Snakku Subscription Box Review + Coupon – February 2017
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.
Every box is wrapped in traditional reusable washi furoshiki wrap.
Snakku has two subscription sizes: the regular snack box ($38.95/month) and the Tasting Box ($15.75/month).
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 is a review of the regular, $38.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Snakku
The Cost: $38.95 per month + free U.S. shipping (discounts for 3 or 6-month subscriptions), and the Tasting Box is $15.75 per month.
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, U.K. ($15 shipping)
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February’s Snakku is all about fan favorites!
Kobe Cream Sandwich
This is a popular snack from the city of Kobe. Snakku includes one chocolate and one vanilla sandwich. The cookies are light and flaky like puff pastry. The cream filling is also light and fluffy but deliciously sweet. The combination of textures and flavors makes for a luxurious tasting experience.
Ogurasansou Mini Arare Senbei
Ogurasansou is a snack shop in Kyoto that has been making senbei for over 60 years! This is a mini senbei variety pack. There is a surprising amount of variety here! Each senbei has a distinct taste with distinct ingredients. My favorite is the round one with a sweet soy sauce glaze and seaweed bits. A close second is the square one covered in sugar crystals.
Shiroi Koibito translates to “white lover.” The first thing I notice when opening this cookie is its delicious buttery aroma. It’s a small sandwich cookie with two thin, crispy halves and a generous layer of white chocolate in between. This is one of the most delicious snacks I’ve ever gotten in a subscription box! The flavor is a perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, and creamy goodness.
According to Snakku, you can only get this snack at the Sapporo Ohdori Park, and I’m so glad I get the chance to try it. This is a mix of puffed rice and sweet corn. Everything is covered in a soy sauce glaze, which brings out lightly salty and sweet flavors. The ingredients seem so simple but I love the taste.
I remember first trying this traditional Japanese snack in the May 2016 Snakku. Shiogama are handmade by a Buddhist temple in Sendai, and this recipe has been passed down since 1600. The white outer layer is made with finely milled rice, Japanese basil, and sugar. The center contains sweet azuki red bean paste. The outer layer tastes kind of dry but the soft red bean filling balances that out. The flavors and textures are pretty unique. I like that it’s a filling snack as well.
Wa Fusen Candy
These are grape and ramune soda-flavored hard candy. They’re shaped liked traditional Japanese balloons. The best part is the center of the candy, which holds carbonated ramune-flavored powder that fizzes on the tongue.
Bourbon Raisin Sandwich
This is a soft baked cookie with rum soaked raisin filling. I’m not usually a fan of raisins but these taste so tender and sweet. The pastry shell is soft and yeasty, which makes the whole thing taste almost like raisin bread!
These are crispy cookie rolls made from thin wafers and cream filling. Unlike the dense, rich filling in other wafer cookies (i.e. Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes), this cream filling has a light, whipped texture. The taste is delicately sweet, which is just my style.
These are crunchy, puffy rice crackers powdered with an unusually sweet and salty flavoring. The taste is very similar to crackers I used to eat as a child. It’s very nostalgic for me! I also like that there’s so many of them in one bag… one bite wouldn’t have been enough.
Shiro-ebi Brown Rice Senbei
This is a senbei or rice cracker made from brown rice and infused with Japanese sweet shrimp. The shrimp flavor is very subtle but it changes the overall feel of the snack from senbei to more of a large shrimp cracker. Either way, I really like this!
Verdict: I cannot rave enough about this month’s Snakku curation. All the snacks, especially the specialty ones, are so unique and delicious. I can see why these are fan favorites! My favorites are the Shiroi Koibito cookies and Yakitoukibi. I counted 21 snacks total for a cost breakdown of $1.85 per snack. If I consider the four Wa Fusen candies as one item instead, the cost is closer to $2.16 per snack. This value is comparable to past boxes. Considering that most, if not all, of the snacks, are hard to obtain outside of Japan, I’m more than willing to pay a slight premium to get them shipped to my belly!
What do you think of Snakku?