Love with Food Deluxe Box Review + Coupon – September 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.
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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…Anyway, there are also usually some coupons and/or product literature. This month there were also subscription deals for Hello Fresh and Book of the Month.
Bobalu Almonds Seasoned with Tajin (1.8 oz) – Value $1.42 (buy a pack of 24 for $33.99)
As a vegetarian, I get a lot of my protein from nuts. I have had these before, I think from Vegan Cuts, but based on that experience, was happy to receive them again. They are quite spicy but the fat from the nuts helps to moderate the heat a little bit.
Gourmet Center Biscoff (0.2 oz) – Value $0.34 (buy a box of 50 for $16.99)
You see these every now and then in Love with Food. That’s the only place I’ve come across them other than on airplanes. Anyway, this didn’t survive the trip through the mail very well, which is why you don’t see it outside of the package. These are good for something to nibble on if you don’t want to eat a lot of calories.
ThinkThin High Protein Smoothie Mix in Blueberry Banana (1.38 oz) – Value $3.49
This was one of the spoiler items for the month. I know some people weren’t enthusiastic, but I make smoothies every morning and I use protein powder in them, so I am always happy to get it in subscription boxes (if it is vegetarian, anyway) because then I don’t have to buy it. This had actual dried blueberries in it, which was a little different. The blueberry flavor was pretty strong and I noticed it even when mixed with all my other smoothie ingredients.
Monbana Chocolat Salon de The 32% Cacao (1 serving) – Value $1.67
I can’t find this for sale in the US, but we received it in the March 2017 Love with Food box (when it used to be for sale in their shop) so I took the value from there. I am wondering a little bit whether these packets were left over from March (dry hot chocolate powder should last plenty of time). It is OK for hot chocolate but I’m not going to go seeking it out by ordering from Europe.
Barilla Gluten Free Fettucine (12 oz) – Value $1.99
I prefer whole grain pastas (this is not whole grain but includes both corn flour and rice flour) and try to avoid eating refined flours, so this will be going into the pantry for an emergency – we have a gas stove, so pasta can be cooked if the power goes out, for example. (My personal favorite GF pasta is the Tinkyada brown rice pasta, but usually, I just buy whole wheat pasta because there is no reason for me to eat gluten free.)
The GFB Gluten Free Balls in Dark Chocolate Coconut (0.8 oz) – Value $1.20 (get a case of 10 for $12)
These are actually pretty good, just little sweet things (about 50 calories each). They held together pretty well and looked more chocolatey on the inside.
Popcorners in Original White Cheddar (1 oz x 2) – Value $1.75 (buy 40 bags for $35)
I have had these in the kettle corn flavor in other subscription boxes, but I always felt that the texture of these would go better with a savory flavor, so these were nice to try. (Plus, I love everything dusted with cheez powder.) These are a little different in flavor from your average corn chips and although they could definitely support some weight, the cheddar flavor can totally stand on its own and doesn’t need a dip.
Cinn-Credible Cinnamon Packets (x 2) – Value $0.24 (buy 100 packets for $11.99)
At first, I was like, who needs little packets of cinnamon? And then I remembered the last time I tried to shake some cinnamon from the big shaker out on my oatmeal, where I ended up with a mixture of approximately 50% cinnamon and 50% oats. So these are actually perfect for me – I am able to add a little flavor but not make something totally unpalatable.
Orange Saltwater Taffy – Value $0.20 (buy 75 pieces for $14.99)
Vanilla Saltwater Taffy – Value $0.20 (buy 75 pieces for $14.99)
I’m a fan of saltwater taffy. I ate the orange one and my husband had the vanilla and we both thought these were pretty good. Mine was more of an orange cream flavor, which worked quite well with the texture of the candy. These weren’t too sticky and didn’t tug at any dental work, either.
Bali’s Best Tea Candy in Green Tea Latte (x 2) – Value $0.38 (buy 75 for $13.99)
These little guys are a standard inclusion in Love with Food boxes, you’ll see a few of them every couple of months. They actually mostly taste like caramels to me, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps, Lightly Salted (0.75 oz) – Value $0.92 (buy 36 bags for $32.98)
Is there anyone out there receiving any snack subscription boxes who hasn’t had these before? I have also bought these in the past (some of the other flavors are good). Anyway, these aren’t really good for you, but they have a satisfying texture and they’re not too high in calories.
Welch’s Fruit Rolls in Strawberry (0.75 oz) – Value $1.66 (buy 6 rolls for $9.95)
Welch’s Fruit Rolls in Berry (0.75 oz x 2) – Value $3.32 (buy 6 rolls for $9.95)
You’ll usually get one or two items in Love with Food best described as “kid food.” These were pretty sticky; not enough to pull out dental work, but both my husband and I got purple stuff stuck to our hands while we were trying to eat this, so they may be a bit messy for school lunches. These were generically fruity and vegetarian (thickened with pectin). I probably wouldn’t buy them, but they were fun to try.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $18.78 for the September 2017 Love with Food Deluxe Box. This box always runs a little low compared to the month-to-month subscription price (but they do offer savings for longer-term subscriptions as well as frequent coupon codes), so that is actually a pretty good value for them. I was a little bummed at all the gluten free stuff since I don’t need to eat GF and prefer whole grains to products with refined flours (yes, I know whole grain GF products exist, but that was not the case with this pasta). I was pleased to get a flavor of Popcorners that was something other than the carnival kettle and I do like those almonds. It was a solid month in terms of value but I still had a bit of trouble getting excited over the contents, too.
What do you think of the September 2017 Love with Food Deluxe Box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?