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Bokksu Japanese Snack Delivery Service

Thank you Bokksu for sending us a Classic box to review!

Bokksu is an authentic Japanese subscription plan that partners with centuries old snack makers to deliver sweet and savory treats to your doorstep. Looking at their website’s previous box themes, they seem to have started in 2016. Each monthly box has a theme that inspires the treats within.

Currently, there are two subscription plans available: Tasting and Classic. The Tasting plan has 10-14 snacks/tea pairings while the Classic plan provides 20-25 items. Each box comes with a 24-page Culture Guide Magazine that explains the origin, ingredients, and description of each of the goodies inside. Unless you can read fluent Japanese, I highly recommend looking through the magazine to figure out what everything is.

The booklet explains the box’s theme, and which region of Japan the snacks came from. You’ll also learn a few Japanese words and a recipe! Each food item is broken down by several categories: Manufacturer, Common Allergens, Region, Sweet/Savory flavor, and if it’s Vegetarian. Preparation instructions are also included as some of the teas are a little unique. The Kuromame tea consisted of black soybeans. The Full Moon Tea came with a paper cup mounting drip system that’s more intricate than your typical tea bag. Both teas were good and I tried them with and without sugar/honey to sweeten them to my liking.

I love Mochi ice cream so I looked forward to trying the Mitarashi Mochi. This treat didn’t survive the shipment process very well and was quite smooshed, but it still tasted good. The Usagi (rabbit) Chocolate Balls tasted good and seemed like good quality chocolate. The Rich Baked Chocolat lived up to its name and was quite flavorful. I also enjoyed the Chocolate Azuki Beans: Black Sesame Kinako and wished they came in a bigger package. They were all gone before I knew it!

If you’re not into chocolate, have no fear as there’s more than just chocolate sweets. The Hakata Mitsuki: Delicious Cheese Financier treat has a nice cheese and coconut taste that is quite delicious. Though peanuts are not listed as an allergen on the Funwari Meijin MochiPuffs: Kuromitsu Kinako, they reminded me of peanut butter. The Black Sesame Taiko: Kumamon Design is a sweet blend of seeds and tree nuts that blend together nicely in a thin wafer cookie. The Okashinai Cheese Manju is a cheese and bean-filled cake that is absolutely scrumptious!

On the savory side, there were lots of interesting flavors offered by this month’s box. The Barbeque Flavor Scones reminded me of Chex Mix, it was quite tasty. The black pepper was too overpowering for me to enjoy the Usuyaki Shokunin Chibisuke: Consume Black Pepper Flavor chips. The Gudetama Golden Pack: Tamago Kake Gohan Flavor reminded me of a big cheese puff. The Ofu: Fukairi Shichimi peanut and smoked crackers (salty Kix balls) was good. The Black Sesame Genmai: Honey Soy Sauce Flavor have the honey drowned out by the soy sauce to have a salty flavor to them. Lastly, the Nure-Agesen: Katsuo and Ume Flavor rice crackers reminded me of sushi Nori (seaweed).

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the selection of food offered. Given that I have a sweet tooth, it’s no surprise that I enjoyed the sugary items more than the savory ones. The teas were interesting as well. If you really fall in love with an item, you can order it individually on Bokksu’s marketplace. Shipping is included in both of the plans. If the price is little too steep, you can find 10-15% off coupon codes with a little search engine digging.

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Taco Bell's Naked Chicken Chalupa

Nutritional Info:
Calories: 440
Fat: 30g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 1090mg
Carbohydrates: 22g
Protein: 20g

When I first saw the Naked Chicken Chalupa, I was equally intrigued as I was excited. As a prolific connoisseur of fast food oddities, I was immediately reminded of KFC's Double Down.  The Double Down replaced the buns with chicken patties and left the cheese, bacon, and sauce in the middle. The Naked Chicken Chalupa replaces the tortilla with a curved chicken pattie and leaves the cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce in the middle. I thought the Double Down was delicious so I was stoked for this new beyond-the-bun creation. 

