I’m late, I’m late! September in November, oy vey. Fortunately the theme for this month is timeless – Fan Favorites!
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.
How is it November already? I swear, the last two months have flown by – between midterms, moving apartments, and attending a friend’s wedding, I haven’t had a moment to breathe! So I apologize for the late review. I’m slowly catching up, and once I’ve finished moving in to my new place (!!!) I’ll be cranking them out like no other!
For September, Snakku has turned the mic back on its subscribers! This is their second ever Fan Favorites box, where they’ve picked snacks that are popular with the people.
This is probably one of my favorite washi wrappers. Certainly not a new pattern, but I’m always happy to have more of the lovely cherry blossom cloth. I’ve been saving them to wrap gifts in, and I think they make a nice tissue paper substitute.
Ogurasansou Mini Arare Senbei
These little rice crackers come in a variety of flavors, like sakura, seaweed, soy sauce, and sea salt. From the beautiful shapes and traditional flavors to the lovely patterned wrapper, you can really see the respect for quality that goes into these senbei. I feel like I should be in a tea house enjoying these salty/savory/sweet little bites with a cup of refreshing matcha.
Whenever my mom goes back to China, she makes sure to pick these cookies up during the layover at Tokyo airport, so naturally she was thrilled to see these in the Snakku box. Translating to “white lover”, shiroi koibito are delicious buttery cookies sandwiching a smooth white chocolate filling. They’re a Japanese classic, and I am not at all surprised they’re a fan favorite!
Kanazawa Fruit Jelly
These fruit jellies come in a few different flavors: strawberry, melon, peach, orange, and grape. I got strawberry and peach in my box – my top choices honestly (although I wouldn’t say no to melon, either!). Snakku recommends chilling these in the fridge for maximum refreshment, which is how I tried them. They’re a little grainier than the smooth jelly that I usually prefer, but the flavor is pretty undeniably awesome. The strawberry tastes just like jam, and the peach reminds me of candy!
These powdery little cakes are made in a Buddhist temple in Sendai, have been around since the 1600s, and are a favorite of the royal family (“fan” favorite??). They’re made with ground rice from Miyagi, which has been mixed with Japanese mint, and surrounds a sweet red bean paste. They sound amazing and certainly have a unique flavor, but they aren’t my favorite. These cakes can be a little dry, and the sweet rice is quite crumbly, giving it a sandy texture that I don’t quite enjoy. I’m glad I got to try it though, and I feel a little more cultured for having done so!
These fancy, fluffy little cakes are made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue, surrounding a whipped strawberry buttercream. I feel like I should be in a French dessert parlour surrounded by all kinds of sweet cakes! The cake is light and sweet, and the buttercream is rich and smooth with a delicate strawberry flavor. What more could you ask for in a dessert?
These senbei have a nicely balanced sweet and savory flavor. There seems to be a light glaze to it that is both sugary and soy-sauce-y. The snap to these rice crackers also gives them more of a potato chip feel, but don’t get it twisted – they’re all senbei in this bag!
Saya Endo Crisp
These little edamame chips are delightful, and surprisingly healthy (or at least, less unhealthy!). These snow peas have been baked, and infused with a light Japanese dashi flavor. The snap is more of a light crisp than a crunch, and you can eat the whole bag without guilt, which is always a big plus.
Of course these made it to fan favorites! These little sugary candies are a Japanese classic much beloved by children and adults alike. They’re colorful and cute, and recognizable to many a Studio Ghibli fan as well!
Filled with a vanilla cream made from rich Hokkaido milk, these wafers bring both the crisp and the smooth. They’re so thin and delicate, but surround such a sweet cream! Another snack that would go so perfectly with tea.
Baked Salted Senbei
Last but not least, we round off the fan favorites box with a classic: simple, traditional senbei. These have been twice-baked for an extra crispy snap, and are flavored with sea salt to really emphasize the quality of the basic ingredients. Can’t go wrong with a well-made rice cracker!
Overall, I can definitely see how these are fan favorites! I like that there’s a mix of sweet and salty, healthy and less-healthy, fancy and casual. Just like Snakku’s subscribers, the fan favorites span a wide variety of tastes, but they’re all high quality. I’m always happy to see shiroi koibito, but my top favorite might be those deliciously refreshing fruit jellies! More of those juicy fruity delicacies, please!
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