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Love with Food Deluxe Box Review + Coupon – February 2017

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Love with Food is a monthly snack and food sampling subscription box. They send only natural and organic snacks and donate a meal to charity for each box sold. They offer a smaller “tasting” box with 8+ snacks per month, a “deluxe” box with 16-20 snacks per month, and a gluten free box with 10-15 gluten free snacks per month.

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My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is of the Deluxe, $19.95 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: Love with Food Deluxe Box

The Cost: $9.99 a month for the Tasting box, $19.95 a month for the Deluxe box, and $24.99 a month for the Gluten-free box. Save with longer subscriptions.

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through 2/15, use coupon code VDAY2017 to save $10 off a 6-month or longer subscription and get a bonus Sweet box ($20 value)

COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save $20 off a 12-month subscription

OR

Save 50% off your first box with code DELUXE10

The Products: 16-20 snacks that are organic, natural, and/or free from artificial ingredients.

Ships to: U.S., U.S. territories and APO/FPO/DPO addresses, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom (don’t know about shipping costs to those other countries, though, and am not sure whether the box contents will be the same as the US box or not)

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The box came with this information card, which basically directs you to their website. I have to admit, I liked the old brochures more – you could instantly tell which snacks were vegan, gluten free, etc. Now you have to read the tiny print of the ingredients lists, instead…

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Blue Diamond Mini Nut Thins in Hint of Sea Salt (0.84 oz) – Value $0.69

We were familiar with this product because my husband has been buying the Asiago cheese version for awhile. These have a light texture and probably need a dip or something because they’re a little plain on their own.

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Brownie Brittle in Salted Caramel with Dark Drizzle (1 oz x 2) – Total Value $2.30

This is another familiar product for us; we have received these in several past subscription boxes. These are pretty good and I do like the salted caramel flavor, though I also have to disagree with the person who invented them – the gooey, uncooked center is the best part of the brownie, not the edges (which these are designed to mimic).

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Watusee Foods Organic Chickpeatos in Tomato Basil (1 oz) – Value $1.39

These were fairly standard chickpea snacks. The tomato basil flavor was there but it was mild. These did not taste as salty as the ones from Saffron Road, but I didn’t think to check the sodium level.

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Belgian Boys Mini Cookie Stash Butter Cookies (1 oz x 2) – Value $2.08

These were decent for packaged butter cookies (I am not a huge fan of packaged cookies), with a fairly good texture and a fun shape. If I was the sort of person to eat canned frosting (I’m not, at least not anymore), these would be good dipped directly into the can.

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Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops (5) – Value $0.86

You’ll usually get some small candies in Love with Food, and Yummy Earth is a common brand. These were different flavors (they were labeled). I haven’t tried them all yet, but I do think I can at least tell the difference among the few I have had.

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Pretzel Perfection Twice-Baked Pretzel Snacks in Chipotle BBQ (1 oz) – Value $1.73

These are gluten free and thus mostly starch. These are way better than the tomato basil ones we received back in July (which didn’t have any basil in them…). The texture is not bad for a GF item.

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Iwon! Nutrition Protein Chips in Cinnamon French Toast (1.85 oz) – Value $3.49

The flavor of these was very good, but they were hard to eat. I think they are mostly pea protein and they are super dry. My husband actually didn’t finish his half of the bag because they kept making him cough as they went down.

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Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps (1.27 oz) – Value $2.29

I was familiar with this brand because we’ve bought their whole wheat Pad Thai noodles from Whole Foods before. I actually like these. They have the standard seaweed snack flavor but a rice cracker backing so they are more substantial than the traditional seaweed snack.

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Laughing Giraffe Organics Lemon Snakaroon (0.5 oz) – Value $0.99

I will admit that the coconut-based cookie brands all run together for me, but I like them. These were no exception. I’m kind of glad there was only one because coconut has a ton of calories. These held together well for coconut cookies, which is nice.

Heavenly Organics Mint Chocolate Honey Patties (1.16 oz) – Value $2.07

These have only three ingredients – chocolate, mint extract, and honey. They are not thickened in any way so the middle is not at all like a York Peppermint Pattie, but they are free of gelatin so they are vegetarian.

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Snikiddy Baked Mac n’ Cheese Puffs (0.75 oz) – Value $1.11

We have received these before from Love with Food. I like the flavor, but I am not a fan overall. These are like what you would get if you dusted “cheez” powder on cornstarch packing peanuts. Maybe 15% goes down your throat and the rest sticks to your teeth.

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Hagensborg Chocolate Truffle Pig in Milk Caramel (0.4 oz) – Value $1.05

Hagensborg Chocolate Truffle Pig in Dark Peppermint (0.4 oz) – Value $1.05

I am pretty sure I’ve had these before but I think I inhaled them so quickly I did not realize they were shaped like little pigs. How cute! I liked both but I’m going to be honest, the milk caramel one was my favorite. I do like dark chocolate and I know it’s better for you than milk chocolate, but I am a milk chocolate girl at heart.

(Also, I get a kick out of receiving these because we call Nyx “Truffle Pig” since she is always rooting around on the floor for something; I guess it’s a side effect of being on prednisone and being extra hungry all the time.)

