Bokksu Subscription Box Review + Coupon – September 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
The Products: 18-20 premium Japanese snacks including a tea pairing.
Ships to: Worldwide
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This month, founder Danny Taing lets you know that the snacks have been curated by NYC restaurant Kyo Ya‘s Executive Chef, Chikara Sono. Very special!
The snacks are curated around “Memories of Hokkaido “, which is where Chef Sono grew up.
You can learn a little more about the curator this month.
The all-important snack list.
Jaga Pokkuru – Buy 10 packs for $16.54
Mmm- I love french fries and these are like chip versions of my beloved potatoes. A touch greasy, these are like eating crunchy fries that sat overnight in a takeout container. I know that doesn’t sound positive, but I LOVE cold leftover fries! These aren’t too salty or flavored, you only taste the Hokkaido potato.
These are fried flour crackers in stick form with a delicious curry flavoring all over them and a touch of sweetness. I wouldn’t call them spicy at all, but they are packed with flavor. The bear on the package is also incredibly cute.
Satsumarché Hojicha Tea x 2
Now that it’s colder at night, I am more apt to enjoy tea in the evening. The booklet tells me that this tea is made by low roasting sencha leaves which reduces the caffeine content, which means it may not keep me up at night like some others. This has a really earthy flavor that I’m not super into but lends a more seasonal offering.
Onion Pie x 2
This proves that I’m never really safe from onions, even in a snack box. I could not bring myself to try this because of my severe aversion to onion, but luckily Lacey volunteered as tribute. She said it wasn’t really savory, but rather sweet. It did not overpower her, and she could see it being great with a soup since it’s certainly more of a cracker than a pie.
Shiroi Koibito x 2 – Buy a box of 24 for $28.99
I love the wintery packaging for this little cookie and BOY is it good! The cookie part is really light and crispy, and the white chocolate filling is sweet and creamy. Perfect to nosh on with morning coffee, this has a really cozy flavor.
Daikon Odori x 2
Hmmm- this one is interesting. This cookie is made with radish which sounds weird but is quite delightful. It has the perfect amount of sweetness with the texture of a delicate sugar cookie, yet you can tell there are vegetables afoot.
Kibana x 2
Oh my, this sandwich cookie is tasty!! The cookie part, or galette, is made with my favorite sweet treat ingredient: almond. The filling is a creamy white chocolate that isn’t too sweet. The galette is reminiscent of a macaroon for me, only because of the somewhat sticky, yet crunchy, get soft texture. YUM!
Switching gears to a savory snack, we have the crunchy zangi cracker. These come in crumbly nuggets that resemble croutons and pack a huge amount of sesame flavor with a ginger aftertaste. Really addictive and delectable! I bet these would be tasty with a beer!
White Raspberry Cookie x 2
This cookie is quite beautiful and I can’t help but think of the holidays. Although it looks pepperminty, this sweet yet tart treat is made of white chocolate and raspberry that coats an airy, crispy cookie. The raspberry is surprisingly really tart but matches well with the sweet chocolate. This pretty snack is the perfect companion for tea.
I’ve had similar treats like this in past Bokksu boxes. It’s a light wafery sandwich cookie filled with grape cream filling. Grape sweets are hit or miss for me, and this one is a bit strange because the grape filling is very sour (much like the raspberry in the previous snack). The wafer cookie is quite sweet though, so they again balance one another out.
I never realized that Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox until now. This pastry is named as such due to it looking like a fluffy fox tail. I’m not the biggest fan of maple which is what this rolled flakey pastry is coated in, but I took a bite to find out what it was all about. It has stayed quite moist but is also densely rolled so you can feel each layer when you bite through. The maple isn’t overwhelming but still isn’t quite for me.
Verdict: Bokksu included 10 different snacks and a tea which ended up being a total of 18 items since some were doubled. It costs $39 per month, which brings each single item to about $2.17. Obviously, some snacks are larger portions than others, but this box is all about the discovery. There were probably 4 really stand out snacks to me and I’m always glad they include both savory and sweet products. It makes an excellent gift for a foodie.
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 (early October), 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 $2.17 per item.
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