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Try the World Limited Edition Michelin Holiday Box Review– November 2016

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Try The World is a monthly food subscription box that sends you chef-selected local and authentic gourmet foods from different countries. Everything arrives neatly packaged in this velvety-smooth Tiffany-blue box. Try The World offers their signature Pantry Box and recently introduced a smaller Snack Box. They also launched a Limited Edition Michelin Holiday Box earlier this month!

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Try The World partnered with Michelin curate a box full of treats from various holidays and culinary traditions. If you order today, this will be your first box.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.

This review is of the Limited Edition Michelin Holiday Box, $39 box. 

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The Subscription Box: Try The World Limited Edition Michelin Holiday Box

The Cost: $39

HOLIDAY DEAL: While supplies last, when you sign up for a new subscription, your first shipment will include two free boxes! No coupon needed – just use this link!

The Products: Each monthly box includes 7-8 authentic, chef-curated gourmet delicacies

Ships to: US

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This box included an impressive booklet with more info about Michelin and this month’s curator: Thomas Raquel from Le Bernadin. Try the World also included a 20% off coupon for their shop.

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Inside the booklet, each product included is detailed with its history and ways to use it.

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And on the back, Try The World highlights Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, and the Lunar New Year and ways to use the various items with each tradition. I really like being able to learn more about each holiday how to incorporate the different foods. So far, the curation seems spot on!

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Date Spread by Yoffi – Value $4.99

This spread is made in Isreal and the dates are grown on a community farm there as well. It tastes really good! It is similar in taste and consistency to fig jam and is the perfect amount of sweetness. Try The World describes dates as a “symbol of good luck…and a traditional holiday food throughout the Mediterranean.” They suggest incorporating the spread in the Date & Honey Tart recipe provided, perfect for Hanukkah.

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I added the spread to crackers and found it simply delicious.

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Pain D’Epices Baking Mix by Marlette – Value $7.90

A baking mix was included from the French sister-team company, Marlette. Their goal is to make baking easy at home, and I couldn’t agree more.

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The mix is for spiced bread and includes the basic dry ingredients needed for baking (ie flours, salt, sugar). I needed to supply a third cup of honey and quarter cup of milk (which I substituted with almond milk).

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The first step was to mix the honey and milk over heat.

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Once the honey and milk were nicely blended, I added the liquid to the provided mix. I then mixed until smooth. The recipe called to use a mini loaf pan or muffin pan, neither of which I own. So, I used a 6″x6″ pan and baked for 30 minutes.

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Here is the finished bread! The recipe suggests waiting a day to eat, but I couldn’t resist a taste once cooled. I found the bread to be chewier than I was expecting, but the flavor was good with a slight spice. I also paired the bread with the date spread and it was awesome together.

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Truffle Sauce – Value $6?

This truffle sauce is made by Giuliano Tartufi in Italy. I am unable to find this particular item on their website, so have based its value on similar products. Try The World suggests incorporating this sauce into the provided Truffle Dip, perfect for Christmas.

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I don’t typically eat truffle-anything, but found this spread to taste ok. This particular sauce has a strong garlic smell and taste and is perfect on crackers. However, despite loving garlic, the aftertaste is not great.

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Canadian Maple Shortbread by Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co – Value $3.58

These bite-size shortbread cookies are made in Canada and are my favorite item in the box. There’s a nice blend of maple flavor and butter and each cookie is the perfect size to quickly satisfy my sweet tooth. This shortbread is the first of two cookies Try The World suggest eating on Boxing Day.

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Gingersnaps by Nyakers – Value $3.40

The second cookie suggested for Boxing Day are these gingersnaps. This particular brand is based in Sweden and run by two brothers in the Nyakers district. I do not typically care for gingersnaps, but found these to have an interesting taste. They are flavored with lemon, which is very apparent and to me, good. They are also very thin and crispy, which makes them easy to keep eating!

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Tea by Teatonics – Value $5.09

Boxing Day was started centuries ago by the British elite and the modern tradition is to enjoy British Tea on this occasion. I received the UK-based Teatonics Mind-Awakening Yerba Mate Holiday Energy Tea, which I will gladly accept this time of year! There were 8 tea bags included and the taste is similar to green tea, but with a citrus and mint flavor. I really enjoyed this tea slightly chilled, as suggested.

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Pineapple Cake by En Luen – Value $10.40

These bite-sized pineapple cakes are made in Taiwan and a popular gift during the Lunar New Year because pineapple (or onglai in Tawainese) symbolizes prosperity and fortune). To be honest, I feel Try The World’s description of this treat is more appealing than the reality. My favorite part of each cake was the pineapple jam center and the fact that each cake is individually packaged. However, they were quite dry.

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Honey & Salt Toffee by Darling Sweet – Value $3.45

These toffees are awesome! They are made in Darling, South Africa and wrapped in recycled packaging. Try The World suggests enjoying them with coffee or melting to drizzle over ice cream, however, I easily ate them on their own. They are quite hard and the salt is very apparent at first. However, as the saltiness subsides, the honey flavor heightens. These were seriously delicious and would make a great holiday hostess gift.

Verdict: This was my first Try The World box and I really enjoyed it was the Holiday Box. The total value of the products is $44.81 which is only a few dollars over the box cost. However, the bigger value for me is not only the curation and theme but also the educational and discovery aspect. I really enjoyed learning about other holiday traditions to what I’m used to and I think this would be a great holiday gift for a foodie friend.

What do you think of the Try The World Holiday Box?

Written by Sara McClelland

Sara McClelland

Sara received a gift subscription to Birchbox in 2013 and has been intrigued by (ok, obsessed with) discovery and fashion boxes ever since. Her basset hound, Oliver, is a huge fan of Barkbox, too.
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.

11 Comments

  1. So this might be usual, but it looks like there are variations for this box-this review includes the tea and the ginger snaps, but every other review I’ve seen for this box has lemon curd instead of the ginger snaps and hot chocolate tablets instead of the tea. Everything else seems to be the same.

  2. I was actually pretty disappointed in this box. I had received a few of these items in past Try The World boxes (the tea and the ginger snaps – maybe 1 or 2 of the others as well..) which really took away from the value of the box for me.

  3. I had the first box from Italy last month and everything in it was awesome..thank you…I’ve received my Michelin box and am equally pleased..
    I do have a question ..I pay $39, is this a monthly bill billed bi-monthly aND are the shipments once a month, or every other month? Thanks again

  4. Over the year I have stashed away things from these kind of boxes that I DONT like, and made gift bags with them for Christmas. Made for nice gifts and less shopping for me!

  5. Am I color blind? The box is red not Tiffany blue, isn’t it?

    • Sorry for the confusion, Michelle! This description is referring to the standard monthly box.

  6. I jumped on this offer as a Christmas present for my mom and dad. They’re foodies and love to try different things! Unfortunately, it won’t get there in time for Christmas, but I can always send them something else too!

  7. Finally received!! The whole box will come with me to bring as hostess present for the holidays.

  8. What a great review – very informative. This was a pretty luxe box from Try The World. I’m so looking forward to digging into the goodies?

  9. Thank you for providing the link to your readers. I was able to avail of the box plus two other boxes from Brazil and Portugal. You are right in saying that the value lies in the discovery of new things from other countries. I am excited to try everything in all three boxes. So far I have had the toffee too and it was delicious. The packaging is impeccable! Thank you so much for sharing all these deals with all of us. Happy Holidays!

    • Sure thing, Lia! Happy Holidays to you as well 🙂

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