Bokksu Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2017
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.
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 shipping
COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSA10OFF to save 10% off on your first box!
The Products: 18-20 premium Japanese snacks including a tea pairing.
Ships to: Worldwide
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Bokksu immediately let me know they are on the luxury side of the snack game with their beautiful packaging and well-designed info card that folds out to tell you about all of the treats included. The box is sturdy and a bright reddish/orange that I will probably be reusing for storage in my home.
This month has a citrus theme, so I’m so glad that I’m a fan!
Such pretty photography on the info card!
There’s also a welcome card from the founder, reminding you to leave a review in exchange for “Bokksu Points” that you can use in their snack market.
Now let’s get to all of these beautiful citrus snacks!
Lemon Cheese Cake Pie – 3 count
Mmmm- this is like a lemony cheese danish. I love it! Knowing that Bokksu pairs their snacks with tea makes me think this wold be a perfect combination for an afternoon cup. The lemon is very natural- tasting as well. Not fake like some US pastries.
Lemon Doughnut Cake – 2 count
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like doughnuts. Truth be told, my favorite is just a plain cake doughnut, and this is close to what we have here, but with a sweet sugary lemon flavor. Again, very natural tasting and even though it’s sweet, I don’t find it overpowering. I’m also impressed with how moist these snacks are staying so far.
Lemon Daifuku – 2 count
I was really excited when I laid eyes upon this treat because I love mochi! This particular Daifuku (which literally means “Big Luck”) is made with white beans as filling with real lemon peel. This one tastes a bit more lemony to me than the previous two cakes but still delicious! The texture of mochi is unlike anything else and is such an enjoyable feeling on your tongue.
Oban Yuku Zarame Senbei
Reading the info card, I learn that Yuzu is one of a wide variety of citrus fruits found in Japan and, similar to a lemon, is yellow and tart, as well as packed with Vitamin C. Our first Yuzu snack is in the form of what looks like a large sugar cookie, but reveals itself to be made of rice! It’s very crunchy and is sprinkled with bits of Yuzu and Yuzu-flavored sugar. I think the rice cracker does a great job of balancing out all the sugar, while as a shortbread would be way too much.
Earl Grey and Orange Peel Rusk – 3 count
First and foremost, I’d like to award this item with the pretty packaging award. I’m a sucker for the color teal and this rusk looks so darn classy in this package. Secondly, I had to google what a “rusk” is because I have never heard of it! It’s apparently a hard, dry biscuit or twice-baked bread. This has to be something made for going with tea, or maybe the fact that this is Earl Grey and Orange Peel flavored is what is pushing me in that direction. I love the delicate earl grey flavor, and you can still taste the orange as well, coupled with the sprinkling of sugar on top.
Jagariko Yuzu Pepper
I am not really picking up on the yuzu in these yummy potato sticks, but I really enjoy the spicy pepper that comes a little later. Maybe it’s subtle and I’m all citrus’d out from the other snacks. Either way, I will destroy this pack (that kinda looks like a ramen bowl) of salty potato goodness in one single sitting, with no problems.
Pocky Trinity Orange Peel – Value $2.99
Hello my dear sweet Pocky, love of my life. I’ve never had this flavor before and I AM-A-LOVIN-IT. There are little bits of orange peel and is coated in chocolate. I never liked those chocolate oranges my Mom would put in my Christmas stocking as a kid, but I think these are making me come around.
Yuzu Green Tea – 3 count
I”m not the biggest tea drinker, but can appreciate a fancy tea bag. I love when they’re made of more of a cloth than paper. This tea is soft and inviting, with a subtle citrus flavor that comes later. Almost any of the snacks would go lovely with it, but I vote for the crispier Earl Grey and Orange Peel Rusk or Oban Yuzu Zarame Senbei. There is certainly a lot of dipping potential.
Verdict: This was my first Bokksu box and I’m blown away by how much I like everything! I appreciate that they included doubles or triples of most of the items. Looking online, it was near impossible to find almost all of these snacks, so it seems like they have great curation for hard to find delectables. With so many Japanese snack boxes out there, it’s nice to know that this one will probably be sending you things you’ve never had! I also loved the quality of the items and the fact that it wasn’t just candy. Hard to find treats also means hard to put a value on them all. Even though $39/month is a bit on the steep side, it ships for free, and it’d make an amazing gift. I could also see someone purchasing this instead of a month full of snacks so they’d always have something new around to try!
Have you tried Bokksu?