Subscription box: SakuraCo
Theme/Month: Discover Sakura, March 2021
Ownership: Subscribed on their 3 boxes option. If you are interested in purchasing a Sakura Co subscription, you can do it on their website.
SakuraCo is a new box that focuses on Japanese tea, sweets and snacks from local makers for you to enjoy. And the idea is that you take a unique snack journey around Japan with the contents of the box.
It felt suitable to post about their Sakura box, which is the first one so far, on the Spring Equinox since it has an amazing spring feel to it. As I write this, I have slowly been making my way through the snacks and enjoying them way too much.
So let’s see what was inside the box, which was packed to the rim and came in a bubble wrap packaging to protect the contents and box. Starting on the leaflet on the bottom and going counterclockwise:
- A detailed “snack guide”, it is created in Japan so you read it right to left. It comes with an introduction, the area it focuses on, Niigata for this month, and a detailed description of each snack alongside allergens, makers and if it is suitable for vegetarians. I found this extremely helpful, as I could recognise some of the snacks but not all of them and this made it easy.
- Sakura blossoms postcard from the curators.
- Mini Sakura Senbei, which are soy sauce flavoured despite the pink colours.
- Two Strawberry Castella cakes which are a perfect combination of sweet and tart and not too much. The sponge was to die for, honestly, perfectly springy and delicious.
- Strawberry Dorayaki, I am particularly fond of dorayaki and this was delicious.
- Sakura Madeleine, which looks absolutely delicious and perfectly moist.
- Uji Matcha Castella, another sponge with one of the highest grades of matcha and red beans.
- A peach sandwich.
- Okayama White Peach Castella, more spongey goodness, I am converted to castella cakes.
- Red Bean Taiyaki, exclusively made for this box.
- Two sakura monaka, which are pink wafer enveloping red bean paste with a sakura scent.
- In the pink box, Yoshino Kuzumochi which is an elegant mochi in syrup.
- Two sweet sakura tea with blossoms in them.
- A sakura strawberry crepe roll
- Another monaka but this time with mochi in the little folded blossom square.
- Sakura Konpeito, probably the item that gave me the most glee as I thought of the soot sprites from Spirited Away and felt like one of them.
- A Sakura shrimp senbei
- And below a sakurasen cracker which is a slightly savoury cracker.
- Finally, as part of the collection and focus on Japanese afternoon tea, a sakura blossoms plate.
As you can see it was rich in content and as far as Ive enjoyed the treats, it has been well worth it. The box arrived surprisingly quickly and was a massive cheer up so as long as they keep this stunning quality, I am going to be hooked on it because it is so good.