Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January Samplrs Box

Samplrs is a food centric monthly subscription service.   Each month you will receive 4-6 full size products from up and coming food artisans.  The cost is $29.99 a month w/shipping included.  That's a little higher than other food subscriptions but if you like trying new artisan type foods it's well worth it.

The good:

Sizes: The company gives you full sizes of the products.  Now you don't have to hide your treasures from other people, unless you don't want to share. 

Price: If you are into gourmet food items then the price is awesome.  These are not products you are likely going to find on sale in your local grocery store.   

Discounts: You can buy the products you receive on the Samplrs website and in addition you can earn points which can be used for discounts in the marketplace 

Information: They include a card with the product information.    

Vegetarian: You can opt to receive an vegetarian-only box which will contain vegetarian alternatives to featured meat products. 

Skip: Yep you can skip a month by calling or emailing them before the month's cut off date.

The not so good:

I got nothin'

Contents of Samplrs Box with approximate retail price listed: 

FULL SIZE container of Farm to Table Organic Pure Oat Oatmeal. Value = $8.82

pack of 2 Salt of the Earth "The Cookie" cookies. Value = $3.50 - I've had these cookies before and they are so good.  They use E. Guittard disc shaped chocolate chips so it's like a chocolate filled cookie.  The Maldon sea salt is especially delicious.  

pack of 2 Salt of the Earth "The Chocoholic" cookies. Value = $3.50 - I thought I would like this more than the other one and while it was delicious I think "The Cookie" had more flavor. 

1.7 oz. bottle of Crown Maple syrup Grade A Light Amber.
1.7 oz. bottle of Crown Maple syrup Grade A Medium Amber.
1.7 oz. bottle of Crown Maple syrup Grade A Dark Amber.
This trio is sold in set for $15.95

15 oz. jar Rick's Picks Mean Beans. Value = $9.95 - The jar was leaking slightly but luckily it was rolled in bubble wrap so nothing got wet.  I ate one of these right out of jar and thought "hey, that's pretty good" so I proceeded to eat about 4 more then the spice hit me. Woo spicy!  I'm going to add these to my salad, I think it will be perfect!

The total value of this months box is $41.72.  When I opened the box the first thing I saw were the cookies and I actually said out loud.  "Woo Hoo!" Then I told the boyfriend, "sorry, there's nothing is this box you will like"  hee hee.  I felt bad after a few minutes and because I'm watching what I eat and shouldn't be eating cookies I brought him the cookies but told him he had to share a bite which he did.  It should also be noted that you can only get the cookies in New York and since I'm on the other side of the country this is a special treat for me.  I can't wait to try the oatmeal, I hope it's thick like steel cut.  The beans were delicious.  I was going to use the syrup on some pancakes or waffles but they also sent a recipe for a cocktail using the dark amber syrup so I might try that as well.    

Verdict. This box never disappoints.  It consistently offers great stuff and a great value.    

I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Samplrs.  I purchase these subscriptions myself. 

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