Treats Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2016
Treats is an international snack subscription that sends an eclectic range of snacks from all over the world.
Each box includes treats from a particular country, and a new country is featured every month.
Subscribers can choose between the Standard Pack (4-5 snacks) and the Premium Pack (8-10 snacks).
Treats Box sent me this Premium Pack at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the Premium Pack, $25.95 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Treats
The Cost: $13.95 for the Standard Pack and $25.95 for the Premium Pack with free shipping to the US.
COUPON: Use coupon code TAKE15 to save 15% off your first box!
The Products: 4-5 snacks in the Standard Pack and 8-10 snacks in the Premium Pack
Ships to: US (free shipping to the US) and Worldwide (Shipping fees apply)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Treats boxes include a card with information about the month’s chosen country. This month’s treats are from Italy! (How fantastic is that shot of the Venetian Grand Canal, by the way? I can almost feel the Italian sun on my face!)
Boxes also include a list of the items in the box. On the reverse, there’s information about how subscribers can use social media to enter to win a giant mystery box of goodies.
Now, on to the treats!
Matilde Vicenzi Millefoglie D’Italia Classiche (125 g.) – Value €2.70 (approximately $2.93 USD)
These little puff pastry sticks are flaky and crispy, and they have a nice buttery taste. The tops are egg-washed (to make them shiny) and topped with coarse sugar. I warmed a couple up in the oven and served them with a little ice cream, a drizzle of honey, and some sliced pears for a quick & tasty dessert.
Matilde Vicenzi Vicenzovo Italian Ladyfingers (200 g.) – Value $2.45
I’ve never made tiramisu before, but I’m considering it now that I have these ladyfingers in hand! The biscuits are dry and crunchy, and they have a sugary topping. I’m not sure I’m a fan of eating these on their own, but I bet they’d be delicious in homemade tiramisu. Does anyone have a favorite recipe they can recommend?
Balocco Cacao Snack Wafers (1.59 oz.) – Value $0.45
Crisp wafer cookies are one of those treats that I never buy for myself but that I’m always happy to have in the house. These are tasty, and they have a nicely pronounced chocolate flavor.
Matilde Vicenzi Mini Cantuccini (90 g.) – Value $2.45
Matilde Vicenza’s Mini Cantuccini are crunchy little cookies that are studded with chocolate chips. (Biscotti, essentially.) I studied abroad in Italy when I was younger, and I was surprised to find that cantucci cookies are often served alongside vin santo, a traditional Tuscan dessert wine. We Americans often dunk biscotti in coffee, and I propose that we take a cue from the Italians and start dunking them in sweet after-dinner wine, too. It’s a delicious combination!
Kinder Bueno (2 sticks) – Value $1.99
I’m a big fan of Kinder treats, and whenever I travel abroad I always make a point to pick up at least a couple of Kinder Eggs. (Legalize them, please, USA!) Kinder Bueno bars consist of hazelnut cream-filled wafers that are covered in milk chocolate. It’s hard to go wrong with hazelnut and chocolate, and these are SO RIGHT.
Ferrero Rocher (3 bonbons) – Value $1.40
Ferrero Rocher is a candy that requires almost no introduction. It’s super famous, and for good reason. Each bonbon is made up of a single hazelnut that’s covered in chocolate and hazelnut cream and then coated in a layer of chocolate and hazelnut pieces. Such a classic.
Messori Cono Snack Choco Parties (0.9 oz.) – Value $0.58 (on sale for $0.29)
I’ve tried ice cream-inspired candy like this before in boxes that feature Japanese treats, but I think this is my first time trying an Italian cone snack. Isn’t it just too cute!? If you’re a fan of waffle cones, you’ll probably like this little treat. The combination of cone, chocolate “ice cream,” and m&m type candies is really yummy and a lot of fun.
Chocoburger by Messori – Value?
Speaking of fun, how about a chocolate candy in the shape of a hamburger? This is another candy that pairs chocolate with hazelnut creme. (It’s a classic Italian combination!) I can’t say I like this treat as much as the Ferrero Rocher or Kinder Bueno, but it’s pretty good.
Honees Milk & Honey Drops (1.5 oz.) – Value $1.49
These honey drops have a creamy honey filling and a hard candy shell. The honey flavor is on point.
Baci by Perugina (1 oz.) – Value $1.79
Baci is another classic Italian candy. (And another candy that combines chocolate with hazelnut!) Each bonbon is coated in dark chocolate and comes with a little Italian love poem. “Baci” means kiss in Italian. How romantic!
Agrumi Candy by Mangini (5 candies) – Value $0.75?
It’s probably an unpopular opinion, but I’ll pick fruity candy over chocolate every single time. I love these little citrus hard candies, and I’m impressed that the citrus flavors are so true.
Candy Fizz String by Zotz (2 strings/ 8 candies) – Value $1
The last candy in this box is a couple of Zotz strings. Zotz are hard candies that are filled with a fizzy, sour powder. I’ve had Zotz a few times before, and I really like them. Both the orange and blue raspberry are delicious. They’re definitely sour, but not nearly as intense as Warheads.
Verdict: This is the first time I’ve personally reviewed Treats in over a year (Bekki has been reviewing it recently), and I really enjoyed it. I had fun discovering some new Italian treats! Looking back, it appears that Italy has been featured by Treats Box before, but I think Italian snacks definitely warrant an encore. (This is something to keep in mind if you’re thinking about subscribing to Treats Box, though. It looks like this isn’t the first time they’ve revisited a previously-featured country.) The retail value of the items in this box totals about $17, which definitely falls short of the $25.95 cost. That said, not all of the items in this box are easily available in the US, so I’m okay with paying over retail for the convenience of having them all delivered to my door.
Have you tried Treats? What do you think about this month’s selection of Italian snacks?