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Bokksu is a monthly subscription box of Japanese snacks. They include 13-15 more traditional snacks paired with a tea. They focus on curating snacks that are more unique, and the box includes a tasting guide. Shipping is free to the US, and folks in Canada have to pay $5. They do have plans to expand shipping to other countries. The box ships on the 10th of each month, and you are billed on the 20th for the upcoming month.
I was very excited to try this box! Bokksu, meaning, you guessed it, “box,” seems to focus on less mainstream Japanese snacks. I also appreciate how curated each box is. It’s the only Japanese snack box to include a paired tea, which is a really fun and thoughtful component to the box.
July’s box is based around “natsubate” (nah-tsue-bah-tae) which means “summer fatigue.” The info card states “Over the years, Japanese people have developed various methods to combat natsubate from regulating their body temperature to eating certain cooling foods. To help you avoid natsubate this summer, this month’s box includes some cooling foods commonly eaten by Japanese people.”
Natsubate is very real. Just being in Osaka in June was super hot and humid, so I imagine July is a bit worse. Even in Michigan, we’re experiencing some very hot days right now, so I appreciate this month’s theme!
Bokksu arrives in a simple deep orange box. Their general color scheme seems to be orange and white, and I appreciate the clean feel. The snacks come with some packing grass, and everything arrived in good shape! I followed all the recommendations on the tasting guide in order to experience this box as intended. I also really appreciate when Japanese snack boxes include the names of the snacks in Japanese as well as English, as this one does.
“Mizu Yokan” by Imuraya. This box included three different flavors of Mizu Yokan, which is a thick jelly dessert made with agar and sugar. The card recommends eating it chilled and in thin slices, so I stuck all of them in the fridge for a few hours. We tried the match flavor first.
My husband, the green tea fanatic, had some issues of the slightly gritty texture of the tea mixed with the smooth jelly. Ironically, I actually really liked this one! Usually I find match flavor too strong, but the green tea taste isn’t bitter at all. The other two flavors that we haven’t tried yet are red bean paste and…something else. I can’t figure out what the blue one is! The kanji, ” 煉, neri” translates as “to refine,” which doesn’t help. Neri yokan is apparently another type of yokan made with less water than mizu yokan, so maybe that’s it? But the packaging labels it as mizu yokan too, so I’m confused. If you know, please tell me in the comments!
*Edit: The owner of Bokksu let me know that the blue container is smooth azuki paste in jelly (hence the “refined” translation), while the red container has chunks of red bean it in. Thanks Danny!*
“Monaka” by Tenkeiseika. This is a traditional dessert with a mochi-based wafer outside and azuki paste in the middle. They included one with the typical red bean paste as well as a chestnut flavor. We tried the chestnut. The paste inside was light, and almost looked like white bean paste. The chestnut flavor was very subtle and not overpowering, so very good for a hot summer day. It went very well with the included tea, as well as coffee! The wafer is reminiscent of a the typical ice cream cone, but much better tasting.
“Mikan Jelly” by Zao Highland Farm. “Mikan” is Mandarin orange in Japanese, so this is pieces of orange in jelly. We chilled this one as well, per the info card’s recommendation. It’s amazing! The jelly is very light, and not like Jell-o at all.
The pieces of orange are very refreshing, and it’s easy to see why this was included with the Natsubate theme. It’s a little tangy and sweet, and it’s one of the more unique things I’ve tried.
“Yubari Melon Pure Jelly” by Hori. I have a confession—I hate the taste of cantaloupe. So these went to my husband, who loved them! I love the how cute and little the packaging is. This snack is made from Yubari Melon, from Hokkaido in northern Japan. We chilled these as well.
“Yuzu Mochi” by Ito Seika. Yuzu is a citrus fruit common in Japan, and tastes kinda like less a less sour lemon. The info card says to take small bites instead of eating them whole to get more of the yuzu and mochi flavors. The yuzu flavor is very light, and the squishy snack itself isn’t too sweet. They included plenty of these, which is nice if you like to share.
“Mugicha” by Maeda-en. Tea time! I really dig that this box includes a tea pairing. Mugicha is a caffeine-free roasted barely grain tea typically served cold. They give you instructions for a standard cold brew and a quick cold brew. We made it the standard way by steeping the tea bag in a pitcher of cold water for a little over an hour.
This tea is seriously so good. It’s very toasty. (If you’ve ever smelled kinako, roasted soybean powder, it smells exactly like that.) It’s very refreshing! I’ve never tried a tea like this before, and I think it pairs well with all the snacks. They include two tea bags as well, which is amazing. Tea can be finicky (fun fact, I used to work at a kombucha company), so it’s nice that they include an extra to experiment with. Plus, if you do want to eat the snacks with the tea, you might not eat them all at one sitting.
Overall, Bokksu is great! It is one of the more expensive Japanese snack boxes, but you are paying for a curated box of local, artisan treats. Their FAQ promises unique snacks, and I say they delivered. All of the snacks and tea were new for me. This month did include a lot of jelly snacks, but you can see in their https://www.bokksu.com/collections/past-boxesthat they change it up every month. I’m excited to see what their next theme is!
You can purchase your box here for $39 per month, with free shipping to the US and $5 shipping to Canada. Use the coupon code “BEEJU” for $10 of your first box!
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