FoodStirs Baking Subscription Box Review + Coupon – April 2017
FoodStirs is a baking subscription box, that ships baking mixes kits to your door! Co-founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar, this subscription is all about high-quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: FoodStirs
The Cost: $19.99 per month with free shipping. Discounts are available for longer subscriptions.
DEAL – Use coupon code MSA30 to get a 3-month subscription for $29 (regularly $59). That brings the total down to just $9.66/month for 3 months! When you order before April 31st, your first kit will be the one shown in this review, while supplies last.
The Products: High quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
Ships to: United States, but they have an international waitlist, so be sure to sign up if you’re interested!
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month, we’re making Darling Daisy Cookie Bouquets! There are two cards included, which list out the items you’ll need to supply from home, as well as tools required. This baking project is estimated to take about an hour.
There is step by step instructions with visuals, which is super helpful. The text is a little bit tiny on these, so I read them all the way through first to be sure I wouldn’t miss anything.
(I did notice that the recipe card says you’ll need milk, but it’s actually not included in any of the steps.)
FoodStirs uses natural dyes in all of their kits – the pink icing in this box is colored with beet powder!
All of the included ingredients are separated neatly, including a bag of mix for the cookie dough, and one for the vanilla icing:
There are also two tiny packets for decorating:
Foodstirs does usually include the small, specialized items that you need for their projects, like these flower cookie cutters:
And they included this brown paper container for displaying your final bouquet:
To make a cookie bouquet, you need sticks – they include 6 total in two sizes.
Finally, there was a pink sticker with the Foodstirs spoon! I am guessing this was meant to write a message on and stick to the brown container for gifting, but it wasn’t explicitly listed in the instructions.
I picked up some unsalted butter, one egg, greek yogurt, and some parchment paper, and we got started!
The cookie dough came together quickly with an electric mixer, and after a quick 20-minute chill in the freezer it was ready to be rolled out. After you cut out the shapes, you’re instructed to assemble the cookie-pops and then put them *back* in the freezer for another 10 minutes before baking. These two chill times and the time needed to decorate the cookies added significant time to the total time I needed to make this recipe, so keep that in mind!
Otherwise, the instructions were great, and I’m very happy with how things turned out. I love to cook but I’m not a baker at all, but this kit turned out pretty much flawless:
The cookie cutters were a little finicky because there are so many small petals, so I had to really take my time with transferring cookies from the cutter to the cookie sheet before baking. But once they were decorated, you can’t really even see my little mistakes!
The icing is made with butter, greek yogurt, and the icing mix provided, and it’s colored with the included beet powder. Initially, the color looked more earthy, but it seemed to really bloom after sitting for a few minutes.
You divide the icing into two (included!) pasty bags and simply clip the tips to decorate, nothing else needed. I could definitely taste the tangy yogurt and a bit of beet, but in a good way – I really enjoyed these cookies!
The cookie cutters were actually more difficult than the decorating, and I think these would be loads of fun to do with kids. As you can see, we got a dozen +1 cookies from this kit (and there were a few more that weren’t photographed, too).
This is definitely better as a project for home rather than transporting though, as this icing didn’t set up the way royal icing does, so it’s susceptible to squishing if you need to transport the cookies anywhere.
This finished bouquet would be so cute for a Mother’s Day brunch!
I also like the two sizes – perfect for kids and adults. 😉
Verdict: Even though this project took a little bit longer than I’d have liked, I’m so happy with the results. The instructions were really clear, too, aside from the note that we’d need milk, which we did not. (Maybe the milk is to drink with your cookies?)
Value-wise, these kits are similarly priced to other organic baking kits you might find at Whole Foods or elsewhere, though definitely a little more expensive than standard grocery store finds. The finished project is really polished though, and if you want a product without artificial dyes or preservatives, then you may enjoy this box.
If you sign up for 3 months with our MSA30 coupon code, this box is under $10 a month – definitely a good value if you want to try it for yourself!
What do you think of FoodStirs?