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 November 2016 Bokksu box!
A peek inside.
November’s theme was “Japanese Folklore”.
An information card listed all of the items in the box, along with photos, descriptions, and allergen info for each one.
Akai Ribon Kitsune’s Tail – In Japanese folklore, the kitsune (fox) is said to have the ability to shapeshift and often play roles of tricksters & seducers. This “kitsune’s tail” treat is a flaky pie pastry topped with maple white chocolate and baked in the shape of a fox cub’s tail.
Kabaya Foods Saku Saku Panda – Pandas have been beloved by the Japanese ever since China gifted them a pair of the adorable bears in 1972. These crunchy cookies are shaped like panda heads and are coated in milk and white chocolate.
Hakata Hubian Mentai Shrimp Senbei – Japanese people see shrimp as a symbol of longevity due to their curved bodies and whiskers — comparable to humans becoming bent over in old age. This crispy shrimp & mentai (cod fish roe) senbei is flavorful with a spicy kick. (According to the info card, anyway. 😉 )
Hogaya Kumamon Cookies – Bears were once said to have supernatural powers due to their sheer ferocity, though today most people just see them as “cute”. Four adorable bear-shaped cookies were included in both traditional butter flavor and chocolate.
Ginbis Dream Animals Cookies – These fun animal-shaped cookies look to be the Japanese equivalent of our “animal crackers” here in the US. In fact, they may be even better since they also include the (English!) namesake of each respective animal stamped on every cookie. Neat!
Yamamotoyama Organic Sencha Green Tea – Unlike Chinese teas that are pan-fired, Japanese sencha is steamed — which prevents oxidation of the leaves and preserves the tea’s fresh flavor & green color. This organic tea is said to have a refreshing grassy or pine-like flavor.
Bokksu is a fun subscription box for sampling authentic Japanese snacks and learning about the country’s culture and traditions. I like that they pair it all with tea too! 🙂 — Remember, for a limited time you can save 10% on your first box with coupon code “ROSE“!
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