Due to working full-time, we understand that it’s not always possible to fly to your dream destination exactly when you want to.
Maybe you can’t afford it right now? Maybe the destination is too far away and you just can’t get enough time off work to make the trip worthwhile? Maybe you’re just too busy at work to take ANY time off right now?
Whatever it is, we don’t believe you should miss out – which is where travel box subscriptions come in handy!
For us, Japan is the ultimate dream destination – especially in the spring months. But it’s just too far away – and is large and tantalising enough to warrant a few weeks worth of exploring. And so for now, Japan remains very much on our bucket list.
So we set about looking for a way to bring a piece of Japan to us – right here in the UK.
And Then We Found Bokksu!
When done right, Instagram can be a great little nugget of inspiration and is full of useful travel tips.
This was where we first saw a post about receiving a free bag of Japanese KitKats when buying a Bokksu subscription in March.
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We researched the company a little and found that they send Japanese snacks, both sweet and savoury, right to your doorstep. Talk about sending a little piece of Japan out everywhere!
Okay, okay, we know this isn’t exactly the same as seeing Japan firsthand. Okay, it’s nothing like seeing Japan firsthand.
But we will tell you one thing – getting a Japanese snack subscription box is a fantastic (and tasty) runner up!
Our Bokksu Review & Unboxing
Before we begin, we first need to tell you that we’d never tried authentic Japanese snacks before and we have only recently tried authentic sushi!
But we have always been intrigued by the weird, wacky and wonderful Japanese food…
For one thing, they have so many flavours of KitKat! Matcha, Mango, Sakura, Blueberry Cheesecake, Soybean. You name it, Japan has it. And this is just one part of it.
Look at the Emoji keyboard on your phone. There are so many Japanese foods listed there, and we have no idea what they are, let alone what they taste like!
Bokksu are helping to bridge this gap for those unfortunate souls (like us) who can’t just hop on a plane to Japan right this second.
Inside our April 2018 edition of the Bokksu box, we found:
- Sakura Love Tea from Tokyo: Best when eaten with the butter senbei
- Hand-Baked Butter Senbei from Tokyo: A rice cracker with a rich butter flavour
- Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum from Tokyo: Potato sticks seasoned with a tangy sour plum seasoning
- White Strawberry from Nagano Prefecture: Freeze-dried strawberry with a white chocolate middle
- Sakura Chocolate Crepe from Osaka: Chocolate and cherry blossom flavoured wafer snack
- Sakura Rusk from Tokyo: A baguette slice seasoned with cherry blossom
- Spring Rice Crackers from Saitama Prefecture: Flower shaped crackers in various flavours including matcha, shrimp and sour plum
- Ume Sable from Iwate Prefecture: A plum flavoured butter cookie
- Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi from Niigata Prefecture: Shrimp flavoured mochi
- Baked Chocolate Strawberry from Saitama Prefecture: Chocolate and strawberry flavoured baked sweet snack
As Bokksu try to keep each month’s box in keeping with a particular theme or season, there were lots of sour plum, strawberry and sakura flavoured snacks and pink colours.
According to the information card inside our Bokksu box, these flavours can be found in abundance throughout Japan during the spring months because of the Hanami (Cherry Blossom Festival)!
Bokksu Review: What We Liked & Didn’t Like
Some standout highlights for us were the freeze-dried white chocolate strawberry from Nagano Prefecture and the chocolate sakura crepe from Osaka.
The strawberry was super sweet and we’re amazed at how they got the chocolate inside it yet it still looked like a whole strawberry.
And the crepe didn’t taste at all how we expected. There was a slight hint of a flowery taste, closely followed by a slight fruity taste – delicious, but unexpected!
We weren’t huge fans of the potato sticks though. We found that some of the savoury snacks in our box were just a bit too salty for us, whereas the sweet treats were amazing! You might think differently though.
Beyond the tastes of the snacks themselves, we also liked that the box came with an information card to tell us all about the snacks and which Japanese prefecture each of them originated from.
Also, if you’re wondering whether you get enough snacks in the box each month then we think you most certainly do!
We tried the ‘Tasting’ subscription, which includes ten snacks and we found this was just right as a trial box and for the two of us.
The larger ‘Classic’ box comes with 20 snacks each month so that one might be best if you’re planning on sharing the box around the whole family.
Where To Buy Bokksu’s Japanese Snack Subscription Box
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Bokksu kindly gifted us their ‘Tasting’ box so we could try them out and report back to you all on how our experience was. But this didn’t affect our overall opinion – everything we’ve said above are entirely our own thoughts!
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