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February Bokksu:  Be My Valentine
February Bokksu:  Be My Valentine
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Celebrate a Love of Snacks

The season of love has arrived! We're celebrating our love of Japanese snacks with treats picked specially to share that love with you. You're sure to fall in love with this mix of sweet and savory snacks.

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Anpanman Age Senbei
Anpanman Age Senbei
Choco Magatte C'est Bon: Cherry Flavor
Choco Magatte C'est Bon: Cherry Flavor
Tsukisamu Anpan: Chocolate
Tsukisamu Anpan: Chocolate
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Sakura Shrimp
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Sakura Shrimp
Strawberry Tartlet
Strawberry Tartlet
Puré Gummy Petite: Lemon Flavor
Puré Gummy Petite: Lemon Flavor
White Strawberry
White Strawberry
Beika Mairasu Rice Cracker: Plum + Kombu Flavor
Beika Mairasu
Rice Cracker: Plum + Kombu Flavor
Giant Caplico: Strawberry
Giant Caplico: Strawberry
Mugikko Chocolate Barley Puffs
Mugikko Chocolate
Barley Puffs
Izumo No Enmusubi Taiyaki: Azuki Red Bean
Izumo No Enmusubi Taiyaki: Azuki Red Bean
Lotus Root Chips: Plum Flavor
Lotus Root Chips:
Plum Flavor
Hokkaido Pancake Langue De Chat Cookie
Hokkaido Pancake Langue De Chat Cookie
Satsumarche Kagoshima Chiran Tea
Satsumarche Kagoshima Chiran Tea
Anpanman Age Senbei
Anpanman Age Senbei
Choco Magatte C'est Bon: Cherry Flavor
Choco Magatte C'est Bon: Cherry Flavor
Tsukisamu Anpan: Chocolate
Tsukisamu Anpan: Chocolate
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Sakura Shrimp
Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Sakura Shrimp
Strawberry Tartlet
Strawberry Tartlet
Puré Gummy Petite: Lemon Flavor
Puré Gummy Petite: Lemon Flavor
White Strawberry
White Strawberry
Beika Mairasu Rice Cracker: Plum + Kombu Flavor
Beika Mairasu
Rice Cracker: Plum + Kombu Flavor
Mugikko Chocolate Barley Puffs
Mugikko Chocolate
Barley Puffs
Satsumarche Kagoshima Chiran Tea
Satsumarche Kagoshima Chiran Tea
Anpanman Age Senbei

Anpanman Age Senbei

Manufacturer: Kuriyama Beika
Common Allergens: Fish, Crustacean shellfish, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: Mollusk shellfish
Product of: Niigata Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: No

Japanese children’s superhero Anpanman (who fights off the evil bacteria Baikinman) is here to save the day with delicious snacks! This month he’s bringing us these savory age senbei or “fried rice crackers”. Coated with soy sauce and a hint of honey, its umami rich flavor coats the tongue. These crackers also include oligosaccharides which are beneficial for gut health, and what better way to say “I love you” during the season of love than with a snack that promotes good health?

Choco Magatte C'est Bon: Cherry Flavor

Choco Magatte C'est Bon: Cherry Flavor

Manufacturer: Sakata Beika
Common Allergens: Milk
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Yamagata Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Break into this bag to find a sweet cherry smell floating over to you. Each rice puff has been dipped in a white chocolate and cherry concoction to create an ideal treat for chocolate and cherry lovers everywhere. Hailing from Yamagata Prefecture, this snack name comes from the Yamagata colloquialism of magatte which means to pour, paired with the French “c’est bon” for delicious, to mean something like, “pour on chocolate to make it delicious”. Try this snack for yourself to get to learn first hand just how perfectly this name complements this food!

Tsukisamu Anpan: Chocolate

Tsukisamu Anpan: Chocolate

Manufacturer: Honma
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Full of the most luscious chocolate, you'll find it hard to believe that this treat also includes white bean! Anpan is a popular Japanese sweet roll traditionally filled with anko (red bean paste), but can also be filled with shiro-an (white bean) or even goma (black sesame). Less like a traditional soft roll, this anpan is similar to a brownie and will have you on cloud nine with its rich chocolatey goodness. With such intense flavors, this anpan can be best enjoyed sliced into small pieces and eaten with our hand-selected tea pairing this month!

Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Sakura Shrimp

Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Sakura Shrimp

Manufacturer: Echigo Seika
Common Allergens: Crustacean shellfish, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Niigata Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: No

You’ve never had a shrimp chip like this! Super light, it nearly melts in your mouth like a savory cloud. These puffs are made with a secret process to transform mochi into a crisp and airy confection. Sakuraebi or “sakura shrimp” are named for their pink color, and are harvested only twice a year, once in spring and again in fall. They give this puff a deliciously buttery flavor that we just can’t get enough of!

Strawberry Tartlet

Strawberry Tartlet

Manufacturer: Ito Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tokyo
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This tart takes us back to a simpler time. Baked and then layered with strawberry jam, this tasty biscuit opens with a tart strawberry freshness and ends with a delightfully buttery finish. The gelatin-free jelly uses only real strawberries so there’s no compromise on flavor—just a fruity, sweet bite of joy, the good, old-fashioned way.

