Bokksu is a Premium Japanese Snack Subscription Box featuring handpicked snacks shipped directly from Japan each month. March 2018’s theme was Glamorous Tokyo (華やかな街東京).
Disclosure: I received the March 2018 Bokksu in exchange for my honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.
I recently came across Bokksu and was so excited to receive their March 2018 Glamorous Tokyo Box. 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.
I’m not sure who was more excited to see that the box had arrived, me or Claire. Shipping for us was very quick, but it can take up to 2-4 weeks to get through customs.
Each month features a specific theme and March’s Glamorous Tokyo highlights “a city internationally recognized for being on the cutting edge of design, delights, and desserts!” The included guide describes the snacks with the name in English and Japanese, brand, basic information, list of common allergens, and possible instructions.
Horn Milk Chocolate
Claire was immediately drawn to the Meiji Horn Milk Chocolate– four pieces of Meiji chocolate sandwiched between two buttery biscuits. This one was also Evan’s favorite.
Koala’s March Strawberry
These Lotte Koala’s March Strawberry were also popular with the kids. The buttery koala stamped biscuits are filled with a pink strawberry creme. As a note: this product is the only one that I have been able to locate in my (DC area) grocery store. I am unsure whether the ingredients may vary slightly as is often the case for products created for different markets.
Black Sesame Goma Senbei
The Kingodo Seika Black Sesame Goma Senbei are one of the savory options in the box. These Japanese rice crackers are dotted with roasted black sesame seeds for a crisp and salty flavor.
Tokyo Chocolate Tea
The Colombin Tokyo Chocolate Tea is a Totoro forest tea-infused biscuit (cookie) covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate. It is especially perfect for teatime.
This month, Bokksu collaborated with ChikaLicious Tokyo to put together the box. ChikaLicious in New York City was actually on our list to visit during our latest trip, but unfortunately it didn’t happen due to hours not matching up. I hope we get the chance to visit someday! In the meantime, we thoroughly enjoyed the ChikaLicious Chocolate and Banana Cobbler (photo above) and the Apple Caramelized Cobbler (photo below).
Cafe Latte Sticks and Premium Almond Rusk
The UCC Cafe Latte Sticks pair well with many of the items featured in the box including these Tokyo Rusk Premium Almond Rusk. Rusk is a crumbly, twice-baked slice of bread. This particular version is topped with almonds for a crisp, delightful snack. The Latte came together easily and can be served hot or cold (instructions are provided for both).
Maple Butter Cookies
Another favorite was the Shukurei Maple Butter Cookies. These buttery maple langues de chat cookies are filled with a sweet vanilla and white chocolate creme.
Mini Fried Rice Crackers
The Amanoya Mini Fried Rice Crackers are coated in a sweet soy sauce for an addictive contrast of sweet and savory.
Vegetable Potato Sticks
A final savory option was the Calbee Vegetable Potato Sticks. I loved the light texture with a flavor reminiscent of vegetable tempura. I only got a couple of pieces in before the rest of the bag vanished to other family members.
Overall, we really enjoyed this box. It was a great way to try new products not readily available in our area without having to leave the doorstep.