Yummy Bazaar Destination Food Club Subscription Box Review: Full Experience Box – May 2016
Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club sends authentic and delicious foods from around the world.
There are two different subscription boxes available from Yummy Bazaar. For those looking to sample international products, there’s the Sampler Box, which is $9.95 per month and includes 6-8 sample-sized products from around the world. The Full Experience Box, on the other hand, is $35.95 per month and includes 6-8 full-sized products from a single country.
This is a review of the Full Experience Box. You can check out reviews of the sampler box here.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club Full Experience Box
The Cost: $35.95
COUPON: Save 10% off when you sign up for their newsletter. No coupon need!
The Products: 6-8 full-sized products from a different country each month.
Ships to: US
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Yummy Bazaar includes an information booklet with every box.
It contains a breakdown of the items in the box.
There are also recipes that incorporate the items included.
This booklet also included some fun facts about Russia. Did you know that Russia is the largest country in the world, and that it’s bigger than Pluto!?
Russia has a unique system for labeling use by dates. Since it can be a little confusing, Yummy Bazaar included a sheet clearly listing all of the use by dates for the items in this box.
Traditional Rostov Style Pickled Tomatoes by Lukashinskie (23.6 oz.)- $5.95
Pickles are ubiquitous in Russia, so I’m not at all surprised to see them included in this box. I’ve never had pickled tomatoes before, though, and I’m not too sure how to use them. Does anyone have any recommendations? Should I eat them straight or use them in cooking?
7-Course Herb Salt Seasoning by Tasty Salt (14.1 oz.)- $4.95
There are a number of different Tasty Salt blends available on the Yummy Bazaar site, and they each have a different purpose. Yummy Bazaar explains that it’s not at all uncommon for Russian families to have a collection of different blends. This one can be used for seasoning kasha, on meat, or even as a topping for popcorn.
Traditional Zefir Russian Marshmallow by Charmelle (9 oz.)- $5.95
“Zefir is a classic Russian dessert. It is typically made by whipping fruit puree, sugar and egg whites. This zefir is based on natural apple puree.” The texture is very similar to a marshmallow, which threw me off when I first sampled these. Based on their appearance, I was expecting them to be crisp like meringues!
Russian Marmalade by Marmalandia (8.8 oz.)- $4.95
Don’t let the name of this treat fool you- it’s definitely not marmalade like we know it here in the US! “In Russia marmalade is a traditional jelly candy typically made of juice. They are usually in fruit shape and are deliciously sweet and sour.”
I usually love candy citrus slices, but for some reason I wasn’t a fan of these. I think the texture and flavor are maybe just a little different than I’m used to.
Russian Blini Pancake Mix by Testov (14 oz.)- $4.95
Russian blini are thin crepe-like pancakes that are often served with either sweet or savory fillings. Caviar and fruit fillings are two of the most popular accompaniments. I can’t wait to make these! I’ve never met a pancake I didn’t love.
Russian Buckwheat Kasha with Porcini Mushrooms by Yelli (5.3 oz.)- $4.95
Kasha is kind of like a Russian porridge, and Yummy Bazaar describes it as the backbone of Russian cuisine. I don’t think I’ve ever had savory porridge before, but I’m not really a porridge fan. My husband is intrigued by this, though, so it’ll be alllll his!
Russian Raspberry Preserves by Jam Empire (19 oz.)- $9.95
Upon first inspection, I thought this was simply a Russian fruit jam, but it’s actually varenye, which is a little different. Varenye is more liquid than traditional jam, and it’s used both as a filling for crepes and as a sweetener for tea.
Russian BBQ Ketchup by Baltimor (11.6 oz.)- $4.95
Ketchup sure does seem to be a worldwide staple. Apparently, it’s just as popular in Russia as it is here in the US! Russians use it a little differently, though. Instead of using it to top burgers, hot dogs, and fries, Russians use ketchup on dumplings, rice, bread, chops, meat, and fish.
Wild Caught and Ocean Canned Pacific Saury by Dobroflot (8.6 oz.)- $4.95
I’ve never heard of Saury before, but I’m impressed to see that it’s a wild-caught fish that’s canned right on the fishing boat! I’m curious to see what it tastes like. Typically, I only ever buy canned tuna for tuna fish sandwiches, so I’ll have to do some research to see how best to eat this. Perhaps just with some pickles and dark bread?
Premium Russian Tea by Curtis (2.46 oz.)- $10.95
The last item in this month’s Full Experience box is a beautiful tin of premium Russian tea.
Isn’t the artwork lovely? I sampled this tea with a little of the varenye as a sweetener, and I really enjoyed it.
Verdict: Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club never ceases to blow me away! It’s one of my favorite foodie subscription boxes, and I love how every box introduces me to new full-sized international foods. It’s so much fun to discover gourmet products from a new country every month, and I really enjoyed this month’s Russian theme. While not all of the items were home runs for me, I love that they included so many authentic products that I’ve never even heard of before. The tea, jam, seasoning, and blini mix are all standout items for me. Altogether, the retail price of the items in this box totals just under $63. That’s an incredible value. I don’t know how they do it!
Have you tried Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club? What do you think of this month’s box?