salt. The fish flakes are more of an aftertaste to me.
Choco Pies were inspired by Moon Pies but have since become very popular on its own. These are made by the company Lotte. Each one has a soft chocolate layer covering two crumby cakes with whipped marshmallow cream in the center. Now, I don’t want to be a Choco Pie snob but I prefer Orion’s version (which is the original) to Lotte’s version, but if you offered me any Choco Pie I would not turn it down.
Matcha Chocolate Crunch
If you like Rice Krispies and matcha cream, then you’re sure to enjoy this snack. Made from rice from Gifu, chocolate from Hokkaido, and matcha green tea from Nagoya, these truffle-sized snacks are creamy and crispy and delightful. I’m so addicted!
Roasted Coffee Candy
These are charcoal roasted, coffee-flavored hard candies. They really taste like a cup of coffee, and I even get coffee breath from it!
Verdict: I definitely had a fun snacking experience. For seven snacks (I count the coffee candies as one item), the cost breakdown is $2.25 a piece. As usual, I love the curation and think it’s wonderful to support local Japanese shops that have been around for a long time. This is a nice sampler box for someone who wants to get a taste of authentic Japanese snacks without committing to Snakku‘s pricier option.
What do you think of the Snakku Tasting Box?