FoodStirs Subscription Box Review – June 2016
FoodStirs is a baking subscription box, that ships baking mixes kits to your door!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: FoodStirs
The Cost: $19.99 per month with free shipping. Discounts are available for longer subscriptions
The Products: High quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Ships to: United States, but they have an international waitlist, so be sure to sign up if you’re interested!
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The June box was for patriotic frosted sugar cookies. I received an email saying that I needed to have butter, an egg, and greek yogurt on hand.
They shipped me the mixes for the cookies and frosting, along with sprinkles, sticks, and a star cookie cutter. As you’ll see below, I didn’t end up using the sticks. I forgot about them until the last second and by that point, my dough was already rolled out too thin and cut. I didn’t want to overwork the dough by re-rolling and cutting, so we have cookies instead of cookie pops!
Here are my cookies as they’re going into the oven! A few notes about the dough and the instructions from FoodStirs. They indicate that you should use cold, cubed butter to cream in your mixer prior to adding the egg. I did this against my better judgement. Trying to cream cold butter is asking for trouble. I would recommend (unless any of you are pastry chefs and indicate differently!) using softened butter at this stage. My cookies weren’t worse for the wear, but it was a pain in the you know what to try to break up the cold butter to a state where it became homogenous with the egg white!
When you’re rolling the cookies out, definitely make sure to flour your work surfaces. I used my silicone rolling pin and mat and still used quite a lot of flour to keep them from sticking. If you’re having difficulty getting them up, use a dough scraper or a thin spatula to get them unstuck – it might tweak your shape a bit, but it works decently.
Here is my finished product. The frosting was the same as last month’s but I thought it worked better with the cookies than the cake. I still wasn’t a huge fan of the flavor, but everyone who ate the cookies raved about them!
Verdict: I think this box is great for those with kids just starting to learn how to bake, or for someone that doesn’t want to choose a recipe without knowing how the quality will be. The quality of the mixes I’ve received has been pretty consistently good – with the only issue being the frosting last month not going well with the flavor of the cake. I like that they send the cookie cutters or molds that you’ll need to make the recipe they send. With that said, the price is pretty high for what you’re getting, so don’t expect a huge value with this one!
Have you tried FoodStirs yet?