So this past month we received a particularly different box than ones we had received. We touched on it in the unboxing video below:
Now to kick this off right, I want to mention how the package was received. The box itself was covered and tied neatly in the handkerchief (called Furoshiki) in the video. This alone goes to show the hand made work that went into preparing this Japanese candy subscription box. Now the arrangement and contents inside certainly reflected that of a Harry and David gift box, which by no means is a bad thing.
What is special about Snakku, when compared to its’ competitors, is that half of the snacks and candy within the box are handmade at different candy makers around Japan. The box does include a couple of popular processed snacks (such as Pocky, green tea Kit-Kats, and Umaibo), but the real draw is the handmade ones. Here are how each one of them tasted:
To start off, we opened a bag of the chocolate arare. Snakku describes them as a chocolate covered rice cracker that is 10 years in the making. The taste though, is like that of a roasted pretzel glazed with a subdued chocolate flavored yogurt-like coating. The snacks remind me of something someone would have on a coffee table when having guests over for tea.
People in the US market are probably more used to the ultra sweet candies that can be found at your local 7 Eleven, but a lot of Japanese candy is different. The sweetness is there, but it is very subtle in comparison. This makes them all the more enticing. The reason I bring this up is because it it most prevalent when trying out the Pururun Strawberry Mochi. They are gooey and made with rice. Now the Mochi on the whole are not terribly sweet, everything about this is subtle. So be careful if you are expecting something terribly sweet, you will be disappointed.
But this brings us to my favorite candy in the entire box, the Gold Okaki. These were by far the most interesting treat we have had. Snakku describes them as having a ginger emulsion, which I was not sure what that meant until I bit into the cookie. In a word, it was weird. Not in a bad way, just far different from all the others. The ginger flavor is strong (like the ginger you use to clear your pallet at sushi restaurants with) but is immediately counteracted by the sweet aspect. Imagine a cookie with the spice of ginger but with the glaze of a sugar cookie and that remotely would resemble the Gold Okaki. Combined with the golden flakes (reminiscent of if Goldschläger was a candy), the appearance and taste made this decadent cookie the best of the bunch.
The only drawback to picking a Snakku box is the price. A single snack box costs a little under $40 USD to get. Which, compared to the other options out there, is a bit steep. However, since the Snakku box has a plethora of handmade treats, this is what separates it from the others. The option is up to the consumer, if you think that getting handmade and beautifully presented candy is worth the extra dollars, then we say go for it. However, if you are looking for a cheaper option with more quantity this may not be a good starting spot. That being said, the snacks are delicious and the quality and care is fantastic. Snakku has certainly been a favorite box of ours.
To order your own, head over to their website right here.
Disclaimer: A box was provided by Snakku to BentoByte for the purpose of review.Tweet