Try the World Subscription Box Review – October 2016
Try The World is a monthly food subscription box that sends you chef-selected local and authentic gourmet foods from different countries. Everything arrives neatly packaged in this velvety-smooth Tiffany-blue box. Try The World offers their signature Pantry Box and recently introduced a smaller Snack Box.
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This review is of the Try The World Pantry, $39 a month, box.
The Subscription: Try The World
The Cost: Choose from three subscription options: Monthly ($39/box + free shipping), Pay Every 3 Months ($35/box + free shipping), Pay Every 6 Months ($33/box + free shipping), Pay Every 12 Months ($29/box + free shipping)
The Products: Each monthly box includes 7-8 authentic, chef-curated gourmet delicacies
Ships to: US
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I’m crazy about the packaging of this box. The inside of the lid has a pocket that’s just the right size to hold their vibrant information booklet. This month features foods from Italy!
Speaking of which, the information booklet is beautifully and thoughtfully done. The card unfolds to reveal the products and information about the spotlight country (in this case, Italy) on one side…
…and recipe ideas on the other side. That top photo of the pesto papardelle topped with bright green peas? Oh boy is my mouth watering!
La Pasta di Aldo Papardelle, 7.1 oz. – Value $6.34
You can’t have an Italy box without pasta! This naturally dried egg pasta is long and thick with a warm yellow hue. Uncooked, the pasta is really crisp and surprisingly thin. I thought it’d cook up in a flash, but in fact, it takes a little while. There aren’t any cooking instructions on the package, so I went by the 4-5 minutes recommended by the pasta recipe that came with the box. After 5 minutes, I felt like the pasta was still a bit tough and a little gritty. Mine was probably in closer to 10 minutes before I felt like it was cooked all the way through, yet still al dente. The good news is, I got to taste-test a lot of noodles during the cooking process!
The finished noodles have a lovely butter-yellow color. I love the broader noodles—they aren’t the best at holding sauce, but it feels really decadent eating them. Hearty, sturdy pasta with a subtle, savory flavor… I really enjoyed these!
Terrigena Italy Porcini Mushroom Risotto, 6.17 oz. – Value $3.19 (based on similar items)
This risotto is perfect for chilly fall days. The woodsy, rich taste of the mushrooms, plus the soft, chewiness of the rice is the kind of comfort food I love. And it only takes about 20 minutes to make this pre-prepped pouch! Cooking was about as simple as making a box of mac and cheese. I tend to be pretty nervous about rice (it’s so easy to overcook it), but since the risotto ends up being sort of saucy anyway, I think any imperfections got covered up by copious flavor. I found it a little saltier than I’d expected (not complaining though!) and the umami flavor of the mushrooms permeated the dish in a really tasty way.
Marabissi Amaretti di Mandorla, 7.05 oz. – Value $6.90
These little cookies are gluten free and made primarily with almonds. Score! They’re also the perfect sweet, but not too sweet, treat. I popped a few of these individually wrapped cookies in my purse for an afternoon of errands.
Sabatino Tartufi Seasoning Truffle Zest, 0.36 oz (5 0.07 oz packets) – Value $9.95
What better way to class up a dish than dusting it with some truffle zest! These little packets go a long way, especially if, like me, you’re not accustomed to the woodsy, umami flavor of truffles. Go little by little when adding it to your recipes.
Cascina San Cassiano Pesto alla Genovese, 3.17 oz. – Value $4.37
Pesto is one of my favorite ingredients to find in a dish, and this one is luxuriously good. The deep color and garlicky aroma drew me in quick and didn’t disappoint.
One thing I noticed particularly with this product, but also with other items in the box, is that it’s kinda hard to find them online. And I mean that in the best way—these aren’t average grocery store pantry items you can find on Amazon. Most of them only seem to exist on specialty store sites. When researching this pesto, the best info I could find had to be translated out of the Italian copy on Cascina San Cassiano’s site. Long story short, these items are legit!
Sciara Hazelnut Cream, 3.17 oz. – Value $3.71
This hazelnut cream is like the fanciest peanut butter I’ve ever had. It’s sweet, smooth and nutty, and makes a fantastic topping for warm toast.
Giuliano’s Caffe Vivace Blend, 4.4 oz. – Value $4.70
The smell of this coffee is beautifully bold, and I love the playful packaging. The taste wasn’t noticeably different to me than other nicer stateside Italian roasts I’ve had, but I’m also not much of a coffee snob! If anything, I just knowing that this comes from a real Italian cafe, and not just the Starbucks down the street.
This box had a few extra surprises, too! There was a coupon for Glossybox, Vinebox, and Martha Stewart’s meal subscription box, Martha & Marley Spoon.
Verdict: I liked this Try the World box a lot. I’m a huge fan of Italian and other Mediterranean cuisine, so just seeing these flavors, let alone tasting them, was exciting for me. Based on the values I found, the box value lands right around $40.00, which is right in line with the $39.00 price tag. I also appreciate that these foods can all comfortably wait in my pantry for just the right meal—no pressing expiration dates on these foods. And they ran the gamut of sweet to savory. Yum! From the items themselves to the beautiful presentation, this is a box foodies shouldn’t miss!
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