I’m replacing Friday Five this week with Friday ALL OF THE THINGS! I should probably pick a day to do this in the future, but whatever. That’s tomorrow’s problem.
A few months back I discovered the magic that is subscription boxes: monthly packages of goodness and fun delivered right do your door. They’re great because of two key reasons:
1. Mail. I have never met someone that could say honestly “man, I hate getting things in the mail”, bills excluded.
2. Surprises. Because it’s one thing to get something in the mail that you specifically ordered and knew exactly what it was– it might be exciting, but it’s not as exciting as a box of SURPRISE.
Okay so having established that subscription boxes are great. Moving on. I started out with beauty subscriptions, thinking (oh so stupidly) that they were the only kind; I was an Ipsy subscriber and an occasional Cravebox-getter (back before they changed their entire format, egads). And they were both pretty cool. But after a while I realized I wasn’t really using much out of the Ipsy bags on a regular basis (aside from the actual bags, which I use always because they’re such a perfect size) and the aforementioned Cravebox re-formatting happened.
So my time as a box subscriber ended– until, that is, I discovered something great last month.
Apparently, subscription boxes aren’t just for things that make you pretty anymore.
April marks my first trial month with two food subscription boxes: Goodies Co. and Love With Food, which gives you stomach-food and heart-food all in one by donating a meal to a hungry kiddo for every box purchased. (I know, right?)
Anyway. Now that I actually have both boxes in hand, I thought I’d post my thoughts on both.
(Don’t mind the photos of open packages. I was hungry.)
Love With Food
Got this one first, on the 17th. Paid the monthly price of $12 ($10 for the box plus $2 for shipping) and by “paid” I mean “used a coupon code to get the first box free”.
So, yeah, I didn’t actually do that “helping the hungry” thing, but I’m still subscribed for next month. I am helping! Just not yet. The contents fall into the “good” category– things that are all-natural, vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, blah de blah. (Generally, shit I do not otherwise give a single fuck about.) But I’m not holding that against LWF; as I’ve said before, I don’t have so much a beef with things being gluten free/vegan/whatever, it’s really just when they try to make me feel bad about not eating solely gluten free/vegan/whatever food.
I like meat, hi. And that’s okay.
Mini-rant over; on to the box!
Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels by JJ’s Sweets
I’m not a huge caramel fan so this was kind of an ‘ehhh’ for me. But that’s because I’m not huge into caramel more than it’s because they weren’t any good. They were good, as far as soft candies that aren’t a flavor I like are concerned. Nice and chewy, very smooth; good amount of wrapper-cling, which is always a good sign when you’re eating something you want to get caught in every single one of your teeth.
Lemony Lover Olives by Oloves
I like olives! I also like lemons. I haven’t had a chance to bust these bad boys open yet (I’m waiting for a salad, I think) but if you do that math, you can guess that these will be pretty well-received.
Salty Pepper Sunflower Seed Snacks by Somersault Snacks
I. AM. IN. LOVE. Um, I kind of want to eat these forever. And when I went to look at their website and found you can get a snack pack of 2 oz. bags of all the flavors, delivered monthly– clever move, boys. They’re like a perfect texture, and they taste kind of nutty and wonderful. They’re apparently packed with fiber and protein, which are two things I really like. Plus they’re like the size of your thumbnail, and I am a lover of small things. See also:
Gluten-Free Itty Bitty Butter Popped Sorghum by Mini Pops
Literally popcorn’s baby cousin. The baby cousin that everyone talks about for being so great, when really they’re not much different from grown-up-popcorn. But they’re small. And they’re cute. And look how precious.
That basically describes my experience with these suckers. They’re good, though. Maybe not mindblowing enough to make me buy them normally, but still enjoyable.
Organic Fennel Pollen by Pollen Ranch
I don’t even know what this is and to be perfectly honest, I haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I’m probably going to spice some pork with it and we’ll see how that goes. Smells real good, though.
Smoky Chili & Lime Roasted Chickpea Snacks by The Good Bean
Hi, chickpeas, have I mentioned that you’re one of my favorites? Because you’re one of my favorites. When you’re dry roasted and mingling with chili powder and lime, I like you even more.
