Love with Food, $12/$20 a month snack subscription ($29 for gluten-free box)
Promo: 50% off first box by using my link, GFLS = 50% off gluten free box, Groupon for deluxe box ($10 for 1 month/$26 for 3 months)
I paid: $2 with expired promo
As part of my general addiction to subscription boxes, I’ve ventured into the realm of subscription snack boxes with its most heavily promoted box: Love with Food. This box features a variety of not-too-bad-for-you snacks, both from niche and heavily distributed brands. The monthly subscription is $12, though you can get your first box for a discount by using my referral link (or any other referral link you find).
The snacks were all good, and I definitely enjoyed them at the $2. However, the total cost of the snacks included in the box came up to $7 – so I’d have been bummed if I’d paid full price for the box. Needless to say, I unsubscribed, which was a very quick and easy process, though it involved filling out a survey but that was actually a plus, as it gave me the opportunity to tell them why I was cancelling.
This is what I got in my box:
Snikiddy Snacks Mac N’ Cheese Puffs, 1 .75 oz package (65 cents)
My 12-year old really liked these mac n’ cheese puffs. To me they tasted somewhat citric and not at all cheesy. She felt they tasted like mac & cheese (which I, personally, avoid). Other pluses, non-GMO and gluten free. The main ingredients are corn, rice flower, oil, whey, cheddar cheese and buttermilk. The package had 90 calories. Not a bad snack.
Made in USA
Boulder Canyon Olive Oil Totally Natural Kettle Chips, 1.5 oz ($1.50)
These are pretty good, run-of-the-mill kettle chips. I like that they contain only three ingredients: potatoes, olive oil and salt. And I like that they are not too greasy and not too hard. I think they need more salt, however. They mostly taste like plain chips, with the olive oil only giving them a hint of bitterness. I did quickly finish the whole package (220 calories), but I was pretty much full afterwards. I’d buy them. They are made in the USA and they are available at some supermarkets.
Honey Stinger Peanut Butter’n Honey Energy Bar, 1.75 oz bar, ($2)
This was a pretty tasty bar. I can’t say that it was particularly delicious, and I did find it too sweet, but I enjoyed it.
Made in USA
Dolcetto Petites Lemon Wafer Bites, .7 oz (85 cents)
These lemon wafers are delicious. They are crispy wafers, filled with a sweet, lemon-flavored creamy filling, not too unlike those in lemon cookies. They are full of flavor, and much lighter than a cookie. The packages are tiny, but at 100-calories they should satisfy your need for a bit of sugar. They seem to be made in Indonesia, and they have sugar rather than corn syrup.
Dilettante Toffee Crunch Truffle Cremes No. 39, 2 candies (70 cents)
These are nicely sized (perhaps even a little too big for a bite), and quite tasty – but I found them to be too smooth for my taste – I prefer more crunch. Definitely a nice treat, though. Each candy has 55 calories and they are made in the USA
Mombana Traditional Hot Chocolate, 1 envelope (70 cents)
I still haven’t used it.
Enough for 1 8-oz cup. Made in the USA.
Divine Milk Chocolate Mini Pieces, 2 5 gram pieces (50 cents)
Nice, tasty chocolate. Not exceptional, but a nice little treat. They sell this occasionally at Grocery Outlet.
Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, 2 sample envelopes (no value)
Available at Walmart for less than $3 for a 1 lb jar. The samples are tiny and I can’t imagine I can really try them, but maybe I’ll sprinkle them on something.
I got a box of Sea Salt flavor Sensible Portions Pita Bites to go with the Rougette Bavarian cream cheese I picked up at Grocery Outlet, and I’m in love with them. The crackers are super crispy without being tough, they taste very fresh (a little over a month before the expiration date) and are very tasty, both by themselves and specially with the cheese. By themselves they are a bit dry, though. They don’t contain any sugars, so they seem to be good for diabetics.
They usually retail for $3.50, but they are just $1 at the San Leandro Grocery Outlet (while supplies last, of course 🙂
Mika must have had these cookies before, because she knew exactly what they were when she pointed them out at Trader Joe’s. She laughed at the suggestion that they were actually for cats, despite the cat on the label. They are very good and addictive, with a ginger flavor that kicks at the end (how come she likes them?) Not particularly healthy, though. But they do come in comical cat shapes.