Sakuraco Box June 2021: Summertime Citrus

May 11, 2021

I finally gave in to this splurge.

For the past several months, I was hungrily looking at the snacks of this native Japanese snack subscription box service called, because who wouldn't? Their branding is so aesthetically pleasing. 🌸 Even if I don't get to eat those snacks, I already find joy by just looking at them.

Well this month, I couldn't resist the craving any longer. I went in and ordered my box. After around a week, the box finally came! You know things are legit when the address of origin is actually in Tokyo. πŸ—Ύ I was so happy! So far, everything has exceeded my expectations: from the box itself, to the arrangement of the goodies inside, even to the fine print of the cards and the magazine included - everything looked high quality. I could feel that this a well-curated box. Now I understand why most of the reviews about this box are very good and promising. 

Even the box is so pretty! (teapot set from ureshiiph)

For June 2021, the theme is summertime citrus, because the warm season has come to Japan! This month's box honors the season of the citrus fruits that come into bloom during this time of the year. The box contains 13 types of snacks, 1 tea, and a decorative table piece.

contents of the June 2021 box

Afternoon Tea Time
The snacks are meant to be consumed while relaxing in the afternoon. These days, it's so hot here in Manila because summer is already in full blast. But I don't care, I will sip that warm tea and happily eat my snacks (that came straight from Japan 😍).

And that's how actually things are going. After my work shift, I go and set up my teapot set and prepare my tea, at the same time fetch my beloved Sakuraco box to choose which snack I will indulge today.

So far, here the snacks that I have tried! 

Cocoa and Orange Fruit Tart
⭐⭐⭐ Must-Try
I was surprised that orange and cocoa can be a good-tasing duo! This is just a small bun, but every bite was full of flavor! I partnered this with hibiscus tea (loose leaves I bought from Perfect Week Teas).

Fresh Orange Cake
⭐⭐ Recommended
Just like the fruit tart, each bite into this soft and moist cake gives bursts of citrus flavor into my taste buds. It's really very flavorful. 

Summer Fruits Jelly
⭐⭐⭐ Must-Try
I've tried a lot of jellies but this one is definitely different - it melts in your mouth! The sweetness is just the right flavor also.

Summer Citrus Monaka
The wafer was very thin and brittle and it easily crumbled into smaller pieces when I tried to split it in half. I was not a fan of the tart. πŸ˜…

On the next day, I decided to try two treats at the same time. And these are what I chose (also featured is the Japan's Four Seasons Serving Tray, also included in this month's box!):

Matcha Infused Genmaicha Tea
⭐⭐ Recommended
I did the "over ice" serving method following the instructions on the booklet. I see why it is recommended to be served cold. It's a very refreshing drink, perfect for the summer!
Matcha Taiyaki
⭐⭐ Recommended
The bread is soft and the matcha flavor is just right. Honestly, I might have appreciated the matcha flavor more if I didn't drink it with the tea, which also tasted like matcha already. But since I am a matcha fan, this still hit the sweet spot!

Hōjicha Warabi Mochi
⭐⭐⭐ Must-Try
One bite into this jelly snack really made me close my eyes and think 'Aah, this truly captured the taste of Japan.' It's a delightful experience to discover this snack because I never imagined that Japanese tea can be turned into a delicious sweet treat! The roasted soy kinako flour was really a perfect combo with the mochi. I super loved it! πŸ˜‹

Plum & Wasabi Okaki
⭐⭐⭐ Must-Try
I was curious when I read in the snack's description that this has plum and wasabi flavor combination. At first bite, I thought okay this tastes like our local snack Cracklings, and then the wasabi kicked in. Bam! That taste is strong! Surprisingly, I liked it! I enjoyed each bite after. It's kind of addicting actually. πŸ˜‹

SakuSaku Seaweed Rice Cracker
⭐⭐ Recommended
Both the seaweed and rice cracker have a light taste, that's why I think it's a perfect combination. 

Uji Matcha Cake
⭐⭐ Recommended
I love matcha, but I found the flavor in this one a bit strong. If this were in liquid form, I would want to dilute it more with water. There might be a better way to consume this, like partner it with some drink. I just ate it as it is so it was a bit of an overwhelming snack. πŸ˜… 

Komachi Chestnut Pie
⭐⭐⭐ Must-Try
The burst of flavor from this one was unexpected, in a positive way. I love the refreshing citrus flavor in every bite! 

Azuki Dorayaki
⭐⭐ Recommended
This is a pair of fluffy moist pancakes with tasty red bean paste in between. I think this one is a heavy snack. It's mentioned in the snack description in the sakuraco site that the paste is composed of 5 different colors of beans. Honestly I didn't notice that because I just continuously munched into it. πŸ˜…

Mochi Azuki Jelly
⭐⭐ Recommended
I placed this inside the fridge so the jelly was cold when I consumed it. It is the best decision for this snack! The azuki beans complemented well with the mochi balls. I guess I am just used to associating jelly with sweets so this was a very interesting snack for me because of the combination of jelly with savory-tasting ingredients. 

Waraku no Sato Salt Yokan
⭐⭐⭐ Must-Try
The sweet-and-salty taste combination for this snack is surprisingly good. I got hooked with this snack actually. Unfortunately, it's only packed in an on-the-go packaging. I got to finish it in just a few bites. πŸ˜…

That's all of the snacks for the June 2021 Sakuraco box! I find it a bit disorienting because June is just about to start but I have already finished up that month's box. πŸ˜… I really enjoyed reviewing each of the snacks inside the Summertime Citrus box. I am already looking forward to July's! 😁


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