Yummy Bazaar Destination Food Club Subscription Box Review: Sampler Box – March 2016
Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club sends authentic and delicious foods from around the world.
There are two different subscription boxes available from Yummy Bazaar. For those looking to sample international products, there’s the Sampler Box, which is $9.95 per month and includes 6-8 sample-sized products from around the world. The Full Experience Box, on the other hand, is $35.95 per month and includes 6-8 full-sized products from a single country.
This is a review of the Sampler Box. You can see reviews of the Full Experience Box here.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club Sampler Box
The Cost: $9.95 per month
The Products: 6-8 sample-sized products from around the world.
Ships to: US
Yummy Bazaar includes a fold-out that provides information about the items featured in the month’s box.
This box contained products from Austria, Finland, Italy, France, Korea, Thailand, and Japan.
Glico Mikado & Go! (39 g.)- $2.50
Mikado is the European version of Pocky, an iconic Japanese treat. (FYI both Pocky and Mikado are both made by the same company.) The name comes from the French word for the game Pick-up Sticks, and I believe you can actually use these to play the game, if you choose!
Green Tea Seaweed Gim by Chorip Dong (.18 oz.)- $0.58
Gimbap is a popular Korean dish made up of gim (dried seaweed sheets) and bap (steamed white rice). These sheets can also be eaten on their own, as a healthy, crunchy snack. Personally, I didn’t pick up on the green tea flavor, so it’s possible it’s added for health and not flavor.
Finnish Sweet Licorice Bar by Halva (2 oz.)- $2.48
I think I first sampled Halva’s licorice in last year’s Scandinavian Box from Universal Yums. I love sweet licorice, and this bar has a nice balance of sweetness and bite.
Casali Chocolate Banana (22 g.)- $0.65
This chocolate banana bar is made with real Chiquita bananas! The filling is kind of like a cross between marshmallow and nougat, and the flavor is pretty great.
Balconi Tiramisu– $0.37?
Balconi’s Tiramisu is made with mascarpone cream and coffee filling, and dusted with cocoa powder. Honestly, I thought it was just okay. Also, I’m not sure the price I found online is accurate. (It seems a little low.)
DeDe Instant Thai Tea (one 1.23 oz. packet)- $0.64
Typical Thai Tea is made by brewing strong black tea with spices (like anise, tamarind, or cardamom) and combining it with sugar and condensed milk. This instant version is pretty impressive. It’s very flavorful and super comforting.
Morinaga 70% Dark Chocolate (one tasting square)- $0.40
I’ve never tried Japanese chocolate before, and I’m seriously blown away by how great it is. The 70% dark chocolate is rich, creamy, and not at all bitter. I couldn’t find the 70% for sale online, so I’ve linked to Morinaga’s French Milk Chocolate.
Verdict: I think this is a really interesting box from Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club. I didn’t love every single product this month, but I had a great time discovering new foods from around the world. Also, I’m impressed that the box included so many foods that were new to me! Apart from the licorice, every item in this box was a new discovery. In terms of value, the retail value of the items comes in around $7.50. That doesn’t quite break even with the cost of the box, but it is possible that I’ve undervalued one or two of the items.
What do you think of this month’s Sample Box from Yummy Bazaar’s Destination Food Club?