New Year in Japan is filled with food, festivals, shrine visits, and of course mochi. Red and gold decorations can be seen everywhere. The theme of the January 2023 Bokksu is Shinshun New Year. With plenty of red and gold packaging, this Bokksu highlights the flavors of the Japanese New Year. This is a great way to start the year, with traditional Japanese snacks. Having a box of traditional Japanese snacks arrive at my door every month has been a wonderful experience. Being able to experience the flavors, scents, and traditions of Japan from the comfort of my own home is something I look forward to. This New Year Bokksu was a great way to celebrate the arrival of 2023.
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January 2023 Bokksu
Matcha Genmaicha Tea
I am not a tea drinker, but I always try the included tea. I will admit, that matcha tea is slowly growing on me. This one was pretty good. I don’t know if it would be enough to convert me into a tea enthusiast, but I did enjoy it.
Yokohama Caramel Cake
Ring cakes are always a great find in any Bokksu. The caramel cake was one of my favorites. Though the flavor was on the mild side, I found it to be perfect. Add in the soft moist cake and this was a one of my favorite items this month.
Kanjyuku Miyazaki Mango Chocolate
I would never imagine that mango and chocolate go together but this little snack proved to be a winning combination.
I don’t think I have ever had anything persimmon-flavored before. I can’t say that it stood out and I can’t even compare it to another fruit. Regardless, I enjoyed this mochi.
Butter Kaoru Custard Financier: Shonan Gold
These mini cakes were fantastic. I didn’t really taste the custard so much but the butter flavor stood out and complimented the cake well. I’m glad they were two of these included because I enjoyed them a lot.
Kinako Azuki Crunch
I don’t tend to love azuki snacks and yet these ones were great. In fact, I also had these in my first Bokksu back in November 2019, so it was nice to get to try them again. They have a mild nutty flavor and a hearty crunch. Though small I found they were the perfect snack for in-between meals.
Matcha Chocolate-Covered Strawberry
Surprisingly crunchy, these little treats were pretty good. The matcha and strawberry complimented each other well and the chocolate added just the right amount of sweetness.
Daruma Senbei Rice Crackers
Any time I see senbei rice crackers I know I am in for a treat. These were no exception. These crackers were shaped like daruma – traditional Japanese dolls. A mix of flavors including shrimp, nori, match, and black sesame made for a great overall experience. I only wish there had been another pack included because I enjoyed them so much.
Tsukisamu Anpan: Caramel Custard
I find white bean paste is hit or miss with me. This one was a hit. I couldn’t taste the white bean and instead was met with a light caramel flavor that made this snack very enjoyable.
Hojicha Tea Warabi Mochi
As you know, I’m not really into tea. However, I do my best to give all of the snacks an equal opportunity. This warabi mochi has a stiff Jello-like consistency, making it easy to scoop out of the container. The tea flavor was pretty mild. It was an alright snack. Although I will say the kinako powder, which I only added after eating most of the mochi, ruined the experience. It’s not a flavor I am a fan of but wanted to try it anyway.
Yokohama Butter Sandwich Cookie
A crunchy cookie with a buttery filling. I had this snack back in January 2020 and also enjoyed it then, though the pattern at that time lent a slightly burnt taste to it. This time, I caught no hint of a burnt taste and really enjoyed these cookies.
Potato Chips: Sesame Oil + Salt
Chips are an exciting find in any snack box and I have enjoyed a number of chips in the past. However, since these were sesame oil flavored I knew they weren’t for me. Sesame oil is a flavor I find quite strong and off-putting. I gave these to my husband and he said they tasted extremely plain but also complimented how good they were. I did try one and while the sesame oil taste wasn’t strong I could still taste it
Ohita Kanjuku Kabosu Gummy
Another new flavor for me. Kabosu is a citrus fruit grown in Oita Prefecture. These gummies were great. Nice and fruity with a hint of sourness. The closest thing I can compare it to is a mild lemon. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these as I’m not a big fan of sour fruits but this one is the perfect balance of sweet and sour.
This was another snack that I gave to my husband. I did give them a try, and while I didn’t love them, I did find the flavor a bit odd and couldn’t see myself finishing them all. He really enjoyed them and said the flavor reminded him vaguely of BBQ. I’m not sure if smoked pickled radish does taste like BBQ but at least he enjoyed them.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the January 2023 Bokksu. Have you tried Bokksu?