MunchPak Subscription Box Review – May 2015
MunchPak sends new & popular snacks from around the world.
MunchPak sent us this Original MunchPak for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: MunchPak
The Cost: $9.95 monthly for MunchPak Mini (5+ full size snacks), $19.95 monthly for Original MunchPak (10+ full size snacks), or $39.95 monthly for FamilyPak (20+ full size snacks).
The Products: Snacks from around the world.
Ships to: Worldwide. (Note that shipping outside of the US will incur additional fees.)
MunchPack included a card inviting me to update my snack preferences through their website. I did a little research into this, and I think it’s important to note that customization requests cost extra. Using their online portal, you can select ingredients as “preferred” or “non-preferred.” While this does not guarantee that those snacks will or will not be sent, it increases the likelihood that your box will suit your particular tastes. MunchPak charges $1 per customization request per delivery. So, for example, if you want to avoid “Seafood” and “Meat” snacks, each box will cost an extra $2.
Since boxes vary between subscribers, your MunchPack might be completely different from mine.
Jayone Seaweed Shrimp Chips (1.41 oz)
I was a little hesitant about these Korean Shrimp Chips at first (I don’t think I’ve tried a similar product before), but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I really like them! The shrimp flavor is very mild, and I would describe them as having a savory flavor. They really aren’t fishy at all.
Mammos Soda Candy (3.5 oz)- $3.99
These Korean soda candies are flavored with apple, and they’re really tasty!
VIC Salted Sticks (50 g)
VIC salted sticks hail from Croatia. I visited Croatia a few years ago, and I actually remember trying VIC snacks, so I’m thrilled to see these in my MunchPak! They’re crispy and salty- a little like pretzel sticks.
Lesnik Karamela are hazelnut candies from Slovenia that are chewy and have a caramel base. They’re delicious, and I love the squirrel mascot on the front of the package.
Ki-Ki Jagoda Strawberry (3.5 oz)
Ki-Ki strawberry candy is another Croatian product. The fruity toffees remind me a little bit of Starburst and are made with strawberry and elderberry juice.
Maria Integral cookies are made with whole wheat and are from Spain. I like these cookies well enough, but my husband is a big fan. They remind him of British biscuits!
Mincher Lemon Wafer
MunchPack doesn’t include an info card with their boxes, so I had a hard time finding information about this product. It’s labeled as a “Lemon Wafer” (though there’s a lime on the front of the pack) and comes from Taiwan. Taste wise, I would describe it as a traditional filled wafer cookie, however there seems to be less filling than comparable US products. As a result, the citrus flavor is subtle.
Festy Chocolate Cookies (1.22 oz)
These look a lot like Oreos! I’m not sure where Festy cookies are sold. According to the package, they’re made in the US, but the label is in Spanish, so I’m guessing they’re primarily sold elsewhere.
Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies (2.5 oz)- about $1
Now, these look familiar! In addition to sending snacks from overseas, MunchPack will also occasionally include domestic snacks. (You can actually adjust your preferences to add “American Snacks” to your list of likes or dislikes.) Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies are big, soft, and rich.
Barratt Refreshers (34 g)
Refreshers are hard candies from the UK that fizz in your mouth when you eat them. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of fizzy candy. For some reason, the sensation caused by the fizzing has always been like oral nails on a chalkboard for me. My husband grew up with these, though, so he was happy to claim them.
Kinder Delice (42 g)
I love Kinder chocolates! Italian Delice bars consist of a soft cake with a milky filling, covered in dark chocolate. I’ve had Delice bars before, and I’m a fan, but my favorite Kinder treat has to be their prize-filled Kinder Surprise Eggs. They’re illegal in the US because of a law banning candy with hidden toys (due to choking risks), but I always look forward to buying a few when I’m abroad.
Verdict: This is my first time trying MunchPak, and I really enjoyed receiving snacks from all over the world. I’m impressed by the variety of items I received, and I love how many different countries are represented. I had a difficult time finding all of the products for sale online (as can often be the case with international snacks), but I’m happy with the value of this box. For $19.95, I think I received a good number of full-sized products. I like that MunchPack offers the option to customize your box, but, at $1 per request, I can see how customizing could get pricey pretty fast. So, I think this box probably offers the best value for adventurous subscribers who aren’t too picky about they types of snacks they receive.
What do you think about this MunchPak? Do you like trying snacks from around the world?