Bokksu: Discover Japan Through Snacks – June 2019

Bokksu is the only Japanese snack box that sources directly from snack makers in Japan, so many of our artisanal products cannot be found anywhere else. Start your cultural journey through Japan by subscribing to Bokksu and receiving a curated box of premium Japanese snacks and teas delivered to your door every month.

They have two levels of subscription: the Tasting, which is smaller, and the one I have received, The Classic. Subscriptions are prepaid for one, three, six, or twelve months.For the Classic box they work out at $39 (around £30), $37, $35 , and $33 per month.As usual, they are priced in dollars, so GBP conversion is according to today’s exchange rate. Obviously this will vary, but it gives you some idea of cost.

The presentation box is shipped inside a larger cardboard box, which means everything is very well protected.

This month’s selection explores Traditional Flavours of Japan. 

The menu is now in booklet form, with some excellent extra information about food and flavours in Japan. These are all featured in this month’s box, so it’s a good way to discover a little more about their origins.

There’s also the full menu of snacks, with details of each one plus allergies and origins.

These are the bonus snack, Kinako Chocolate Mochi. Kinako is roasted soybean powder, and it has a delicious nutty savory flavour which goes beautifully with the soft chocolate mochi.

Shichimi Beans are a super spicy snack! The crunchy roasted beans are covered in schichimi togarashi which is ‘seven coloured chili pepper’ a hot spice blend. Tasty, but not for the fainthearted.

Alfort Mini Chocolate are chocolate-coated biscuits which come in several varieties, but these are Black Sesame flavour. The black sesame gives a wonderfully nutty depth of flavour which goes beautifully with the creamy chocolate.

We’ve seen this type of extremely light mochi puffs in previous boxes, though this is a new variety. Kuromitsu Kinako are delicate crispy mochi puffs coated in Kuromitsu, which is Japanese black treacle, cocoa powder, and the nutty kinako powder as mentioned above. These are incredibly little mouthfuls, and the combination of flavours is really something special.

Matcha is a famous Japanese flavour that goes beautifully with white chocolate.These Matcha Batons are folded wafers coated in matcha-infused white chocolate for a sweet taste offset by the bitterness of the matcha.

More matcha and white chocolate, this time with Chocolate Azuki Beans. Red beans are candied, then coated in white chocolate and dipped in matcha powder. These little packages are the perfect size for this intensely flavoured snack.

Dondon Yaki are tiny crunchy senbei – rice crackers – which have been coated in tonkatsu sauce. This is a popular sauce served with breaded pork cutlet, and has a complex tangy flavour.

Nissin Ramen Potato Sticks are exactly what they sound like – crispy potato sticks that taste exactly like a bowl of ramen! Savory, crunchy, and delicious, and a nice twist of the ramen flavour.

This snack includes a very famous Japanese flavour – Wasabi Rice Crackers. These crunchy crispy senbei pack a real wasabi punch!

Candied Yuzu Peel is a lovely and unusual way to experience this famous Japanese citrus fruit. This method of preparing the peel really brings out the complexity of the flavour, and how it differs from any other kind of citrus fruit. Eat it alone, or you could even use it in baking.

Dashi Agesen are crunchy mouthfuls flavored with dashi, which is a broth that features heavily in Japanese cooking to add umami flavour to soups and sauces. This is a wonderful combination of flavour and texture.

Finally, this month’s tea is Hojicha Tea, which is slow roasted green tea for a deeply nutty and earthy flavour with less caffeine than average.

I’m so glad to see the Mochi Puffs again, as I think they are one of my favourite snacks ever. The coating is delicious, and the texture is like eating slightly crispy clouds! Definitely one of the best Bokksu snacks out there, and I think they should be included every month!

Dondon Yaki is a delicious savory snack, and would go beautifully with a beer.

I’m slightly too chicken to try the Shichimi Beans as I’m not a fan of very hot food, but the wasabi senbei are amazing.

The newly designed booklet is love, very informative, and also much easier to handle than the previous folding menu.

Our score: 9.6/ 10

This box does a great job of showcasing traditional Japanese flavours, sometimes in unusual ways!

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality10
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money9
  • Selection of products9

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