Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Taste Guru Box

Do you live a gluten free lifestyle? Or maybe you know someone who is gluten free? Taste Guru is a whole box of food that is gluten free. Each month Taste Guru sends out a box of gluten free foods that have been tested and reviewed by those who live a gluten free life. The box is shipped monthly and the prices ranges from $20 to $24 a month depending on which plan you sign up for. All plans include shipping.

Last month was my final box of my paid subscription but I got a surprise email from the folks at Taste Guru saying then sent me a complimentary box for February. I thought that was super awesome.  

Price: $24 a month with discounts for 3, 6 and 12 month plans. 

This box ships to the USA only from Denver, Colorado. 

The good:

Gluten free made easy: This is a great way to try a whole bunch of gluten free foods.

Need a gift: I think this would make a great gift for the gluten free person in your life.

The not so good:

I'm was having issues with my subscription but I'm hoping that's not typical with everyone else.

February Taste Guru Box

Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

Better Batter Fudge Brownie Mix. Value = $5.99

Tea's Tea Green Tea. Value = $1.35

Level Life Protein Snack Bar. Value = $1.75

.7 oz. Dang Coconut Chips. Value = $1.47

Mamma Chia Squeeze Blackberry BlissValue = $1.75

(2) 1 oz. Yum Earth Natural Sour Beans. Value = $0.75/ea.

1 oz. Ass Kickin Honey Roasted Peanut. Value = $0.79

1 oz. IPS Egg White Chips. Value = $1.75

Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread. Value = $0.44

Swoofle Traditional Dutch Treat. Value = $1.81

The total value of this box is $18.60. This box is a little lower than previous months but it also didn't include a magazine this month. Most of these products I'm familiar with. The boyfriend opened the box and was disappointed to see a brownie mix and not actual brownies. I don't think he even noticed it's gluten and allergen free. In his mind that means they won't be as good as regular brownies. I think I will make them this weekend and see what he says. I was super sad there was only one swoofle in the box because we both loves those things. Honestly I was trying to hide it from him but he found it. I've tried the chia squeeze before and while I wasn't a huge fan it wasn't too bad. Super stoked about the Dang coconut chips. I love those things and eat them right out of the bag. 

Verdict: I like this box and most of the time the value is close to the price paid. I may reconsider signing up. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

February Taste Trunk - Gourmet Trunk

Taste Trunk is a food based subscription box. I love food, especially gourmet food so I didn't hesitate to sign up for this box. Taste Trunk actually has four different themed trunks you can purchase. They are Gourmet, Health, Sweet and BBQ trunk. I love that they have something for everyone. I was torn between the BBQ one and the Gourmet one but ended up choosing the Gourmet one. The nice thing about Taste Trunk allows you to switch your boxes at anytime. I keep thinking I'm going to try the BBQ one at some point but I'm really liking this trunk.

Price: $35.00 a month with no option to skip. 

The good:

Products: The items in my box are gourmet and full size.

Info: They send info cards with products information and recipes.

Variety: I love that they have four different themed boxes.

Want more: They have an online store where you can purchase more of the things you love.

Change it up: Want a different trunk next month. You can change your trunks by emailing them

The Not So Good:

Skip: Doesn't look like there is a way to skip, only cancel.

Referral program: They have one but you have to enter the persons full name when you check out and they get 10% off their next box. I like referral programs that use links and have discounts or bonus items for both people.

February Taste Trunk

Contents of The Fancy Food Box with approximate retail price listed: 

Maison de Monaco Raspberry & Violet Preserves from San Francisco, CA. Value = $6.00

CC Made Dark Chocolate Caramel Sauce from San Anselmo, CA. Value = $12.00

Two Snooty Chefs' Oaxaca Molé, from Seattle, WA. Value = $5.95

Seattle Chocolates Total Toffee Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar from Seattle, WA. Value = $3.50

Seattle Chocolates Pink Bubbly Bubbly Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar from Seattle, WA. Value = $3.50 - I wasn't sure what to expect in this candy but I certainly wasn't expecting pop rocks. It was crackly and fun.

F.A. Ninos Chocolate Chipotle Adobo Sauce from Petaluma, CA. Value = $8.00

The total value of this months box is $38.95. This is always such a yummy box. This months box definitely had a chocolate theme to it. I was just having a conversation with someone the other day about how delicious molé is so this came at the perfect time because I'm craving molé now. The last thing I should be eating is chocolate bars and caramel sauce but boy oh boy are they delicious! I've had both of these brands before and they are delicious. I'm hoping the adobo sauce isn't too spicy because it sure does sound good.  

Verdict: I enjoy this box but my pantry is super overloaded with jars of stuff right now. I've canceled this one for now but when my pantry lightens up I'll be back. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

February Urthbox

The Urth box tagline is "Discover a Healthier You". Well who doesn't want to do that?  Each month Urth box sends a box of healthy full size snacks for you to try. They have different types and sizes of boxes the choose from. You can choose a gluten free, diet, classic or vegan box. From that point you choose which size box you want. They have a small box (7-10 items) for $29 a month, medium box (12-15 items) for $39 a month, large box (20-24 items) for $59 a month. Shipping to US is included. If you choose a 3 or 6 month plan you can save up to $10 a month. 

Price: $29-$59 a month depending on size of box with discounts offered for 3 or 6 month subscriptions.

This box is available to US and Canada but extra shipping fees apply to Canada. 

The Good:

Variety: They have a variety of boxes to choose from depending on your dietary needs.

Products: They send full size products which is awesome!

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is a little high for a monthly box.

Skip: It doesn't appear there any way to skip.

February UrthBox

Contents of the Urth Box:

1.4 oz. Nothin but Granola Cookies in Cherry Cranberry Almond. Value = $2.62

Purity Organic Watermelon Strawberryade. Value = $2.83

1.7 oz. bag Oskri Crunches Pecans & Raisins. Value = $1.50

.36 oz. bag Crispy Fruit Cantaloupe. Value = $1.59

.7 oz bag of Pork Clouds. Value = $1.50 - I'm always happy to get these, they are delicious!

Unreal Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. Value = $0.75 - This was good but dark chocolate would've been better.

1.5 oz. Nunes Farms Sweet Chipotle Almonds. Value = $1.35

Purps Vita Drink Mix. Value = $2.08

Bounce Natural Energy Balls in Coconut & Macadamia. Value = $1.84

1 oz. Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola in Apple Raisin Walnut. Value = $1.29

.85 oz. bag Made Good Strawberry Granola Minis. Value = $1.25

The total value of this box is $18.60. I paid $19 so it's even in value. I was unfamiliar with most of the snacks in this box. There is nothing in this box that we won't try, although it had 4 granola type things in it. 

Verdict: This box was great since I only paid $19 but at the regular monthly price of $29 it would've been disappointing. 

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