Bokksu Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 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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First, you’ll see a thank you note from founder Danny Taing.
The snack theme this month it fittingly “Fall Harvest “.
You’ll learn about what makes this month so special in Japan: the Harvest Moon celebration!
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Here we have the snack list! Let’s get chompin’.
Apple and Sweet Potato Chips
What’s fall without apples? This package contains a mix of dehydrated apples and sweet potatoes which are a surprisingly good match! The apples are still a bit soft while the sweet potato chips have a crunch to them, not unlike a banana chip! A great fall snack indeed!
Mont Blanc Chestnut Chocolate Sandwich
The words “Choco Sand” on the package don’t sound very alluring to me, but then I read the info card to find out it’s short for “Chocolate Sandwich” which I am totally on board with. These little waffle-like cookies are filled with chestnut flavored white chocolate and are a sweet lil treat.
Halloween Poteco Pumpkin Potage
What cool little packs for Halloween! I received three pyramid-shaped packs filled with what I now know to be “Poteco” which is a popular potato snack. These particular ones are pumpkin flavored but I’m having a hard time really getting the taste although they are a tiny bit sweet. The rings remind me of the British snack, Hula Hoops.
Sweet Potato Langue De Chat
I don’t know if I ever would have guessed that this was sweet potato with the white chocolate sandwiched in between these butter cookies. This stuper sweet cookie goes down pretty easy and I can see why they’ve included this in their fall box to compliment tea. The packaging also happens to be beautiful fall colors!
Bakauke Grilled Salmon Senbei
Who knew that salmon was an essential autumn flavor in Japan? Not me! I love salmon, but these senbeis never sit well with me. I took a bite of one of the rice crackers and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. It’s super salty and delivers the smokey salmon flavor it promises, but I still don’t trust it.
Cute Selection Apfelstreusel
The name of this one is so non-threatening. Cute selection sounds like something I can get into, especially when it involves apple crumb cake. I appreciate that this came in a little plastic tray to keep its soft moist body safe. As I bit into the cake, I could feel the real apple chunks throughout. This has a slight sweetness without being overpowering.
Fruit Pound Cake
Fruitcake is always the butt of jokes around the holidays and it makes me wonder why and how that started. It’s become synonymous with unwanted gifts even though fruit baked into a pound cake sounds pretty good to me. I’m always impressed with how moist all of the Bokksu cakes stay once they arrive and this cakey treat is no exception. You can clearly see the chunks of raisins, cranberries, and oranges at the bottom, as the top is a golden brown. The cake itself comes off as delightfully citrusy!
Sweet Potato Stick Cake
I’m not trying to throw any shade, but this snack reminds me of a Twinkie right off the bat due to its shape. There is no cream filling inside, and this stick cake is denser than that of a Twinkie. The sweet potato flavor is super subtle here and keeps it simple with no other frills.
I am deeming this treat the cutest of the bunch! It’s chestnut flavored and even looks like a perfectly golden chestnut even though it’s a wee baked good. This mini bun is filled with classic Japanese white bean paste as well as chestnut chunks. I love Japanese buns, so this is a nice little mini treat!
Golden Sweet Potato Cake
Our final item is also in the cake family and contains sweet potato, but is set apart by its cinnamon and rum infused flavors as well. The densest of them all, I actually pick up on the sweet potato here more than the other snacks, though it takes a moment. Another great treat to go with the accompanying green tea.
Satsumarché Kagoshima Chiran Cha Tea
As always, Bokksu has included three tea bags to enjoy your treats with. This particular green tea is grown in the Chiran region of the Kagoshima prefecture. Since it has a bold sharp flavor, it balances out the sweetness of the selection of cakes this month!
Verdict: This Bokksu delivery contains the most cakes in recent memory. Although these were all delightful, I can’t help but think there wasn’t as much of a diverse offering this time, as so many were sweet potato cakes that only had subtle differences. If you’re like me and don’t love sweet potatoes, this isn’t the box for you. I really enjoyed the apple treats though! Most of the items are doubled or tripled, so I received 24 total items this month, with 11 variations.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. You must order by the 25th of the month to receive the following month’s box. If you order today, your first box will be November. If you were to order after the 25th, your first box would be December.
Coupon – Use code ADDICTION to save $10 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box, you’re paying approximately $1.63 per item.
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