Bokksu is a Premium Japanese Snack Subscription Box featuring handpicked snacks shipped directly from Japan each month. April 2018’s theme was Blossoming Spring (春爛漫).
Disclosure: I received the April 2018 Bokksu in exchange for my honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Bokksu Blossoming Spring
This is my second month reviewing Bokksu Japanese Snack Box (check out my review of the March 2018 Glamorous Tokyo Box here)! Bokksu is a subscription service featuring specially curated Japanese snack and tea pairings shipped straight from Japan. The boxes are available in monthly, 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscriptions. Monthly subscriptions currently cost $39.00 with a smaller tasting box available for $19.00. The price for each box decreases as you pick a longer subscription. Shipping from Japan is included and available to over 100 countries.
The Classic Bokksu includes 20-25 snacks while the smaller Tasting Bokksu comes with 8-10 items (which may or may not include all of the snacks included for the month). You can even view the box ahead of time on the website with a list of included items so you know what to expect.
Most of the snacks are vegetarian, though a few may include meat or seafood- and will be noted as such in the allergen section of the guide.
Each month features a specific theme and April’s Blossoming Spring highlights the “time for hanami (cherry blossom viewing), fruit picking, and fresh starts.” It was definitely fitting as the box arrived right as the cherry blossoms here in Washington DC were peaking. The included guide describes the snacks with the name in English and Japanese, brand, basic information, list of common allergens, and possible instructions.
Sakura Chocolate Crepe
These Sakura Chocolate Crepes from Nakajima Taishodo in Osaka were my personal favorite. The crispy crepes are rolled up and coated in a floral sakura-flavored chocolate.
Sakura Love Tea and Hand-Baked Butter Senbei
The Sakura Love Tea, from Karel Capek in Tokyo, is a perfect springtime tea. This sweet and delicate tea has a fresh cherry aroma. I paired it with the Hand-Baked Butter Senbei. Each buttery rice cracker is hand-baked by Sakura Senbei in Tokyo.
The White Strawberry is produced by FCOM in the Nagano Prefecture. Freeze-dried whole strawberries are soaked in white chocolate to create a sweet and tart flavor.
I absolutely loved the Sakura Rusk. From Tokyo Rusk, these snacks are twice baked in the oven with sakura butter for a mild floral flavor.
Baked Chocolate Strawberry
The Baked Chocolate Strawberry was Claire’s favorite. From Colombin in the Saitama Prefecture, these little chocolate snacks have strawberry bits mixed right into the batter. My mother-in-law mentioned it had a crumbly melt-in-your-mouth texture similar to the Filipino polvoron.
Pocky Double Strawberry
The Pocky Double Strawberry were another fun addition this month. This seasonally limited Pocky is produced by Glico in Osaka. The chocolate cookie sticks are coated in a luxuriously creamy double coating of strawberry cheesecake. As a note, I found these Pocky in our local DC area Asian market in March.
Spring Rice Crackers
I loved the cute designs of these Spring Rice Crackers from Senbei Lab in the Saitama Prefecture. Flavors include sour plum, matcha, purple sweet potato, shrimp, turmeric, salt, chili pepper, and light soy sauce.
Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum
The Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum is produced by Koikeya in Tokyo. These crispy potato sticks are salty, sweet, and sour with a tangy sour plum seasoning.
Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi
These Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi are puffed up mochi with an airy and crisp texture from Iwatsuka Seika in the Niigata Prefecture.
The Ume Sable produced by Shoeidoh in the Iwate Prefecture are Ume flower-shaped buttery sable cookies with finely chopped plum and shiso leaves.
Overall, this Blossoming Spring Box was another hit for us. It is a great way to try new products not readily available in our area without having to leave the doorstep. Claire in particular loves looking through all the items and trying the different flavors.