This month I had a rare opportunity to try out Bokksu‘s Seasons of Japan snack box. And I am delighted I got to try this snack out. The team at Bokksu sent us this box as a gift, and I would like to thank them for this.
When I got the box, I first noticed it was a bit small, but when I opened it, snacks almost burst out. There were a lot of them inside. The thing I liked the most about unboxing Bokksu was going through their guidebook. I like how they point out who the makers of the snacks are, and you can even see a documentary on how the snacks are made.
It contains fun cultural facts about Japanese seasonal traditions and shows you exactly which Part of Japan each snack originates. I also liked how each snack outlined potential allergies risks, which can be problematic to some consumers.
All the snacks represent different cultural significance in Japan based on their origins and seasonal traditions of Japan.
I am basing this list on my personal tastes so the ranking of the snacks is subjective.
1. Matcha Chocolate Stick Cake
Made by Nakajima Taishodo
When I started unboxing the snacks, this particular one didn’t catch my attention visually, and honestly, I was a bit skeptical about trying it out. But I was very wrong about this heavenly fluffy goodness.
Something about this cake made me think about how nice it would be to relax in Autumn while rain is falling, have a nice cup of tea, and munch on this delicious treat.
2. Mocchan Dango Mochi
Made by Kyoushin Seika
As a big fan of gummy bears, this snack was a top contender for the first spot. However, Matcha Cake was slightly better. The packaging on Mocchan Dango Mochi is entertaining, the gummies are colorful, which made me wonder if they were in different flavors, but it was all the same flavor.
The snacks were sweet but not too much. I loved the gummy texture, which isn’t like classical gummies you can buy here. It was much softer and gently melted in the mouth.
3. Handmade Yuzu Sake Candy
Made by Bokksu x Daimonji
At first, I was expecting a bit of Sake flavor, but it was mild, despite that the candy has a citrusy taste, and honestly, that is one of the biggest reasons I love Japanese sweets so far. The citrus-like fresh candy would be perfect for eating during Summer.
Yuzu Sake Candy was handmade by artisans at Daimonji exclusively for Bokksu. Don’t worry. If you want to try it out, you can head to Bokksu Market and buy Handmade Yuzu Sake Candy.
4. Aomori Apple Caramel Yakkoi Sable
Made by Ragueneau Sasaki
Another snack that would go great with some hot tea is Aomori Apple Caramel Cookie, I had quite the good expectations from this cookie, and it honestly did not disappoint. It was slightly crunched but at the same time very soft and delicious.
I also liked the sweet scent of this candy that reminded me of cinnamon apple. Aomori apple caramel yakkoi sable is a great snack to buy if you love drinking tea with cookies. (Ativan)
5. Black Sesame Taiko
Made by Iwata Corporation
I try all the snacks we get with a group of friends. I like hearing their opinions and seeing reactions when they try out unfamiliar food. For example, we split this cookie, and everyone agreed that the small wasn’t that pleasant, but honestly, that did not stop me from trying it.
Only I and one friend liked this snack, but we both enjoyed it very much. I am not sure if we both love sesame, but this cookie was a great snack to try out because I had never had sweet sesame cookies before. There was also a faint taste of almonds which blended nicely with the sesame.
6. Puku Puku Tai: Chocolate
Made by Meito Sangyo
At first, I was scared about the mixture of fish and chocolate, but luckily, this snack is just shaped like a fish. Puku Puku Tai is very crunchy, and the chocolate filling is delicious. It reminds me of my country wafers called Napolitanke.
However, there is a distinct difference in the taste of our chocolate and this chocolate filling. The wafer is also different, and it reminds me more of Ice Cream Cones. Nevertheless, Puku Puku Tai is a great snack to try out if you like crunchy chocolate treats.
7. White Strawberry
Made by Bokksu
This snack is a Bokksu Exclusive that you can only find in one of their snack boxes or on the Bokksu Market. This snack is the world’s first chocolate-infused strawberry. Bokksu infuses chocolate into a freeze-dried strawberry instead of making a chocolate coating, making this snack one of a kind. Bokksu has put a lot of effort into this snack, but was it worth it?
It was. As a big fan of strawberries and Milka’s white chocolate, this snack quickly became one of my favorites from this box. Although it has a unique taste, the white chocolate filling inside the strawberry is also quite different from regular ones you can find in a typical store. As a result, White Strawberry is a must-try snack!
