The other day I was contacted by Sakuraco and asked to provide an honest review in exchange for one of their monthly Sakuraco boxes which contains authentic and traditional Japanese sweets, teas, and more.
It sounded super cool! And since I’m always interested in things from Japan, I decided to give it a go.
Here I’ll share my thoughts and experience on the Sakuraco box and some interesting information about the company as well.
But I’m not sharing any of the candy – Those are for me!
Who are Sakuraco?
Sakuraco is a Tokyo based company that shares the culture of Japan with the world through their monthly snack boxes which focus on both traditional and modern Japanese sweets and teas.
They partner with local makers and provide not only the snacks themselves, but also detailed information on the candy and the creators within the monthly booklet that is included with each box.
This month’s theme is Mt. Fuji and centers around the two prefectures of Shizuoka, famous for their rich green teas, and Yamanashi which cultivates fruit throughout the entire year due to their unique climate.
I was delighted to read about the history and stories of the candy and tea makers and to learn about their passions and joy with creating these wonderful treats.
Then I got to enjoy the sweets and teas that I had just learned about and experience it for myself.
They were so good!
What’s in the Box?
This was the first time I had ever received a box of Japanese treats and teas, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect at first.
But one thing is for sure, I was blown away by just how much stuff was included!
To get a full list of what was in the box, you can click on the link below to visit the Sakuraco website and see a complete list with pictures and details on each item:
There are lots of tea and fruit based snacks, sencha with matcha tea, and even a Mt. Fuji Owan bowl which can be used to fill up with snacks!
You can also flip it upside down and use it for decoration as a mini Mt. Fuji – how cool is that?!
What’s also really nice is that the booklet provides pictures and information on each snack that includes who makes it, where they are from, common allergens (such as eggs, dairy, etc.) and even if the treat is vegetarian friendly (nearly all of them were in my box).
I would highly recommend going through the book first and then trying out the sweets and tea.
That way you can feel a stronger connection with each treat since you will have learned where it came from and some of its unique characteristics.
By the way, the Kyoho Grape Chocolate Crunch is AMAZING!
Of course no snack box review would be complete without talking about the snacks themselves, and as I’ve mentioned before, the box contains a lot of them.
If you’ve never had Japanese treats before, they are usually a lot less sugary than American candy.
But don’t be fooled and think any less of them, because in my experience they actually contain much more flavor.
In addition to that, the flavors are unique and not something that you will find in a typical American grocery or convenience store.
For example, the Green Tea Leaf Cookies has the texture of cookies (of course), but really do taste like green tea.
If you are a big fan of tea like I am, then they are a “must try” item.
Even if you are not a big time tea drinker, I would still encourage you to try them out since it will most likely be a fun and new experience.
The Kyoho Grape Cholocate Crunch are my personal favorite, and I was taken aback by just how smooth and pleasant it tasted as the white chocolate and grapes melted in my mouth when I bit into it. The toasted corn flakes also gave it a satisfying crunch as I munched to my heart’s content.
The snacks are a lot of fun as they are crafted to not only delight the mouth, but also the eyes.
For example, the Red Fuji Cookies are in the shape of Mt. Fuji! It is a triangular shaped cookie with icing on the top, representing the snow you see in most depictions.
There was also the Kokeshi Doll Senbei which are rice snacks that mimic the shape of dolls along with the decorative packaging for the face and clothing.
I’m not saying that you should play with you food, but these Japanese snacks are about more than just eating them.
There are many, many more snacks that are included, but I want to move on because all of these things add up to more than just some nice treats to enjoy.
It provides an exciting experience that I would like to talk about next.
From the very beginning of this experience I felt like I on some sort of adventure through Japan.
At first, I knew the package was in the mail which started building the anticipation of getting the Japanese snack box and opening it to try out the all treats inside.
I didn’t have to wait long as it arrived within a week!
Getting the box and opening it up reminded me of being a kid with presents at Christmas time. I was excited, but didn’t quite know what would be inside.
I was amazed at just how much was inside the box!
After I carefully laid out all of the cookies, teas, crackers, and everything else I went through the booklet and read every page.
Than I learned about the history and culture surrounding Mt. Fuji, Shizuoka, and Yamanashi I felt like I was on a tour visiting each location.
Next I learned about some of the companies making these wonderful delights and the dedicated people whose passion it is to bring their creations to the world.
Then it was time to dive into the treats by reading a little about each one and then trying them out for myself.
I felt like I had a connection to each snack because of the information I had learned and the stories I read.
Than as I started eating the sweets, I found myself savoring the moment and wanting to get the most out of each and every bite.
All of these things added up to a wonderful feeling of having visited Japan, if for only a moment, and tasting the wonderful things it has to offer.
Even after all the snacks are gone (I still have a few left!), I will always have my Mt. Fuji bowl to remember the happy memories by.
Where To Learn More
I have to say that I am incredibly impressed with the entire Sakuraco snack box experience!
The flavors that I tried out are unique to this period (October, 2021) and it’s exciting to know that they provide a different selection of teas, treats, and information each month to subscribers.
I highly encourage you to check out Sakuraco’s website to learn more about them and what they have to offer.
The nice thing about the service is that there are multiple subscription options when it comes to ordering a snack box and trying it out.
You can try it out for just one month to see if it’s something that you would like, or you can sign up for a longer period (3 months, 6 months, or 12 months) in order to save on the price.
No matter which way you go, you are bound to receive a lot of value and enjoyment from the entire experience.
Like I said, this was something new to me and I am more than happy to share it with others so that they can join in on the fun like I did.
Check them out if you haven’t already and then let me know about your experience by leaving a comment below.
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