Thursday, July 18, 2013

July Taste Trunk - Gourmet Trunk

Taste Trunk is the newest food based product to enter the subscription box world. 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 get lots of health type foods and I don't need any sweets so I decided against these ones. I was torn between the BBQ one and the Gourmet one but ended up choosing the Gourmet one. The nice thing about Taste Trunk is you can switch your boxes at anytime so I may try the BBQ one at some point.
The price of Taste Trunk is $29.00 plus $5.99 shipping making it $34.99 a month. They actually just changed the price and added a shipping cost of $5.99. For those that subscribed prior to July 15th they only pay the $29.99.

This subscription is available to the US only and ships from Discovery Bay, Ca.

The Good:

Products: The items in my box were 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.

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 that use links and have discounts for both people.

This is what the box looks like when you open it. They even have a wax stamp which is a nice touch.

In the old timey bag were all these product info cards

Here are all the treasures from the trunk.

I loved that this even came with a small olive oil.

I love artichoke bruschetta!

Contents of the inaugural Taste Trunk with approximate retail price:

Cucina & Amore Artichoke Bruschetta from Richmond, Ca. Value = $2.99 - This was really good on crackers and the price is fantastic!

Mexico Lindo Jalapeno Hot Sauce, from Hermosillo, Mexico. Value = $6.00??

Susan's Salsa Mango Salsa from Newport Beach. Ca. Value = $4.25 - Not a fan. It had too much liquid in it. 

Community Spice Co. Prima Vera Spice Rub from Sausalito, Ca. Value = $5.00

Miners Mix Cheese Spread mix from Mariposa. Ca. Value = $4.99

Oren's Kitchen Coconut Chili Macadamia Nuts from San Francisco, Ca. Value = $3.99 - I liked these but ohh wee they are spicy.

Purely American Gilroy Garlic Pasta Stir-Fry Mix, from Athens, Ga. Value = $6.50

Imperial Organic Organic Chai Vanilla Rooibus. Value = $4.99

Discount of 15% at The Andiron in Mendocino, Ca

The total value of this first Gourmet box from Taste Trunk is $38.71 give or take a buck or two for the hot sauce. I couldn't find it for sale anywhere online. I was really excited about this box and it didn't disappoint when I opened it. The only thing that won't get used in this box right away is the hot sauce. I have tons of hot sauce already and I don't use a lot of it in daily cooking. I love artichokes and bruschetta. I just bought a bread maker and I'm thinking homemade bread with bruschetta sounds mighty tasty. We go through a lot of salsa and I'm a big fan of mango salsa. I hope the macadamia nuts aren't too spicy because I love mac nuts. The story behind the miners mix is pretty cool. The recipe is from a gold prospector named Joshua Shelby who migrated from St. Louis to the Mother Lode Region of California. Turns out gold mining wasn't his thing but cooking was so he became a semi-famous camp chef for gold miners. His recipes were found in a mine in Mariposa County along with a well seasoned cast iron skillet. What a great story huh?

Verdict: This may be one of my new favorite boxes.

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