Treatsie At Home Baking Kits Review + Coupon – October 2016
Treatsie At Home Baking Kits include the pre-measured ingredients, recipes, decorations, and tools you need to bake a dessert from scratch. (You provide the eggs and dairy.)
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The Subscription Box: Treatsie At Home Baking Kits
The Cost: $19.95 per month with a recurring subscription. (Single boxes are available for $24.95.)
The Products: Everything you need (except dairy) to make “Instagram-worthy treats” from scratch
Ships to: US
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This month’s recipe is for Cookie Tacos, and the box included a full-color booklet with step-by-step recipe instructions.
I also received an ingredient list for everything included in this kit.
Treatsie has been having a rough couple of months, and there have been significant delays in shipping both baking kits and sweets boxes. Subscribers received an email in early October explaining that these delays were due to unexpected employee turnover. Hopefully, things are now back on track.
Honestly, I was really surprised when I opened up this month’s kit. I was kind of hoping that October’s kit would feature something Halloween-themed. Cookie Tacos is probably the last thing I expected! Regardless, I got to baking…
The first, and most challenging, step of this recipe was to make the cookie taco shells. To make the batter, I whipped three egg whites until they were frothy and I mixed in the dry cookie mix. The recipe stressed that “batter is very thin,” but this is what my batter looked like at this step:
Looking at the picture of the batter on the recipe card, I added water to my batter until it reached what appeared to be the right consistency. (In total, I probably added about 3 tablespoons.)
I spooned batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it out into 4” circles. As per the instructions, I only baked the cookies three at a time.
The cookies baked quickly, and I removed them from the oven as soon as they started to brown around the edges.
To make the cookies look like taco shells, I fashioned a drying contraption out of two skewers and a couple of juice glasses and laid each cookie over the top (while it was still hot) and let it droop over the sides. (The first cookie from each batch drooped pretty much unassisted, but I had to help bend the second and third cookies because they’d cooled slightly.)
As soon as each cookie cooled, it held its new shape.
I got 11 taco cookies from my batter, which is pretty close to the target yield of 12.
Next, I whipped up some chocolate frosting by combining butter with the provided chocolate frosting mix.
When the shells were all cool, I piped frosting into each of them.
Next up, I finished my tacos by sprinkling on “cheese” (yellow sprinkles), “lettuce” (green coconut), and “tomatoes” (little strawberry candies).
There’s no denying that these are pretty cute. (Though, I found myself trying not to think too hard about how the frosting is the “meat”…)
I think this is a really cute concept, and I can see how this could be a fun and approachable project for kids.
I’m not going to lie, though. Taste-wise, these were kind of a mess. I don’t think I would ever choose to eat cookie, frosting, coconut, sprinkles, and strawberry-flavored candy in the same bite and one bite of cookie taco was enough for me. (I did, however, pick off the little strawberry candies. They tasted like Runts, which are one of my faves!) Not everything has to be a culinary masterpiece, though, of course, and I can appreciate that this is a kid-friendly treat that favors fun over flavor.
Verdict: I’m not quite sure what to make of this Treatsie At Home Baking Kits. First of all, it seems odd to send a recipe for cookie tacos in October. With Halloween this month, I was really hoping for something fun and festive! (And wouldn’t cookie tacos be a perfect pick for May, the month of Cinco de Mayo?) The tacos were easy and quick to make, but there was an issue with the batter that required tweaking. Taste wise, I wasn’t really all that impressed with this dessert. (It’s pretty clear that the components were chosen primarily to recreate the look of a taco, not because they all taste great together.) I can see how this would be a really fun project for kids, but it’s not at all what I expected after the first baking kit, which tackled macarons (a notoriously challenging dessert that I feel would appeal more to teens and adults). Given that the first two baking kits have been so different, I’m left uncertain about the target audience for this box. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the first kit for kids, and I think adults might find this one a bit juvenile. Since this box is so new, maybe Treatsie just hasn’t yet pinned down its identity. I’m genuinely curious to see what the next couple of boxes will bring.
What do you think about this box? Have you tried Treatsie At Home Baking Kits?