Everyone likes snacks, which is why a subscription to one of these thrilling monthly snack clubs is pure gifting gold.
Updated Nov. 29, 2023 7:30 a.m. PT
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David WatskySenior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's logged more than a decade writing about all things edible, including meal kits and meal delivery subscriptions, cooking, kitchen gear and commerce. Since earning a BA in English from Northeastern in Boston, he's toiled in nearly every aspect of the eats business from slicing and dicing as a sous-chef in Rhode Island to leading complex marketing campaigns for major food brands in Manhattan. These days, he's likely somewhere trying the latest this or tasting the latest that - and reporting back, of course. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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Snack boxes and subscriptions are like the spunky younger brother of meal delivery services. As more folks are discovering the joys of gourmet edible subscriptions to keep that tasty stuff coming in, snack boxes have become a staple in homes and as a foolproof gift for that hard-to-buy-for someone.
A great snack box or monthly subscription doesn't just keep your pantry stocked with sweet and salty eats, it also allows you to try new and unique nibbles from all parts of the world that you might not otherwise have access to. We tested a lineup of the most popular options to unwrap the best snack subscriptions available in 2023.
The Japanese have snacking down to an art. Bokksu knows this better than anyone, collecting some of the best Japanese snacks and sending them in a one-time curated or recurring monthly snack box. And I have to say, I'm a little obsessed with these. 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. This 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.
Tokyo Treat is another service that collects snacks, cookies and candy from Japan, which after several rounds of testing I declare the snack capital of the world. Tokyo Treat has some overlap with Bokksu but treats are slightly more geared toward kids with classic salty or strawberry-flavored snacks and fewer laced with "adult flavors" such as nori (seaweed), coffee or green tea.
Best snacks: Sakusaku Panda strawberry cookies, Yaokin Soba-Meshi rice noodle snacks.
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, this is probably a good snack box for you.
I noticed in my MuchPak that there was a higher percentage of sweets -- 15 sweets to just five savory snacks -- just in case that helps you decide. For someone with a hankering for global sweet treats, it doesn't get much better than this.
Best snacks: Biscolata mood cookies, Kingsbury Flamin' Hot Claws and Fini sour candy straws.
If you're into salty cured meats, jerkies and charcuterie, Carnivore Club is the way to go. This subscription box will include any number of salamis, meat jerkies, biltong, smoked sausages and more. Carnivore Club also has a full market of charcuterie and a slew of special boxes perfect for a one-time send.
Best snacks: Sweet and smoky venison sticks, bison jerky, Righteous Felon Voodoo chile beef jerky.
Healthy snacks? It's a thing, and Fit Snack has the idea down to a science. For interesting protein bars, lean beef jerky, nutritious shakes and other snackables without the sugar and salt, Fit Snack is the best pick for healthy snacking. Fit Snack can be bought as a subscription or a one-time send to yourself or someone on your gift list. Boxes start at $17 and include snacks from popular health food brands like Rind, Peeled and Solely.
Best snacks: Chops beef jerky, Beanitos black bean chips and Bear Naked granola.
This food subscription box is sort of somewhere in between Bokksu and MunchPak. It also happens to be CNET editor Bridget Carey's top snack box pick. 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.
Universal Yums is also one of the most budget-friendly with snack subscriptions containing five to seven snacks starting at $16 per month.
Best snacks: Black truffle potato chips, handmade baklava and garlic plantain chips.
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.
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 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 Bear Naked granola bites.
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Snack box subscription FAQs
What's the cheapest snack box subscription?
Universal Yums has snack box subscriptions that start at $15 per month. That makes it the most affordable snack subscription of the options we evaluated.
What types of snack box subscriptions are there?
There are loads of snack delivery operations in 2023, many with a niche or a specialty, curating mailings of munchies in a specific category. There are even healthy snack boxes that offer vegan snacks and keto snacks made with nutritious ingredients (like dried fruit, jerky and nut butter) for health-conscious snackers or people with dietary restrictions.
Do snack subscriptions have a long commitment?
You can have a food box delivered through a monthly subscription option or get a one-time order for a specific tasty snack, should you prefer. It all comes down to your snack preferences, appetite and budget.