Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July Snakku Review

Snakku is a premium Japanese snack box and one of my favorites. They send authentic snacks that are only available in Japan, along with some more popular ones. This month's box featured snacks from the coastal town of Kamakura!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Snakku stands out from other snack boxes because they send items that are only available in Japan. Purchasing a box helps sustain local stores and businesses and provides an authentic Japanese experience! They have a few pricing options:

  • Tasting Box: $15.75 per month
  • Monthly: $38.95 per month
  • Three Months: currently on sale for $115.50 every three months
  • Six Months: currently on sale for $227.70 every six months
Shipping is free to U.S. addresses, $5 to Canadian addresses, and $15 for all other international countries. Currently the Tasting Box is only available to U.S. customers.

Snakku has the best packaging. Every box is wrapped in a beautiful design; this month's reminded me of Easter because of the pink color and circles (they reminded me of Easter eggs).

As previously stated, this month's snacks were from Kamakura, a small coastal town less than an hour south of Tokyo. It was the capital of Japan from 1181 to 1333, when warlord Minamoto Yoritomo chose it to be the center of his rule. Today, it's called the "Kyoto of the East" because of its numerous temples and shrines. It's famous for the Kamakura Daibutsu, a bronze statue of Buddha that stands over 43 feet tall!

The featured snacks are the special ones that are only available in Japan and are from the featured region/city.
  • Hato Sabure - These cookies have been made by the Teshimaya snack store since the Meiji period in 1868. Kyujiro Kubota, the first owner, started making them when butter became available tin Japan. These are simple and absolutely delicious! They're nice and buttery and perfect with my morning coffee. The dove shape is really cute, too.
  • Kurumiko - This is the little bar on the bottom right of the photo with the squirrels on the packaging (so cute!) and was probably my favorite snack this month. It's a caramel and chestnut bar made by Kamakura Beniya, which has been making snacks since 1954. This is their most popular snack and it won the 27th National Japan Snack Award!
  • Kintsuba - These are the square above the Kurumiko and are a traditional snack made in Japan since 1600. They're composed of red bean paste wrapped in thinly-stretched flour dough that is then baked on a copper plate. Bean paste is common in Asian snacks and at first I found it hard to wrap my head around it, but it's so good!
  • Apple Honey Pie - These are in the yellow packaging on the bottom left of the photo. They're a delicate cookie made with Japanese apples and honey from the Ishii beekeeping garden. They're really light and crispy wafers and I loved them.
  • Kamakura Hydrangea Cookie - These little cookies are made from hydrangea essence. Hydrangeas bloom during the rainy season in Kamakura.

Each month you'll also receive more popular snacks to compliment the featured ones.
  • Saya Wasabi Snow Pea Crisps - I love wasabi and crisps, and these were perfect! They're not actually dried snow peas, but more like puffed snacks shaped like them. They are infused with snow pea and traditional Japanese dashi flavors, though.
  • Fukkura Okoge - These are rice grain senbei lightly glazed with soy sauce and baked in a clay kiln. I could eat senbei all day, every day and the soy sauce glazed kind are my favorite!
  • Bakauke Aonori - These are also senbei, but they're covered in aonori (blue seaweed). I love the flavor of seaweed and these had a nice light touch of it.
  • Flower's Kiss Candy - I haven't tried one of these yet, but they're creamy, apricot-plum flavored candies made with flower essence.
  • Matcha Azuki Cookie - I don't really like the flavor of matcha so I'll probably pass these along to a friend, but they're made up of a Kyoto matcha green tea cookie filled with Hokkaido red bean cream.
  • Bourbon Baum Rolls - These are delicious! They reminded me of Ho-Hos (but way better) and are made up of vanilla-glazed mini baumkuchen rolls.
Bottom Line: The July Snakku box was another home run for me! Not only do I love trying yummy new snacks each month, but I also enjoy how much information about the snacks and the history behind them that they include.
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