So, I received my first ever Snakku Tasting Box yesterday, and I cannot express my excitement! It came with 6 snacks total, which is only 3 snacks less than the full-sized box. I won’t waste time with jibber-jabber. Check out the photos and information below!
First off, this is what the box looks like from a few different angles. How cute is it?!
I love every little detail on the outside and the inside of the box. I think the patterns are just absolutely beautiful, and the colors are relaxing and soothing, but also cheerful. Now, let’s take a look further inside, shall we?
The box came with two cards; one was a little personalized thank you note that had the logo and beautiful designs on the flip side, and the other talked about what individual item inside the box was. I really love that they included both of these! The personalized thank you note was just incredibly sweet, and the informational card helped me understand what I was eating as I tried them all.
Let’s move along to the actual food now, shall we?
The first snack I tried is called Black Goma Senbei, which, according to the informational card, are “black rice crackers made with black roasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, and miso.” I should have expected the bit of sweetness that came with them due to the soy sauce, but for some reason, I was expecting them to be saltier. Once I got past my own expectations and had my second bite, I actually began to enjoy them. As did my mom, which is a huge success! I’d give this a 4 out of 5 because I wouldn’t necessarily buy them separately, but will definitely will enjoy the rest of them in the sample bag I received. It would be thoroughly enjoyed by someone who likes snacks that are a mixture of sweet and salty, which isn’t usually my thing.
These are what I decided to try next, mostly because I was a little iffy about them. I mean, I’ve enjoyed sardines in the past, but my experience has been with the smoked version and not the sun-dried ones. They are called Iwashiko and they aren’t salty like you’d expect. Once again, they have a bit of sweetness to them, which was highly not expected. I’ll be honest, these aren’t my favorite and I definitely won’t be purchasing them again. They have a nice crunch to them, but the sweetness is a little off-putting. They aren’t dessert-sweet, but I really wish they were salty. I’ll be giving the remainder to my mom, who actually did enjoy them more than I did. I’ll give this snack a 2 out of 5, but that’s more because of personal taste than anything else.
I felt this next snack by just squishing the package a little, and I was terrified by the texture. It’s soft and gummy, so I was not sure what to expect. When I opened it up and saw it was covered in something that looked like powdered sugar, I relaxed a bit. I figured it couldn’t be so bad! This snack is called Chaya No Mochi, which is a Kinako covered rice cake. Kinako is “a type of roasted soybean flour that has been used for hundreds of years in Japan” according to the informational card. It also notes that Kinako is “made by finely grinding roasted yellow soybeans and has a nutty yet slightly sweet taste.” Chaya No Mochi was apparently enjoyed by travelers across Japan who would stop at teahouses. These descriptions helped me look more forward to trying the snack. Now, let me try to express this well. First bite, and I was utterly in love! The texture was absolutely lovely; softer and chewier than a Gummy Bear. The flavor was exactly as described in the card; slightly sweet and a bit nutty. Honestly, I cannot express my enjoyment more in words, but I definitely give it a 5 out of 5 and am going to try to purchase some immediately! I’ve been craving it since yesterday’s first bite! I highly recommend giving this sweet treat a try if you never have.
Kaki No Tane is something I had tried in the past. Apparently, the snack’s name “literally means persimmon seeds,” according to the informational card. However, “it’s actually small crescent-shaped senbei rice crackers combined with peanuts.” They have a little tiny bit of spice to them, which I quite enjoy. I’ve usually enjoyed this snack mixed in with other rice crackers. It was nice to let its flavor stand out, and the peanuts were a great addition. I give this snack a 5 out of 5 as it’s an old favorite of mine!
I still haven’t quite made up my mind about Kinako Bo. “This old fashioned snack became popular over 50 years ago and was the go-to snack for many Japanese children back then.” The card also states that it is made “by hand-kneading finely grained kinako, honey, and flour.” I didn’t really taste much of that same Kinako flavor as in the Chaya No Mochi, but the nuttiness of it definitely stood out. It was almost like a peanut butter flavor, but only slightly. I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if I could taste more honey. The texture was also chewy, but not gummy. Considering I still have half of the snack leftover, and I most likely will not be purchasing it in the future, I give it a 3 out of 5. It wasn’t bad, but I’m not excited about it.
Gift of Yuzu was another gummy, chewy snack in this month’s box. I was a little scared to try it, but it smelled so incredibe! The informational card says that it is a “refreshing snack [that] is made by a famous 100-year-old snack store on the island of Shikoku.” Already, I was even more intrigued because I love anything that has history to it. The card describes the snack as having an outer layer of mochi that is “made with locally-produced premium Shikoku rice” and that the inside is “filled with a mixture of yuzu puree from the Ehime prefecture and mildly sweet azuki bean paste.” So I looked up what yuzu was, and it is apparently a citrus fruit from East Asia. I shared this with my mom, and she described it as feeling pureed more than gummy, which I definitely can agree with. It was just slightly grainy and chewy. It wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet because of the help of the citrus flavors. I really enjoyed this and would definitely purchase more. I think it would be really good with a side of herbal tea. I give this snack a 5 out of 5.
Okay, honesty time: the box gave me four of these candies but I ate one before I took any pictures. Let’s just say I was just a bit excited about them! I’ve had other Japanese milk candies, but never a matcha one. These are called Hokkaido Matcha Milk Candies, and they are “made with cream from Kokkaido and premium matcha from the Aichi prefecture of Japan” which has apparently been “cultivating award-winning matcha since the 1200s.” Again, I love the history behind these snacks and their ingredients! These candies had a very strong matcha flavor, which I love quite a lot. They are creamy, slightly sweet and the perfect little snack to take anywhere with you. I’m only down to two of these candies, though I’m about to eat one after I finish this post, so just the one at that point. I will definitely be purchasing some soon! I give this a 5 out of 5.
Overall, I’d give this box a 5 out of 5 since I will be looking to purchase 4 out of the 6 items soon, and the box has convinced me to extend my subscription. Now, let’s take a look at their options:
Tasting Box: $15.75 (3 snacks less than regular sized box)
1-Month Regular Sized Box: $38.95
3-Month Regular Sized Box (SALE): $115.50 ($38.50 per box)
6-Month Regular Sized Box (SALE): $227.70 ($37.95 per box)
I definitely will be trying at least one more Tasting Box before deciding on a regular sized box. I’m highly tempted because the regular sized boxes all come wrapped in beautiful Furoshiki, which I looked up and found out is a wrap. They are gorgeous! Check out CoolRiceBunnies on YouTube for her unboxing of the November 2015 box for an example. Plus, check out her other videos! (Hi Lily, if you read this!)
**Just in case you’re interested, the 3 extra items in this month’s regular box were Coconut Sable Cookies, Ankororin and Kinako Rusk. I have no descriptions on these items, so if you try them, please let me know what you think!
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Until next time…
With Tea and Sunshine,
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