Yummy Bazaar Destination Food Club Subscription Review: Full Experience Box- Sept 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 box was sent to us 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 Full Experience, $35.95 a month, box. You can check out reviews of the sampler box here.
The Subscription Box: Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club Full Experience Box
The Cost: $35.95
The Products: 6-8 full-sized products from a different country each month.
Ships to: US
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This month’s items are all from Italy!
Yummy Bazaar includes an information booklet with every box that contains a breakdown of the items in the box.
There are also recipes that incorporate the items included.
Organic Monnezzaglia “The Leftovers” by Marella (17.6 oz.)- $9.95
Pasta is one of those items I’m always happy to see in subscription boxes. It’s practical, delicious, and has a long shelf life.
I’m even more excited to receive pasta in a subscription box when it’s something beautiful and unexpected, like this fun mix of “leftover” pastas.
There are types of pasta in this mix that I’ve never even seen before, like this flower-like shape:
I was a bit concerned that the different shapes might cook at different rates, leaving some pieces al dente while others were too soft, but the pasta cooked evenly and without issue. I ended up making this pasta for dinner with some pomodoro sauce, but I think I might get some more to turn into pasta salad. With a light, clear dressing, the different pasta designs would be clearly visible. Wouldn’t that be a showstopper?
Dried Arrabiata Sauce Mix by Paradiso dei Golosi (1.4 oz.)- $6.95
This dry mix can be combined with water and olive oil to make a quick and easy arrabbiata sauce.
Yummy Bazaar also mentions that it can be used as a seasoning, so I used it to season some salmon filets the other night. I used perhaps a bit more than I should have (a little goes a LONG way), but the flavor was spicy, bold, and delicious.
Italian Solid Light Tuna in Olive Oil by Callipo (7 oz.)- $12.95
Yummy Bazaar has included tinned and jarred fish in a few of their Full Experience boxes, and my husband is always over the moon about it. (He LOVES all kinds of fish.) He immediately claimed this jar for himself, and he used it to make a giant tuna fish sandwich. I tried a bite, and I was extremely impressed with the quality of the tuna. The texture and flavor is so much better than the canned stuff I usually buy at the grocery store.
Neonata Hot Fish Appetizer by Coluccio (6.7 oz.)- $9.95
Neonata is a blend of salt-preserved fish, olive oil, and hot and sweet peppers. It can be eaten alone or used as a condiment to flavor sandwiches, salads, pastas, pizzas, and bruschetta. I wasn’t familiar with it before receiving it in this box, but I’m always excited to discover a new condiment!
I stirred a little into some tomato-based pasta sauce, and it added a spicy, flavorful, mildly fishy punch of flavor. Next up, I’m going to try using it as a topping for pizza. I think adding little dollops of Neonata on pizza (maybe alongside black olives and asparagus?) would be delicious.
J. Gasco Fizzy Italian Limonata Soda (6.76 fl oz.)- $2.50
I’m not sure why, but I always get excited when I receive a beverage in a subscription box! (Perhaps because it’s fairly rare?) This Limonata Soda is tart and sparkly. It can be consumed on its own, or it can be used as a mixer with spirits.
Before I move on to the next item in this box, can we talk about the delightfully strange half man/ half rooster hybrid on the label?
Way to keep it weird, J. Gasco! (There must be a story behind that, right?)
Organic Roasted Italian Chestnuts by Naturi (3.5 oz.)- $3.95
I’ve never been a huge fan of chestnuts, but I always try and incorporate them into my holiday cooking because they’re just so darn festive.
I’ve been toying around with the idea of making chestnut stuffing this Thanksgiving, so I think I’m going to hang on to these until then.
Calabrian Bergamot Preserve by Paradiso dei Golosi (8.8 oz.)- $8.45
Earl Grey Tea is one of my favorite beverages. I love its crisp, bergamot flavor, so I practically did a backflip when I pulled this preserve out of the box. The flavor of this jam is bold and wonderfully citrusy.
My husband and I have been eating this on toast every morning, and I think we’re going to be very sad when we get to the bottom of the jar. This might have to become a new staple in my kitchen. We both really love it.
Majani Fruit Gel Bar (1.06 oz.)- Value $2.50
I’m usually a big fan of fruit gels, but this one didn’t quite work for me.
The strawberry flavor tasted a little… funky? The package arrived sealed and I didn’t notice any sign of spoilage, so I’m assuming I’m just not a fan of the flavor.
La Mole Ciocobon (3.9 oz.)- $3.95 (on sale for $3.50)
Last but not least, I received this box of ciocobon pastries. They have a crisp outer shell that’s airy and light, and they contain a chocolate hazelnut filling that’s smooth and creamy.
Yum! These little pastries are out of this world good!
Verdict: As always, I really enjoyed this box from Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club. It’s one of my favorite subscriptions, and I’m always so impressed by the diverse selection of food they send. Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines, so this box was a delight to unpack and the items were all a lot of fun to sample. Altogether, the retail price of the items in this box totals approximately $60. Food boxes rarely offer great value for money, yet Yummy Bazaar does it consistently month after month. I wholeheartedly recommend this box for adventurous foodies!
Have you tried Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club? What do you think of this month’s box?