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Bokksu Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2017

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichJan 20, 2018 | 4 comments
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Bokksu Box, upright

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.

Bokksu Box, open

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.)

full contents of December 2017 Bokksu

About Bokksu

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

December 2017 Bokksu Review

Info card featuring cat on baby blue

Greeting from Danny Taing

First, you'll see a thank you note from founder Danny Taing.

Info card for December 2017 Bokksu

The snack theme this month is  "Modern Kyoto".

Modern Kyoto Theme Info

This portion speaks to the unique way Kyoto balances keeping modern while preserving its traditional ways.

Bokksu Experience Winner on back of info card

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  Full snack list on info card

Here we have the snack list!

Koto Matcha Rusk Koto Matcha Rusk on plate

Koto Matcha Milk Rusk

Yessss! Bokksu has really gotten me into rusks! I've received Earl Grey rusks in the past, and this one is super tasty as well! This is the first of many matcha items this month which excites me since I can't get enough. This thin, crispy biscuit is meant to be enjoyed with tea and features a subtle flavor with the perfect amount of sugar on top. It looks like I was supposed to receive three, but only got one. They must have run out. 🙁 I did get more of some other treats though, so I think it evened out.

2 packs of Young Sardine Pepper Senbei Young Sardine Pepper Senbei on plate

Young Sardine Pepper Senbei x 2

Hahaha - my roomie ate one of these first and said "Oh, I don't think you're going to like this. It's sardine.", and he was correct. This puffed rice cracker has a bit too much flavor from the sea for me. There is a little hint of black pepper as well, but mostly a salty fishy flavor. No thank you!

Saku Saku Kakao 2 packs of Saku Saku Kakao on plate

Saku Saku Kakao x 2

Here we have a light chocolate sandwich cookie. It's sort of like a madeleine, but with a rich filling that makes this perfect to eat along with some morning coffee. Yum!

2 packs of Yuzu Sandwich Cookie Yuzu Sandwich Cookie on plate

Yuzu Sandwich Cookie x 2

Ooh - this seemingly kind of boring looking outside is actually really soft and is filled with citrusy sweet yuzu. Since the soft cookie part is on the dry side, the filling lends a bit of moisture, but would still be super delicious dunked in tea! The beautiful yellow packaging makes it feel special when unwrapping like a gift.

Kyoyuzen Candy Mix Kyoyuzen Candy Mix on plate

Kyoyuzen Candy Mix

This candy is so pretty and probably one of my favorites this month. The thin colorful glass-like tiles remind me of stained glass and are really similar to jolly ranchers. The minimal clear packaging (with resealable pouch) allows the candy to be the feature which is fun to eat!

2 packs of Ararezutsumi Ararezutsumi on plate

Ararezutsumi x 2

Well, we have a winner for packaging this month. This sweet waffle-like wafer is wrapped around a salty savory senbei which I normally wouldn't go for (sweet/savory mixtures are usually a no for me), but this one is hard to put down. If I had to choose, I'd go with the salty inside, but I have to work through the sweet outside to get to it!

3 packs of Kyoto Matcha Baumkuchen Kyoto Matcha Baumkuchen on plate

Kyoto Matcha Baumkuchen x 3

Like the info sheet mentions, this little treat puts a Japanese twist on the German flaky "kuchen" by filling it with super light whipped matcha cream. This is another favorite of mine from this month! A perfect little snack to satiate my sweet tooth. I could probably eat a tub of the matcha filling, which reminds me of buttercream cake frosting.

4 packs of Matcha and Chocolate Azuki Beans Matcha and Chocolate Azuki Beans on plate

Matcha and Chocolate Azuki Beans x 4

Each of these cool little pyramid-shaped packages has a small handful of matcha powder dusted white chocolate covered azuki beans (which are red mung beans, used commonly in paste form as filling). They are pretty sweet due to the white chocolate coating and are like a really soft version of a yogurt covered raisin. Pretty yummy, hecka sweet!

4 Sencha and Matcha Blend Tea Bags Sencha and Matcha Blend Tea Bag out of package

Sencha and Matcha Blend Tea x 4

This tea has a light matcha flavor that I recognize from my green tea lattes and makes a nice addition to many of the sweet snacks from the box. It is indeed a bit earthy as well, like the info sheet mentions.

Neko Cat Cup Hoshu Tea Bag steeping in neko cat cup

Since it's the end of the year, Bokksu has included a little thank you this month in the form of this super cute neko (cat) plastic cup. I normally wouldn't use this to hold a hot drink, but they specifically say in the welcome note to use it for tea. Ok!

OFU Smoked Crackers OFU Smoked Crackers on plate

OFU Smoked Crackers

The front of this package makes it clear that these salty snacks are made for eating with a nice cold beer. They have a great smoky flavor and are reminiscent of beer nuts, but have a bit of a foreign flavor flair. I don't appreciate the way the brand speaks to me though (a little "OFU" joke for ya)! 😉

NaturalYeast Bread Matcha NaturalYeast Bread Matcha on plate NaturalYeast Bread Matcha on plate cut in half

Natural Yeast Bread Matcha

Maaaan, I love a Japanese baked good. This big boi is super fluffy and moist with a light green hue that lets you know there is matcha in there! I could eat chewy buns like this forever, and really enjoy the little fella in the top left of the package.

Verdict: Even though I didn't love this month's Bokksu quite as much as last month, it still hit the spot and wowed me with gorgeous packaging and high-end snacks that satiated both my sweet and savory tooth. 😉 If you're going to subscribe to a Japanese snack box, this one is on the pricey side, but totally worth it if it fits your budget. It's also an impressive gift for a designer or foodie friend who may not have an Asian market nearby. I received a total of 23 items that spanned 11 different treats PLUS a cute cat cup for $39.00.

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 February.

Coupon – Use code ADDICTION to save $10 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $39 for this box, you're paying approximately $1.57 per item (not counting the cat cup).

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Marne Orenich
Marne Orenich
Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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I want to eat it all yummmmthe yuzu and bread yummy

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@marne it looks like everything is broken and you’re eating crumbs. Is their packaging not sufficient? I’ve been trying to find a good snack box but with this hefty price tag seems like you should be getting intact food that’s in one piece!

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My thoughts exactly.

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I loved the kyoyuzen candy so much! I tried finding more online but didn’t have much luck. I also liked the lemon cookies, the chocolate cookies, and was crazy about the OFU crackers. My daughter swiped the cup. But the rest of the box wasn’t for me, I don’t care much for matcha.

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