Irish Taste Club Subscription Box Review – February 2016
Irish Taste Club is a new monthly subscription box that features award-winning Irish artisan foods.
Boxes are packed with small-batch products from independent Irish producers and are shipped directly from Ireland!
Products are selected by a panel of experts, and subscribers can expect to receive everything from “chocolate and desserts, jams and chutneys, [to] snacks or spices.”
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.)
The Subscription Box: Irish Taste Club
The Cost: $49 per month (Discounts are available with a 3 or 12 month subscription.)
The Products: “The best small-batch products sourced from independent makers across Ireland.”
Ships to: US & Ireland
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Irish Taste Club included a printout with information on the included products and their producers.
On the reverse, they’ve included recipes for Potato Bread and Granola Fruit Crisp.
Broderick Bros. Mini Bites (150 g.)- €5.00 (approximately $5.57 USD)
This box of assorted chocolates contained individually wrapped treats.
Each pack contains: Rocky Road Chocolates (biscuits topped with chocolate and marshmallows), Caramel Slices (shortbreads with caramel and chocolate), and Tiffin Slices (biscuits enrobed in Belgian chocolate). My husband and I tried these (with tea, of course), and we agreed that the tiffin slice was our favorite.
Big Red Kitchen Brown Soda Bread Mix (300 g.)- £2.95 (approximately $4.23 USD)
When I think of Ireland, Brown Soda Bread is the first thing that comes to mind. I love it so much that I’ve tried many times to recreate it in my own kitchen, but I can never seem to get it just right. I haven’t had a chance to use this mix yet, but I’m so excited to try it!
SD Bells Belfast Tea (50 g./ 25 bags)- £2.50 (approximately $3.60 USD)
I love the dark, strong tea that’s popular in Britain & Ireland, so I’m thrilled to see a box of it in this box! SD Bells is Ireland’s oldest importer of tea and coffee, and SD Bells was selected to supply the Titanic. I’m a big fan of this Belfast Brew, and it’s so interesting to be able to try tea that was served on one of history’s most famous ships.
Joe’s Farm Crisps (70 g.)- £3.00 (approximately $4.31 USD)
Ireland is, of course, famous for potatoes and potato chips. Joe’s Farm Crisps has put a spin on the classic Irish chip by substituting fresh veggies for potatoes.
The crisps are made with hand-cooked slices of beet, carrot, and parsnip and are topped with sea salt. They’re crunchy and delicious!
Crossogue Preserves Beetroot Chutney (37 g.)- €4.00 (approximately $4.45 USD)
I’ve never tried beetroot chutney before, so I decided to look up some ideas for how to use it. While chutney is a natural accompaniment for cheese, I also found some recommendations for using it on sandwiches. I might use it to add a kick to a fresh veggie or pulled chicken sandwich.
Follain Strawberry & Passion Fruit Preserves (180 g.)- $4.72
I couldn’t find this flavor for sale online, so I’ve linked to plain strawberry.
My husband eats jam like it’s going out of style, so we can never have enough! I like the combination of strawberry & passion fruit, and I think it will be delicious on toast.
Big Red Kitchen Butterscotch Sauce (220 g.)- €4.50 (approximately $5.01 USD)
The last item in my Irish Taste Box is Butterscotch Sauce from the Big Red Kitchen. Big Red Kitchen has won numerous awards for it’s preserves and sauces, and this sauce is one of the most highly decorated. It’s rich, delicious, and fantastic with vanilla ice cream!
The Verdict: I’m really impressed with the variety of items included in this box from Irish Taste Club! The tea and crisps are probably my favorite items, but I’m really pleased with everything. Irish Taste Club says their subscription is “like an Irish farmers’ market direct to your door,” and it definitely has that feel to it. I love that they support small Irish producers and I think this box is a great way to discover Irish artisanal products that are difficult (or impossible!) to find in the US. The retail value of the items totals approximately $32, but I don’t think it’s fair to focus too much on that number value. Considering that I can’t go out and purchase these items locally and that Irish Taste Club has to cover the cost of overseas shipping (€17.90 for this box!), I’m pleased with the value.
What do you think of this box from Irish Taste Club?