So much good stuff in this box! Each Snakku box will have ten to fifteen snacks. This September box has 15 snacks! The snacks you receive are directly from Japan. Many times the snacks will be from family owned companies that have been making snacks for generations. This is the best of the best and the most authentic you can get when it comes to Japanese snacks.
When the box arrives, it comes wrapped in a traditional Japanese Furoshiki wrapping cloth if you get a subscription of 3-months or longer. Month to month subscribers still get their box wrapped but with a paper furoshiki. It’s still feel like cloth and I’m keeping it forever!
What You Get: You will receive a beautifully packaged box of 10 – 15 expertly curated, hand-picked snacks that you can only find in Japan, along with a selection of familiar Japanese snacks. Information describing the snacks and their creators will also be included.
Last month, the focus was on rusks. This September box features senbei! I admit to having a secret senbei addiction. I didn’t know I was addicted until I had some and couldn’t get more. This is definitely a more pricey subscription but the quality and uniqueness is unbeatable.
Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker. They come in several shapes and sizes and the smallest are called “arare” which I’ve had before. I think, though, that I much prefer the big size.
Ogurasansou has been making these senbei for over 60 years. They make everything by hand in their store in Kyoto, using local ingredients. I have a sneaking suspicion I may have passed this store in the market while we were there.
This box has an interesting and varied array of senbei by Ogurasansou. You can only purchase these senbei directly from Ogurasansou either in store or online and you better speak some Japanese in order to do it aaand I’m pretty sure they don’t ship outside of Japan. So this is your chance!
Ogurasansou Variety Minis– This is a package of mini senbei in several different flavors. Each senbei represents a season, a region or a feeling. The salty ones are the ocean, the leaf shaped one represents autumn and the spicy one represents summer.
I’m not a fan of seaweed so I gave these to my husband and he really enjoyed them. I’m glad there were two packages. Actually, I lie, there were THREE packages but the other one was hiding when I took this picture. Whoops!
Ogurasansou Kyoto Style Senbei– These Kyoto style senbei are my favorite. I love the size, the crunchiness and the texture. There are three flavors: Kyoto Style Salt, Shrimp and Sugar Glazed. Of course, I ate the sugar glazed first. Then the salty ones and gave the shrimp ones to my husband. Sharing is caring, right?! There were two of each. Yum!
Glico Caramels– This is the very first candy made by Glico. They’re a chewy, heart shaped candy. This box also come with a wooden toy puzzle that was pretty cute and reminded me of the old Jack in the Box toys (back when they were good).
Pejoy Green Tea Sticks– These are like the opposite of Pocky. The inside of these sticks are filled with matcha flavored creme. And it is an intense matcha, too. A little too much for me but they were eaten really quickly by my friend.
Bourbon Roanne– Tasty! A wafer sandwich with vanilla. These are delicate and tasty. Basically the perfect ratio of wafer to filling.
Green Tea Dorayaki– This baked cake has matcha red bean paste in the center. It is pretty big and quite filling. It’s not gourmet but it’s a fun thing to try and not something I’ve seen before.
Shiawasedo Milk Cake– I found these to be quite dry and tasteless. I feel like Japan does better with crunchy snacks than the soft ones but I can’t say I’ve had many soft ones that taste good (or not, for that matter- my repertoire is limited).
VERDICT: One thing about Snakku that I really enjoy is the unique and authentic featured snack. It’s nice to get such an in-depth taste of flavors with regards to the senbei. It was the same last month with the Rusks. I love the fact that they can send products from companies that are truly local to Japan. It’s pretty special to get snacks you can’t get anywhere else. I also appreciate that there are some of the more common snacks as well since that is what I’m most familiar with. I think this is a great box to give to someone you know is addicted to Japanese snacks or someone who likes trying new things and getting an inside look at certain kinds of snacks.
If you would like to sign up for Snakku, you can do that right here. Use code bitsandboxes to get 5% off your order. If you sign up for a 3 month subscription you will receive a bonus wrapping cloth plus the ones that come with your boxes. A six month subscription will receive two bonus wrapping cloths plus the ones that come with your boxes.