I’m trying something different. This is a review of a food subscription box. In the past I have reviewed Boxwalla Beauty Boxes. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, Boxwalla has four different boxes and Food is one of them.
I have never subscribed to a food box like this before. I’ve been tempted but I have always lived in areas that have access to well, everything. So, I’ve talked myself out of these sort of services because I didn’t really know what they could offer me that I couldn’t pick up myself. Anyway, I can’t comment on how Boxwalla compares to similar boxes because I have no experiences with food-centric subscription boxes.
The theme for April/Spring box was “An Afternoon Tea Party”. Here’s what it contained:
Lark Fine Foods Shortbreads Holiday Trio ($8 value) – Lark is a bakery based in Boston that makes “cookies for grown-ups”. This box contains three flavors: Burnt Sugar & Fennel, Salted Rosemary and Whole Grain Espresso Chip. Salted Rosemary was my favorite.
Providence Perfume Company Organic Perfume Teas in Brambleberry Rose and Violetta (samples, $10 value) – Yay! I love seeing these in the box. I haven’t reviewed these yet but I’m a big fan. (They keep showing up in my gift guides, etc). These are both floral flavored teas that smell and taste like magical little tea parties. Since I’ve tried the entire range from Providence Perfume Co., I can safely say that these two flavors are my favorite. (Expect a review of these teas in the near future).
Wazz! Kichen Creations Balsamic Fig Mostarda ($10 value) – Wazz! is a brand located in the Northeast that specializes in gourmet sauces. This mostarda is supposed to be good paired with fruits, cheese, bread, etc. I haven’t tried it yet.
Vine Street Market, USA Apron ($48 value) – This is a 100% cotton canvas apron made in Los Angeles. It’s adorable. Will I use it? I don’t know. I never use aprons but in all fairness, I never had one before. So maybe that’s why I didn’t use one before? 😉 This is really nice, has a nice feel and I figure if you aren’t the sort of person to use it, it would make a great gift.
Total: $76. I may be off a few dollars.
Overall, the box had some nice treats in it. I loved that the floral teas were included and the apron is super cute.
As a food box newbie, I like the idea because even though I can *technically* buy myself this sort of stuff, I don’t. It’s nice to have some fun, “treat yo self” stuff sent directly to your doorstep. It also exposes me to new brands. And I’m such a sucker for “themes” so I like how these boxes revolve around a central theme.
- Nice packaging and shipping.
- New-to-me products. It’s a nice way to get introduced to small, U.S. based brands.
- Retail value is higher than what you pay.
- Great treat for yourself or to even use as a gift.
- Food allergies or avoid certain flavors/ingredients…you can’t create a list of “exceptions”. There’s a possibility that you won’t use all the products sent to you.
- It’s pricey (in comparison to your usual grocery bill) but it is “gourmet” so this stuff is pricey anyway.
This could be a pro or a con, but it didn’t just contain food. The highest value item was an apron. I like it but I could see how someone would dismiss it as well.
So, what do you think? Have you subscribed to any “food” boxes before?
Boxes retail for $49.95 at Boxwalla. This includes shipping.
*What is Boxwalla? Boxwalla is a box subscription service. Or you can buy them one-time. What makes Boxwalla different than a lot of other services is that there are four themes or interests: Beauty, Book, Food and Film. The boxes are available every two months and you can choose which type of box you’d like.
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