These guys were tasty, but putting them in a bag is really just a convenience thing; I’m one of those ‘I WILL MAKE EVERYTHING’ people, and the only reason I haven’t roasted my own chickpeas up until now was out of sheer laziness. I’ll make sure we get like a trillion cans this week so I can do everything with them, just to make up for it.
Creamy Buffalo Ranch Dip by Buff Lo Dip
I’m planning on mixing this into my next batch of pimento cheese to see if I like it any better. We’ll see.
It’s..creamy, slightly blue cheese flavored buffalo dip product thing. I shrug.
Can we talk about that box lining for a minute?
Came in on Wednesday, and my mom has been wondering what it is every hour since. (Hyperbole, mama.) Don’t even care that its run by Walmart. I did a little bit of Googling and apparently there are some people out there saying ‘well they’re just proving Love With Food is awesome and PS, it’s awesome-er’– yes, sure, whatever. I’m not one for internet wars. The box is $7, and while it doesn’t seem to put on as many airs about it as Love With Food does (sorry) the products are still largely of the artisan/gluten-free/vegan/all natural variety.
Green Giant – Sweet Potato Multigrain Chips
A solid chip. More sweet potato-ey flavor than sea salt-y flavor, which I think I liked because hey, I like sweet potatoes. Texture is halfway between a chip and a corn chip. I’d eat them if they were in front of me, and I’d probably pick them over a normal potato chip in the store, but I’ve kind of backed off from chips lately so it’s all a little moot.
Frontier Snacks – Pecan Cherry Cinnamon Bites
My test bite was mostly a piece of pecan, which may have influenced what I thought JUST a hair. (Because pecans, oh my god pecans.) But they are pretty tasty. Cherry flavor was light in the aforementioned test bite (it was a crumb, I’ll be honest; I didn’t want to eat the whole thing JUST to get the post out) and the cinnamon was a nice background compliment.
Help me, I sound like a wine taster.
Celsius – Sparkling Cola
Hadn’t tried this at press time. Their site says it’s super great before a workout– helps you burn more calories, or something? Whatever. I’m trying it today before I hit the gym, largely because I think having something with substance in my stomach rather than my usual large dose of water might do me good.
True Bar – Apricot Almond Bar
The chai flavor hits you before the almond and the apricot have a chance to, and once they catch up it’s not too bad– but for those first few seconds it’s really an overpowering experience. Good texture for a granola bar, very dried-fruit with nuts stuck in (yes, that is what I like in a granola bar these days do not judge me).
Angie’s Popcorn – Sweet & Salty Kettlecorn
Kettlecorn. -shrug- No better or worse than any other kettlecorn in the world. There was a piece stuck in the back of my throat for the better part of a half hour, though, which was slightly pesky.
Zone Perfect – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar
Um, this tasted like a chocolate chip Pop Tart. A chocolate chip Pop Tart with fewer calories and actual nutritional value. That is the highest compliment someone can give anything, ever.
PLUS: Naked Wines $50 Voucher
YES. Hello, wine that is maybe better than the wine I buy normally. I was less excited when I got onto the website and found out you had to buy six bottles to place an order, so we’ll see what I actually wind up with (cheapskate, party of one), but this was still pretty cool.
Also, Things I Learned: blogging while the largely-useless-kid in the office is sitting behind you staring agape out the window…really hard.
Would I buy some of these? Sure. The Somersaults and the Frontier Snacks would definitely make it into my shopping cart without too much trouble, and I’d be willing to try the True Bar in a flavor that wasn’t so..chai. The Zone bar would make it if I were planning on not being able to eat real food for a while (how perfect would that have been when I was still in school and finals were still a thing?) and a few of the others might find themselves in my future if they were on sale, maybe.
Overwhelming success? No. But tasty experience? Definitely. I’m excited to see what next month brings, and then we’ll see where I want to go from there!
Interested in subscribing? Let me know and I’ll get you a referral code; that way we both get points (for both services!) that can be redeemed for more goodies later.
(Also, anyone who wants to go in on six bottles of wine…you know where to find me.)