Bokksu – February 2018: “Doki Doki KitKat”

Bokksu is a monthly subscription that sends out delicious snacks sourced directly from Japan. Bokksu currently offers two subscriptions options. The Classic Box contains 20-25 snacks and a tea pairing, as well as a tasting guide and free shipping. Prices for this box range from $33 – $39, depending on how many months you prepay. The Tasting Box contains 8 – 10 snacks, and it also has the tea pairing, tasting guide, and free shipping. Prices for this box range from $16 to $19.

I think these are very reasonable prices, especially since it includes free shipping from Japan!

My top three candies would have to be Reese’s Cups, Kit-Kats, and Twix bars. Obviously, I am a fan of chocolate! So, I was very excited to find out that Bokksu’s February Theme was Doki Doki KitKat! “Doki Doki” is a Japanese word that refers to a pounding heart; Bokksu says that these Kit-Kats are sure to get your heart pounding with excitement. I think a sugar-high fueled heart might be more fitting. Anyways, let’s get started!

My box arrived in sturdy cardboard packaging, with no damage.

Inside were so many snacks! I was blown away by the sheer number of KitKats they managed to fit inside.

Here is a quick look at everything I received in my box. I received 28 snacks in 12 variations, and 3 tea bags.

I also received a Tasting Guide, which gave me information about each product. This was very useful, because the packaging on each item was completely in Japanese.

First, I want to take a look at the non-Kitkat items. I received a package of mini-heart shaped Senbei  (Japanese rice crackers) which was a free exclusive gift for Bokksu Classic subscribers. This packet is worth $3. They are flavored with soy sauce and black pepper, and are very salty! Much too salty for my taste, but my boyfriend loves them.

I also received three packets of Karel Capek White Peach Tea, worth $2 each. Can we talk about how gorgeous the packaging is? The illustration on the front is adorable! Unfortunately my throat swells when I eat or drink anything containing peach, so I will be giving this away.

Okay, now on to the KitKats! The first kind I tried was Amao Strawberry, which has a subtle fruity flavor. I receive two packets, which are worth $2.50 together. The Amao Strawberry is not to be confused with the regular Strawberry ones they sent, which are much more tart! I really enjoyed these, and they reminded me of the strawberry yogurt you can find on yogurt covered pretzels. Mellow, smooth, and all together yummy.

Next, I tried the Matcha Kit-Kats. I received 3 packets, which are worth $1.15 together.  These have a white chocolate base, with a little bit of matcha flavor peeking through. It is not overwhelming, and is a great foray into matcha-flavored candies! I do not have much experience with matcha, so I tried this one before the other more strongly flavored matcha kitkats.

After trying the Matcha Kitkats, I moved on to the Dark Matcha variation. The matcha flavor is stronger in this one, but it is still quite sweet. I received 3 packets, which are worth $1.25 together.

By this point, I felt like a matcha expert. So, I decided to try their strongest variation: Matcha Leaves. This actually had green tea leaves ground and blended into the white chocolate. WOW, this was strong! It was certainly a unique KitKat, but not one I think I would eat again. I received 2 packets, which are worth $0.92 together.

After trying those matcha KitKats, I moved on to another unique flavor: Purple Yam! I had no idea what to expect from these, but I really loved them. They didn’t taste like yam to me, but were instead floral and reminded me of lavender. I received 2 packets, worth $2.66 together.

Next, I decided to try their Luxury Edition bars. These contain a serving size of a single larger bar, instead of the standard double bar.

Cranberry and Almond was absolutely delicious, and probably my favorite KitKat in the whole box! It had real almonds and cranberries sprinkled on top, and the bar was coated in rich dark chocolate. I received 4 bars, which are worth $1.38 together.

The other luxury bar was Matcha Double Berry and Almond. The matcha flavor was mellow, and cranberries and raspberries on the top were very tart. This was a beautiful pairing, and this definitely felt like an upscale candy bar! I received two bars, which are worth $0.92 together.

All right, I have a confession: I wanted to photograph all of these in one session, so at this point I had tried 7 KitKats in under 15 minutes. Would it have been a good idea to stop here and pick up later? Yes. Did I do that? Nope!

Now that the sugar rush had really set in, I moved on to a less-sweet Kitkat: Hojicha. This is only sold in the Kansai region of Japan, and uses handpick roasted green tea, which is layered into the chocolate. This had such a deep, complex flavor and the roasted green tea leaves tasted completely different from the Matcha Leaves kitkat. I received 2 packets, which are worth $2.66 together.

Next, I tried the Strawberry KitKats. They may have a plain name, but are anything but boring in flavor! These KitKats were packed with tart little bits of strawberry, and were incredibly tasty. I greatly prefer them over the Amao Strawberry KitKats, which were more mild and didn’t have bits of fruit. I received 4 packets, which are worth $1.66 together.

The last flavor I received was Dark Chocolate, which is  the closest to a regular KitKat albeit less sweet. After trying so many crazy KitKats, this was a welcome conclusion. The chocolate was rich and tasty. I received 4 packets, worth $1.54 together.

Wow, that was a lot of chocolate! This was my first time trying Bokksu and I had such a fun time. I loved all of the flavors, except for Matcha Leaves. And, I still thought it was a unique flavor and I’m happy I had the chance to try it. I love that Bokksu sends snacks only sold in Japan, and for such an affordable price! This was the Classic Box, which costs $39 for a single month. I ended up receiving 31 items, which were worth $25.64 -and this price included FREE shipping from Japan. Keep reading for my final verdict:

Our score: 9.8/ 10

I would recommend this box to anybody who loves international snacks! Normally their boxes have much more variety, rather than different flavors of the same candy. This is a great way to try out Japanese food that you wouldn't be able to get your hands on otherwise.

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality10
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money9
  • Selection of products10

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