February 2017 Bokksu review time!
If you haven’t heard, Bokksu is a subscription box that delivers an assortment of premium Japanese snacks and tea pairings to your door every month. Each box will contain a selection of 13 to 15 premium Japanese snacks and a tea pairing curated around a cultural theme. You’ll also receive a Tasting Guide that explains how to best enjoy the items, along with information on their background and how they came to be. Unlike other Japanese snack boxes, Bokksu directly sources its artisanal snacks from local snack makers in Japan. They’re also the only service that hand selects a tea pairing for each box to complement that month’s flavors.
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Let’s see what’s in the February 2017 Bokksu box!
The bright orange Bokksu box.
A peek inside!
An information card listed all of the items in the box, along with photos, descriptions, and allergen info for each one. — February’s theme was “Kit Kat Love” and included a selection of 8 “luxury”, “adult”, and “limited” edition Japanese Kit Kat flavors!
Japanese Sake Kit Kat (Limited Edition)
First, I should mention that since I’m vegan and can’t enjoy these bars myself, I decided to keep them wrapped so they’re fresh for whoever ends up eating ’em. Second, how crazy is it that there’s a Japanese sake flavored Kit Kat?! According to the info card, it launched this past June and is wrapped in white chocolate with 0.8% alcohol content. I don’t think anyone’s going to be getting tipsy on these, but they’re definitely an interesting treat. 😉
Strawberry Kit Kat (Adult Edition)
“Adult Edition” Kit Kats are specifically created for adults who enjoy rich, natural flavors without too much added sweetness. These adult edition strawberry bars have a more tarty flavor than the standard strawberry bars and taste more like an actual fresh strawberry.
Rum Raisin Kit Kat (Limited Edition)
More boozy bars! 😉 These ones are only sold in the Kanto region and are made with a “sophisticated combination” of rum and raisin. They have an alcohol content of .056%.
Original (Adult Edition)
This is a less sweet, “adult” version of the traditional Kit Kat bar. It has added bits of dark chocolate cookie to give it an extra bit of crunch. I had my fingers crossed that it would miraculously be vegan, but after a little Google-ing, I found that it just wasn’t meant to be. Aw.
Wasabi (Limited Edition)
Okay, now this flavor is definitely not going to appeal to everyone. (Even if it happened to be vegan-friendly, I would NOT willingly try it.) It features a white chocolate coating blended with real wasabi made by a company that’s been producing it for over 130 years. This flavor is only available in Shizuoka Prefecture and Kanto, so it’s fairly hard to come by.
Cranberry and Almond (Luxury Edition)
“Luxury Edition” bars are made with higher quality ingredients and come in one-bar packages instead of the standard two. The bars above are made with chunks of whole almonds and cranberries which are baked into a thick chocolate wafer. These sound delicious and would probably be my favorite of all the flavors (if I could actually try them!).
Matcha Kit Kat (Adult Edition)
I think this is the only flavor that I’ve actually received before (in another snack subscription). This matcha Kit Kat is made with ground Uji Gyokuro tea leaves which are mixed into the chocolate batter to give a unique bitterness to the sweet chocolate flavor.
Hojicha (Limited Edition)
Hojicha Kit Kat is only sold in the Kansai region and is a collaboration with Itohkyuemon, an artisanal Kyoto tea maker. The bars are made with roasted green tea (Hojicha) layered into the chocolate for a unique flavor experience.
Satsumarche Benifuuki Black Tea by Kagoshima Seicha
February’s tea pairing was a Benifuuki tea made with young leaves that are stored and fermented for 3 months. The result is a tea that’s super high in methylated catechin content, which is known to help relieve symptoms of hayfever and seasonal allergies. Neat!
Although I wasn’t actually able to try them myself, I still thought the sampling of Japanese Kit Kat bars was a really fun Bokksu theme! A perfect box for Valentine’s Day (month) too! 🙂 — Remember, for a limited time you can save 10% on your first box with coupon code “ROSE“!