Bokksu Review June 2017
Bokksu is a premium subscription service for people to discover delicious snacks and teas from all over Japan. Having lived in and snacked through Japan, Founder Danny Taing curates a gourmet box for subscribers every month filled with authentic Japanese snacks and tea pairings. They kindly sent us this box for review.
June Theme – Citrus Summer
With summer just around the corner, we felt that June would be the perfect month to curate a refreshing box full of delicious, citrus-flavored snacks! Japan may be a small island nation, but there is a surprisingly wide variety of kankitsu (citrus fruit) grown throughout the country (over 25 kinds in fact!). One such citrus is Yuzu, a yellow, tart fruit that is packed with Vitamin C. Yuzu is often used for seasoning sauces (such as ponzu) and sometimes even used for bathing! Taking a hot bath infused with floating Yuzu fruit on Winter Solstice Day is a Japanese winter tradition that can help guard against colds and the flu. Like Yuzu, other citrus fruits are said to have the power to heal and boost your appetite, which is perfect during the summertime when many people experience Natsubate (summer fatigue). In addition to being delicious and pretty, citrus fruits come with so many health benefits, which is why we are thrilled to kick off summer with you through this month’s “Citrus Summer” Bokksu!
EARL GREY + ORANGE PEEL RUSK
This delicate baguette slice is twice baked in the oven with a generous amount of Earl Grey tea and orange peel layered on top. It’s deliciously crunchy with the relaxing aroma of Earl Grey and just a hint of citrus. It’s a match made in heaven!
This doughnut cake is sweet and buttery with a moist, dense texture. It has a tangy and refreshing lemon flavor that comes from adding lemon peel to the doughnut batter.
LEMON CHEESE CAKE PIE
Wrapped in a buttery pie crust is lemon cheese cake mixed with apricot jam. This flaky delight becomes even more refreshing when refrigerated!
OBAN YUZU ZARAME SENBEI
This flavorful, crunchy rice cracker is sprinkled with small bits of Yuzu from Tochigi Prefecture and Yuzu-flavored crystal sugar. One zesty, sweet bite will leave you wanting more!
POCKY TRINITY ORANGE PEEL
This premium Pocky stick is coated in chocolate and sprinkled with orange peel, creating a delicious trio ensemble. Each bites opens with a rich flavor and finishes with orange zest!
Daifuku literally means “Big Luck” and is a traditional mochi confection usually stuffed with red bean. This delicious Lemon Daifuku uses white beans and real lemon peel to give a zesty, smooth finish.
JAGARIKO YUZU PEPPER
These crispy potato sticks first debuted in 1995 and rapidly grew in popularity to become one of Japan’s bestselling snacks. The Yuzu Pepper adds a delightfully spicy kick to the usual savory potato flavor.
YUZU GREEN TEA
Yuzu peel from Soo City in Kagoshima Prefecture adds a fresh, fruity aroma to this premium tea. Each sip of smooth green tea is deliciously balanced by light citrus notes.
Bokksu Review June 2017 – Final Thoughts
This month’s Bokksu Box is right up there with the February Kit Kat box. I was absolutely thrilled when I saw the theme spoiler for the June box. A lemon theme couldn’t be any more perfect for this time of year. When I think of lemons I think of Summer. I think of light, fresh, sweet treats. I think of patios and umbrellas. I think of all the good things, and this month’s Bokksu Box fits in perfectly. The snack mixture is absolutely wonderful. We have all of my favourite things – Pocky, sweet senbei, lemon cheese cake, doughnuts and rusk. I wouldn’t change a thing about the June Bokksu box and am pretty sure this will go down in history as one of their best boxes. And here I thought they would never be able to top the Kit Kat box. But…….I think they just did….