Since having my two children I haven’t been able to travel as much as I used to. One of my favorite things about traveling was trying different cuisines. One of the places I have always longed to visit is Japan. When I learned about Bokksu a subscription box service which delivers a curated mix of gourmet, traditional, and longtime family-favorite snacks directly from Japan, I knew I had to give it a try.
Bokksu was founded by Danny Taing. Taing lived in Japan for many years and fell in love with traditional Japanese culture and the myriad of unique flavors he experienced. Upon returning to New York City, he was disappointed when he was unable to continue enjoying his favorite Japanese snacks. Taing admits a deep passion for Japanese snacks and culture: “I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in and adventure through Japan, which inspired me to create Bokksu. Inviting curious individuals to explore Japanese culture through their taste and imagination is our primary mission.”
“During my time in Japan, snacking became not just a way to satiate hunger but create ritual, slow down, and create community by sharing. Through being introduced to unique Japanese snacks, I discovered inspiring stories of the snack makers and the traditional recipes behind each one. Some of the snack makers Bokksu works with have been making their signature delicacies such as Kyoto Yokan Red Bean Paste for nearly 500 years.”
Previous to receiving my Bokksu box I hadn’t tried many snacks from Japan so I was very excited to taste the different snacks. April’s ‘Blossoming Spring’ box included many sweet and savory snacks including the world’s first white chocolate-infused strawberry. This strawberry is made using organic strawberries and white chocolate by innovative producer Qua. The box also included;
Double Strawberry Pocky sticks-a luxurious and seasonally limited pocky. This beautifully chunky pocky has a thicker, creamier coating of strawberry cheesecake on a short chocolate cookie stick.
Sakura Love Tea-With an amazing aroma of fresh cherries, this naturally sweet and delicate tea is perfect for spring.
Spring Rice Crackers-These cute crackers are shaped like spring flowers and come in a variety of flavors including sour plum, matcha, purple sweet potato, shrimp, turmeric, salt, chili pepper and light soy sauce.
Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi-Airy and crisp, this puffed up mochi has a delicate flavor from the added Sakuraebi, a type of Japanese shrimp named for its translucent pink color.
Hand-baked Butter Senbei-This rice cracker has a rich buttery flavor that balances beautifully with this month’s delicate tea pairing. This senbei is extra special because each piece is hand baked by a craftsman who runs his own small shop in Tokyo.
Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum-These crispy potato sticks are seasoned with a tangy sour plum seasoning Salty, sweet, and sour all in one bite.
Sakura Chocolate Crepe-This crispy crepe is rolled up and enrobed in a sweet floral chocolate. It is as light and delicate as the sakura flowers it’s flavored with.
Sakura Rusk-Twice baked in the oven with Sakura butter, you will enjoy the mild hint of cherry blossoms in this delicate baguette slice. Slated sakura petals are mixed into the butter, which is why you can see small sakura flakes on top.
Reading the descriptions above you might be wondering what the word Sakura stands for…it’s Japanese for Cherry Blossoms! This box was the perfect fit as you’ll note the name of our blog is just that! Cherry Blossoms are one of my favorite flowers and it was so fun trying the flavor in many different ways.
My family and I had such a lovely time discovering many new and delicious treats from Japan via our Bokksu box. My favorite out of the April box was definitely the White Chocolate infused strawberry. The strawberry was unlike anything I had ever tasted before. The strawberry looks completely normal but when you bite into it, it dissolves into a white chocolate strawberry concoction like no other. My second favorite was definitely the Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum. These fun potato string chips were sweet and sour and such a fun texture to eat.
The Double Strawberry Pocky sticks and the Sakura Chocolate Crepes were my children’s favorites. My 7-year-old son also really enjoyed the Ume Sable butter cookies…as you can see from the photo below (he is dreaming of more).
My husband and I had some friends over and brought out the Spring Rice Crackers. The crackers became a talking point because as you can they are absolutely beautiful and we really have nothing like them here in the states. The mixing of savory and sweet crackers was quite foreign to me but I grew to really love the different tastes and textures.
As you can see we absolutely adored our first Bokksu box and I hope to try another box soon. Japanese snacks are known for their seasonality and experiencing Spring snacks through Bokksu reminded me of a lovely stroll beneath the cherry blossoms: lovely and relaxing.
To order a Bokksu box of your very own you can sign up here.