Boxwalla Food Subscription Box Review – August 2016
Boxwalla is a subscription box company dedicated to introducing subscribers to the best in food, books, film, and green beauty. They curate bi-monthly boxes in each of those four categories.
Boxwalla’s Food Box introduces subscribers to gourmet food products from small-batch producers across the US. The curators at Boxwalla seek out the best American artisanal products, and they only include their favorite products from any given category.
I’m really impressed with Boxwalla’s packaging. The box is sturdy and beautiful, and it’s crafted from tree-free paper by a small company in Rajasthan, India.
I also love that Boxwalla sent more items this month than they could fit in the box! Woo hoo!
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the subscription review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Boxwalla’s Food Box
The Cost: $49.95
The Products: “Ridiculously delicious food products made in small batches in the U.S.A.”
Ships to: Ships free to US only. (Note that other Boxwalla boxes can be shipped internationally for an additional fee.)
Good to know: The August box featured in this review is available as a one-time purchase from Boxwalla while supplies last!
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Boxwalla’s Food Box includes a card that explains the box’s theme and describes the products selected to represent it. The theme for this box is “Summer Memories.”
This is a review of Boxwalla’s August Food Box. Subscriptions for August are currently closed, so, if you sign up now, your first box will arrive in October. (The cutoff date for each box is the 15th of the preceding month. So, to receive the October box, your order will need to be placed by September 15th.)
Catskill Provisions All Natural Ketchup (12 oz.)- Value $7
I’m a sucker for fancy condiments, so I couldn’t wait to sample this ketchup! It has a truer tomatoey taste than my usual stuff (it reminds me a little of tomato paste— in a good way), and the flavor seems brighter and a bit more vibrant. I can’t wait to try it with french fries!
Lick My Spoon Razz Ma Tazz (10 oz.)- $13.50
Razz Ma Tazz is a chocolate raspberry jam, and when I first opened the lid I was… uncertain. It’s thick, clumpy, and brown! Luckily, the flavor is better than the appearance. When I tasted this jam it immediately conjured up an image of a fruity chocolate bar that’s been left out in the sun for just a bit too long. Razz Ma Tazz is gooey, fruity, chocolatey, and so wrong it’s right.
Crema di Miele Hazelnut Honey Cream (250 g.)- $10.99
If Razz Ma Tazz is like a melty chocolate bar, Crema di Miele’s Hazelnut Honey Cream is like the filling of a decadent truffle. It’s creamy, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and it has tiny little bits of crunch. (Hazelnut pieces, I think.) It seems so indulgent to eat this on toast, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
INNA shrub Triple Crown Blackberry (3.4 oz.)- $6
Shrubs are vinegar-based syrups that rose to fame in American colonial times. Shrubs are often used in cocktails, but they can also be used to flavor carbonated water. (Read on to check out my shrub-based mocktail!)
The last item in this box is a cocktail rimmer that pairs maple sugar with ancho chile. I think rimmers are a fun way to jazz up homemade cocktails, and I can’t wait to try this one with some of my favorite drinks. (I think it could be great with a Bloody Mary or a Manhattan!)
I couldn’t wait to try the shrub and the cocktail rimmer, so I decided to try the shrub with carbonated water in a rimmed glass! I’m not terribly well versed in shrubs, but I’ve tried one or two before. This one is nicely tangy, and the blackberry flavor comes through. The Maple Sugar and Ancho Chile Cocktail Rimmer is sweet and a little spicy. I like both!
Verdict: I really like all of the items in this month’s Boxwalla Food Box, and I think my favorite items have to be the cocktail rimmer and the hazelnut honey. This box does seem a little condiment-oriented (past boxes have been a little bit more varied), but I like condiments so that’s okay by me. In terms of value, the total retail price of the items in this box comes to approximately $52, which is slightly over the cost of the box. This isn’t a high value box, but I do think the curation is consistently great. I’ve discovered more than a few products through Boxwalla that I’ve ordered more of.
What do you think about Boxwalla? Have you tried their food, film, book, or green beauty boxes yet?