A new year, a new year of snack boxes from Bokksu! Fortunately for subscribers, Bokksu is kicking the year off with a really solid box. The theme for January 2017 box is “Maru”, which translates to “circle” in Japan. Maru is associated with “goodness” in Japan, so Bokksu decided to ship a box full of goodness straight to us.

In case video reviews are more your speed, you can check out our video review on the BentoByte YouTube channel. All that being said, let’s dive in!

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The Natural Yeast Bread Hokkaido Cream is about as much of a mouth-full as the name of the snack. This pastry roll was absolutely delicious. It reminded me of a King’s Haiwaiin Sweet roll that was maybe just a bit sweeter. For something that was flown over the Pacific the roll tasted incredibly fresh and kept a flaky, soft texture. Thankfully these aren’t in the US because I’d get fat eating them every day if they were.

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Up next are the Gaufrettes. Described as the smaller, cuter version of a Gaufres (which is French for waffle), Gaufrettes are thin wafer sandwiches filled with cream. The trio we were sent came in three flavors: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. It reminded me of a crunchy crepe, which I was all about. If you like sweets, I have a hard time believing you wouldn’t enjoy these little beauties.

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Next up is a snack with impact; Baumkuchen! These roll cakes are German in origin but are hugely popular in Japan after being introduced in the early 20th century. The German translation for Baumkuchen is “tree cake”, which sounds a little strange. However, if think about it, aren’t there a lot of strangely named types of cake out there? At least this one’s name is literal being that the cake is made of rings that resemble the inside of a tree. We received a chocolate and a vanilla Baumkuchen. I was a fan of both the flavor packed in each and the spongey texture.

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On to the Kaisen Usukeshi Kasen! These are senbei crackers with a bit of twist. They’ve been twice-baked and flavored with deep ocean shrimp to really incorporate that flavor into the cracker. Seriously savory, these suckers will take your taste buds on a trip to the big blue.

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The winner of snack with the name most closely resembling a manga/anime series title goes to Ka No Michi. These are a Japanese re-imagining of cookie and cream sandwich. The cookies are baked into aesthetically pleasing wave shapes after being filled delicious sweet cream. This box came with three flavors which include vanilla, matcha (green tea), and coca (chocolate).

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The final snack we received was the Cheese Manju Okashinai. If you’re unfamiliar, Manju is a traditional Japanese confection made with buckwheat, flour, and rice powder. What makes these Manju different is that they’re full of a white bean and cheese mixture instead of a traditional red bean filling. This change makes these snacks go from a sweet snack to a sweet AND savory snack. More bang for your buck!

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Finally we come to the tea. If you’ve forgotten or are just unaware, Bokksu pairs it’s monthly snacks with select teas from Japan. The January 2017 box includes Gyokuro Green tea, which is regarded as one of the highest grades of Sencha (Japanese Green Tea). Unlikne tradtional Sencha, Gyokuro leaves are shielded from the sun for a three week period before they are harvested. This is done because it causes alkalod caffeine and theanine leaves in the leaves to increase which results in richer flavor. An important note from Bokksu; steep these leaves at a lower temperature for a longer period of time if you want to do it right.

That covers the January 2017 subscription box from Bokksu! A big thank to Bokksu as always. If you’re looking for a subscription box that packs a truly authentic Japanese snacking experience, look no further than Bokksu.

Disclaimer: A box was provided by Bokksu to BentoByte for the purpose of review.

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Co-Founder and Lead Editor. Just a big fan of gaming, anime, manga… I tend to like most everything. Which annoys some people. Sorry about that. Anyway, living the simple life and posting about this stuff is all that’s on my menu.

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