Monday, June 18, 2012

June Foodzie box

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.  The choice for June was Energy Boost Box, Boardwalk Box and Backyard BBQ Box.  I was tempted by the sweets of the Boardwalk Box but I went for the more healthy Energy Boost Box.  I was recently sent an email from the company saying that Joyus Foods was acquiring Foodzie.  This means Foodzie will only remain in existence through July and July I receive my last box.  Starting August 1st you will still be able to purchase a tasting box through Joyus but it will not be a recurring monthly subscription service.  

The good:

The products: The products are gourmet items.  Most of the 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. 

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 and May way $27.75.  I would like to see them consistently near the $30 mark.   

The contents of my June box:

11.2 oz O.N.E. coconut water. value = $2.29 - I didn't like this not one little bit.  This is the only coconut water I've ever tried so I don't have anything to compare it to. 

2 packages 1.06 oz. Barney Butter Almond butter. value = $0.42/ea  - I've had these before and really like them.  I like bringing them to work and putting them on my English Muffin for breakfast. 

2 oz Benjamin Twiggs Dried Blueberries. value = $1.74

12 oz San Franola Granola with Raisins. value = I couldn't find any information on where to buy this.  My guess on value would be $4.95ish.  - The flavor on this is good but it's very hard if you want to eat it plain.  I will put it in cereal or yogurt next time. 

4.3oz. Steve's Original Grass-fed paleo kit with beef jerky, nuts and berries. value = $6.95 - The nuts (macadamia) and berries (cranberries) were good but I thought the jerky was a little dry.  

1.5 oz Steve's original Paleokrunch bar. value = $2.97 - I can't believe how good this is.  I didn't have high expectations but the flavors are delicious.  You can really taste the honey it in.  It's very soft and not "healthy" tasting at all. 

45g Lauren's Mega Nuts Picky bars. value = $3.00

The retail value of my box is $22.74.  $7.21 less than the $29.95 paid.  As I said above the value is inconsistent.  The thing they have going for them is a some of these items are specialty and not readily available at your local market.  

The verdict?  Since next month will be the last month I'll get it cause what the heck.  I probably won't continue buying through Joyus though unless they value of the boxes go up.  

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

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