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Nomalicious Subscription Box Review – April 2015

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Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Box

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. 

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Inside

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.)

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Contents

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 Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Sheet

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. 

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Brew

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!

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Mole

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.

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Jonty

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.

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Raaka

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.

Nomalicious Subscription Box Review - April 2015 Pretzels

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?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

8 Comments

  1. Although I really like the concept of this box and all the items look intriguing I think $70 is way more than I would spend on a food box. I also wonder how “unique and different” the boxes will actually be after a few cities have been featured. I saw that exact chocolate bar in a local store recently (I’m in NC) and mole seems more like a Texas item than NY.

  2. Raaka is the best!!! If you like dark chocolate, I would definitely recommend their brand.

  3. This box definitely interests me but not at that price! $70 for 5 food items that retail for about $50 is just silly. I wouldn’t mind it breaking even but paying an extra $20 just for the curation part is quite steep. If the box cost was $50 I would love to try.

    Lindsey, have you ever head of them offering a discount code?

  4. The Grady’s site will make you buy a minimum of two cans of the Grady’s Cold Brew Bean Bags, but Birchbox has them, and you can buy one can there if you want.

    • On the Grady’s site, you can also just buy one bag for $4 with free shipping (and no minimum!) so that is a great way to try it before committing to multiple cans.

  5. $70 is a lot for a box – With only a $50 Value – I’m sure that shipping is pricey then some boxes because it looks like the items are semi heavy and need to be packaged carefully. – I’m glad I did not get this box I would be aggrivated. – I’m noticing more so lately a lot of food boxes dont seem to have the value. Since I’m picky on what I can eat and what I can not eat because of likes, dislikes and diet restrictions, I would want a $70 food box to have a value of at least $100 so If I did not like a few items I would not regret my purchase. I’m glad this is a quarterly box, yet it still does not change my opinion on wanting to see more value, before I would consider subscribing

    • I think a lot of the food boxes, particularly the higher priced ones, totally miss the mark on the appeal of subscription boxes. Yes, they are about the curation, but the vast majority of people are looking for a good deal, and I’ve never been able to find a higher priced food sub box, that was!

      • Thanks, they always intrigue me, yet so far never subscribed. The one that I keep looking at is Try the World for $39 a month. I like the idea of international food items.

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