Review: BOKKSU Blossoming Spring April 2018 – Discover Japan Through Snacks

Bokksu is a themed premium monthly box of tasty gourmet snacks and teas straight from Japan. Each box has a different theme, and contains a carefully curated selection of tasty artisan foods. 

Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

This month’s theme is Blossoming Spring. 

Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacksSpring bring the famous Sakura (cherry blossom) season in Japan, and it looks like there are going to be some seasonal snacks in this month’s box!

Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

The menu is beautifully designed, and includes a list of allergens.

Sakura Love Tea Karel Capek Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Sakura Love Tea – Karel Capek. After last month’s coffee sticks it’s nice to have teabags again! This tea has a lovely delicate cherry aroma. It can be served hot or iced. Karel Capek tea packets always have beautiful designs too, such as the White Peach tea in February’s box.

Tokyo Rusk Sakura Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Tokyo Rusk Sakura. Rusk is a popular Japanese snack, and is made from sliced bread which is twice baked with butter and sugar to produce a sweet crisp texture. Tokyo Rusk produces many different varieties, including Earl Grey, matcha, and almond. This version has salted sakura petals mixed into the butter for a subtle floral flavour. 

Sakura Chocolate Crepe Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Sakura Chocolate Crepe. These are very thin rolled cookies covered in sweet floral chocolate. Crisp and fragile and very light.

Hand Baked butter senbei Sakura Senbei Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Hand Baked Butter Senbei. These senbei (Japanese rice cracker) are buttery and rich, and are meant to be paired with this month’s tea. They are handmade by an artisan baker in Tokyo.

Ume Sable Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Ume Sable. Ume is another blossom, similar to sakura, but is instead the blossom of the plum, also known as the Japanese apricot. This sweet biscuit is shaped like a flower, and contains chopped plum and perilla for a fruity sour-sweet flavour.

Baked Chocolate Strawberry Colombin Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Baked Chocolate Strawberry Colombin. These are rather like a combination of a cookie and a chocolate, and are sweet, rich, and crumbly. January’s box included a white chocolate version. This one has strawberry baked into it, for a fruity zing to contrast with the sweetness. 

Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi. Sakura shrimp, or sakuraebi, are not shrimp that taste of cherry blossom, fortunately. They are actually named for their delicate pink colour, which resembles the colour of the sakura petals. These are puffed up mochi (rice cakes) that are flavoured with these tiny shrimp.

Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Suppa Mucho Stick Sour Plum. These are thin crispy potato sticks seasoned with sour plum. It sounds like rather an unusual flavour for potato chips, but the sweet-salty-sour taste is incredibly moreish!

Pocky Double Strawberry Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Pocky Double Strawberry. Pocky are one of the most familiar Japanese snacks, consisting of a thin biscuit stick dipped in a variety of coatings. This particular Pocky is a Premium Limited Edition version, and is a chocolate biscuit stick with a double coating of strawberry cheesecake cream. Delicious!  

Spring Rice Crackers Senbei Lab Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

Spring Rice Crackers – Senbei Lab. This is a selection of little flower-shaped senbei (rice crackers). Each colour is a different flavour, including sour plum, matcha, shrimp, purple sweet potato, turmeric, salt, chili pepper, and soy sauce. 

White Strawberry QUA Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks

White Strawberry – QUA. This is a remarkable and incredibly tasty thing. It is a freeze dried strawberry that has been soaked and infused with white chocolate. It’s sweet, tangy and intense, and the texture is both soft and crunchy.

This is a remarkable seasonal collection of snacks. The fruity and fragrant flavours, with little touches of sour, are wonderful. It even looks beautiful, with all the pinks and flower shapes.

As you might already know, I’m allergic to seafood, so there are a couple of things in here I can’t eat: the shrimp mochi and the flower senbei. That is where the allergen list on the menu comes in very useful, because while the mochi had a picture of shrimp on them, the senbei don’t obviously contain seafood. So it’s easy for me to know what to avoid. I’m sad to avoid the senbei though, because I like senbei very much.

Tokyo Rusk pops up frequently in Bokksu, but I don’t mind, as I think the variety of flavours available are very interesting. I’m also very keen on the Colombin baked chocolate, as they are so rich and delicious I only ever want to eat one – great for my self control!

I love Pocky, and often pick up some of the more common varieties in Chinatown in London, where they are quite easy to find. However, these Double Strawberry ones aren’t available anywhere in the UK as far as I can tell, not even online, so I’ll have to ration myself as they’re extremely good.

As for the white strawberry, they are absolutely heavenly, and quite unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. I foolishly forgot to photograph the one I tried, but I’ll be sure to get a picture for Instagram when eat the other one! 

This has been a real treat both for the eyes and the tastebuds.

Bokksu Review April 2018 Japanese snacks


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Bokksu is unlike any other Japanese snack box. We are totally in love with Japanese snacks, which is why it is our mission to craft authentic Japanese gourmet experiences for our Members around the world. We source directly from artisanal producers in Japan, so you won’t find our delicious snacks and teas anywhere else.

Classic Bokksu will take you on a gourmet journey through Japan each month. From Hokkaido white chocolate butter cookies to Kyoto handground matcha to Kyushu mango chiffon cakes, get the experience of tasting authentic Japanese snacks delivered right to your door. Each box comes with:

  • 20-25 delicious Japanese snacks and a tea pairing curated around a cultural theme
  • Our Tasting Guide that explains the story and flavors of each product in your box
  • The option to pause or cancel anytime
  • Free shipping worldwide

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