Bon Appétit Snack Box Review + Coupon – September 2016
Bon Appétit Box is a monthly subscription box that sends authentic French gourmet food items.
There are two different subscription tiers available: the Bon Appétit Box and the Bon Appétit Snack Box.
The full-sized Bon Appétit Box contains 7-8 products, and the smaller Bon Appétite Snack Box provides 4+ items.
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.)
This review is of the Bon Appétit Snack, $35 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Bon Appétit Snack Box
The Cost: The Bon Appétit Box is $75 per month and the Bon Appétit Snack Box is $35 per month.
The Products: Gourmet French food items curated around a theme.
Ships to: US
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On the inside of the shipping box, I received a personalized, handwritten note.
My box also contained a welcome card that introduced the box’s curators, Zoe and Bertrand.
Another card provided information about the items featured in the box.
Les Trois Petits Cochons Mini Toasts (2.75 oz.) – Value $2.99
These little crisp breads are so cute! They taste is very mild, so I think they’d be great to serve alongside a variety of different kinds of cheese and charcuterie (since they’ll pair well with most things).
L’Epicurean Green Olive and Almond Tapenade (100 g.) – 4€ (Value approximately $4.50 USD)
This box also contained a couple of different spreads to pair with the mini toasts. The first is this Green Olive and Almond Tapenade. I love tapenade, and this stuff is great. I can’t quite make out the almond flavor, but the green olives give this spread a meaty texture and a lovely brine-y taste.
Rougié Duck Rillettes (2.8 oz.) – Value $6.89 (on sale for $4.99)
I also received this small jar of duck rillettes. I’ve had pork rillettes before, but this is my first time tying the duck version. The texture reminds me a little of shredded pork (this is maybe a bit smoother), and the flavor is rich without being too fatty.
Edmond Fallot Extra Fine Cornichons (110 g.) – Value $3.24
These cornichons were included to accompany the duck rillettes. (The acidic brine helps cut through the richness of the duck.)
I love both cornichons and cocktail onions, so this item is a welcome sight for me!
I hosted some friends for dinner the night after this box arrived, so I asked them to help me sample everything!
We all agreed that the tapenade was excellent, and most of us also loved the rillettes and the cornichons, too.
Verdict: I’m really impressed with the items I received in this box. They’re all delicious, and I really like that they can be easily arranged together on a serving platter for a quick appetizer spread. The packaging is classy and well designed, and I had a lot of fun unboxing everything. All that said, the total value of the items I received only comes to about $16, which is extremely low for a box priced at $35. This is a relatively new subscription, so I hope to see the value improve in future boxes. Also, I fear that this might come across as a little nit picky, but a couple of the items in this box weren’t actually made in France. Les Trois Cochons originated in New York City, and the Rougié Rillettes are made in Canada. We reached out to Bon Appetit Box for comment about the origin of these items, and they replied with the following:
“Duck Rillettes: Rougie are French artisans, established in Sarlat since 1835. They are renown in France for their Patés, Rillettes, and Foie Gras. As the FDA prohibits cured meat products from France to come to the US, Rougie created a farm in French Canada to raise the ducks and prepare the Rillettes, following the same recipe they are using in France… 3 Petits Cochons: You’re right, this company is based in the US. We selected those Toasts because they are made from the traditional French recipe providing them the exact same texture and taste we can find in France everywhere. This texture is really important as the toasts are thicker than others crackers. This crunchy texture and the bready flavor are just perfect to balance the smoothness of the Rillettes.”
All of the items in this box certainly feel French (and it’s clear from the reply that a lot of thought that went into selecting them), so I’m happy with their inclusion.
Are you a fan of gourmet French foods? What do you think about the Bon Appétit Snack Box?