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I had a disproportionately negative reaction when I opened this months’ box. It had been a long day, I was nursing a headache, and I was so excited to see what the February food box would bring. No doubt some magical Valentine-themed wonderfulness, right? NOPE! I open the box, and the first three things I see are trail mix with raisins, dried cherries and grape lollipops. Three things that I very strongly dislike. I hate, hate, HATE raisins and most dehydrated fruits for that matter. Who ever thought “Wow, these juicy delicious grapes are awesome; you know what would make them more awesome? Putting them out in the sun until they shrivel up into gummy brown morsels”. Probably the same idiot who was like “Hey, lets use raisins instead of chocolate chips.” In the words of Matt Bellassai, “Raisins are chocolate chips that gave up on life.” Anyway, I threw everything back into the box and set it on the corner of the counter where it sat for a week and a half before I could look at it again. On round two of the unboxing, I approached this box with the support of my husband who agreed to eat any of the things that I deemed too gross to try.
What I got:
Boardwalk Kettle Corn Pop Chips: LOVE! I would keep these on top of my fridge, in my work desk drawer, in the glove compartment of my car; you get the idea. They were the perfect blend of crispy corn, salty and sweet, and I was sad that I 1) had to share with Andy and 2) the box only came with one snack-sized bag.
Baron Chocolatier Milk Chocolate Truffles: A solid “meh”. Better than your average Hershey Chocolate Bar, but not as good as Lindor or Godiva. The chocolate lacked some of the richness I expect from a good milk chocolate, but it did have a fruity sweetness that was much better than the straight up sugary sweet of some other brands. I wouldn’t buy these for myself, but I’d eat them if someone gave them to me as a gift.
Stellar Strawberry Non-Dairy Fruit & Veggie Blend: So gross. Mad props for sneaking veggies into kids food, but the strawberry flavor used to mask the other flavors was really off putting. Natural strawberries taste good; why would you make a healthy snack that tasted like a cheap jello pop?
Liddabit Sweets Sea Salt Caramels – very caramel-y, but lacking in the salt. As in, I didn’t get any. I’d try them again though; it is possible that I just got a batch that missed the salting.
Power Up Trail Mix – Andy quickly claimed this since he knew I wasn’t wild about the inclusion of the raisins. He liked that this was a very low sodium trail mix, and he’d finished the sample bag in a few short minutes.
All Natural Montmorency Cherries – This was a big “nope” for both Andy and myself. He doesn’t care for cherries, and I don’t like dehydrated fruit. I could see these being good for baking, though.
Googly Grape Organic Lollipops – Fun name aside, I knew going in that I wasn’t going to like these. I, hand to God, was eating a grape lollipop when I found out Santa wasn’t real, and I haven’t liked them since. I can still remember sitting in my mom’s Toyota on our way back from a Christmas Eve party and asking her if what the big kids had told me was true. Traumatic childhood experience aside, these taste like grape soda, and they are organic so there’s that.
Choco Liege Wafel – these made my inner fat-kid so happy. They’re like the adult version of those chocolate-dipped Sweet Sixteen mini donuts we used to buy from the store when I was little. I gave Andy a little bite, but I shamelessly consumed the rest. #sorrynotsorry
Overall, I did suck it up and try everything for the sake of an honest review, but this wasn’t the box for me.
After my first unboxing, I was really excited to see what was in my Love with Food box. I mean, snacks, and they donate donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength. Win win, right? Well to be brutally honest, I wasn’t as jazzed as I was about my Julep box; I’ve had other snack boxes in the past that I liked better, but there was some pretty cool stuff to try. Plus now that I’ve received a box, they’ll take all of my product reviews into consideration when curating next months box.
- The Better Chip: Sweet Corn & Sea Salt – These tasted pretty much like every other tortilla chip I’ve ever had, except they had a sweet after taste. I ate half of the tiny bag, and I still can’t tell you if I liked them or not.
- Ritter Sport Mini Hazelnut Chocolate – It was chocolate and hazelnut -what could go wrong? Nothing. It was delicious.
- Annie B’s Sea Salt Caramel – This was the best thing in the entire box. The caramel was rich and chewy, and it had these amazing crunchy salt crystals in it. I gave Andy a tiny bite and then kept the rest of it for myself.
- Goorganic Honey Hard Candies – Eww eww, dear God eww. The only thing I would ever use these for is to sweeten my green tea if I was out of real honey and sugar.
- Shasha Bread Co. Organic Ginger Snaps – Meh, I’m not a huge gingerbread person, but these were okay. I liked that they had a really sharp gingery bite.
- Dimario Smoked Pork Snack – Okay, obviously I didn’t eat this one, but Andy was kind enough to help me out. He said it was somewhere between the Hickory Farms Beef Sausage and a Slim Jim, but in a good way (whatever that means). He said he’d eat it again if he had the chance.
- Locker Hazelnut Mini Wafer – I’ve had these before, and they’re good; I like them with tea or coffee.
- Dipin Tomato & Onion Bruschetta – this was better than I thought it was going to be. It had some really great seasoning to it, and it wasn’t horribly salty. I think it would work better as a sandwich spread than as a dip, but tasty either way.
So, there you have it: some good, some bad, and I am hoping that since they have some product reviews I’ll get something a little more “me” next time.