Saturday, September 21, 2013

September Love with Food Deluxe Box Chef Ming Tsai

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. Their regular box contains 5+ gourmet food items. This month they sent out an email saying they were offering a deluxe size version of the box. You had to get on a waiting list for it since this was new and limited. I don't know how long it took but I didn't wait long. The price of this deluxe version is $19.95 with shipping included. Now I'm guessing this is in trial phase right now since it's not offered on their website yet. The regular boxes are usually $2-$4 less than the price paid but I'm hoping since this is a deluxe box it will be closer to the $19.95 price.

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

Bigger is better? I know some people don't like that the regular box is so small but it also comes with a small price tag. This box would be better suited for those with more than 2 people in their house. No more fighting over the caramel corn!

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

Value: See below.

This months Deluxe box was curated by Chef Ming Tsai and is gluten free.

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

(2) .53 oz. pkgs. Bare Fruit Crunch Cinnamon Apple Chips. Value = $1.25/ea.

(2) 1.5 oz. bags Beanfield Snacks Rice & Bean Chips in Pico de Gallo and Nacho Value = $1.25/ea. 

2 oz. bag Nutty Bean Co. Sesame Crunch Chick Pz. Value = $3.29

(2) .7 oz. bags. Cosmos Creations Cinnamon Crunch. Value = $0.70 - always tasty

(2) 1 oz. Licious Organics Cherry Berry Raw Cookies. Value = $0.14

1.76 oz. Wild Garden Hummus Dip in Roasted Garlic. Value = $0.67

(2) .7 oz. pkgs. Yum Earth Organics Fruit Snacks. Value= $0.70

(4) Millie's Savory Sipping Teas in Indian Spice and Spicy Tortilla. Value = $0.95/ea.

(2) 2 oz. Betty Lou's Blueberry Fruit Bars. Value = $1.34/ea. - The teenager said this was good and she didn't offer me a bite so I'm guessing it was good. 

The total approximate value of this box is $13.52. Major fail in the value in my opinion. I know they do lots of good things but this was more than $6.00 less than what I paid. Also I wasn't really expecting it to be most of the same stuff from the smaller box - just more of it. The only things different were the chick pz and they beanfield chips. I'm really torn on giving this another try. I usually like to give a subscription box 2-3 tries before I dump them but this value was incredibly low. 

Verdict:  This Love with Food deluxe box needs to step it up a bit if they want to charge $19.95

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  1. I completely agree with your review. I was so excited to open my deluxe box, but when I found out that it was just the regular box with twice as much stuff it was a huge let down. I didn't even do the cost analysis, and looking at what I paid for what I got was an even bigger disappointment. What really gets me - is if we're paying for twice the box, shouldn't they also donate two meals? Really, your better off buying two subscriptions, it would cost the same, you'll get the same snacks, and you'll donate 2 meals. It's a ripoff and I plan to cancel the deluxe after next month if its the same.

    1. I wonder if they have received any complaints about it? I'm giving it one more month and if it's still dismal I'm pulling the plug.