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Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review – March 2017

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The Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome is a subscription offered by thatdailydeal.com. They send a variety of random items that should exceed the cost of the subscription and every month one subscriber wins a SUPER box with a really expensive item in it. What will you receive in your mystery box? It’s a complete surprise!

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The Subscription Box: Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome

The Cost: $24.99 per month for the standard box or $34.98 per month for the deluxe box

The Products: The products you receive are a complete mystery! There’s no theme and items are pretty much gender neutral.

Ships to: U.S. for free

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This is my first Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome. Lots of subscription boxes promise surprises inside, but from what I’d heard, this subscription was particularly random. Part of me felt nervous about that, but another part of me—the part that has a hard time choosing between the many categories of subscription boxes out there—was excited about the idea of getting an unexpected assortment of things from all sorts of different categories.

The first thing in the box is a coupon for Hello Fresh, which is a popular food subscription box. I suppose if you’re already subscribed to a meal kit subscription box like this one, this is less valuable to you, but if not, this coupon is a good excuse to experiment with such a service.

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Molly & Drew Beer Bread Mix in Outdoor Original, 18.17 oz. – Value $9.00

I’ve never had beer bread, let alone made beer bread… let alone made bread! I was a bit skeptical about how simple this mix claimed to be, too. According to the directions on the bag, you just mix the contents of this green bag with a 12 oz. bottle of your favorite beer, pour the dough into a greased loaf pan (there’s no pan size listed), and bake for about 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Oh, and when it comes out, butter the top. That’s it. I used a holiday beer that had been patiently waiting in the fridge—it created a really thick, rich foam when poured into the dry mix—and loaded the brown dough into a small (about 8″ x 4″) loaf tin.

The dough filled the tin about a half-inch short of the brim going into the oven, but after it baked, rose to about an inch above the brim of the pan! The bread was so tasty. It was super moist and slightly sweet, almost like a dense cake or breakfasty bread. It was quite crumbly, but again, in a luscious, cake-like way. That’s probably because I dug in when it wasn’t yet totally cooled. A cooled loaf would’ve been a lot tidier, for sure, but I’ve gotta say, this bread tastes amazing warm!

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Girl Scouts S’mores Candies, 11.5 oz. – Value $7.19? (buy a 1 lb. bag for $9.99 or a 20 lb. case for $129.80)

I couldn’t find this unique Girl Scouts item anywhere online, so I linked to a similar product and adjusted the price to match the amount of candy that’s in this jar.

The S’mores cookie flavor only recently debuted on the Girl Scouts menu, but I’ve already heard plenty of opinions about it! I wonder what those discerning, die-hard Girl Scout cookie fans would say if they heard there were S’mores candies out there, too!

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Inside this plastic jar is a mix of crunchy, graham-cracker-filled chocolates and “marshmallow” candies. Mix ’em together, and you should get all the elements of a classic s’mores treat. I like the concept, but I was a little let down by the marshmallow candies. They were super dense and hard to chew, partially because they had a smooth outer coating (not quite a shell, but something that gave them a polished look). Why not just throw actual mini marshmallows in?

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The graham-cracker chocolates, though? Amazing. These also had a shine on the outside, but it didn’t make them harder to munch through. The crunch was so satisfying, and the chocolate was the perfect milky, rich flavor I wanted. I found myself shaking this jar around, trying to find every last one of the chocolates hiding amidst the white marshmallow candies!

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Star Wars Black Series Titanium Vehicles Series, The Inquisitor’s TIE Advanced Prototype – Value $14.99

I love Star Wars and the kinds of goodies you find in geek subscription boxes, so I was happy that this TIE fighter figurine was included in this box’s assortment!

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The TIE fighter itself is pretty small—it’s only about 4 inches wide. Still, it’s really detailed and looks pretty cool perched on top of its translucent stand.

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The only downside of this figurine is that it’s a reference to the Star Wars Rebels series (you won’t find the Inquisitor in the classic films), which I’ve not seen any of yet. I kind of wish they would’ve picked something more widely known, since this box isn’t specifically for Star Wars buffs (so it’s less likely recipients will know this reference). But maybe this is just a signal that I have some Star Wars homework to do!

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Totes TRX Auto Open and Close Light n’ Go Traveler Umbrella – Value $16.99

OMG, I have been needing an umbrella so badly! I was thrilled to get this super cute, sturdy, incredibly practical umbrella in this box.

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I’m usually pretty bad with buying umbrellas—I wait and get them in a pinch (a.k.a. whenever I’m caught in a rainstorm) and end up nabbing one of those impractically small (my hair and shoulders might be dry, but that’s about it), fragile umbrellas you find at a drugstore. In a few uses, it breaks, and I’m umbrella-less once again. This umbrella, by comparison, is built to last (hello, lifetime warranty!), and is big enough to actually keep me dry.

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I love that it comes with a sleeve and a carabiner to help me keep it tidy and hooked to my tote bag (a.k.a. not lost beneath a coffee shop table). I will say, I’m probably a little too impatient to shove the umbrella back into the slim sleeve all the time, but maybe having the option will get me into the habit.

