Snakku – September 2016 Review

Snakku

$15.75-$38.75/month—Free USA shipping

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Snakku is a monthly Japanese snack box centered around more traditional and local treats. US customers can get a small tasting box for $15.74 for 5-7 snacks, while the original box is $38.75 per month for around 2 pounds of goodies. US customers also get free shipping, while other international customers pay an additional shipping charge.

img_9942This month’s Snakku box is themed around two foods native to Japan: yuzu and kinako. The info card does a great job of describing each:

Yuzu is a popular citrus fruit in Japan that is used in all types of Japanese cuisine but rarely found outside the country. Fifty percent of all yuzu is cultivated on the island of Shikoku in the Kochi prefecture. Yuzu has a very fragrant aroma and refreshing flavor that’s less tart than other citrus fruits. It has a very unique and distinct flavor that is like a combination of a grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and lime, all in one.”

Kinako is a type of roasted soybean flour that has been used for hundreds of years in Japan. It’s made by finely grinding roasted yellow soybeans and has a nutty yet slightly sweet taste. Because of its mild natural sweetness, it’s been used to make traditional Japanese sweets before sugar was introduced to Japan. Nowadays, it’s considered a superfood because of its high protein and vitamin content.”

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Snakku separates their snacks into two categories: featured and popular. Featured snacks tend to be the unique/local goodies, and the popular snacks are more mass produced/common treats. That isn’t to say the popular treats are humdrum—they’re still unique and tasty too! If you order certain prepaid plans your box will come wrapped in a furoshiki (traditional wrapping cloth). The one I receive is a gorgeous purple with white patterns reminiscent of shibori dyeing.

Featured Snacks

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Gift of Yuzu: This is very soft mochi made from Shikoku rice filled with a combination of Ehime yuzu puree and azuki paste. The yuzu taste here is very mellow, sort of a mix of citrus and floral flavors.

img_9960Kinako Rusk: I’ve only recently tried rusks, and they are so good! This rusk is a twice-baked baguette slice from a local bakery in Hiroshima that’s topped with kinako powder. It’s very crunchy, with a nutty flavor from the kinako.

img_9965Ankororin: This beauiful treat is a baked manju with a mix of white paste and yuzu paste inside. The manju almost has a shortbread flavor and crunch, while the filling is slightly savory and citrus-y. All together, it has a balanced, yet complex flavor. Very yummy! And the packaging is gorgeous.

img_9973Chaya No Mochi: The info card states that back in the day travelers would be served a kinako covered mochi when arriving at a tea house. Soft and a bit delicate, this mochi has a simple flavor that the kinako compliments with its special sweet earthiness.

img_9977Kinako Bo: Hand-kneaded kinako, flour, and honey make up this treat. About 50 years ago this was a popular snack with kids. There’s a strong kinako flavor throughout the entire soft and chewy snack.

Popular Snacks

img_9979Coconut Sable Cookies: These cookies are amazing. Thankfully, they included a full pack! The cookie itself isn’t too sweet, and it’s glazed with a bit of a sugar crunch. The coconut flavor is subtle, so these would be perfect with a dark coffee.

img_9984Kaki No Tane: My husband loved these! They included two packs of this slightly salty snack mix of rice crackers and peanuts. Apparently the name means “persimmon seeds” due to their resemblance.

img_9987Iwashiko: These are sun-dried sardines caught in the Japan coast. I’ve actually had tiny fish before, but I’ve never tried them dried like this. Honestly, I haven’t tried these yet because I’m a failure when it comes to mind over matter. However, these are most likely just salty and crunchy, and they’re a really fun addition to the box.

img_9992Black Goma Senbei: These packs of senbei are made with roasted black sesame seeds, soy sauce, and miso. They’re very crunchy and have a strong sesame flavor that is stronger than the soy sauce and miso. I love black sesame, so the toasty and nutty flavor was perfect. I like the color and the packaging as well—it’s very sleek.

img_9999Hokkaido Matcha Milk Candy: This hard candy is made with Aichi matcha and Hokkaido cream. It’s not too sweet, and the matcha flavor is slightly stronger than the milk flavor.

Bonus item: there was also a matcha cookie included from a previous box. You can see the complete review for that here!

img_9957Overall, this month’s box had a really unique theme and unique treats to match. Since more traditional flavors are featured, this box feels much different from other Japanese snack boxes. Snakku always does an amazing job curating each box and explaining the treats on the informational card. I also like that they offer a tasting box to US customers—it gives you a way to try out their more traditional flavors at a cheaper price. I know that I can’t get Japanese snacks like this around where I live in the American midwest, and they’re difficult/impossible to order online as well. All in all, this unique box has a reasonable price point for what you’re receiving.

You can purchase a Snakku subscription here, with the tasting boxes at $15.75/month and the original box at $38.75/month. Free shipping and tracking information to the USA.

PR sample. All opinions are my own, and no compensation was received for this review. No affiliate links are in this review.

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Nednettinc

Nednettinc

Sara loves all things cats, snacks, and video games. She lives in Yokohama, Japan with her husband. Sara has her B.S in Women and Gender Studies and currently teaches English. Japanese snack and kawaii boxes are her favorite, along with anything nerdy, cute, and/or edible.
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2 Comments
  1. Great review, I love this subscription! The snacks are so unique and amazing. I have been using the boxes and wrap as gift boxes and everyone loves it.

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