KidStir Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 2016
KidStir was created to help kids have a “happy and healthy food connection.” It is a monthly cooking kit with sending recipes, tools and fun food-related activities for kids to learn from and create with adult supervision.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: KidStir
The Cost: $15.95 per month plus $3.95 shipping ($19.90 per month) with price breaks for longer prepaid subscriptions.
COUPON: Save 30% off your first kit when you sign up for their newsletter!
The Products: A monthly cooking kit including recipes, tools, activities, and more.
Ships to: U.S. only
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This month’s theme was “Winter Wonderland Cookies.” We were provided with three recipes to get us ready for the holidays.
Each month, KidStir includes the following:
- 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups
- 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials
- A digital and printed shopping list
- 3 fun games and puzzles
- An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables
- 3 educational foodie pages
- Bonus with a prepaid 12-month subscription – A special cookbook binder to collect all your recipes
When you open the KidStir box, there is a card printed to the top of the box so you can see right away what you’ll be doing that month. We love this idea! Also, a printed card with the shopping list was included in the box. Most of the items are staples for us so limited shopping needed to be done. Kidstir has a fabulous website too with lots of great information and downloadable items. Check it out!
Other than the recipes, these items were included in the box. We think the gift tags are very cute.
Recipe #1: Snowball Truffles
First, we made the Snowball Truffles which are melted chocolate chips dipped in powdered sugar. These were so easy to make (melt, cool, dip) which is key with kids. The flavor was okay – we are big chocolate fans but we’ve made much better truffles in the past.
Recipe #2: Snowflake Shortbread
Next, we made the Snowflake Shortbread. These are 4 ingredient cookies – I love it! The flavor was okay but I think we might try it again with European butter. The higher fat content is just what buttery cookies need. Again, this was a super easy recipe and great to do with Cira. We creamed the butter and maple syrup, added the flour, flattened out the dough and refrigerated it prior to rolling it out for the cookies.
We didn’t have a round cookie cutter but I have lots of other holiday cookie cutters so we used the holly and star that I already had. I was baking the cookies while Cira was frosting them (the best part for kids!) but she quickly gave up on the bag and used a knife to spread the frosting and then added her own embellishments. This is by far her favorite holiday tradition!
Recipe #3: Hot Cocoa Cookies
Finally, we made the Hot Cocoa Cookies. These are similar to the shortbread cookies in that they are a plain cookie (not very sweet) but then topped with sugar. We made hot cocoa and ate these on the side – everyone enjoyed them and they were super easy to make. Cira needed quite a bit of help rolling out the dough, though.
We also made the Snow Globe craft. Cira was so proud of doing it herself! She took it to school and gave it to one of her teachers.
Verdict: December was a fun month for us with KidStir. The cookies were very simple and Cira enjoyed participating, for the most part. She was super excited about having her own gift tags and she enjoyed making the snow globe. I really wish the taste on the recipes was better but the main goal is that Cira enjoys participating so we focus on that.
As for the value of this subscription, I feel the $19.90 ($15.95 plus $3.95 shipping) is fair for what you get. The graphics are good, cardstock is used for the recipe cards, the two kitchen gadgets were decent quality, and the website is great. It doesn’t feel like Kidstir is trying to cut corners in any way so we’re happy with this subscription.
What do you think of KidStir?