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What I love most about this umbrella is that it 1) has a button to both open and close the umbrella, and 2) has a flashlight in the base of the handle! I’m the klutzy type who all-too-often drops my keys when I’m shuffling out of my car in the evenings (especially when it’s raining, and I’m juggling a phone, bag, and umbrella…). How handy would it be to have this light, rather than having to (again, clumsily) have to pull up the flashlight on my phone?

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I love the pattern, too! It’s just quirky and cute enough without being juvenile.

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Innovative Living 10″ Non-Stick Copper Pan – Value $19.99?

I couldn’t find this specific brand online, so I linked to something similar from another vendor to give an idea of value.

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I’m a beginner when it comes to cooking, though I love food. I’ve just started experimenting more with cooking and using the stove rather than my trusty microwave. I’ve learned that there are lots you can do with a simple frying pan like this one, so I’m happy to add this to my arsenal. I also just love the bright copper color!

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The pan is ceramic-coated, but that coating shares the orange color of the copper base.

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Since I’m just starting out in the kitchen, I can’t say that I can truly tell the difference between this pan and standard stainless steel pans. It does feel very sturdy, and I definitely appreciate that it’s dishwasher safe.

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I will say that things did cook really evenly, probably due to the unique bottom of this pan. Most of my other pans are years and years old, so it could also just be that this new pan is in such great shape!

Verdict: The Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome is first and foremost, a great deal. For $24.99 (plus free U.S. shipping), I estimated that I got about $68.00 worth of products. Wow! Of course, whether this box is worth that much to you depends on whether you really want, need, or appreciate the items inside. It does sort of feel like a tour through the clearance aisle at a discount home store, but I was surprisingly happy with everything I got this month (I feel like I would’ve happily spent $25.00 on a nice pan and that bread mix alone). I’m interested to see what next month has in store—is it a hit each month or will there be some big misses?

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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18 Comments

  1. Could someone explain how these boxes get shipped?
    I was charged March 25th and have not received a box. I did get a UPS trackng number but it has not gone beyond a label being created. Then I was charged again on April 25th. When can I expect to receive something?

    • Me too. I’m still waiting. This box has become very unreliable. I cancelled and am hoping I actually get the box I paid for six weeks ago.

      • For what it’s worth, I got an email stating they are waiting for one item to come in before they ship. You would think they could substitute something else and put the missing item into April’s box. I am canceling also. Not a fan of getting charged and waiting and waiting. It is a fun box but……

  2. You don’t need a mix to make beer bread. The recipe is super-simple: Mix 2-1/2 to 3 cups self-rising flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 12 ounces of beer. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour (depending on your oven) in a greased loaf pan. Just make sure the flour is self-rising, not all-purpose.

    • AWESOME! Copied, pasted, saved – I am totally going to try this! Thank you for sharing, mimiretz!

  3. Disappointed 🙁 I signed up last month on the 13th in time to get the pan and my box hasn’t even shipped yet. Sigh.

    • I emailed, and the cut off date is the 10th, not the 15th 🙁

  4. Wow, I think this is my favorite haul from the Monthly Mystery Box! Nice collection of items.

  5. Yummm I love beer bread. Great box.

  6. Um, that umbrella is all kinds of awesome. Now I need to buy one. Darn it.

    • Rainy April has been no match for that umbrella! It couldn’t have come at a better time. And the fact that it retracts with a push of a button has made getting into the car MUCH easier (and drier). Also, the pattern is SO cute! If you’ve gotta buy an umbrella, I definitely recommend this one! Thanks for reading, AAC 🙂

  7. My first box was OK not impressed with my box so I downsized to the bag and it was better. March I got the pan, flashlight (not bright) bread mix, a UV hat more for gardening, coffee rub for grilled meats. Total miss the only thing was the pan that was useful. The bag I got for April is perfect. I got a cute stuffed dog animal, a bright flashlight headband, party glass stickers. I’m using everything in the bag. I do like some of the deals they have but I don’t like how you have to pay 5 dollars for shipping for everything at the beginning of the month with the 5 dollars to have access that daily deal. Doesn’t make any sense things seem a little weird. But the access was free this month. I did a YouTube video on what I got X razorstylist is my channel

  8. A flashlight in an umbrella handle – cool! That’s actually pretty useful!

  9. Dang, as soon as I cancel they have their best box…go figure.

    • Lol right?!

  10. Anna–Tastefully Simple is well known for their beer batter bread (very similar to this) where you just add your favorite beer to the mix to bake. I’m a non-drinker, so I use something like sprite but it always tastes AMAZING. In case you are ever needing to get your hand on some more of something like this!

    • I second this. Tastefully simple beer bread mix is awesome. Made it a few times. Def check it out when you need a beer bread fix!

      • Oooo, very cool! Thanks for the tip! I also am super curious about swapping in sodas instead of beer – I’m sitting here trying to imagine the flavor… I should just go out and try it because it sounds like it could be really, really good!

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