Boxwalla Food Subscription Box Review – April 2017
Note from Liz: I’m so happy to introduce our newest reviewer to the MSA team! Welcome, Marne!
Boxwalla is a subscription box company dedicated to introducing subscribers to the best in food, books, film, and green beauty. They curate bi-monthly boxes in each of those four categories. Boxwalla’s Food Box introduces subscribers to gourmet food products from small-batch producers across the US. The curators at Boxwalla seek out the best American artisanal products to share with their subscribers.
Boxwalla has beautiful packaging. Their boxes are sturdy and beautiful, and they’re crafted from tree-free paper by a small company in Rajasthan, India.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the subscription review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Boxwalla Food, $49.95 a month, box. The cutoff date for each box is the 15th of the preceding month. So, to receive the June box, your order will need to be placed by May 15th.
The Subscription Box: Boxwalla’s Food Box
The Cost: $49.95
The Products: “Ridiculously delicious food products made in small batches in the U.S.A.”
Ships to: Ships free to U.S. only. (Note that other Boxwalla boxes can be shipped internationally for an additional fee.)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Boxwalla’s Food Box continues the elegant packaging with this beautifully designed info card to tell the story of each food item. This particular box has a theme of “Pepper with a chance of sweet.” I love peppers, be them spicy or sweet, so I’m excited to take this journey!
Bija Bhar Resilience Turmeric Elixir Tin, 2.12 oz. – Value $24.00
My journey begins with this lovely tin of instant turmeric elixir. It took me a moment to understand what an “elixir” is, but after opening it up, seeing the bright yellow powder, and smelling its ginger-like scent, I decided to give it a whirl. I stirred 1 rounded tsp into a mug of hot water and took a sip. What a delight! It’s much like a soothing tea, with a slightly spicy flavor. It is also lightly sweetened with maple sugar, so it’s quite delicious!
I love the color of turmeric! So perfect for Spring, no?
Mayana Chocolate Mayan Spice Bar – Value $8.00
Wow. The first thing I said when I took this out of the package was “oh my gosh, this is ONE BIG CHOCOLATE BAR”. This hunk of spicy dark chocolate also includes ganache, sea salt caramel, and what I couldn’t place but now read to be a tortilla crunch. So decadent and perfect! I really take delight in spicy chocolate (this one uses the Mexican ancho chile), and to add the crispy tortilla + caramel is simply heaven sent. I would not hesitate to purchase one of these again.
Look at the layers! Can you taste it? No? How unlucky for you.
Laguna Salt Company Ghosted Garlic Sea Salt, 1.5 oz. – Value $7.95
Onward to this handcrafted sea salt from San Diego! I took a little dab of this on my finger, expecting coarse garlic salt, but whoa boy, was I wrong. Since this is “ghosted”, I soon realized that meant the fabled Ghost Pepper is involved. I can handle a spicy pepper, and garlic is one of my favorite cooking ingredients, so I cannot wait to use this on some fingerling potatoes or fresh veggies to add a big kick!
Sweet Pillar & Co. Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper Spread, 8 oz. – Value $5.99 (buy a 3-pack for $17.97)
I’m a fan of roasted red peppers, and actually just used them for my dinner tonight! This Muhammara spread from California-based Sweet Pillar & Co spares no flavor. The spiciness added to the roasted pepper flavor reminds me sort of a chili cook-off flavor, but more layered! I could easily see this being slathered on a baguette or used as a marinade over chicken!
Did you know that “Muhammara” is an Arabic word meaning “reddened”? It takes its name from this rich color coming from the roasted red peppers.
New York Shuk Harissa with Preserved Lemon, 9 oz. – Value $16.00
Our last item hails from New York City via Israel via Morocco. I am not familiar with Harissa, so I did some research to find that it’s a spicy chili paste. This particular one, of course, has been made with preserved locally-sourced lemons. This one has a complicated flavor! The lemon really comes through, but not in a tart way, and the chili doesn’t show up until later, and lingers a bit on your tongue!
The jar suggests using this Harissa in place of Sriracha or ketchup, and I can’t lie…that sounds pretty delectable.
Verdict: This tour of food was marvelous. I went in thinking I’d try some random food that’d be quickly forgotten and was floored by how much I really enjoyed every item! I’m super impressed by how well done the whole presentation is, and I think there must be some fantastic curators over at Boxwalla. The value is undoubtedly here, as many of these items hover around $10, with others going well over. I’m honestly quite excited to incorporate these foods into my upcoming meals!
Which items from this month’s Boxwalla can you not wait to try?