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 per 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.
ACTIVE DEAL: 5% off
CODE: 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, U.K. ($15 shipping)
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Each box includes an info card. April's selection features sakura and spring themed snacks!
Japanese Sake KitKat
I was first introduced to this unique KitKat flavor in the February 2017 Bokksu. There is real sake kneaded into the white chocolate and it has 0.8% alcoholic content. I can detect a subtle whiff of liquor, and it is most noticeable on the back of my mouth. Other than that, this Kit Kat tastes primarily like white chocolate. I bet this is the kind of KitKat Japanese kids get a kick out of eating in front of their parents.
Toukibi Strawberry Chocolate
These are puff corn snacks drizzled with chocolate and infused with freeze-dried strawberries from Hokkaido. It's kind of like eating a breakfast cereal bar, but the flavors are milder and creamier. I can see myself getting really addicted to these bars.
These are limited edition cherry blossom-infused rice puff cakes filled with red bean paste (the pink sakura one) or chestnuts (the chestnut-looking one). The outer shell, which is made from thin wafer, holds together the filling.
The red bean paste monaka is dense and wonderfully sweet. The center of the filling holds a jelly-like paste that lightens up the overall flavor so that the red bean isn't too overwhelming.
The chestnut monaka is equally delightful. Rather than a uniform paste, this filling contains hearty chunks of chestnut, which makes this monaka chewier than the first one. The nutty chestnut flavors blend wonderfully well with the rest of the sweet snack. This is my favorite of the two.
Spring Assortment Okaki
This is an assortment of seasonal mini rice crackers from Miyagi prefecture. The okaki are shaped like cherry blossoms or butterflies! There is a mix of flavors as well. Some are savory, like the one infused with dark seaweed pieces. Some are sweet, like the mini pink ones. There are even several candy-coated nuts among the group. I love the diversity!
This pouch contains three airy wheat wafers filled with a layer of sakura cream. I can definitely taste (and smell) the cherry blossom flavor with this one. The wafers are thin and delicate. The filling is airy as well, but it delivers just the perfect amount of sweet cream to the tongue. I love these!
Sakura Candy Box
This beautiful box holds three hanami (AKA cherry blossom viewing) candies made with real cherry blossoms. These hard candies are great! They're not over-the-top sweet yet the cherry blossom flavor tactfully shines through.
Strawberry Yogurt Pocky
Ah, Pocky, one of my oldest guilty pleasures. This particular flavor invokes the flavor of seasonal Hokkaido strawberry yogurt. To be honest, it tastes about the same as regular strawberry flavor. I do like that there's a little bit more tartness involved. 10 out of 10, would eat again!
These are lightly salted baked puff crackers shaped like sea animals. Each one tastes pretty much like a potato chip and have a delightful crunch. I love that the crackers puff out like mini balloons.
These are handmade rice crackers made by a small local snack store in Kyushu. Each one is lightly baked and then topped with Japanese ao-shiso leaves. Unfortunately, the flavor combination isn't to my liking. The cracker itself tastes like toasted sugar while the green ao-shiso topping is slightly salty, almost like seaweed. The juxtaposition is too strange for me.
These thick, crunchy senbei rice crackers come in three flavors: nori seaweed, baby shrimp, and yuzu citrus. I'm always a fan of senbei, and these are no different. The yuzu citrus one is the most unique, but the tried-and-true nori seaweed flavor is my favorite of the three.
Verdict: Snakku always delights me with the presentation and the variety of snacks. I'm especially in love with the curation for this month. Nearly everything was delicious, not to mention beautifully packaged. The award for the most unique snack goes to Ototo. My favorite, however, is the chestnut flavored Sakura Monaka. While I understand that some of the snacks are made by local shops and with premium ingredients, I can't help but wish there were just a couple more items in the box. I counted 17 snacks total for an average cost of $2.29 per snack.
What do you think of Snakku?