Puré Gummy Petite: Lemon Flavor

Puré Gummy Petite: Lemon Flavor

Manufacturer: Kanro
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: Gelatin
Product of: Tokyo
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: No

These sweet hearts start off with a sour punch! Sure, it might feel like you just bit into a lemon, but don’t let those first sour moments scare you away since the flavor mellows into a lovely and sweet lemonade taste. Sweet and sour, it’s truly the best of both worlds and something interesting to keep you on your toes. After all, when life gives you lemons, make delicious heart-shaped gummies!

White Strawberry

White Strawberry

Manufacturer: Bokksu
Common Allergens: Milk, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Nagano Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

This adorable sweet is actually the world's first chocolate-infused strawberry produced by an innovative Nagano maker exclusively for Bokksu! First, only the freshest strawberries are harvested from a local farm. Next, each strawberry is freeze-dried to remove all the water and then infused with white chocolate. Finally, the strawberries are cooled, resulting in the perfect balance of smooth yet crunchy texture.

Beika Mairasu Rice Cracker: Plum + Kombu Flavor

Beika Mairasu Rice Cracker: Plum + Kombu Flavor

Manufacturer: Sakata Beika
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Yamagata Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

These thin senbei have such a wonderful snap, they’re almost like chips! Beika is a word for any dried Japanese snack made with rice flour, and they’re Sakata Beika’s specialty. These feature a fine powder of Japanese pickled plum and kombu (edible kelp). While ume (plum) wakes up your tastebuds with its tang, kombu keeps things savory. This unique flavor combo will keep you reaching for more.

Giant Caplico: Strawberry

Giant Caplico: Strawberry

Manufacturer: Glico
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Osaka
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

You scream, we scream, we ALL scream for ice cream! “It’s too cold for that,” you tell us, and we get it. That’s why we’re bringing you an ice cream shaped snack with the fluffiness of actual ice cream and none of the cold. Sitting atop a wafer cone, find a fluffy strawberry mousse that melts when you bite down into it, hiding away a gem of chocolate mousse in the middle. Deliciously sweet and adorably packaged, share this with someone special!

Mugikko Chocolate Barley Puffs

Mugikko Chocolate Wheat Puffs

Manufacturer: Furuta Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Osaka
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Chocolate covered wheat isn’t something we see every day. Like puffed rice, puffed wheat has a nice fluffy bite to it, and a hint of nuttiness from the roasting that nicely complements the dark chocolate coating. Savor them one at a time, or by the handful! However you choose to indulge, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this snack!

Izumo No Enmusubi Taiyaki: Azuki Red Bean

Izumo No Enmusubi Taiyaki: Azuki Red Bean

Manufacturer: Haraya
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Shimane Prefecture
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

We are so excited to be bringing you an authentic version of one of our favorite street-foods: taiyaki! Taiyaki is a fish-shaped pastry, usually filled with a red bean (anko) or custard filling. They’re usually served hot and fresh from the stall, but we think this mini version is a pretty good equivalent! The smooth anko filling is sweet, but is balanced well by the cake-like outside (converting even red bean skeptics, we hope!).

Lotus Root Chips: Plum Flavor

Lotus Root Chips: Plum Flavor

Manufacturer: Sokan
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Tochigi Prefecture
Snack is: Savory
Vegetarian: Yes

Now this isn’t your everyday chip! Each renkon (lotus root) has been lovingly fried and peppered with sour plum and salt flavoring. Lotus root in Japanese cuisine is known for how it so easily can take on the flavors of the dishes it is featured in and for health benefits like promoting digestion. Very often, lotus root can be found in tempura dishes and this chip will be a reminder for you to order some renkon next time you go out to eat some tempura!

Hokkaido Pancake Langue De Chat Cookie

Hokkaido Pancake Langue De Chat Cookie

Manufacturer: Bon Bon Seika
Common Allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Hokkaido
Snack is: Sweet
Vegetarian: Yes

Will you give this sweet heart to your sweetheart, or keep it for yourself? This Pancake Langue de Chat tastes like breakfast in America, inspired by the American classic turned Japanese favorite. Pancakes in Japan are called hotcakes (ホットケーキ) and are fluffier and thicker than their American cousins. Bon Bon Seika has transformed this breakfast treat into a delicate sandwich cookie with a maple and white chocolate filling that really tastes like a pancake!

Satsumarche Kagoshima Chiran Tea

Satsumarche Kagoshima Chiran Tea

Manufacturer: Kagoshima Seicha
Common Allergens: None
Also Contains: N/A
Product of: Kagoshima Prefecture
Vegetarian: Yes

This aromatic, savory green tea grown in the Chiran region of Kagoshima Prefecture has a bold taste. It’s both fresh and mellow, with very little astringency. It makes a fantastic palette cleanser for even the strongest flavors, good for pairing with any food.