Sakura season is a major event in Japan that is celebrated with sakura viewings, festivals, and plenty of sakura-themed foods. While these are plentiful in Japan, for those of us outside of Japan, it can be hard to experience the sights, smells, and flavors of cherry blossom season. However, thanks to companies like Bokksu, we can at least get the taste of all those wonderful spring flavors. Bokksu is a monthly subscription box that brings traditional snacks from Japan to your door. Each month is a new theme, highlighting different flavors and areas of Japan. The April 2022 Bokksu brings the many flavors of the sakura season, along with a few other flavors popular during this time of the year.
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April 2022 Bokksu
Beika Ha Tochigi Ume Zarame
A combination of plum and soy sauce may sound strange, but let me tell you, it worked well. This super crunchy cracker had a nice sweet and savory mix.
Kanagawa Sakura Jelly
This treat intrigued me quite a bit. A packet of jelly is sakura flowers suspended within it. I was really eager to give it a try. However, when I did, it was like eating cough syrup in jelly form. Certainly not something I had expected.
Strawberry Milk Strawberry Marshmallow
While I’m not the biggest fan of marshmallows, I figured strawberry-flavored ones would be good. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy these. The flavor was off, not quite strawberry but I couldn’t put my finger on what it did taste like.
These little rice crackers were shaped like Mount Fuji and while that was neat, their flavor was what made them stand out. I enjoyed them all, though the spicy one gave me a slightly harsh kick, I still enjoyed it.
The sakura flavor of this mochi was quite mild, almost to the point where if I didn’t know it was sakura then I might not have been able to taste it. Other than the slight lack of flavor, I enjoyed this mochi.
Morokoshi Cookie: Sakura Horohoro
These sakura petal-shaped cookies were small but had a surprising amount of flavor to them.
Strawberry Choco Mochi
Mochi is always a favorite of mine and this one was great. The strawberry flavor hits first and then as it starts to fade the chocolate slides in. It was a great combination and my only complaint was that I wish they had included more of these.
Oranda Senbei Plum Kelp
If there is one thing I have learned from all my previous Bokksu experiences, it’s that anything that is kelp-flavored is going to be good.
Uma Kara Spicy Mentai Burdock Chips
Spicy foods and I don’t really get along. I like to try them but the spice is often far too much for me. That was the case with these burdock chips. One or two was fine, but if I ate more than that then my mouth was on fire!
Shortbread cookies in the shape of sakura flowers with a nice amount of sakura flavor.
Pure Gummy: White Peach
I’m pretty sure I have had these before. I really loved these gummies. The peach flavor is somewhat mild but seems perfect at the same time. If I could have had another bag of these then I would be very happy.
Aji Karuta: Honey Plum
This was a substitute in the box, as the original item wasn’t available. I quite liked these big crackers, though they were a bit harder than I expected them to be. A good jaw workout while enjoying a tasty snack.
Sakura Sweet Cookie
These were fantastic! The cookies were buttery and soft, while the filling had a strong sakura flavor that complimented the cookie perfectly. I also loved the
Manyoukashu: Amakara Komaru
I quite liked this one. The honey flavor was mild but
I really enjoyed this one. The sakura flavor was strong but not overwhelming and the pastry was wonderfully soft. I could have easily eaten several of these in one sitting.
Spring Gold Green Tea
As a non-tea drinker, I always find it difficult to judge the teas that Bokksu provides. This one was alright and I’m sure would have paired nicely with several of the snacks, but I tried it on its own.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the April 2022 Bokksu. I know I enjoyed these quite a bit. And of course, the best part is that having tried Bokksu many times before, there were no repeat items from their previous Sakura-themed box. Have you tried Bokksu?