Thursday, May 17, 2012

May Foodzie Box

Foodzie box time!  What's a Foodzie?  

Foodzie is monthly subscription service that features artisan food products.  The price is $29.95 a month shipping included.  Each month you get to choose from 3 different curated boxes.  I was thrilled with my first box and was happy to pay the $29.95 fee.  The second box I was less than impressed with and considered canceling.  The food items were tasty but the value wasn't there.  This month the choices were Portland Tasting Box, Some Like it Hot Tasting Box and Spring Brunch Cooking Box.  I chose the Portland tasting box and was very anxious to see what was inside and the value of the items received.  My thought was although I like the products if the value wasn't there then I was going to have to cancel.   

The good:

The products: The products are gourmet items.  These are items you would find in a specialty store not an everyday supermarket. 

The sizes: Full size or close to full size products.  This is great!

Choice: There isn't just one box.  It seems there is something for every ones taste. 

Need a gift: Have a foodie friend that is impossible to buy for.  You can gift a 2, 5 or 10 month subscription. 

Commitment issues: You don't have to be a monthly subscriber to buy a box.  Boxes are offered to subscribers first but after the 6th of every month anyone can buy a box.  Subscribers receive benefits like free shipping in the marketplace and first pick at boxes.   

The not so good:

Skip a month:  There is no option to skip the month but they can pause your account for up to 3 months.

Value: Not consistent. The March box was incredible value ($51.75 worth of goods for $29.95), The April box value was $21.03.  Again the food was good but I felt the value needed to be way closer to the $29.95 paid.  I'm hoping April was just an off month. 

The contents of my May box:

4 oz. bag of Freddy Guys Ssalted Roasted Hazelnuts - value $4.00 - I found these to be tasty and boyfriend who normally doesn't like nuts liked them. 

12 oz. bottle Hotlips Raspberry Soda - value $2.75 - I didn't get to try this but the boyfriend said it tasted like underflavored mineral water. 

6 oz. Willamette Valley Confectionary Marionberry Pate de Fruit - value $8.00 - I thought these were very sweet.  The texture is super soft with a sugared outside.  I couldn't eat them plain and had considered spreading them on toast because the marionberry flavor was delicious.  I didn't get a chance to do that though cause the boyfriend ate them all.  He liked them a lot just how they are and said they tasted like candy. 

(1) 3 oz. Sunna Chocolate Coconut Cookie - value $3.00 - we both enjoyed this alot.  It was very soft and I loved the coconut in it.  I would buy these again. 

4 oz Olympic Provisions Nola Italian Style Salumi - value $10
(the description said the box was going to contain 8oz salumi but this is definitely a 4oz size) - I didn't get to try this but the I was told it was hard as a rock and tasted so bad that he threw it out.  Now this is coming from a big salumi and cheese guy who is not incredibly picky.  So I don't know if I got a bad one or if they are all like that. **update** I contacted Foodzie about this and they refunded me $5

The retail value of my box is $27.75.  So it still didn't hit the $29.95 mark but I'm happy with the products and price.  Yes the value is $2.20 less than I paid but these really are specialty items and things I am super excited to try.

The verdict?  The company redeemed themselves with me on this box.  I will continue my subscription and see what goodies await me next month.

** I pay for these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Foodzie

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