Nomalicious Subscription Box Review – April 2015
Nomalicious sends small-batch, indie foods from a different city each quarter. Working with a local curator for each shipment, they seek out handmade foods and artisans that showcase the featured area’s food scene.
This box was sent to me at no cost to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Nomalicious
The Cost: $75 for a single box or $70 per box with a standing subscription.
The Products: Handmade foods from artisan producers.
Ships to: US
Nomalicious included a sheet detailing the items included in the box. This quarter’s curator is Meghan Pope and the featured city is New York City.
Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags (1 lb)- $12
I’m a little obsessed with cold brewed coffee, so I was very excited to receive a full-sized tin of Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags. Each bag steeps overnight in 14 oz. of water to yield 2.5 servings of coffee. The bags are made “New Orleans Style” with chicory, which adds a little bit of sweetness. My first bean bag is brewing now, and I can’t wait until tomorrow morning to drink some homemade cold brewed iced coffee!
Xilli Mole Poblano (6.5 fl. oz.)- $13
(This item is currently sold out online.)
Mole Poblano is a Mexican sauce made from chili peppers and chocolate. This particular version contains 30 different ingredients and takes 5 days to make. I can’t wait to try it over chicken. I opened the jar to sneak a taste, and I was blown away by the rich, complex flavors.
Biltong Slices by Jonty Jacobs (4 oz.)- $10.99
Jonty Jacobs makes beef jerky using traditional South African curing methods. The meat is very finely sliced and includes a layer of fat, which helps maintain the meat’s tender flavor. I thought this jerky was extremely tender, and I really liked the flavor, too.
Bourbon Cask Aged Chocolate from Raaka Chocolate (1.8 oz)- $7.95
Raaka Chocolate crafts bars from unroasted cacao beans, using a low-temperature chocolate making process that helps preserve the bean’s natural flavors. For this bar, cocao nibs are aged in bourbon casks for four weeks. This allows them time to soak in the rich, earthy flavors from the wood. I thought this chocolate was excellent, and I could definitely taste the subtle, woody, bourbon flavor.
Salty Toffee Pretzels by Fatty Sundays (2.54 oz.)- $6.95
Fatty Sundays Peppermint Crunch Pretzels were featured in the 2013 PopSugar Must Have Special Edition Holiday Box. I immediately recognized the packaging and got excited about trying another flavor. The Peppermint Crunch Pretzels were incredible, but I might like these even more. The salty toffee is a great match for the crispy pretzels, and I have a feeling this pack will be gone before I know it.
Verdict: I really like the concept behind Nomalicious. I’m always looking to discover new small, artisanal food producers, and I think they’ve done a nice job of featuring a variety of interesting, quality products. I love that all of the items in the box are full sized, and everything I sampled was delicious. As far as value, the total of the included products comes to just over $50. This isn’t a great value for the $70 cost of the box, so I think this box would be best for those who highly value curation and are looking to discover new products from (and support) small producers across the US.
What do you think of Nomalicious?