Bokksu August 2016 Kuro Box Review + Coupon
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Hi everyone! It is Kristi doing a guest review this month! I have tried a couple of different Japanese snack boxes and am excited to try yet another new one this month-the Bokksu Kuro Box. This is the first time for this box, so let’s give it a try!
Bokksu handpicks snacks that people in Japan actually eat, curate them into a refreshing and fun themed box, and deliver this box of deliciousness right to your door every month. They source directly from snack makers in Japan, so many of the artisanal snacks they include cannot be found anywhere else. Each box comes with 13 to 15 authentic Japanese snacks plus a tea pairing curated around a cultural theme.
Cost: $39 for a one month subscription with the option to pause or cancel at any time. You can also do a “gift Bokksu” that is a one time payment. ($39 one month, $111 three month, $210 six month)
What is in the box? Each box comes with 13 to 15 authentic Japanese snacks plus a tea pairing curated around a cultural theme. Our Tasting Guide that explains the story and flavors of each item in your box
How are they different? Other Japanese snack subscription services use mass-produced mainstream snacks that can be readily found in most Asian markets outside of Japan. Bokksu directly sources its artisanal snacks from local snack makers in Japan. We only curate high quality and gourmet snacks, never filler items. We are also the ONLY service that handselects a tea pairing for each box to complement that month’s flavors.
Shipping: Free shipping to the US, Canada is $5. The last day to order a month’s box is the 5th. Boxes are sent out by the 10th of every month. We use USPS Priority Mail for US domestic orders so expect your box to arrive around 2-3 business days after its ship date.
For shipments to Canada, we use USPS First-Class Package International Service so allow for 7-14 days for your box to arrive.
Here is the first look at the box.
First look inside.
This is the tasting guide to let you know what you are eating I also found it a little more helpful to go here as there are pictures of the packages to look at too.
Goma Senbei: I was craving something salty, so I started with these. There were four, and they are a traditional Japanese rice cracker, baked or grilled and glazed with soy sauce. Goma (black sesame) adds a toasty flavor. These were REALLY crunchy. Almost too much so for me (but not for the hubby). Taste was really good, though!
Kuro Warabimochi: Warabimochi is a jelly-like confection. It is recommended to chill and dust with roasted soybean flour, but I just dove right in ( you need a spoon). It is like Jello. The taste was slightly sweet. I enjoyed it, and will try the next one cold.
Bake Chocolate: This is a fluffy, rich chocolate baked to perfection to melt in your mouth. It really did almost melt after one bite and had a great chocolate taste.
Kurohachi Karinto: This is a traditional Japanese snack. It is deep fried and sweet, made mostly of flour, yeast, and sugar, and this one is made sweeter with added black sugar and honey. This was probably my favorite thing in the box. They were excellent!
Amanotto: This is made with azuki or other beans stewed in water, simmered with sugar, and dried. This kind uses black beans and every batch is handmade. They looked like raisins, but were a black bean with a hint of sweetness intermingled with the black bean taste. This was a hit as well!
Tea Pairing-Mamena Kuromamecha: Kuromamecha (black bean tea) is made from roasting black beans and either leaving them in bean form or grinding them down into a fine powder. Mamena Kuromamecha is grounded, which is why it has a richer, darker color and a more fragrant, bitter taste than ungrounded black bean tea. There were actually three bags, and it was too late for tea, but I’m sure if you like tea, this will be great!
Final Thought: Overall, this was a good box. I felt like it had higher quality snacks than others I have tried. I liked everything, which is rare too. My only critique, is that by sending multiples of each item, there isn’t as much variety if you end up not liking something. Past boxed can be looked at here. It is slightly more expensive than comparable boxes, but like I said, the snacks seem to be higher quality. I’d give it a try If you want to subscribe, you can save 10% on your 1st box, just use the code SUBBOXMOM.
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