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Subscription Box Review – Bokksu Tasting Box – October 2019

Everything in the October Bokksu subscription box

 

 

So as I was deciding on what subscription boxes I wanted to review this year Amazon did a thing. Amazon has for the longest time had a couple of subscription boxes you could access through them, but that was it, just a couple. Then a few weeks ago I got several emails notifying me they were officially making subscription boxes a thing you get from them. No they aren’t boxes exclusive to Amazon, they are just made easy to access and manage in one spot, similar to the way Cratejoy works.

So I wanted to make sure to review at least one subscription box this year that is purchasable through Amazon, maybe more. So for the purpose of this review, and any future boxes I get through Amazon, I will only be talking about my experience with Amazon and the option available there.

So today we are taking a look at the Bokksu Tasting Box. This is the first subscription box I am trying through Amazon. They do offer a larger box called the Classic, and when I originally ordered my box their Vegetarian box was an option. However, the vegetarian option is not currently showing on Amazon’s page as I write this.

 

Service Name: Bokksu

 

Price: $25.00 a month

 

Where Is It Available: When ordered through Amazon, this box is available only in the US.

 

Who To Get It For: I think this is perfect for anyone who is a foodie or loves the Japanese/Asian types of treats in general.

 

What You Get: In the tasting box you get 10 to 14 items each month along with a culture guide that include product details. Items are all from Japan in a mix of savory snacks, candy, and teas. If you upgrade to the Classic box you get 20 to 25 items each month. Each months box revolves around a theme. For the October box, the theme is Haunted Harvest.

 

Drawbacks: For me personally there wasn’t any drawbacks. However, if you or the person you are buying this for is a picky eater or has certain types of food allergies, then this may not be the box for you.

 

The Details:

Even though this is the October box, I was initially confused as to what month this  box was for. The theme, and products included (as you will see), does seem very much like it should be for October. However I received my box mid September, so I originally thought it was for September. To give you an idea of the shipping time I ordered mine on September 2 and I received it on September 14. But the guide that came in the box definitely identifies the box as the October box.

So now lets take a look at the actual box and what came inside.

Bokksu Tasting Box

And when you first open the box, this is what you see. The Culture Guide, as they have describer it, is laying on top. And I like their tag of “Discover Japan Through Snacks” is nicely incorporated into the opening of the box.

Octobser 2019 Bokksu tasting box

And then under the guide you will find your products for the month.

What is in the October 2019 Bokksu Tasting box

Now lets take a closer look at each of the individual items in the box. I will try to link to any individual products you can purchase as a standalone for anyone who wants to try something that was in this box.

Organic Hojicha Tea

Organic Hojicha Tea. This is actually from Bokksu. Since I haven’t had the box before I don’t know how often they have items that are their own products, but this one is. From what I understand this box always contains at least one tea each month. This particular tea is described as being a roasted sancha green tea with a light flavor. This is one of two items I haven’t had a chance to try yet.

 

 

Onigiri Senebei: Halloween Soy Sauce FlavorOnigiri Senbei: Halloween Soy Sauce Flavor. This is from a company called Masuya. Unlike the previous item, the name doesn’t really tell you what to expect with this one. What you get is two rice ball-shaped crisps with seaweed bits in it, flavored like soy sauce. I couldn’t find these special Halloween edition ones, but you can buy the original pack.

 

 

Kakimochi Mochi Rice Crackers

Kakimochi Mochi Rice Crackers: Kobukaki. From a company called Hinodeya Seika. While the ingredients in these mochi rice cracker are similar to the last product, the flavor and texture is very different. I don’t know what I expected when I opened these, but it is nothing like any other Mochi I have had. These are definitely like puffy crackers.

 

 

Satsuma Precious Chips: Salt + Brown Sugar Flavor

Satsuma Precious Chips: Salt + Brown Sugar Flavor. These are from a company called Hombo Shoten. They are a sweet potato chip with extra flavoring added. This was one of the few things in the box that I did not care for. Typically I think of most snacks from Asian countries are less sweet than American snacks. However, these were a lot sweeter than any of the sweet potato chips I have ever tried. They were really more of a desert than a savory snack.

 

Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Annou Imo Sweet Potato

Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Annou Imo Sweet Potato. These are from a company called Echigo Seika. I know these are a little difficult to see because of the packaging, but they are quarter sized round balls of puffed mochi with powder on them. The guide-book says that this sweet potato flavor is only seasonal. They were very unique with the texture of a cheese puff and the flavor of a cinnamon donut. This was probably my favorite item in the box, both because of the flavor and uniqueness. While I could not find these exact puffed mochi, you can purchase what seems to be the same thing from a different brand in a different flavor.

