Review of SAKURACO: A Box Full of Original and Traditional Treats From Japan

Review of SAKURACO: A Box Full of Original and Traditional Treats From Japan ...

Japan is well-known for its cuisine, culture, and military dictatorship. A few weeks ago, I got an email from SAKURACO, a Japanese company that offers you handpicked snacks. Each month with a specific theme. Our friend from Japan sent us the January edition of their SakuraCo Box.

In this article, I will explain my experience in depth and if you should get one for yourself, let's take a look at their website and see what they have to offer as well as their pricing structure.

Sakuraco selects 18-24 Japanese sweets and snacks in accordance with the month's theme and delivers them to you, anywhere in the world. This company claims to work with many family-owned shops in Japan to source these refreshments. After I saw the treats first-hand, I can confidently state that the treats were not manufactured in some maga factory. They just taste authentic.

Let's take a look at their pricing structure. I thought their pricing was a bit more expensive and was oriented in line with most western countries' spending habits. However, I believe authenticity and true experience come at a cost. Opinions here will vary greatly from country to country.

Just a piece of advice: look up any custom duties or taxes that may be applicable to imported goods in accordance with your local tax laws(if there are any). This way you may be able to accurately calculate what you will be paying in total. Below is the monthly pricing chart as on 02/01/2023.

Subscription PeriodPrice/MonthTotal PriceYou Save
12 Months$32.50$390.00You Save $60
6 Months$33.50$201.00You Save $24
3 Months$35.50$106.50You Save $6
1 Month$37.50$37.50You Save $0

SakuraCo's sales staff was kind enough to offer us a discount code. You may use the code "NEWSFETCHER" and receive $5 off your first purchase.

What happens when you purchase a subscription? Well, you wait for the subscription to arrive which usually happens between the 10th and the 15th of a month. Now, the actual delivery time may vary from location to location. It took us about 10 days to get the treat box.

This is a good tip for anything you want to import, especially if you are doing it in India, and you may need it for the delivery.

Let's get to the unboxing and review. This was their 23rd volume and the theme was New Year's in Niigata. The town of Niigata has some of the snowiest beaches in Japan. A booklet is included in the box that gives you nutritional and cultural information.

  • Genmai Black Bean HoujichaPlace of origin: Shikouen(Niigata)

When I started preparing this drink, I thought of it as a soy and black beans-based tea. It smelt like beans. I didn't add anything other than what was provided in the box, and it tasted completely different from anything I've ever tasted before.

  • Matcha Anko DorayakiPlace of origin: Kimura(Kumamota)

Every kid who has seen Doraemon has encountered this delicious dessert, and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed it as well. It's two fluffy pancake-like layers with Matcha bean paste filling. It's a vegetarian-friendly dish, which I'd happily eat for breakfast every day.

  • Brown Sugar KarintoPlace of origin: Natsume Confectionery(Aichi)

This dish was by far the finest I had this month. Brown sugar covered Edible and Crunchy Wheat sticks. If you like sweets, a few of these might be what you're looking for. In India, we use jaggery instead of brown sugar.

  • Negi Miso SenbeiPlace of origin: Kiyonoya(Niigata)

These were rice crackers. However, with each bite, you could taste Japan and its spices. The soy-based coating on the top of the cracker made it one of the best treats in the box. It does say it has Shrimp and Crab, so it may not be for everybody.

  • AjigonomiPlace of Origin: Bourbon(Niigata)

Now, this was a strange one. It had a variety of bite-sized treats and anchovies in a snack packet. I wasn't sure why I didn't like the bean/spice covered nuts, but I didn't really like the Anchovies.

  • Bakauke Sesame Rice CrackersPlace of origin: Kuriyama Beika(Niigata)

The finest part of the box. These rice crackers were simply delectable. Again, you could taste Japan and its food culture in every bite. Though the pack was decently sized, I wish I had a few hundred more.

  • Echigohime Strawberry CrapePlace of origin: Kikuya(Niigata)

On the first glance, you will certainly suspect that the yellow color has something to do with bananas. However, it tastes exactly like the one it translates as Strawberries. It was a pleasurable experience.

  • Snow Rabbit Soft ChewPlace of origin: Ishizuka Confectionery(Kyoto)

This one was saved for new years eve because they were a great soft candy. Every kid wants them every single time.

  • Fortune CookiesPlace of origin: Seki Confectionery(Kyoto)

Okay, so I never had a Fortune Cookie in my life, and this was the first one. Though I will not lie about what was inside the fortune cookie, I will assure you that the experience was worth the wait. Yes, you will need Google Translate to understand the fortune cookie.

  • Huoroku MochiPlace of origin: Seika Foods(Kagoshima)

These were bean-based sweet chewy treats. The great thing about this is that you may eat the wrapper as well. It was another sensation completely unknown to me.

There were a few more delectable treats in the box, which you may find on SakuraCo's website, as well as a list of new goodies that will be included in their February box.

If you want to get some authentic Japanese fare and have a few bucks to spare, this program is for you. It may not be a full-course meal or even breakfast, but it might be a great evening to spend together with loved ones. Use the code NEWSFETCHER to get a $5 discount.