War Foodie Subscription Box Review – July 2015
War Foodie is a monthly subscription box that sends quality American foods to those living overseas. They specialize in sending care packages (including items like coffee, tea, peanut butter, granola, and hot sauce) to expats and military service members.
Using the War Foodie website, subscribers can pick out what types of items they’d like to receive each month. Flavors rotate (if “tea” is selected, for example, a different kind will be sent in each box), and items can be added or removed from future shipments at any time.
In addition to sending a box to yourself or someone you know, War Foodie offers the option to donate a box to an eligible service member. Donations can be made anonymously, if desired.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Box: War Foodie
The Cost: $7 per item + $15 flat rate shipping
The Products: Coffee, tea, sauces, and snacks.
Ships to: US and worldwide. (International shipping requires an APO/FPO/DPO address.)
BBQ sauce, especially good BBQ sauce, is extremely difficult to find abroad, so I’m happy to see that it’s one of the item categories that War Foodie has decided to feature. This BBQ sauce is made with pineapple, habanero chile peppers, and southwestern chiles and is nicely sweet and spicy. It’s recommended for use on poultry, pork, white flakey fish, and shellfish- or as a dipping sauce.
Pacific Beach Signature Peanut Butter (12 oz.) – $7.99 (on sale for $6.99)
War Foodie operates out of San Diego; so many of the brands they work with are California-based. Pacific Beach Peanut Butter comes from La Mesa, California, and they made a range of peanut butters and flavored spreads. “Our Signature Peanut Butter” contains a light crunch of toffee and is really tasty. I don’t eat peanut butter very often, but I could eat this out of the jar with a spoon.
I get a lot of granola in subscription boxes, and I think this might be the best tasting granola I’ve ever received. It’s crunchy and packed with nuts, seeds, spice, honey, and dried fruit. The flavor is excellent, and I’m impressed to see that it’s fairly low in sugar, fat, and sodium, too!
Lights Out Tea Blend by Blend Bee (2.5 oz.)- $9.38
(I believe Lights Out is a blend made exclusively for this box, so I’ve linked to a similar blend on the Blend Bee site.)
This Lights Out tea blend contains ashwaganda root, orange peel, chamomile, lavender, dandelion root, peppermint, nettle leaf, licorice root, stevia leaf, and honey extract. It’s a calming blend that aids digestion and promotes relaxation and better sleep.
Blend Bee is from San Diego, and I had a great time browsing their website. They offer a make your own blend option, which I think is such a great idea! You select which teas you’d like to blend together and then name your blend (your custom name is printed on the tea’s label). At $14.99 for ¼ lb of tea, I think the pricing is pretty great. I know what my tea-loving friends are getting this holiday season!
The Verdict: I’m very impressed by the quality of the products included in this box from War Foodie. All of the items are delicious, and I think they’ve done a great job of picking food categories that are difficult to find abroad. At this time, it seems like they’re working with only a handful of brands, so I hope they add more in the future. I think monthly subscribers, in particular, might appreciate a bit more variety. In terms of value, this box is a little different from the boxes I typically review. Usually, I’ll add the product cost with the cost of shipping to look at total cost vs. value, but I don’t think it’s fair to do that with this box. Instead, I think it’s more appropriate to consider item value and shipping value separately. War Foodie charges $7 per item, which is a great value (since all the items in the box retail for $7 or more). Shipping is a flat $15. While this isn’t a great deal if you’re shipping to someone within the US, I think it’s certainly a fair price to pay to ship a care package overseas. I’d like to see War Foodie introduce another, cheaper shipping option for domestic shipping, but I understand that’s not their core focus. Still, I think this is a great way to send a care package to a loved one overseas, and I like that they offer the option to donate boxes to eligible service members.
What do you think of War Foodie? Do you have a loved one living or stationed abroad who would enjoy this subscription?