Saturday, September 26, 2015

September Snakku Review

I love trying international foods and snacks, and subscription boxes have made it so easy to do so. Snakku is a new service that sends Japanese snacks right to your door in some of the most beautiful packaging I've seen from a subscription!

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

Snakku sends hand-picked, authentic Japanese snacks that you can only find in Japan, along with a few others that are more well-known and widely available. Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $38.95/month
  • Three Months: $115.50 every three months ($38.50 per box)
  • Six Months: $225.00 every six months ($37.25 per box)
Shipping is free to U.S. addresses, and each month you'll be entered to win the $100 Deluxe Box with any subscription level!

I love Snakku's packaging! The box arrived in a USPS Priority Mail box and was beautifully wrapped in the green fabric pictured above. I ended up using it to cover a little table I have at my doorway that I set my keys on. The box itself also has a beautiful, simple design.

Each box has a theme, and the snacks for September were centered around Senbei. Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker that has been a staple of the country for over 400 years. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and flavors and are traditionally eaten with green tea. I love rice crackers so I was excited to try all of the different varieties in this box!

  • Ogurasansou Senbei: The three packages in the bottom row of the above photo have mini senbei inside. There were 10 different shapes and flavors, all randomly mixed into the packages. Each senbei represents a season, region, or feeling, which I think is really interesting. Salty flavors represent the ocean, leaf shaped ones represent autumn, and spicy ones represent summer.
  • Bourbon Roanne: The yellow package in the upper right corner is one of the "popular snacks." It's a crispy light vanilla wafer sandwich and it was delicious! It was two wafer cookies with vanilla cream in the middle.
  • Glico: Another popular snack, Glico is a caramel candy that was first made by this popular brand.
  • Kyoto-style Senbei: These larger senbei are handmade and have a crispy, airy texture. Each one is grilled over charcoal and then brushed lightly with oil and soy sauce. The three flavors were shrimp, Kyoto-style salt, and sugar glazed. I liked the sugar glazed the best because I love salty/sweet combinations.

These three snacks make up the remaining popular snacks included in the box.
  • Shiawasedo Milk Cake: This is a soft cake made with local Hokkaido milk. It was a little dry for my tastes; I was hoping it would be softer and creamier, but it was still pretty good.
  • Green Tea Dorayaki: This is a baked wheat cake filled with matcha red bean paste.
  • Pejoy: Pejoy is similar to Pocky, except the cream filling is on the inside instead of the outside. This box was Green Tea Cream flavored.
Bottom Line: I think Snakku is an excellent box and I love that they send traditional Japanese snacks that aren't readily available near me. I also like that they include so much information about the history behind the snacks!

What do you think of Snakku?

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