Spork Pack Subscription Box Review – March 2015
SporkPack is a monthly culinary subscription box that sends a mix of kitchen gadgets, cooking tools, and treats.
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The Subscription Box: SporkPack
The Cost: $29.95 per month + 6 shipping (less per month with longer subscription plans)
The Products: Each box includes a kitchen gadget and/or cooking essential, plus a number of delectable treats.
Ships to: US
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Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers– 3.5 oz, value $6.99
Cosomi Salty Sweet Cookie Cracker– value $1.60
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of these Rice Rollers! They looked like a cross between a rice cake and a rice crispy treat, but they tasted like a less-sweet version of honey smacks. They were pretty fun to eat and (at only 45 calories per roller) a great snack to have on hand.
The Salty Sweet Cookie Crackers were by far my favorite discovery in the box. They were very thin and crisp, and I liked the balance of salty and sweet. They’re made with sesame seeds (which gives them a nutty flavor) and covered in finely ground sugar. They were great on their own, but I think these would also be great with coffee or even served with wine and cheese.
Amki Sesame Snaps– 1.25 oz, value $.50
Donsuemor French Almond Cake– value $.85
Just Cook No. 19 Salmon Blend – 3.2 oz, value $8.50
This was my first time trying sesame snaps, and I really liked them. They were sweet, crunchy, and reminded me of sesame brittle.
I had some difficulty figuring out exactly what the Almond Cake was because the only information printed on the packaging was the brand name. This is an example of when an informational card comes in handy! (FYI- it appears that SporkPack used to include a card with their shipments, but I did not receive one in my box. I’m not sure if mine was left out by mistake or if they no longer include them.) The cake itself was pretty tasty. It had a nice almond flavor, and I liked how the soft cake was topped with crunchy almond slices.
I’ve tried Just Cook spice blends before and really liked them. Blend No. 19 for salmon is a Creole-inspired mix of paprika, lemon, coriander, cumin, and bay. I’ve never used a spice rub on salmon before, so I’m excited to give this a try.
OGGI Stainless Steel Spring Loaded Tea Infuser– value $8.95
I really like the design of this tea infuser. The button at the top is spring-loaded and pushing down on it opens the tea compartment at the bottom of the wand. I drink loose-leaf tea pretty regularly, so this will get a lot of use.
Kyoto Ceramic Paring Knife and Peeler – value $12.50?
I’m always happy to receive practical kitchen tools, and I’m excited about this ceramic set. I couldn’t find this exact set for sale online, but based on the quality and size I’d estimate the value to be somewhere in the range of $10 to $15. I’ve used ceramic knives before, but this is my first ceramic vegetable peeler. I tried it on an apple, and I think I’m really going to like it. Ceramic knives (and peelers) rank higher on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Harness than traditional hardened steel knives, which means they stay sharper longer and have to be sharpened less frequently. Since I rarely (read: never) sharpen my knives, these are a great addition to my kitchen.
Verdict: I really like the concept of SporkPack. I love discovering new treats in subscription boxes, but I also think it’s great to discover new cooking tools and kitchen gadgets. I thought the treats in the box were tasty, and I’ll use both the tea infuser and knife set. My only concern with the products is that some of the food items weren’t labeled with product or nutritional information (as if they were taken out of a larger, bulk pack of individually wrapped snacks). I wouldn’t really have a problem with this if SporkPack included a card to help identify what the products were, but that was not the case. Additionally, it appears that some of the items I received (the Rice Rollers and Tea Infuser) were also in the October 2014 box. I’m a new subscriber, so it seems possible that I’ve received a “best of” box (like some GlossyBox subscribers received last month). If that’s the case, then other subscribers likely received boxes that were different from mine. As this is my first box, I don’t really mind getting tools and snacks that were featured in past boxes, but it’s something to be aware of if you’re interested in subscribing. As for value, SporkPack claims that boxes will include 4-8 items and have an average value over $40. According to my valuations, this box comes in right at $40.
Have you tried SporkPack? What did you think?