When I took the chalupa out of my bag and unwrapped it, my first impression is that it seemed really thick for a chalupa. As advertised there's a cardboard holder covering about 2/3 of the chalupa. I took it out of its holder but it felt awkward to hold, I guess I don't regularly touch fried chicken patties. I put it back in its holder and took a bite. I was hit with a surprising amount of flavor. The chicken was moist and well seasoned and the avocado ranch sauce really compliments it. The breading on the chicken was nice, and didn't fall off chicken or stick to my fingers while I was eating it. I usually douse everything from Taco Bell with a packet or two of their fire sauce, but that was not necessary for this.  

 

The filling in the Naked Chicken Chalupa is its main downside. The stock Taco Bell lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese come off as incredibly bland when paired with the chicken shell and the sauce. Those items are just filler to round out the fact that it's a chalupa. Also while I really enjoyed eating the Naked Chicken Chalupa it wasn't as filling as a normal chalupa due to the lack of traditional chalupa shell. Its $2.99 price tag is only $0.10 more than a Chalupa Supreme which is great for a new/novelty item but you may not feel as satisfied after eating it compared to a regular chalupa. Fortunately there's a $5 box with the Naked Chicken Chalupa, crunchy taco, Doritos Locos taco, and a medium drink for a nice, "well rounded" meal. 

I really enjoyed the new Naked Chicken Chalupa from Taco Bell and hope it sticks around. The chicken shell is well made and flavorful and pairs exceptionally well with the avocado ranch sauce they use. I did end up putting some fire sauce on the my chalupa after the first few bites but it really does not need it. It's perfectly enjoyable on its own. The lackluster fillings are par-for-the-course from Taco Bell and don't detract enough to prevent me from ordering this again.

 

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Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies

Thank you Walkers Shortbread for sending us these delicious cookies to try!

Walkers Shortbread was founded in 1898 and is still family run and operated.  They are located in Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands and export their cookies, cakes, crackers, and puddings to over eighty countries worldwide.  We’ve been blessed to try their Pure Butter Mini Shortbread Fingers, Gluten Free Pure Butter Chocolate Chip and regular shortbread cookies.

Since I don’t practice gluten free living, I tried the Pure Butter Mini Shortbread Fingers first.  I was definitely able to taste the butter and the flakey texture was pleasing as well.  To my surprise there are only four ingredients (wheat flour, butter, sugar, salt) to these cookies and they are all natural!  A serving of four fingers/cookies will set your diet back by 170 calories and 9 grams of fat though.  Four out of five of my family members enjoyed them.  My son is spoiled by my homemade cookies I guess.

To fairly review the gluten free cookies, I took the Gluten Free Pure Butter Chocolate Chip and regular shortbread cookies to my mother-in-law who regularly eats gluten free products.  It’s no secret that a good majority of gluten free food tastes inferior to their gluten counterparts.  These Walker shortbread cookies are quite the exception though!  In fact, my mother-in-law said that you couldn’t tell that they’re gluten free.

Like the Pure Butter Mini Shortbread Fingers, the gluten free shortbread cookies are light, airy, and delicious.  Instead of wheat flour, a blend of rice, potato starch, maize, and xanthan gum (as a stabilizer) is used.  The other ingredients (butter, sugar, salt) remain the same.  The chocolate chip variety has chocolate chips as well which include sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and natural vanilla flavoring.  

Surprisingly, both the chocolate chip and regular gluten free shortbread cookies have the same number of calories (160 for two cookies), but the chocolate chip variety has eight grams of fat compared to the regular cookie’s nine.  If you have milk, soy, or nut allergies the packaging warns against eating these products.  

The individually wrapped serving packages are convenient and guarantee that the cookies maintain their freshness.  This could also prevent some binge eating by limiting you to two cookies per package.  Whether you’re on a gluten free diet or not, I highly recommend checking out Walkers products at your local grocer or on their website.


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