Bokksu December 2016 Review + Coupon – Artisanal Kyoto
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Hi everyone! It is Kristi doing a guest review this month! It’s time to do another Bokksu tasting! Last month was pretty tasty, so hoping this one is too!
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.
This month's theme was Artisinal Kyoto and there is a sheet telling you what you are about to enjoy!
KitKat Matcha Just as the name says, these are matcha Kit Kats (matcha is a ground powder of green tea). I have always liked stuff with the matcha flavor, and these were no exception. Even both of my kids liked them.
Kyoto Iroha Financier Cake Financier is a rectangular French almond cake. There is a vanilla and a matcha. I stayed with the matcha and my seven year old ate the vanilla. They were moist and buttery….very good.
Black Bean Okaki This is a crispy rice cracker with black beans baked into it. The dark spots are literally half of black beans. I was glad for something salty….it was pretty good.
Maru Cha Cha This is a slim, gluten free, matcha biscuit using concentrated tea that is a higher quality. It was ok. I'm a little over-matcha'd with this box so far. LOL.
Yumeni Koji Manju This is a traditional Japanese confection made with flour, rice powder, buckwheat, and a red bean filling. There is a plain and a chestnut. They were really good. I love the red bean filling. It's so good!
Kyoto Anna Monaka These are a DIY snack…you open the red bean package and layer it on a mochi wafer, then top it with another mochi wafer. There is a red bean and a smooth red bean. I like that this was a little different and I again like the red bean.
The tea pairing is Matcha Green Tea. As usual, I'm not a big tea drinker, but I'm sure the matcha flavor is wonderful.
Final Thoughts: Overall, this was another good box, but I could have used a little less matcha and a little more salt! I felt like it once again had higher quality snacks than others I have tried. I liked pretty much everything, but was underwhelmed by the green crackers. I love that there is a different theme each month! I’d still like to see just a smidge more variety. It is slightly more expensive than comparable boxes, but like I said, the snacks seem to be higher quality so I’d give it a try! If you want to subscribe, you can save 10% on your 1st box, just use the code SUBBOXMOM.
You can see my FULL coupon list HERE.