Snakku Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 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 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.
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. May is all about the snacks of Hiroshima.
Lemon Chocolate Cookie
Snakku explains that Hiroshima is the lemon capital of Japan, and this lemony cookie has been made there for over 100 years. I’ve never had anything quite like this. Unlike conventional cookies made from milk and flour, this is made from skimmed milk powder. Hence, the texture is like that of powdered milk. The cool part is that it literally melts in your mouth like silky chocolate. The flavor is complex too. It’s very delicately sweet, and the lemon is a mere whisper in the back of my nose. It’s just mysterious enough to leave me wanting more.
This is a red bean flavored manju, which is a traditional Japanese snack that has its confectionary roots in China. The red bean filling is sweet, dense, and filling but never overwhelming. I especially like the cake-like shell, which offsets some of the denseness of the filling.
This is a sweet senbei that is exclusively sold at Miyajima shrine in Hiroshima. It is shaped like a ladle that’s used at the shrine which is said to bring good luck and prosperity to the wielder. It tastes like a thin, crispy butter cookie. In other words, it’s delicious!
Hiroshima Leaf Sable
These cookies are shaped like Hiroshima’s maple tree leaves. I love how crunchy and buttery each bite is! The sweetness is definitely there but it’s more refined, more subtle than the shortbread cookies I like to eat stateside.
This powder makes a ginger-infused malt syrup drink. According to Snakku, when mixed into hot water it can be great for when you come down with a cold. Now, ginger and I have a long history of mutual disdain, but this infusion is ok. It’s essentially sugar water with a gingery aftertaste. Would I seek this out for myself? No. But I do see ginger in a new light.
These flat senbei crackers are made from whole dried oysters. The taste is interesting. It’s good, yes, but not what I was expecting. If I didn’t know any better I’d think they’re dried mushrooms. However, I’m not a food connoisseur by any means, so I may just be crazy.
These are freeze-dried lemon peels covered in sugar crystals and honey. If you like candied fruit, this snack is a must have! The lemon rind is surprisingly sharp and zesty as if it’s freshly peeled. I also like how the warm honey undertones balance out the zest.
Miso Scallion Senbei
This senbei snack is made with seaweed, miso, and Hokkaido scallions. The first word that comes to my mind is pungent. I really like the sweet yet savory glaze, and the sharp taste of scallion really kicks the flavors up a notch. In fact, this is one of the tastiest senbei crackers I’ve had in recent memory.
This snack mix consists of crunchy rice crackers and peanuts, both covered in real wasabi powder. If my relationship with ginger is a feud, then wasabi and I would be at constant war. The spice level is very mild but it’s about as much as I can handle. On the plus side, the rice cracker pieces are satisfyingly crunchy. I don’t hate it but I probably wouldn’t eat it again.
Cheese Stuffed Senbei
These are baked soy sauce senbei crackers with a smooth, creamy cheese filling. The overall flavor is mild compared to the Miso Scallion Senbei and Hon-Wasabi Mix, which allows me to appreciate the subtleties in the flavor of the cheese filling. I’m a huge fan!
Verdict: This Snakku took me on a flavor roller coaster ride! I wasn’t a fan of everything (I’m looking at you, wasabi) but I still loved the tasting experience. My favorite snack, the Lemon Chocolate Cookie, has been made in Hiroshima for 100 years, and yet I am just now discovering its extraordinary flavors and texture! It’s quite humbling. There are 18 snacks total so the cost breaks down to about $2.16 apiece. While it is a pricey subscription, the indulgent snacking experience, and fantastic curation makes it worth it for me.
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