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8. Stick Potato: Suppa Mucho Plum
Made by Koikeya
FatCat highly rated this snack as she said that she would put it first on her list. However, since I based this list on my tastes, I decided to lower it. Nevertheless, I liked this snack, and anyone who loves potato fries has to try this unique snack.
It is both sweet and sour, which gives it a unique flavor that got this snack to the top 10. Suppa Mucho Plum’s refreshing tastes come from plum blossoms, pickled plums, and perilla leaves.
9. 20th Century Pear Langue de Chat
Made by Kotobuki Seika
This pear snack was very crunchy with sweet pear filling. It was very delicious to eat. You could feel faint cheese flavor mixed in with the pear, giving it a unique taste. Honestly, this seasons of Japan Bokksu snack box is filled with many exciting and unique flavors.
It was tough to rank them, as there were many top contenders, including 20th Century Pear snacks. All that I can say is that this apple cheese cookie will leave you wanting for more.
10. Ashigara Green Tea Aranami Kurofuji
Made by Kanagawa Ken
This tea comes from the Ashigara district of Hakone, and the preparation instructions were in Bokksu’s culture and snack guide. You steep the teabag in 200ml/7fl oz of hot water for 40 seconds. I love tea, and this was the first tea from Japan that I have tried. I tried green tea before, but I was not fond of it that much.
However, Ashigara green tea had a much milder taste, and I honestly preferred that. This tea is excellent for relaxation, and I hope to get a chance to try much more tea variations from Japan.
11. Mini Red Bean Crackers
Made by Matsunaga Seika
When I was reading the description of this snack, the first thing that came to mind was big mom screaming Oshiruko in One Piece. This snack’s flavor is inspired by Shiruko, a traditional Japanese dessert or sweet red bean porridge.
When I was eating the crackers, they reminded me of Petit Beurre, but the red bean paste filling the inside of the cookie gives a great twist to the flavor. And we could not experience this anywhere else but from Japan thanks to their traditional desserts.
12. Dondon Yaki
Made by Kadou
These delicious Senbei treats are fried and marinated in Tonkatsu sauce that creates a sweet and spicy flavor. We got two of these snacks in the box, and we ate both of them very fast. Although I prefer sweet snacks a bit more, this snack would be great to enjoy while watching your favorite movie. The crunchiness of the snack reminded me of Bruschette Maretti.
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13. Uni Rice Cracker
Made by Bonchi
Sea urchins inspire the look and taste of Uni rice crackers. Although the flavor is not too strong, you can slightly taste the flavor of fish. When you first eat these crackers, they will have a very mild taste in your mouth, but they leave a much stronger aftertaste which is the natural delicacy of this snack. The aftertaste reminded me of Tonkatsu sauce despite there only being Soy sauce in this snack.
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14. Edamame Senbei
Made by Senbei Lab
This snack was both sweet and sour simultaneously, and it was enjoyable to try it out. However, the flavor was a bit too mild for my taste. Edamame Senbei is a snack that was very hard to judge for me as it didn’t have that much impact compared to all the other excellent snacks. I wouldn’t say that it was extremely good or bad, primarily due to its mild taste.
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15. Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Kinako
Made by Echigo Seika
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs by Echigo Seika are made using a secret proprietary process, which creates a highly soft, cloud-like, and puffy snack. I have never tried anything like this before, and I’m delighted that I did. But I am ranking this snack low because it was too sweet for my taste.
All the snacks I have tried from Japan have had milder flavors, and the sweetness was not that strong, which suited my tastes. However, that is precisely why you should try this unique snack. Just because I don’t like too sweet snacks doesn’t mean you will too. On the other hand, if you have a sweet tooth, this snack will be a delicious treat and a new experience for you.
16. Seaweed Tempura: Setouchi Sudachi
If there is one thing I love a lot among them, that’s their citrus flavors. This seaweed snack is fried and flavored with native Japanese Sudachi citrus. Which creates a crispy seaweed snack with a mild citrusy flavor, this snack was enjoyable to try, and the taste of seaweed was very strange to me, but it wasn’t bad.
This snack is ranked the lowest because all the snacks were terrific, and it was hard to choose favorites. Therefore, I can say, Bokksu’s Seasons of Japan snack box was filled with a lot of interesting, fun to try, and delicious snacks. I loved trying all of them out.
At the end of the guide, we can see a few words from Danny Taing, founder of Bokksu. Which concludes this wonderful journey of experiencing authentic Japanese snacks.