The best snack boxes from around the world: Bokksu, Tasty Island Crate, Universal Yums and more – CNET

I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves a good snacking moment and a curated box of quality treats makes a strong antidote to the drudgery of winter — especially this winter. A salty or sweet box of snacks, or a snack subscription, can also be sent safely from afar to anyone you know who may need a pick-me-up. Nothing says I love you like a surprise box teeming with sweet and salty things to munch on, and you’ll totally get bonus points for sending along new snacks they’ve never tried.

Like meal delivery services, snack boxes have taken off in the past few years. Thanks to the internet and lightning-fast logistics, we have access to rare and interesting snacks from all over the globe. A snack box or a monthly subscription box that curates boxes of interesting and, in some cases, hard-to-find snacks is one of the best ways to track ’em down and try ’em all. 

There are plenty of snack subscription boxes and snack box services for delivery in 2021, many with a niche or a specialty, curating mailings of munchies. There are even healthy snack boxes that offer vegan snacks and keto snacks made with nutritious ingredients (like dried fruit and nut butter) for health-conscious snackers or people with dietary restrictions. You can have them delivered monthly with a subscription option or get a one-time order, should you prefer. 

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In the spirit of better snacking and tastier gifting, we’ve rolled up our sleeves and unwrapped the best snack subscription boxes and snack delivery services in 2021. Regardless of whether you have a sweet tooth, are tracking your net carbs or are just in the mood for a variety pack that scratches your snacking itch, we’re sure we have a snack box subscription option for you.

We first compiled this list of the best snack subscription boxes and snack delivery services before COVID-19 hit, but we still stand by the power of these tasty snacks. We’ll continue to update the list periodically as new snack subscription options become available.

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The Japanese have snacking down to an art form. The Japanese art of snacking, you might say. Bokksu knows this better than anyone, collecting some of the best Japanese snacks from the east and sending them in a one-time curated box or recurring monthly snack box. And oh boy are they fun. The best part about the Bokksu box is that almost none of these Japanese snacks remind you much of snacks we already have in the US, but are (mostly) freakin’ delicious. Which raises the question: “What the heck are we doing wrong here, people?!”

Best snacks: Seaweed tempura, green tea and lemon cakes. Japanese candy including yuzu gummies and matcha or strawberry Kit-Kats.

Not to be outdone, MunchPak features some of the best international snacks from around the world, including countries like Brazil, France, Canada, Greece and Japan, earning it a spot on our list of the best snack subscription boxes. While Bokksu is serving up 100% snack class, MunchPak has a few more, let’s call them, guilty pleasure snacks in its subscription box. If you’re a sucker for goodies like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Sour Patch anything but also consider yourself worldly AF, this is probably a good snack box for you. Boxes start at just $10.

Best snacks: Biscolata mood cookies, Kingsbury Flamin’ Hot Claws and Fini sour candy straws.

Universal Yums

This food subscription box is sort of somewhere in between Bokksu and MunchPak. With Universal Yums, you’ll get tasty snacks from around the world (like MunchPak) but of a slightly higher pedigree (like Bokksu), from sweet snacks to savory snack picks. Think good salted French chocolate, purple yam shortbread and Turkish-spiced Bagarati cracker chips. Boxes start as low as $13.75.

Best snacks: Black truffle potato chips, handmade baklava and garlic plantain chips.

Candy Club

You get one guess as to what this snack gift box and monthly snack subscription box does best. But we’re not talking boring old Milky Ways and Skittles here: Candy Club sends its own candies and they change monthly for subscribers with a sweet tooth. A healthy mix of fruity, sour and chocolate treats with the occasional cake bites, caramel or taffy thrown in the monthly box. You can order a one-time or monthly snack box with six candy cups in either 6- or 13-ounce sizes.

Best snacks: Sour strawberry belts, chocolate toffee peanuts and cookie dough bites.

Snack Nation

SnackNation is built around the idea that employees with access to good snacks are happier employees and I can’t say I disagree. SnackNation doesn’t have the most interesting selection of the snack box delivery companies on this list, but its packages consistently include tons of familiar fan favorite snacks. If you’re the big boss person, small business owner or HR rep trying to make the most people happy with one single snack delivery, a subscription to SnackNation is a good bet. Oh, and it also delivers coffee and fresh fruit, which I guess is technically a healthy snack.

Best snacks: Hu chocolate bars, Country Archer jerky and Naked Bear granola bites.

Love with Food

This snack box subscription not only delivers a trove of sweet and salty snacks every month but helps in the fight against hunger with every package it sends. For every box delivered, Love with Food donates a meal to a food bank. This snack box company also happens to be one of the best deals on the list, with boxes of seven or more snacks starting at just $8. You can also nab a one-time snack tasting box for as little as $15.

Best snacks: Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, turkey jerky and sour gummy watermelon.  

Tasty Island Crate

If you’ve been to the Caribbean you know it’s not just about the beautiful beaches and rum drinks. The islands have a rich food culture and that extends to sweet and salty snacks. While Tasty Island Crate doesn’t have a subscription service yet, you can order boxes of banana chips, ginger biscuits, Shirley cookies, baked cheese sticks and more starting at $29. You can select a curated box or pick your own snacks and shipping is always free.

Best snacks: Big Foot cheese snacks, bourbon cream cookies, coconut biscuits.

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