Subscription boxes have grown in popularity over the years. With subscription boxes for just about everything, you can find one that corresponds with your likes. Personally, I think snack boxes are the way to go. To make it even better, there are subscriptions like Bokksu, which allow you to enjoy traditional Japanese snacks from the comfort of your own home. Every month, Bokksu sends you a themed box featuring snacks from different prefectures in Japan. As an added bonus, many of these companies have been around for 100 years or more, truly highlighting these traditional snacks and their makers. The booklet also includes the history of certain company’s along with a mini Japanese lesson. The February 2022 Bokksu theme is Pink Valentine, showcasing treats made during the Valentine season.
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February 2022 Bokksu – Pink Valentine
Spicy Mini Heart Senbei
This senbei had a nice little kick of heat but not too much unless you ate quite a few at once, then the spice would stack. Senbei is one of my favorite snacks because they come in so many flavors.
This snack of mochi and almonds covered in chocolate, was like a Japanese version of an Almond Joy bar. The mochi was initially crunchier than I expected but after that first bite, I thought it worked perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. The chocolate had a light flavor. I really enjoyed this.
Mini Chocolate Millefeuille
This small treat packed a ton of flavor. The combination of chocolate, wafer, and vanilla cream was perfect. Part of me wished that there was either more of these or that the snack itself was bigger, and yet this bite-sized snack felt perfect the way it was.
Handmade Ume Sake Candy
I have very limited experience with sake, so I wasn’t sure how that would affect my ability to enjoy these treats. The ume flavor stood out nicely with this candy, but I can’t say whether I tasted any sake within it. These small candies are a great treat when you are craving something sweet but don’t want to eat too much.
These small chocolate treats were fantastic and super addictive. If they weren’t individually wrapped, I could have easily scarfed down both bags in second. However, being forced to unwrap them did help to slow down and truly enjoy them. The flavor was great and they melted away, leaving only bliss.
Petit Noribei Rice Crackers
Rice crackers are a great snack to have, and these ones were no exception. The soy sauce and nori flavors complemented the crunchy cracker perfectly. The sleeve of crackers was the perfect size for a mid-afternoon snack.
Tsukisamu Anpan Chocolate
This chocolate anpan was a great treat. The chocolate was slightly rich but certainly not rich enough to deter me from eating the entire thing in just a few bites.
Miyako Konbu Kelp Senbei
Anything with seaweed or kelp always grabs my attention, so when I saw this kelp senbei I knew I was in for something special. They had a great texture and the combination of kelp and vinegar made these crackers highly addictive.
Hokkaido White Raspberry
I remember trying this in a previous Bokksu and it wasn’t for me. I’m not a fan of raspberry and the rye cracker base was not for me. However, my husband really enjoy these snacks as it included many flavors he enjoys.
This was very similar to a sweet sugar cookie with a great fruit flavor. the haskapp, or blue honeyberry flavor didn’t appear right away but when it did it was wonderful. The worst part about this snack is that there was only one in the box. So while I was dying to have another one, I was unable to satisfy that craving.
Hokohoko Purple Yam
Yam isn’t something I normally eat, but I was willing to give this a try. The yam inside the pastry had a creamy texture that melted in your mouth. The flavor was gentle and paired well with the pastry shell. All in all, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
Umeshiso Uma Sen Rice Cracker
When I first read the description of this snack, I questioned how well soy sauce and plum would go together. Let me tell you, these were fantastic. The plum flavor stood out most of all and then the soy sauce came in gently, complimenting the plum perfectly.
This treat was tiny. A single cracker. But the flavor contained in that cracker made up for the lack of having a full pack of them.
Really the downside to this was that there was only one cracker in each of the two packs, so this delicious snack was a very limited experience.
Strawberry Azuki Crunch
The intense scent of strawberry as this package was opened was like standing in a field of strawberries at the height of summer. That experience alone had me excited for this snack. The flavor itself was severely muted compared to the smell. This left me feeling a bit disappointed but overall the snack was enjoyable. I simply wish it tasted as strongly as it smelled.
This one was almost too sweet for its own good. I couldn’t taste the chocolate or the azuki (red beans) over the pure sweetness of it.
Organic Hojicha Tea
It’s been well established that I don’t enjoy tea. However, I always make sure to try the tea. I’m fairly certain I have had this tea in a previous Bokksu. It was decent but again, I’m not much of a tea drinker, so it’s hard for me to enjoy them.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the February 2022 Bokksu. Have you ever tried Bokksu?