Snakku is a new subscription box that specializes in authentic Japanese snacks.
Unlike other Japanese snack boxes, Snakku features a selection of treats that can only be found in small local shops in Japan — some of which have been making snacks for over a hundred years. This gives you a chance to try some of the more traditional (lesser known to the US) variety of treats loved by locals.
In addition to the lesser known snacks, your box will also include popular favorites like Pocky and matcha flavored goodies. You can expect to receive an assortment of 10 to 15 individual snacks in each box.
Subscriptions are $38.95/month including shipping, or less with a 6-month subscription.
Let’s see what’s in the August 2015 Snakku box!
My Snakku box shipped via priority mail and I was incredibly impressed with the presentation inside.
The box itself was wrapped in a traditional Japanese furoshiki (wrapping cloth), which is included in any 3-month subscription. The color/pattern on it is so pretty!
Sorry for all of the unboxing photos, but I was just SO impressed by the care they put into the packaging.
Finally — the contents! 😉
The info card included a little background on the featured snacks — rusks — and also listed the additional (more common) snacks at the bottom.
Ryushodo Rusk – According to the info card, rusks are “crispy twice-baked baguette slices topped with sugar, cream, or frosting”. Ryushodo makes their rusks with locally sourced wheat and butter, along with matcha flavor from tea leaves sourced from local farms. While I’m not able to sample this due to the inclusion of dairy, I’m sure it tastes amazing. Like a Japanese version of biscotti, perhaps?
Cybele Rusks – 8 (eight!) different flavors of this brand of rusks were included. While most Japanese rusks are made using existing baguettes, Cybele makes special baguettes to be used specifically for rusks. I’m not sure which flavor is which, but the info card lists them as Plain Sugar, Maple Walnut, Garlic, Blueberry, Chocolate, Apple Cinnamon, Spicy Onion, and Almond Chocolate. I gave my girls the purple one (there are 2 “slices” in each pack) for a snack today and they loved it. They called it a “toast cookie”. 🙂
Bourbon Rumando – I think we’ve had something like this before… It’s a thin crepe cookie that’s dipped in chocolate cream. Hopefully it doesn’t contain actual bourbon, since I’ll likely give it to the girls.
Maison de Kukkia – These are wafer sandwich cookies with a matcha chocolate cream center. I wasn’t able to find the ingredients online, but I’m pretty sure they’re not vegan-friendly, so this will also be a treat for my kiddos.
Summer Salt Pocky – We received Cookies n’ Cream Pocky in another box recently and my girls LOVED it. I’m sure these chocolate-covered ones will be a big hit as well.
Yuki no Yado – These are described as slightly salty senbei (rice crackers) topped with fresh cream. They sort of remind me of funnel cakes.
Hokkaido Match Milk Candy – Japanese hard candies flavored with milk and matcha.
Snakku is definitely an ideal box for anyone looking to enjoy authentic Japanese snacks. I like how they highlight a specific type of traditional snack, as well as include more popular, widely known treats. Plus, the presentation was totally top notch. I’m not sure about the overall value, since I wasn’t able to find retail prices for everything, but I’d say the presentation and curation definitely contribute to its “worth”.
Snakku has kindly offered to give my readers a chance to win a box of their own! — Just enter the giveaway below. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. Giveaway open to US residents only, 18+. Prize fulfillment to be handled directly by Gourmet Body Treats. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to confirmation email and claim their prize. If I don’t get a reply, a new winner will be chosen.