Luxury snack service Bokksu brings Japan directly to your door

Have you experienced a Red Bean Paste cookie from a 500 year old family maker in Kyoto? Or tried a Chocolate-Infused Strawberry? Now you can with Bokksu, a gourmet snack box with artisanal Japanese offerings.

White Chocolate Strawberry. Courtesy: Bokksu

We here in Hawaii LOVE our Japanese snacks, and I’m no exception. While there are many Japanese grocery stores, gift shops, snack shops, and restaurants in Hawaii, I was intrigued by a relatively new  subscription service called Bokksu, dedicated to exploring Japanese culture through snacks.

Bokksu Founder Danny Taing says this is the only gourmet snack that is boxed, sourced, and curated directly from Japan – recent collaborators include Chika from Chikalicious and Michelin Starred Chef Chikara Sono of Kyo Ya!

April’s Blossoming Spring box. Courtesy: Bokksu

Bokksu offered this blogger a chance to try April’s Blossoming Spring Bokksu. Rare, gourmet, sought after snacks and delicacies are included in each box. For example, the Blossoming Spring box features the world’s first white chocolate-infused strawberry, made with organic strawberries and white chocolate by Qua. (DELICIOUS!)

April Bokksu and the much-hyped white strawberry. It is SO GOOD and I have never tried anything like this before! Courtesy: Bokksu

Everything in the box was tasty and fun. It reminded me of what you can get (here in Hawaii) at Marukai, the old Shirokiya, or even Long’s. Some of it is actually available at Long’s (Pocky sticks) but some are very high-grade versions of snack favorites (luxury mochi crunch). 

Strawberry Pocky. Courtesy: Bokksu

Of course, Japanese have a beautiful, delicate, and cute aesthetic, so everything was packaged to produce a gasp when the box was opened.

I think this is a very fun treat, particularly when someone lives too far from a good Japantown but wants their Nihon snacks.

Previous boxes featured limited edition Kit Kats such as Mandarin Orange and exclusive collaborations like the heavenly Caramelized Apple Cobbler from world-renowned Japanese pastry shop ChikaLicious. Bokksu has also collaborated with culinary stars, like Executive Chef Chikara Sono of New York’s Michelin-Starred Kyo Ya.

A combination Tasting Menu and Culture Guide is included in every Bokksu along with a tea pairing for the box to further create opportunities to slow down and enjoy a snacking ritual. If you don’t read kanji, make sure to keep it as it seems all the packages are not in English.

Taing, a former longtime Japan resident, says he was inspired to create this subscription service because he wanted access to his favorite snacks when he moved back to New York City. “I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in and adventure through Japan, which inspired me to create Bokksu. Inviting curious individuals to explore Japanese culture through their taste and imagination is our primary mission.”

He continues, “During my time in Japan, snacking became not just a way to satiate hunger but create ritual, slow down, and create community by sharing. Through being introduced to unique Japanese snacks, I discovered inspiring stories of the snack makers and the traditional recipes behind each one. Some of the snack makers Bokksu works with have been making their signature delicacies such as Kyoto Yokan Red Bean Paste for nearly 500 years.”

May marks Bokksu’s second anniversary. Boxes have different themes each month such as Glamorous Tokyo, Blossoming Spring, Citrus Summer, Tropical Okinawa, and Doki Doki Kit Kat for a unique Valentine’s Day theme in February (Doki Doki is the sound of an excited heartbeat in Japanese).

This is certainly a cultural treat that’s a bit more exciting that my usual Long’s Drugs arare and White Rabbit (though I love those all the same)!

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Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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