November 2019 Bokksu – Autumn in Kyoto

Subscription boxes have been on my radar to try for a while. With so many different options to choose from, it can be really hard to decide which one to get. I was in that exact boat for a while, but then I discovered Bokksu. What is Bokksu? Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that creates themed boxes around traditional Japanese snacks. Each month highlights a different area and their unique treats, pairing them with a tea. The November 2019 Bokksu is my first experience with subscription boxes and I was completely excited to experience the taste of Japan.

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November 2019 Bokksu

With 16 different items in this box, it was hard to know where to start. There were so many flavors and foods that I had never even heard of.

Fried Kakinotane: Shiso Pickled Cucumber Flavor

Upon opening the package, a steady scent of vinegar floats out. Similar to that of dill pickle chips but not quite the same. The flavor itself is far more gentle than the smell indicates. I really loved the texture of these treats. They have a nice crunch but also melt away in your mouth. I was pleasantly surprised by these and couldn’t stop eating them until the bag was empty. These little snacks are quite addictive.

Fried Kakinotane: Shiso Pickled Cucumber Flavor from the November 2019 Bokksu.
Fried Kakinotane: Shiso Pickled Cucumber Flavor

Handmade Persimmon Candy

I’ve never had persimmon before, so I was really excited to try these. The flavor is really light, so I still can’t 100% describe what persimmon tastes like, but I really enjoyed these candies.

Kinako Azuki Crunch

Though tiny, this one contained a ton of flavor. The nutty flavor of the kinako (roasted soybeans) was perfectly complimented by the azuki beans. A super crunchy snack that I want to try again!

Ofu Smoked Crackers & Peanuts: Lemon + Salt

Honestly, I’m not a fan of lemon. So these were just alright in my opinion. However, I’m sure there are lots of people who would enjoy them. The taste was just a bit too bitter for my liking.

Matcha Chocolate Stick Cake

This was my first ever taste of matcha. Initially, I wasn’t sure what to think of it. I guess I was expecting something different than what I got. The cake was light, soft, and wonderfully moist. The light chocolate flavor paired well with the matcha and before I knew it, this little stick cake was gone. My only complaint, and it’s a minor one, was that the chocolate chips in the cake interrupted the softness of the experience by forcing me to chew.

Chocolate Azuki Beans: Uji Matcha

Unexpectedly soft, these really took me by surprise. At first, I was confused by how soft they were. Something made me think these would be crunchy. Yet as I chewed the flavor began to shine and I fell in love with them.

Cinnamon Fresh Yastuhashi Daifuku

My only previous experience with mochi was a homemade version that I didn’t love. However, I have wanted to try authentic mochi ever since. This daifuku was wonderful! The red bean paste in the middle complimented the cinnamon flavor on the outside of the mochi.

Koganeimo Golden Sweet Potato Cake

The cake itself is amazingly moist yet slightly dense. It takes only two bites to consume. While I did enjoy this one, I can’t say that it was my favorite. The rum flavor was just a bit too strong for me. It was still nice to try though.

Fried Kakinotane: Kyoto Fresh Yatsuhashi Flavor

Not my favorite treat, but certainly not the worse. I could only eat a couple of these little treats before the flavor started to build too much.

Kyoto Matcha Waffle Sandwich

This sandwich cookie has a wonderful crunch to it. The waffle cookie does overwhelm the matcha flavor to the point where it is very subtle, almost negligible. Even so, it’s quite the satisfying little treat.

Mizuo Yuzu Kanten Jelly

This one was a slight letdown. It lacked flavor, or perhaps that is how it was supposed to be. The jelly itself was a lot firmer than I expected it to be. Even so, I’m glad I got to experience it.


These cookie-like snacks were great! It’s like a super crunchy cinnamon cookie. I wish there were more, and yet I was satisfied with the three little cookies contained in this box.

Gobo No Manma Burdock Root Chips: Shichimi Flavor

Light and crunchy, these chips are quite the treat. The flavor took me a moment to fully appreciate, as it was so different and yet felt familiar in some way. After a few chips, I decided that that the flavor was akin to a sweet BBQ or perhaps all-dressed chips.

Buson Haiku Senbei

A collection of crunchy snacks. The flavor range of these was unexpectedly good. With each new one, I would say “Oh, what’s this? It’s so good!” and try to guess which flavor I was tasting. Some were easy to pick out. However, there are a few that I’m still not sure about. I’m not sure which flavor it was, but one had a little kick to it, almost a bit of heat and then it quickly went away. Not only was the flavor wonderful, but I really liked the different shapes and colors included. It makes the entire treat so much better to experience. I enjoyed them all.

Miyako Momiji

These tiny little rice crackers had a nice light taste to them. There were four flavors, plain, soy, shrimp, and wasabi. Each flavor was distinct enough to recognize without being overpowering. I do wish that there was a bit less of the soy flavors and more of the wasabi and shrimps one though.

Uji Matcha Au Lait

Let me start by saying I am not a tea drinker. However, I was willing to give this a try because it’s Japanese and the matcha flavored items in this box were delicious. That being said, this was probably my least favorite item. It wasn’t absolutely terrible, but it’s not for me. Even so, I appreciate being able to try this.

Overall thoughts

I was very pleased with the November 2019 Bokksu. It really does bring the flavors of Japan into your home. Without this, outside of traveling, I would likely never get to experience the authentic taste of Japan. The variety of snacks included in this box really helps to highlight all of the amazing flavors that are representative of the area. I am glad that I was able to experience all of these wonderful snacks and bring just a bit of Japan into my home. The only downside of this experience was trying to decide what snack to try first. They all sounded so good! It was hard to know where to start!.

Have you ever tried Bokksu? If so, what was your favorite snack?

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  1. I’ve never heard of that subscription box before. It sounds like there’s some really good stuff in there!

    1. There are so many subscription boxes out there it’s easy to not hear about some of them. I loved pretty much everything in it, which was great.

  2. This is such a neat little box! Part of the fun in a vacation is trying out all the different foods so this box is kind of like bringing the vacation to you! I expect it would make an excellent Christmas gift too!

    1. Yes, that’s true. This box allows you to have the vacation food experience from your home. It’s a great Christmas gift idea.

  3. I have never heard of this box either but what a fab way to try new foods!! Loads of variety in there which is great for the price!

    1. I’m glad I could introduce you to it. I absolutely agree, for the price you get such a variety of snacks that you get. Well worth the investment.

  4. These all look so interesting! I’d love to go to Japan and try out all of these things šŸ™‚

    1. Having gotten a taste of Japan through Bokksu, I would love to go there and try even more unique foods.

  5. I’m surprised that stick cake was your first matcha experience! Did you like it? I couldn’t tell from what you wrote haha but welcome to the matcha world!

    1. I did enjoy it but wished that it didn’t have the chocolate chips in it.

  6. This sounds amazing! I love trying new foods, and Japan is somewhere Iā€™d love to go one day. Thanks for telling your experiences.

    1. It’s such a great experience. I’d love to go to Japan one day, but until then, I can sample their foods through this subscription box.

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