Verdict: I calculated a value of about $21.10 for the February 2017 Love with Food Deluxe Box. That is the second month in a row this has come in over the cost of the subscription, which is wonderful. There was a nice mix of known brands and new items for me. While not everything was a hit, I did appreciate the chance to try a variety of different items (sweet snacks, savory snacks, etc.). Also, don’t forget to review the items in your box for points, which you can redeem on free snacks (and now other pantry items) in the Love with Food Shop.

What do you think of the February 2017 Love with Food Deluxe Box box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?

Written by Ragan Buckley

Ragan Buckley

Ragan stumbled across My Subscription Addiction in late 2013 and immediately subscribed to way too many beauty boxes. She’s now focused on boxes for her cats and dog, vegan/vegetarian food boxes, and craft subscriptions (and she didn’t give up beauty boxes entirely).

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.

9 Comments

  1. I subscribe to the small box and it hasn’t arrived yet.. it seems all my boxes are coming later this month except my luxe pineapple & pip&lola’s they are always pretty early which i like 😉

  2. This months box was not a hit for me either. I hate anything seaweed but I tried it and again, it was nasty. I mean salty, sea water, nasty. The truffle pigs were good, I liked them. Big thumbs up. I’m not a cheering fan so I dont care for the mac & cheesebchios, but my kids love them and I believe they are for children. The Lemon coconut thing and the honey mint patties, disgusting. The lemon thing is dry and hard, my kids eat everything and they spit this out, I almost threw up, its bad. The honey mint thing is gross because honey, mint and chocolate do not mix well at all. The protein chips weren’t bad. They are dry but they taste good. My eldest daughter liked them which is fine by me. No one liked the pretzels or the chickpeas. Ugh. Really dry and reall nasty flavors. There is a better chickpea snack by a different brand, these were bad. All of the suckers were really flavorful. I really liked them (except watermelon, but that’s because I don’t like the taste of real watermelons at all, yuk). The stash cookies I believe are for kids, and you guessed it, my kids loved them. They taste like a graham cracker, and they have a nice cinnamon taste though it’s not strong at all which I appreciate. I wasn’t a fan of the brownie brittle, but my kids loved it. I would say it’s more of a kid snack. The nut thins were ok. They weren’t great but they weren’t bad either, just not something I’d buy again. Both myself and my kids liked it, but we didn’t finish the bag, my youngest spilled them on the floor so the dog ate them all and yes, she loved them! I hope this helps a little more, i can and do eat everything (no restrictions). And most baked goods that are gluten free mean they are packed with starch and sugar or will convert to sugar. Again, I hope this gives a different perspective.

    • I was also underwhelmed with this box for many reasons.

      I know they ditched even trying to have themes awhile ago, but I think we got better products when they did. It also made unusual items more acceptable (a seaweed item in a beach-themed box, well that makes sense. Protein chips in a get-fit box, yeah!) And while I really like having a mix of it’s-at-the-grocery-store-but-I-never-would-have-tried-it items and online-only stuff, we’re seeing too many store items and repeats.

      And I too miss the detailed item list. Besides the at-a-glance contents, nutrition, and allergy info, the descriptions helped to make unusual items more interesting (ugh, seaweed; but wait, it’s full of protein and you can crumble it in a salad!).

      The review/point system is great but some of the most desirable items are either never available for sale, sold out, or sold in too-big quantities.

      I love the idea of getting quality, unique snacks and also helping to feed families, and I’ve been a long-time subscriber, but I’m now considering dropping this.

    • Thanks for the honesty! I got this sub for over a year awhile back when they first started and I can tell the quality has gone way down from what it used to be.

  3. Re the Pretzel Perfection comment: How does “gluten free” equate with “thus mostly starch”? Meat is gluten free and 100% protein/fat, no starch. Eggs, the same. I find this comment odd. If an item contains gluten, a protein associated with grass related grains, that item would by definition be mostly a starch. A naturally gluten free item would typically be the opposite. Gluten free does not generally equate with all starch. The comment is very confusing. A pretzel would typically be mostly starch whether it contains gluten or not.

    • Gluten free baked goods (just assumed everyone realized I was talking about baked goods since these were pretzels) are almost never whole grain (although there are a few exceptions, like Van’s crackers). This product had corn starch, potato starch, and rice flour (not brown rice flour, so this is pretty starchy as well) as the first three ingredients, 0 grams of protein, and 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving, 15 grams of which are starch (and some of which are also sugar).

      So you can add the word “processed” in front of starch for these — and it’s not even all from grain in this case. (Whole grains have some protein and a lot of fiber and usually not as much starch as refined grains, plus they still have other minerals and nutrients naturally associated with the grain, which are removed from the GF items during processing.)

      • So what would you assume the starch content of a gluten free pretzel to be as opposed to a regular pretzel? Would both items not be predominantly starch? What am I missing here?

        • If you look at regular pretzels, they don’t have as much starch in them. These are pretty much all starch and that will convert to sugar so someone that want avoid sugar they should avoid these.

          • As someone trying to cut out most carbs and all sugars I appreciated your comment.

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