Saturday, July 9, 2016

Snakku Premium Japanese Snack Subscription Review and Coupon Code

Snakku is a Japanese snack subscription for those wanting an authentic taste of Japan. You'll find a few popular snacks in each box but the main focus is providing a snack experience that until now, you could only get one tiny shop at a time, traveling through Japan.
Snakku works directly with the shops that have been making snacks for generations. You'll get snacks that have never been shipped off the islands before. Senbei from 300 year old bakers in Kyoto or small cakes made in a Buddhist monastary from a 500 year old recipe. It's like eating a piece of history, carefully and beautifully packed.
Snakku is not inexpensive but the care taken with every detail is exquisite. This is a gift and an opportunity to try goods you will have a hard time finding anywhere else.

The Cost: $38.95/month

What You Get:  You will receive a beautifully packaged box of 10 - 15 expertly curated, hand-picked snacks that you can only find in Japan, along with a selection of familiar Japanese snacks. Information describing the snacks and their creators will also be included.

Snakku has also introduced a Tasting Box that is $14.95 and will have 5-7 curated snacks in it. So if you're looking longingly at this box but $38.99 is prohibitive, this is your chance to experience Snakku much more affordably.

Hato Sabure- These butter cookies have been made by snack store Teshimaya since the late 1800's. They are made and sold in Kamakura. In my opinion they taste just like a butter cookie but these are special to Japan because they were the first butter cookie to originate there.
Kurumiko- This is a caramel and chestnut snack made by Kamakura Beniya. It's their most popular snack and has won awards. The wrapping with the squirrel is pretty cute. I haven't tried this one yet.

Kamakura Hydrangea Cookie- This was my favorite! They're made with actual hydrangea essence, too. They're made of crisp wafer and a light, sweet filling.
Kinstuba- Made in Japan since the 1600's this snack is made of red bean paste wrapped in a thin flour dough. They're baked on a copper plate, giving the imprint.
Apple Honey Pie- When I was in Japan, I noticed there is a big focus on pastries. It's not something I was expecting to find in the stores-- rows and rows of French pastries! Well, Japanese pastries, I suppose. Made in Japan.  These flaky, crunchy treats made with local apples and Ishii honey.
Calbee Wasabi Snowpea Crisps- While the featured snacks tend to be one of a kind, Snakku also includes more popular snacks like these, too. I hate wasabi so these went to my husband. He always loves it when we get Japanese snack boxes because he gets what he considers the "good stuff."
Morinaga Matcha Azuki Cookie- These smell JUST like matcha. So tasty! The perfect amount of crunch and not too sweet red bean filling.
Fukkura Okoge- Senbei made of grains of rice with soy sauce and baked in a kiln.

Bakauke Aonori- I love rice crackers but I'm not a big fan of seaweed. One more thing my husband enjoyed. It's made with blue seaweed. :)
Flower's Kiss Candy- These are labeled as tasting like apricot plum. They are vaguely fruity and don't taste like flowers but that's probably a good thing.

Bourbon Baum Rolls- A vanilla glazed baumkuchen roll. A German treat made up Japanese style.

VERDICT: This box is always a treat just to open because the presentation is so perfect. It makes a fantastic gift for someone who truly loves (or misses!) Japanese snacks. I like the lengths Snakku goes to in order to find truly authentic snacks. The information card always provides enough information to help you appreciate the unique opportunity trying each treat is.

If you would like to sign up for Snakku, you can do that here. Use code BITSANDBOXES for 5% off your first month. Don't forget, the Tasting Box is also available at a lower price

*This box was sent complimentary for review purposes. All opinions are mine.

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