Love with Food Deluxe Box Review + Coupon – April 2017
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.
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.
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. Free U.S. shipping. $3.99 International shipping.
COUPON: Use code MSA20 to save $20 off a 12-month subscription
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
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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…
There are usually some coupons or product literature in Love with Food.
180 Snacks Almond Pops with Blueberries (0.5 oz) – Value $0.72 (buy a package of 25 for $17.99)
These were pretty unobjectionable. The package was super small, with only like five “pops” in it. But they were a little fruity and not too high in calories. These would be good if you absolutely need something to eat but don’t have a lot of calories available (happens to me all the time).
180 Snacks Almond Rice Pops with Mango (0.5 oz) – Value $0.72 (buy a package of 25 for $17.99)
These were pretty similar to the blueberry ones. They were not too hard so you didn’t worry about breaking a tooth, and the fruitiness was slightly different than with the blueberry.
Crown Nut Co. California Grown Maple Bacon Flavored Almonds (0.6 oz) – Value $0.80 (buy a package of 30 for $24)
I’ve had these before, from Vegan Cuts. Obviously there is no actual bacon in them (yay, as I just do not understand the current bacon obsession). I do eat almonds fairly often and these are a nice take on flavored almonds with a bit of a sweet/savory mix of flavors going on.
Sensible Foods Crunch Dried Fruit Apple Harvest (0.32 oz) – Value $0.83 (buy a 1.3 oz. bag for $3.39)
I’ve had these before from many snack subscription boxes. They are super low in calories and are pretty standard in flavor and texture for freeze-dried apples. This is another good one for a day when you want to eat something but don’t have many calories available.
Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Bears (0.5 oz x 2) – Total Value $0.90 (buy a package of 40 for $17.99)
Surf Sweets is a brand that shows up often in Love with Food as well as Vegan Cuts. (They are gummy, with a sugar-coated gumdrop sort of texture, but thickened with pectin.) These were just sweet and not sour like a lot of other Surf Sweets candies I’ve tried. I like the small package size – you get a taste of something sweet but don’t gorge yourself on sugar.
Ginnybakes Organics Mini Cookies in Chocolate Chip Love (1.25 oz) – Value $0.95 (buy a package of 20 for $18.99)
OK, so this was chocolate fail number one for this box. It was actually the most minor of the three chocolate fails. The chips were all melted. But I have a black metal mailbox and I live in Georgia and this box sat in the mailbox all day in 80+ degree weather. I think you can see where I’m going with this. Otherwise, these were standard for gluten-free packaged cookies (so kind of hard and not my favorite texture). I might like packaged cookies more if I could get some made with actual wheat flour once in awhile!
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips in Salted Cacao (0.7 oz x 2) – Total Value $2.50 (buy a package of 24 for $29.99)
Love these. Love everything I’ve ever had from Dang. I am often tempted by this brand at Whole Foods but have remained strong (coconut is hugely high in calories). But I feel that it is perfectly OK to eat them whenever they come in a subscription box. The chocolate flavor works great with the coconut, too!
Gluten Free Bites in Dark Chocolate Coconut (0.8 oz x 2) – Total Value $2 (buy a package of 15 for $14.99)
I am not often a fan of gluten free snacks (I eat wheat pretty much every day in some form or another). But when I do eat them, I like things like this more than hard cookies, to be honest. These had more of an energy bar crossed with a macaroon sort of texture and I thought the chocolate and coconut worked well together.
Kashi Chewy Nut Butter Bars in Salted Chocolate Chunk (1.23 oz) – Value $0.74 (buy a package of 5 bars for $3.69)
This was chocolate fail number two for this box. It was still edible, and pretty good (I do like pretty much anything that combines chocolate and nuts), but probably not something I would send out when a huge chunk of the country is having warm weather.
Loacker Cremkakao (3.07 oz) – Value $3?
This was chocolate fail number three for this box, and the biggest one of all. I actually thought this was some kind of chocolate/nut butter spread when I first handled the package because it was completely soft all the way through. No, it was supposed to be a candy bar with a wafer cookie or something inside. Even after a day inside, it was a complete mess, so I didn’t even get to try this. Which is too bad, because it probably would’ve been my favorite thing in the box! (I could only find these on Amazon for $23/2 bars shipping from GERMANY so I estimated the value.)
Sprd Creole Kicker Creole Mayo Spread (14 g) – Value $0.48 (buy a package of 2, 8 oz. jars for $15.49)
I am holding on to this. I actually hate mayonnaise although my husband likes it. Probably next time we have veggie burgers, he will use this on his. But I don’t know when that will be and I didn’t want to hold up this review for a month in the interim.
Wonder + Well Water with a Dash of Organic Strawberry (6.75 fl oz) – Value $0.56 (buy a package of 8 cartons for $4.45)
It is nice to get a drink with no calories. This had a light, pleasant, fruity taste, and could be a healthy alternative for kids’ lunches instead of sugary juice drinks.
Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips with Sea Salt (1.75 oz) – Value $1.25 (buy a package of 16 for $19.99)
I love plantains in most forms. These had very little plantain flavor and were basically just starchy chips with salt. Not that that’s a bad thing, but there wasn’t much distinguishing them from plain potato chips.
Utz Original Potato Chips (1 oz) – Value $0.94 (buy a package of 18 for $16.99)
These are just plain potato chips. You don’t see Utz chips much in my part of the country. I love potato chips so these disappeared quickly. (Some Utz varieties are not vegetarian but these are cooked in safflower oil so I was perfectly happy to eat them!)
Verdict: I calculated a value of $16.39 for the April 2017 Love with Food Deluxe Box. As usual, that is somewhat below the cost of the box on a month-to-month basis, but it is a pretty standard value for this box. Don’t forget that you can use the DELUXE10 coupon for 50% off your first month or purchase a multi-month subscription with our MSA20 coupon to lower your cost a bit, and also don’t forget to review your snacks for points to use in the Love with Food shop. I have gotten enough free snacks this way to make up for lower values.
As for the food this month, I’m kind of bummed about all the melted chocolate, but the variety overall was good and I loved the Dang chips and the Gluten Free Bites the most, I think. I am hoping they don’t try to send chocolate again until like November or something!
What do you think of the April 2017 Love with Food Deluxe Box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?