UrthBox Subscription Box Review – March 2015
Urthbox is a monthly subscription that introduces subscribers to delicious and healthy new snacks. Every box includes a selection of non-GMO, organic, and healthy snacks, beverages, and more.
Subscribers select from four different box sizes and the following versions: The Classic, The Gluten-Free, The Vegan, and The Diet. This review is of The Classic Mini Box.
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The Subscription Box: Urthbox
The Cost: $19/monthly for the mini box (4-5 products); $29/monthly for the small box (8-10 products); $39/monthly for the medium box (14-16 products); $59/monthly for the large box (20-24 products) (Less per month with longer subscription plans.)
COUPON: Use coupon code CRUNCHWEEK to save $10 on your first box!
The Products: Safe, healthy, and natural snacks from trustworthy brands.
Ships to: US (free shipping) and Canada ($6)
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Urthbox included a card that specified the month and type of box I received but did not provide a list of the items included in the box.
There was also a card with a coupon code for $10 off my first order in the Urthbox shop.
Cantaloupe Crispy Fruit by Crispy Green (.36 oz)- value $1.59
Curry Cashew Snakarola by Laughing Giraffe Organics (3 oz)- value $4.69
I’m more than a little obsessed with freeze-dried fruit, and I was thrilled to receive a flavor I’ve never tried before. The cantaloupe was interesting, but I didn’t think it compared to my favorite flavors, pineapple and mango.
The curry cashews were excellent, but it took me a couple of handfuls before I realized the Snakarola packet contained 5 ½ servings. (Two tablespoons doesn’t seem like a very realistic serving size to me.) Regardless, I really loved this snack’s unusual flavor combination. Dried currants added a little bit of sweetness that nicely countered the spicy curry powder, and the addition of coconut was delicious. I might also be a fan of this snack because it reminded me of one of my favorite chocolates of all time, Vosges’ Naga Coconut & Curry Bar.
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies by Home Free (.95 oz)- value $1.49
Black Rice Crackers by Laiki (.74 oz)- value $1.25
The mini chocolate chip cookies didn’t blow me away. They were very crisp and fairly chocolatey, but I didn’t think the flavor was anything special.
On the other hand, I really liked Laiki’s Black Rice Crackers. They contain only three ingredients: black rice, palm oil, and sea salt. I thought they were delicious, and (this might sound crazy) I thought their saltiness and texture made them taste a little like Bugles!
Strawberry Granola Minis by Made Good (.85 oz)- value $1
Amazing Almond Bumble Bar (1.4 oz)- value $1.99
I was only able to find the Strawberry Granola Minis for sale on a Canadian health food website (with shipping to Canada only), so I’m not sure how readily available they are in the US. Taste-wise, I thought they were okay. I didn’t dislike them, but I don’t think I would buy them again. Interestingly, though, they’re made with vegetable powder (and contain the nutrients found in one serving of vegetables), so they might be a good snack for veggie-averse kids.
I’ve tried Bumble Bars before, and I really like them. They’re a “real food” energy bar made with dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, and I like that they are gluten-free and dairy-free.
Natural Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest (.5 oz)- value $.56
Purps Vita Multi-Vitamin Supplement Powder (9 g.)- value $2.08
Hemp Hearts are everywhere this month! I also received sample packets in the Love with Food Tasting Box and the Love with Food Gluten-Free Box, so I’m not that happy to see them again in my Urthbox. Still, I like them well enough, so I’m sure I’ll eat them eventually.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Purps Vita, but after doing a bit of online research I was really excited to try it. It’s a multi-vitamin supplement powder derived from organic, non-GMO superfruits (including mangosteen, maqui, acai, and blueberry) that contains valuable phytonutrients, antioxidants, essential vitamins, and minerals. I enjoyed the berry flavor, but I did think the drink had a slight grittiness and “vitamin taste.” Which, to be fair, isn’t totally shocking for a vitamin drink.
Verdict: This is my first Urthbox, and, so far, I’m really impressed. For the most part, I really enjoyed the curation of the box, and I liked the majority of the snacks that were included. One thing I want to point out about Urthbox is that there is a huge gap in pricing between a monthly subscription and a 6-month subscription. For the mini box I received, the prices are $19 per month and $9 per month, respectively. The value of this box comes in at $14.65, which is an excellent value only if you’re willing to commit to a 6-month subscription.
Given Urthbox’s similarities to Love with Food, I think it’s difficult not to compare the two. Both companies offer boxes that are roughly the same size and cost and include natural snacks that are often gluten-free, non-GMO, and organic. Comparing this Mini Urthbox to March’s Love with Food Tasting Box, I would say that I preferred the products selected by Love with Food but that Urthbox had the better value. I also like that Love with Food provides a brochure with information about the snacks they’ve selected for the box. Honestly, though, I enjoyed both boxes this month, and I look forward to seeing how these two boxes stack up against each other next month!
Have you tried Urthbox? What did you think?