 

Puchi Pure Gummy in Grape

 

Puchi Pure Gummy: Halloween Assort Pack (The assortment included two flavors as seen in these two pictures. It came in grape and orange). These are from a company called Kanro. I did try the grape flavor, but as most of you know my allergy issues include citrus and citrus flavors. So I passed the orange flavor on to my niece.

These, at least compared to what I have had before and what is available in my area, were the least unique items in the box. That doesn’t mean they weren’t good. I often like Japanese gummy candy because the flavors taste more real to life compared to American candy. And that stayed consistent with these. I could not find them in these small triangular packs, but they are available in large bag assortments.

 

 

Baby Star Ramen Sticks: Halloween

Baby Star Ramen Sticks: Halloween. From the Oyatsu Company. This is ramen noodles that have been fixed in some way that they are ready to eat like chips with seasoning on it. So other than the packaging, I am not sure what exactly is Halloween about this product. The taste was great though, and it brought me back to my childhood. I was one of those weird kids who really loved eating the ramen when it was still crispy. And while again I could not track down this exact packaging, I did find where you can purchase chicken flavor or you can purchase a variety pack.

 

Tsukisamu Anpan: Kabocha Pumpkin Red Bean

Tsukisamu Anpan: Kabocha Pumpkin Red Bean. This is from a company called Honma. This is the only other item I haven’t tried yet in the box. The only reason I haven’t tried this yet is the guide recommended baking it first, and I just haven’t gotten around to it. It is described as being a pumpkin sweet roll with a red bean and kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) filling. For those not familiar, Japanese pumpkin is not what we in the US call pumpkin. You may be more familiar with it as a fall squash.

 

Sanrio Characters: Halloween Cookie Assortment

 

Sanrio Characters: Halloween Cookie Assort. These are from a company called Shoei Delicy. Assortment again is two packs. I do believe how the packs look are completely random with these. However, the contents should be the same for everyone. Each person should receive one chocolate cookie with a ganache filling.

 

Sanrio Characters: Halloween Cookie Assort

And you should have a second pudding cookie as the guide refers to it. This particular cookie is vanilla with a pudding filling, but instead of pudding I would refer to it as a thick custard. I really liked these. They kind of reminded me of some of the filled tea cookies I have had in the past.

 

 

 

Kinako Kurumi Walnut Mochi

Kinako Kurumi Walnut Mochi. From the company Kubota Seika. This was definitely a treat. I had never had this type of mochi, and I definitely loved it. There was just one disappointment, but you will see what that was with the next item.

 

 

 

Kurumi Walnut Mochi

Kurumi Walnut Mochi. This one is from a company called Marusan Tamakiya. So while I still enjoyed both of the walnut mochis, it was bit disappointing in the sense that I would rather of had multiple flavors to try rather than a repeat just from a different company.

 

 

 

Butter Corn Rice Cracker

Butter Corn Rice Cracker. This is from the company Marukin Foods. The last food item was another really unique item that I had never had anything like it. It had the flavor of buttered cornbread but with the texture of a shortbread biscuit.

 

 

The only other thing included in the box was the guide.

Bokksu Subscription Box Guide

In the guide you will find a list of products and which boxes they were included in for the month. Descriptions of each item in the boxes. A map showing which region each of the products came from. And there are also some fun little bits in the guide, like Japanese words to learn for the month.

Everything in the October Bokksu subscription box

And with that we have everything in the box for the month of October.

 

Final Thoughts:

I really loved this box, and I was quite impressed for quite a few reasons. First, I thought this box was a reasonable price. Some food boxes can be quite pricey or they just don’t have much in them. I also really appreciated that this was full of things I had never seen before. I have tried other snack boxes and felt like they were full of things I could have gotten on my own from local groceries. And I was very happily surprised to see that they included allergen information for each product.

If you would like to try this box out for yourself you can find it on Amazon. And make sure to check out all the other subscription boxes you can try on Amazon as well.

Tell me in the comments if you have tried this box and what you thought? What is your favorite box?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subscription Service Review: InstaCandy

Instacandy Logo

Do you like candy? Because I like candy. I mean who doesn’t like candy? What I also like is subscription boxes. It’s no surprise that these two things have been combined. There are pretty much subscription boxes out there for just about everything you can think of. And there are even multiple candy subscription boxes out there. Today we are taking a look at InstaCandy.

Instacandy Logo

InstaCandy offers both personal and gift subscriptions. Subscription options come in terms of one, three, and six months. I decided to go with the one month subscription and I kept it for two months to get a full idea of the type of items they send.

The one month subscription cost $24.99 a month, though there are significant discounts for taking the larger term subscription. In each box you get eight full size items along with occasional extra treats.

