Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cravebox, Cooking Light Selects: Start Your Year Off Light box.

Cravebox isn't a monthly subscription service they just send of boxes of really cool stuff if you are lucky enough to get picked.  Here's how it works.  Sign up on their website to be notified when a box becomes available they will send you an email telling you the drawing is open and what the price of the box will be.  If you choose to enter you will get an email about a week later telling you if you've been chosen or not.  They don't tell you what's in the box, just the theme of the box.

Recently the offered a Cooking Light Selects series of boxes.  You could enter for each box separately or you could pre-pay for a slightly higher price and be guaranteed to get all 5 boxes.  The price was only a few dollars more and since food in big in my household I opted to pre-pay. 

This box is the first in the Cooking Light Selects series and it's called Start Your Year Off Light.  I paid $16.00 for this box.   

The good: 

Themed Boxes: While you don't know what exactly is coming in your box you know the general theme and the price it will be.  

The price: I don't think.  It ranges from $10-$18 but they always tell you what it will be before you enter.   

Referral program: If someone lists your user name as a referral you earn points which may get you a free box.  Also it's retroactive meaning you can add someones user name even if you signed up months ago.  I wish it were clickable link but it's very cool none the less. My user name is pixiepower. 

The not so good: 

I can't think of anything. 

Here are all of my treasures from the first box in the series. 

Here are some included coupons and reading materials. 

Contents of box with approximate retail value listed: 

12 oz. can of 7-Up TEN. Value = $0.50 - Taste like diet 7-Up.  I'm not sure the 10 calories make a difference. 

12 oz. box of Barilla white fiber mini penne. Value = $1.99

12 oz. box of Barilla veggie farfalle. Value = $1.99

pack of Trident strawberry lime gum. Value = $1.69

(2) SunRype fruit strips. Value = $0.45/ea.

.78 oz. package of Snackwell's Fudge Pretzel. Value = $0.62

package of BelVita breakfast biscuits in golden oat. Value = $0.80 - I like these, they have a good texture and flavor and they have substance so you could dip them in coffee also. 

The total value of the first Cooking Light Selects box is $8.04.  I am super disappointed in the value of this box.  It's not the products themselves it's that I paid twice what it's worth.  It really take a lot for me to put a complaint in writing to a company but I kept thinking how disappointing this was. The thought of the rest of the Cooking Light boxes being like this make me even more irritated so I sent Cravebox and email.  I have to say their customer service is spot on.  I sent the email on the weekend and had a response back within a couple of hours.  They were very receptive to my concerns and even offered me a partial credit.  Now with all that being said I've been wanting to try the white fiber and veggie pasta since seeing it at the store last week.  I'm super tired of the fruit strips but that's not their fault.  I actually like the BelVita cookies and eat them for a midday snack.  Everything else isn't super exciting but I will definitely use it. 

Verdict: This had great products but a crummy value.

I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Cravebox.  I purchase these boxes myself.    


  1. I'm so glad to hear you say that. I've noticed that all the boxes recently contain most of the same items. I let it pass until I opened this box and counted up the terrible value myself. I also sent an email to state the same.

    Thanks for blogging.

    1. Hi Amber - I'm really hoping all the cooking light boxes aren't going to be like this. I don't mind a couple of dollars less but half is ridiculous!

  2. Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects?
    Thanks a lot!

    Here is my page - Game of War Fire Age Cheat