Tokyo! One of my absolute favorite cities in the world, the bustling capital city of Japan is in the spotlight for July’s Snakku box.
Snakku has two subscription styles:
The Signature Box ~ available for $38.95/month including free international shipping (and in 3 and 6 month prepaid plans with a slight discount).
The Tasting Box ~ available for $15.75/month including shipping, but only in the US.
The July box arrived a little late to my house – early August in fact, just days before the August box came. Not sure if there was a hold up, but since the August box arrived on time I’m assuming it was a one-off thing.
How cute is this information card? I just watched Isle of Dogs with my parents, and this illustration is giving me major Wes Anderson vibes.
Snakku’s card explains that this is their third Tokyo-themed box, so they’re trying to go off the beaten path here and explore some lesser known treats.
From the Dutch for “golden waffles”, these chocolate covered waffle sandwich cookies originated from the Netherlands town of Gouda, making the name a play on words as well. The waffle cookies have just a hint of sugary sweet, like an ice cream sugar cone, and go well with the rich milk chocolate coating.
Sugar Butter Sandwich
These cookies are made from a crispy barley wheat puff that flakes and crumbles like no other when you take a bite, but is an excellent pairing for the sweet sweet cream in the middle. It really is like butter, smooth and creamy, and makes the whole cookie seem like a hearty rustic treat.
Tokyo Banana Pie
The store that makes these cookies is famous for using banana in all of its products, and the flavor definitely comes through in these flaky treats. They remind me of butterfly cookies, with all their thin buttery layers and caramelized outside edge. The banana flavor is light and simple, and as someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy bananas I found this to be pretty tasty.
Half Moon Apricot
Look at these sweet little cartoon bunnies showing off their apricots on the packaging! It’s hard to see, but the little bunny figure has also been baked into the front of the cookie itself. This is a sweet wafer cookie filled with an apricot cream spread. The apricot flavor is definitely there and comes through without being too sugary or artificial.
Almond Tokyo Rusk
Someday I will get tired of seeing rusk cookies in my Japanese subscription boxes, but today is not that day! These twice-baked baguettes have a caramelized almond topping on them. They sort of remind me of these thin almond-brittle-like cookies my local Asian bakery sells, but they’re more buttery and crisp (same delicious almond fragrance though!).
These little chocolate bars are quite popular with school kids, according to the Snakku info card. I think they’re a delightful bite to satisfy a chocolate craving – dark and sweet, with just the right amount of crunch from the pieces inside.
My mom absolutely adores these little caramel pieces. They’re chewy and sweet, but a soft chew rather than the sticky chew I’m used to with western caramels. These in particular are made with sea salt to add another layer of flavor and also emphasize the sweetness.
Butter Soy Sauce Jagabee
Butter and salt, honestly two of my favorite flavors, baked into little potato chips shaped like french fries? More, please! These are salty and crispy with just a hint of buttery sweetness, and I’m almost relieved Snakku sent just a small package because I would not be able to stop myself from devouring a large quantity.
16 Grain Cracker
As the name suggests, these cracker pieces are made with sixteen different grains and drizzled with soy sauce, and oh boy you can definitely taste every single one of the grains… by which I mean this tasted very healthy indeed. The soy sauce added a little flavor, but overall these just tasted like crispy baked health-food-store crackers, which are great as a 4pm pick-me-up snack, but I otherwise probably wouldn’t reach for.
Yuzu Salt Senbei
These puffed rice crackers have been topped with salt and a tangy yuzu citrus powder, to give them an almost (but not quite as sour) salt-and-vinegar-like flavor. A little sweeter from the citrus flavor, these crunchy puffs were a nice balance between salty and savory.
Overall, I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the Tokyo box, since I did have quite high expectations for it when I saw the theme. There were a lot of great inclusions, like the banana cookies and the apricot wafers, but there were also a lot of things that didn’t really impress me or go with the theme. The Black Thunder chocolate and the Jagabee potato chips, while amazing, weren’t too unique and didn’t really scream Tokyo to me. I like to think of this box as a peek into a typical Japanese citizen’s snack choices, rather than an assortment of traditional Tokyo treats.
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