Bokksu – September 2018 Review

Instead of focusing on just one Japanese city or region this month, Bokksu is featuring snacks and flavors from a whole island!

The Classic Bokksu subscription features 20-25 snacks curated around a monthly theme, and a tea pairing.

$39/month with free shipping worldwide!

Bokksu also features a Tasting Bokksu subscription for $19/month, which includes 8-10 snacks and a tea pairing.

Use code BEEJU to get $5 off your first box with any Classic or Tasting Bokksu subscription!

Both boxes are available at a slight discount with longer subscriptions.

This box arrived in early September for me, but there were so many rainy days here in Maryland that it was impossible to find a Good Lighting Day (GLiD) to photograph these snacks!  But we’re here and the photos are taken, so all things happen in good time!

This month’s focus is on the southern island of Kyushu, the third largest of the Japanese islands.  The atmosphere is very laid back in comparison to the bustling Japanese cities we usually think of, and because of its large size there is a wide variety of flavors and ingredients incorporated into their cuisine.

Bokksu’s foldout information card gives interesting facts about each snack, as well as important ingredient and allergen information.  It’s always well written and beautifully photographed!

Romance Sandwich by Yamato Seika

Wow, with a name like “Romance Sandwich” I have some high expectations!  These little biscuits have a fluffy, cake-like texture and a layer of sugar-paste running through.  Topped with little honey-and-sugar-piece sprinkles, this cake is often brought home as a souvenir when people visit Nagasaki!

Kakinotane Yuzu Pepper by Kameda Seika

This little bag contains kakinotane, or slivers of senbei and peanuts that are typically enjoyed with beer.  These kakinotane are flavored with yuzu and pepper to add a citrus-y and peppery kick.  It’s different and unique and I can definitely see how it would go well with alcohol!

Kumamoto Langue de Chat by Marutou Bussan

Kumamoto melons are deliciously sweet, and that flavor is captured perfectly in this delicate langue de chat.  The buttery crisp cookies surround a layer of white chocolate creme flavored with sweet melon, and the result is a lovely sugary upgrade from the traditional langue de chat.

Pione Grape Chocolate Crunch by Hakata Fuubian

These bars of crunchy puffed-rice crisp are held together by white chocolate flavored with Pione grapes from Kyushu.  The information card describes these grapes (also called the “Black Pearl” grapes) as having a winelike fragrance, and that’s certainly apparent the moment you open the wrapper!  And what better combination is there than wine and smooth chocolate?

Kurobo Meimon by Kurobo Seika

Kurobo is a dough made with brown sugar that is baked and then doused in syrup made from more brown sugar.  This process gives it a soft, cakey texture with a thin crisp caramelized outside layer.  Japanese brown sugar has a very distinctive flavor, and that rich sweetness really comes through here.

Uni Rice Crackers by Bonchi

Yessss – I love uni, or sea urchin.  It has a delicate savory flavor with a hint of the sea.  These fried crunchy rice cracker pieces are flavored with soy sauce and uni (although not enough if you ask me!).  They’re salty and crunchy and what more could you ask for (besides more uni)?

Oita Kabosu Sable by Daiichi Confectionary

Sable are shortbread cookies that have a nice snap to them and a rich buttery taste.  These sable are flavored with kabosu, a citrus fruit from Oita prefecture that is very expensive anywhere else!  You can definitely pick out the light sweet acidity of the kabosu, and that tartness matches the sugary butter perfectly.

Saga Brown Sugar Marubouro by Motomura Seika

These giant brown cookies are soft and fluffy like a cake (that seems to be a theme with a lot of cookies in this box – “Cakes in Disguise”), and flavored with sweet brown sugar.  Originally brought to Japan by the Dutch in the 17th century, artisans in the Saga prefecture have been perfecting this treat for centuries to adapt it to Japanese tastes – softer and sweeter but sturdier!

Mentai Curry Karinto by Yamaguchi Aburaya Fukutaro

I love mentai, a spicy cod roe that has a salty-fishy flavor with a kick of heat.  I’ve never thought of it before, but it would actually go quite well with curry!  This flavor combo is sprinkled onto karinto, or fried dough pieces.  They’ve got a great initial crunch followed by an initial sweetness and then a kick of salty curry and finished with a sneaky heat!  What a ride.

Strawberry Kirara by Hakata Fuubian

These beautiful pink cookies have a crisp caramelized outer layer and a soft cakey (!!!) interior, and surround a lovely whipped cream filling flavored with pieces of freeze-dried amaou strawberries.  These strawberries are found only in Fukuoka prefecture, and are known as the “king of sweet”.  They certainly add a sugary, tart, fragrant touch to this dessert.  With the pink color and delicate sweet strawberry taste, this would be right at home at a fancy afternoon tea party!

Okukirishima Tea by Kagoshima Seicha

Kagoshima prefecture produces some of the most high quality tea in all of Japan, and this seicha is certainly no exception.  It has a fresh flavor that is simultaneously rich and full-bodied, and certainly tastes like it’s produced from quality tea leaves!

Overall, this was a delicious box!  There were a lot of flavors that I really love (uni, mentai, pione grapes) showcased in such unique and fun ways.  I think cake pretending to be a cookie is something I’m surprisingly into, although my top choice probably has to go to the uni crackers (or maybe the strawberry cookies – it’s a tough call!).  I love that Bokksu manages to take us on a tour of such diverse prefectures around Kyushu (Fukuoka! Nagasaki! Kumamoto!) in such a small box, and I can’t wait to see where they go next!

 

PR sample.  All opinions are my own.  No compensation was received for this review.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Vicki

Vicki

I'm a researcher for a pharmaceutical company in Maryland. Most of my money goes toward spoiling my cat. The rest of it goes to subscription boxes.
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