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RawSpiceBar Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016

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RawSpiceBar is a monthly subscription that sends freshly ground, small batch spice blends and recipes that utilize them.

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The Subscription Box: RawSpiceBar

The Cost: $8 per month

COUPON: Use coupon code SPICEFLAVOR to save 50% off your first box!

The Products: 3 freshly ground spice blends from one country or region, enough to create 3 dishes serving 6-10 people.

Ships to: US (with free shipping) and Canada (for an additional fee).

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Each month, RawSpiceBar sends spices from one region or geographical area. This is the “Anguillian Spice Box.”

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Scotch Bonnet Jerk- 0.3 oz.

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This Anguillian Jerk is a mix of thyme, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppercorn, white onion, garlic, cayenne pepper, habanero pepper, and spices.

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RawSpiceBar included a recipe for Jerk Chicken Wings that looked wonderful! The recipe was clear and easy to follow, though I will say that it produced a lot of marinade. I think I could have easily doubled or tripled the amount of chicken and still had plenty. Also, instead of grilling the wings, I cooked them under the broiler.

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The wings turned out well, and I liked the marinade. My only complaint is that I would have preferred them to have just a touch more heat.

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Pimento Bloody Mary- 0.3 oz.

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This bloody mary mix can be used to make its namesake drink, or it can be used in salads, dips, or on the grill. It’s a blend of pimenton, cayenne, black peppercorns, celery salt, Worcheshire powder, and celery seeds.

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RawSpiceBar’s recommended recipe for this spice blend is Bloody Mary Mango Salad. I like mangos with a little spice, but I was craving a green salad so I decided to make something a little different. I searched the internet for ideas, and I decided to take inspiration from a recipe I found for Roasted Red Onion Salad with Cherry Pepper Walnut Salsa.

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For my salad, I sliced a red onion, sprinkled each piece with RawSpiceBar’s Pimento Bloody Mary spice (and salt and pepper), and roasted them in a 400 degree oven.

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When the onions were slightly charred, I removed them from the oven and allowed them to cool.

I then assembled my salad by combining arugula, fresh parsley, the roasted red onion slices, and toasted walnuts. I served the salad with grilled limes and a lime vinaigrette.

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I love coming up with new salad ideas, and this one is definitely a winner! The onions were sweet and spicy, and the pimento spice added a nice, smoky heat.

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Poivre Melange- 0.3 oz.

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RawSpiceBar recommends using this blend of different kinds of pepper to make Black Pepper Ice Cream.

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Even though I’ve been looking for excuses to use my new Zoku Ice Cream Maker, I really wanted to make another savory dish to round out this meal.

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I love peppery potatoes, so I decided to incorporate the Poivre Melange into mashed potatoes. I used red skin potatoes, and I left the skin on for some rustic texture.

Verdict: I veered slightly off course this month by only using one of RawSpiceBar’s recipes, but I’m very pleased with how my meal turned out. As always, the spices provided were all wonderful, and I had a lot of fun cooking with them. The wings were great, and I’ll definitely be seeking out more pimento spice so I can recreate my roasted red onion salad.

I think RawSpiceBar is a really fun way to explore new spices and exotic cuisines, and they consistently send fresh and high quality spice blends. That said, it’s important to note that they have a history of sending flawed recipes, so I would recommend it only for experienced cooks who are confident enough to spot mistakes and go “off recipe” when required.

What do you think about RawSpiceBar’s Anguillian Spice Box? Did you make the mango salad and/or black pepper ice cream? If so, let us know how they turned out in the comments section below!

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.

7 Comments

  1. DO NOT….I REPEAT….DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THIS COMPANY!!! I have been charged and have yet to receive any package from them. The customer service is non existent!! Have sent 5 emails with no response. They are great at charging your card every month but not at getting, what you pay for, to your front door!!! It is ashamed that some people are so desperate for money that they scam you and it seems they are using this site to continue scamming people. Had never heard of this site until it was recommended on here. DO NOT FALL FOR THE SCAM…RUN!!!

  2. Definitely NOT a great subscription service. I was charged for three months, only received one package. They are great at charging your credit card–but you never get any tracking information about when your package has been shipped, the info is different on various pages of their site, and they have not helped one bit in getting the product to me. I think the price is wonderful and the concept is great, but they are never going to have my business again. I feel like I’ve been scammed. I’m shouting it from the mountaintops, and I hope everyone hears.

    • I signed up for them in July, and was charged for both July and August’s box, but I only received the box from August. I emailed their customer service, and they promptly replied within 24 hours to tell me they were issuing a refund for the July box. If you haven’t tried contacting them yet, I recommend it as they were very quick to help me.

  3. I made the Bloody Mary Mango Salad following the recipe, plus chopped green onion, and it was absolutely delicious! I loved the sweet and spicy mix! And I NEVER would have thought of making a dish like this myself! When seasoning the wings I accidentally added the pepper seasoning (Poivre Melange) when I meant to add the Scotch Bonnet Jerk, so I just included both seasonings and the chicken wings came out really yummy! I was very happy with the seasonings this month.

  4. Raw Spice Bar is not a reliable subscription. A lot of people don’t get their boxes. I have myself subsribe to them and didn’t receive my first two boxes. Some people don’t have any problem with them but if you check the reviews on internet you will see that they have big delivery problems.

  5. Did you let your chicken get to room temperature before marinading it? 🙂

    Also, did you mince all your vegetables for your putting them in the food processor?

    We are having our rawspicebar meal tomorrow with a few tweaks to the recipe.

    • My chicken was probably close to room temp when I began marinating, but only because I’d just gotten back from the store and it was pretty hot on the walk home. I don’t think it would hurt to start marinating the chicken when it’s still cold. As for the veggies, I chopped them, but they weren’t quite minced. I let the food processor do most of the work. Good luck with your meal!! 🙂

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