Friday, November 15, 2013

Love with Food: "Flavors of Fall" - November 2013

I receive my Love with Food Subscription Box today. I ordered this box on a whim because I got an awesome coupon code making it only $5, so I figured I'd try it out. For those of you who don't know, Love with Food is a monthly subscription box service that sends a curated box of unique, hard-to-find, snacks delivered to your door. The snacks are always organic, all natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial junk. Depending on if you get the Tasting Box (as low as $10/month is the size box I ordered) or the Deluxe Box (as low as $17/month) , each box purchased donates 1 (tasting) or 2 (deluxe) meals to hungry children in America. You also earn points by ordering boxes and reviewing items that can be used to buy the items you find and love. Now that you know what it is, on to my goodies!

The box came nicely sealed to keep everything fresh and included a great information card and a bunch of coupons for some of the items in the box. 

Kukuruza Tuxedo Popcorn Flight Bags (Tuxedo): OMG, this was so yummy! I love gourmet popcorns, even though it makes that popcorn so much more caloric, but since they use GMO-Free corn it's a tiny bit better lol This was ilk and white chocolate drizeld on caramel popcorn! (~$3.33 for one 1.5 oz Flight Bag)

Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 70%: I think they knew I was a chocolate lover when they sent me this box. I love super dark chocolate in small doses so tI'll save these for when I'm having a serious chocolate craving! (~$1.27 for two .53 oz samples)

Maple Walnut Fudge by Laura Secord: More chocolate. Another item to save for a chocolate craving day, pretty small piece for 105 calories though! (~$0.96 for one 1 oz sample)

Ginger Twist Team by Mighty Leaf: I hate all teas and subscription boxes must love them because I always get them. I wish I could put a disclaimer on all my boxes saying NO TEA. I'll give this to a friend or my mom to try. (~$0.49 for one tea bag)

Almond, Apricot, an Yoghurt Bar by Eat Natural: I love bars like this to throw in my snack drawer at work for when I need my afternoon munchies before dinner. Hopefully this one taste good for 230 calories! Usually the ones I eat are less caloric, but I do know nuts add to the count  very easily. (~$1.31 for one 1.76 oz bar)

Rosemary & Pink Sea Salt Shortbread by Dancing Deer Baking Co.: this one doesn't jump out to me, but it'll go in my snack drawer as well. Or maybe I'll keep it for EM. She likes shortbread type cookies. (~$0.71 for one package of 2 cookies - 1 oz)

Sweet Corn Crunch by Sensible Foods: This is supposed to be good for you, but I thought corn didn't really have much nutritional value (compared to most veggies) so I'm not sure, but I DO like corn so for only 40 calories, I'll give it a try. I know this box isn't  necessarily about low-calorie foods, just natural foods, but I like to point them out when low or high because they are a determining factor for me if I'm choosing to purchase them again. (~$1.04 for one .42 oz bag)

Authentic Indian Spice Blend by Arora Creations: I'm not a fan of indian spices normally because I can't stand the smell and/or taste of curry but this doesn't have curry in it, so I may have to try one the recipes on the package. One packet is enough for a recipe that serves six. Although those are expensive spices for over $2 for one meal! (~$2.60 for one .5 oz packet) 

Sweet Potato PopChips: I love sweet potatoes and have heard good things about PopChips so I'm excited to try these. Perfect for a salty chip craving, also going in my snack drawer at work and only 100 calories! (~$2.08 for one .8 oz bag)

Total Estimated Value of Box: $13.79 (not including shipping)
Total Cost of Box: $5.00 and free shipping (well that's what I paid, would have been $12)

Overall Impression: It was certainly worth the $5 and I'll get a chance to try a bunch of new brands of items, but sadly most are way more money to repurchase than I'd typically spend on snacks. I'd rather just some fresh veggies or fruit for that price. When you think about it though, it's worth the $12 too (since it adds up to more than $12) but also because with my box purchase, a child gets a meal and that makes it totally worth it! Childhood Hunger is so sad, those poor children are just a product of their environment and have no control over their situation.  

If you are interested in signing up for Love with Food, please use my referral link. Try using Code "FB7OFF" to save $7 off your first month and get your first month for only $5! Or "HOLIDAY2013" will work for $5 off if the other code isn't still valid. 

Did you get Love with Food this month? What did you think?

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