I personally got November and December 2017 boxes. I originally hoped to have this review up way before Christmas, but I just didn’t think one month of this box was enough for me to make a full review. I did however only take pictures of November’s box. So lets take a look at what I got. (I will be linking to individual items on Amazon so you can get an idea of the value of products or alternatively buy anything you want.)

InstaCandy Subscription Box

InstaCandy arrives in the standard sort of box that most subscription boxed come in these days. As you can see they have their logo printed on their boxes, so there is no mistaking who it’s from. And don’t worry about my shipping label being on there. I had it shipped to the mail box that I get mail for the blog at.

Inside of the InstaCandy Box

When you open it up it comes with the standard gift cards and ads for other subscription services that seem to arrive in every box. Side note: You know when I first started getting subscription boxes back about sever years ago you rarely got anything other than a card listing the products in your box. Now its rare to get a card listing your products and you almost always get multiple ads. If I get one more ad for Hello Fresh I might scream. Okay, back to your regularly scheduled post.

Road Crew Crunch, Milk Chocolate Mile Flavor in Novembers InstaCandy Box

The first item I got in November’s box was this Road Crew Crunch in the Milk Chocolate Mile variety. It is made with Gluten Free Ingredients and it’s Fair Trade Certified. I had never heard of or tried this before. It wasn’t my favorite thing in the box, but it was okay for what it was. I am just personally not a fan of peanuts.

Smash Mallow in the November InstaCandy Box

Next I got this bag of Smash Mallow in Cinnamon Churro flavor. I again had never heard of tried this item. This was probably the item I felt the most skeptical about before trying it. However, I can honestly say this was a pleasant surprise. This actually ended up being my favorite thing that came in the box. It turns out these come in lots of flavors and I most likely will be trying some of them.

Candy Raisins in the November InstaCandy Box

There were also a pack of Original Candy Raisins in the box. This is yet another item I had not heard of or tried before. These were odd and I don’t know what to say beyond that. I don’t even know how to describe the taste, but I know I didn’t care for them.

A mix of Sour Pops and Bon Bon Boom Pop in the November InstaCandy Box

A mix of Sour Pops from BonBon Boom were included in November’s box. And we come to the first item I have actually tried before. I use to enjoy these when I was a kid, but now because of my allergies I can’t really have these. I passed them on in some kids Christmas gifts, and they were quite excited to get them.

Sour Power Sortz in Novembers InstaCandy Box

Next there was a package of Sour Power Sortz. I had heard of these, but never tried them. Again I use to be a fan of sour candy when I was a kid, but not so much anymore. I did give it a try in one of the flavors that wouldn’t bother my allergy, but while I didn’t find it horrible, I am still was not a fan.

Single wrapped gummy bears in the November InstaCandy Box

I also got these Land of the Gummies Individually Wrapped Gourmet Gummy in Cherry Red. I had not heard or tried this before. This was probably my second favorite thing in the box. I really wish there had been more. And I will most definitely look into trying more flavors from this brand.

Haribo Sour Gold-Bears Gummi Candy in the November InstaCandy Box

And there was a bag of Haribo Sour Gold-Bears Gummi Candy in the box. I have had these in the past as a kid, but again not a fan of them as an adult. Though they were more edible than the other sour candy for me.

Also included in the box was a packet of nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread With Cocoa in the Dark Variety. It was a one serving packet. It was supposed to be one of the items in the box I think, but I personally would not consider this candy.

So that is everything that came in November 2017’s box. Now if I were I basing my opinion solely on November’s box then I would say that InstaCandy is just meh. It had some good stuff and some bad stuff, but not really enough to sway me either way. However, having tried a lot of subscription services in the last few years I knew that sometimes even the best boxes are like that. So I also got Decembers.

As already stated, there are no pictures of what I received for December, but here are some of the items that were included in the box:

  1. 2 Large Bags of Haribo Gold Bears Christmas Edition Gummi Candy
  2. 1 Bag of Candy Raisins
  3. 2 Poppies Belgium Coconut Macaroon Cookies in the chocolate drizzle variety.
  4. A 3 pack of Santa Shaped Milk Chocolates

There were a few other items included as well in December’s box, but what they were seems to escape me at the moment. But in my personal opinion, December’s box was phenomenally better. With the exceptions of the Candy Raisins I really enjoyed everything in the December box.

I would definitely give this another try in the future or potentially give it as a gift. I know there are a lot of candy and sweet lovers out there who would love to receive something like this as a gift. It does seem like they are giving a decent variety of items. And it also seems to be the best value I have ever seen for a candy subscription.

Let me know in the comments if you have tried InstaCandy. And if you did, what did you think?

 


 

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