Bokksu: Discover Japan Through Snacks – November 2019

Bokksu: Discover Japan Through Snacks – November 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.

This month we have the third and last beautiful limited edition design box.

This month’s theme Autumn in Kyoto focuses on delicious treats and flavours from this wonderful city.

There’s a full list with descriptions and allergy guide in the menu booklet.

You can also see where each item comes from on a map.

Plus there’s lots of fascinating further information about Japanese culture and language.

Instead of teabags, this month’s tea selection is three sachets of Uja Matcha Au Lait, a milky matcha latte than can be  served hot or cold.

Handmade Persimmon Candy is exclusive to Bokksu, and gives you the beautiful fragrant taste of persimmon, which is very popular in its limited season.

Three little mouthfuls here.

On the left is Yatsuhashi, a crispy cinnamon snack made from rice flour.

Top right is a Kinako Azuki Crunch, and unusual but delicious snack made from crushed cornflakes, dried azuki beans, and kinako, which gives it a delicious toasted flavour.

Below is Mizuo Yuzu Kanten Jelly, a zingy mouthful of citrus, which cleverly is wrapped in thin rice paper to prevent sticky fingers.

Ofu are well-known bar snacks, little crunchy pieces in various flavours. This one is lemon and salt flavour, and goes very well with a cold beer!

These little Chocolate Azuki Beans are sweet and chewy beans which are covered in white chocolate and matcha for sweetness with an edge of bitterness from the matcha.

Here we have two Cinnamon Fresh Yatsuhashi Daifuku, which is a squishy mochi filled with traditional anko (red bean paste) and dusted in kinako and connamon for a special autumnal taste.

Koganeimo Golden Sweet Potato Cake is another distinctly seasonal item. Made from the sweet potatoes with putple skin and orange flash, it contains cinnamon and a touch of rum for a rich delicious taste.

Fried Kakinotane: Kyoto Fresh Yatsuhashi Flavour has the cinnamon taste of traditional yatsuhashi in a deliciously crispy friend snack.

This Kyoto Matcha Waffle Sandwich is a delicious waffle sandwich cookie with a filling of sweet matcha and white chocolate.

Matcha and chocolate is a favourite combination, and this Matcha Chocolate Stick Cake brings them together perfectly.

Fried Kakinotane is a popular snack of tiny crunchy senbei, and these are flavoured with Shiso Pickled Cucumber for the classic sour taste of Japanese pickles.

Gobo No Manma Burdock Root Chips: Shichimi Flavour are savory peppery crisps. Made from gobo (Japanese burdock root) they are spiced with shichimi, a special type of Japanese spice blend.

Buson Haiku Senbei are a beautiful assortment of senbei in a miltitude of flavours, inspired by a haiku written my the poet Yosa Buson.

Finally, more senbei, but this time Miyako Momiji are miniature sized and inspired by the colours of the momiji, or Japanese Maple.

 

 

Our score: 9.8/ 10

This month's selection is an seasonal feast! The senbei are particularly beautiful, with their different colours and shapes, and there are some wonderful flavours in the sweet potato and spicy pepper mix. You even have a whole array of textures, with a variety of light, crispy, and chewy. It's fascinating to see so many specialities can all come out of one region, and the menu booklet is a treat in itself! Bokksu really is a gourmet experience.

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

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