Thursday, September 22, 2016

Snakku Premium Japanese Snack Subscription September 2016 Review and Coupon

Snakku might be the most beautifully packaged subscriptions that I get. The attention to detail with this subscription is superb. From the outer paper Furoshiki cloth to the information card, everything is well presented.

With Snakku, you'll receive exclusive products and snacks brought directly from Japan made by Japanese artisans who have been making treats for generations. It's a truly unique and wonderful experience. While I am not a conoisseur of Japanese snacks, it has been remarkably fun to be able to try some of the treats more commonly found in Japan.
The theme this month is focused on two ingredients native to Japan-- Yuzu and Kinako.

Yuzu is a citrus fruit grown on the island of Shikoku. Fifty percent of the worlds yuzu is grown right there. The fruit is very fragrant and is less tart than a lemon or lime. It's described as being almost a combination of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime.

Kinako is a type of roasted soybean flour made from yellow soybeans. It's very finely ground and has a slightly sweet, nutty taste. In fact, it was used to make sweets before sugar was introduced to Japan.

The Cost: $38.95/month

What You Get: Get a collection of ten to fifteen hand-picked snacks that you can only find in Japan, along with a selection of familiar & delicious Japanese snacks delivered every month.

Gift of Yuzu- This snack is made by a snack shop on Shikoku that is 100 years old using locally produced ingredients. It's mochi with a mixture of yuzu puree and azuki bean paste.
Ankororin- This is baked manju with yuzu paste and white miso. It's very tasty although there is so little of the paste that any tartness disappears.
Kinako Rusk- These are twice baked baguette slices with kinako powder on top. These are from a small family bakery in Hiroshima. The kinako does definitely have a sweetness to it. It's quite apparent. I thought it was sugar but nope... soybean!

Chaya No Mochi- This is a traditional snack that has been served in teahouses for ages. This is a kinako covered rice cake.
Nissin Coconut Sable Cookies- I hope I never find these in any store anywhere near me. They're delicious and irresistible. Baked butter cookies with a sweet coconut glaze on top. I have to stop.
Kinako Bo- An old fashioned sweet snack made with kinako, honey and flour.
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. This was featured in a past box and is not listed on the information card so I think it much be an extra.

Hokkaido Matcha Milk Candy- Made with the cream for which Hokkaido is well-known and matcha from the Aichi prefecture which has been cultivating matcha since the 1200's. These also have been featured in the past and are on the information card. I really prefer not to see the same snacks pop up more than once in a box at this price point.

Kaki No Tane- The name of this snack means "persimmon seeds" because the shape is similar. I don't know that I've ever seen persimmon seeds but now I guess I know what they look like! These are senbei crackers with peanuts. I love rice crackers. I think I'm going to save these packets for the plane.
Black Goma Senbei- Yesss, more senbei! And these are made with black rice and black roasted sesame seeds. These are very good. I really like the sesame.

Iwashiko- Blech! These are baby sardines. Dried. I wouldn't eat one of these if you paid me to! I'm going to sprinkle them in the dogs food bowl. They're apparently high in calcium.

VERDICT: Entertaining as usual! There's always something new and interesting to try. I don't necessarily always like it all but if I don't, then my husband usually does. Having been to Japan and loved it, it's always nice to see snacks besides the ultra colorful candies. Snakku is more expensive than your average international snack box but they are also far above them in quality. As usual, though, I always wish there was more.

If you would like to sign up for Snakku, you can do that here. Use code BITSANDBOXES for 5% off your first box.

Would you eat those dried baby sardines?!

*this box was sent complimentary for review purposes. all opinions are mine.

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