Darby Smart To DIY For Box Review + Coupon – November 2016
Darby Smart is a monthly subscription box made by the Darby Smart site. Every month, they send along supplies for a fun new craft.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Darby Smart
The Cost: $19.00 per box, or choose from two other subscription levels (6 months for $57.00, or one year for $95.00)
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The Products: Each box has supplies for a cute craft, plus inspiring photos of the finished product and a link to the instructions.
Ships to: U.S. only, with free shipping
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On the back of the info card, there’s a URL you can follow for instructions on how to do this craft, and find more crafty inspiration. This month, there’s also a bit of info around Darby Smart’s partnership with Foodstirs, a natural baking brand headed up by Sarah Michelle Gellar (a.k.a. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what whaaat!).
Foodstirs Organic Sweet Tooth Sugar Cookie Mix – Value $5.99
Foodstirs Organic Chocolate Chippy Cookie Mix – Value $5.99
I was not able to find these exact cookie mixes on Foodstir’s website, so the value is based on similar mixes.
Like mainstream mixes, these only require some butter and eggs to turn them into batter. I like that the ingredients are high quality and organic. I’m excited to see how they taste!
Ann Clark Snowflake Cookie Cutter – Value $2.99
Ann Clark Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutter – Value $2.99
These are really cute classic metal cookie cutters. I like that they’re generic enough to use for a whole bunch of winter holidays. And they’re small enough to make the perfect two-bite cookies.
Treat Tins – Value $1.59?
This pack of tins comes with three foil tins and three cardstock lids in different patterns.
These little tins make a great cookie-delivery system, especially if you’re looking to give your cookies as a gift. I could see wrapping one of these assembled tins with a bright red bow to make them even more festive.
So far, I’ve whipped up the Chocolate Chippy Cookies. I was going to try out the sugar cookies, but the recipe on the back requires a hand mixer in order to whip everything together until smooth. I’m not avid enough a baker to have a hand mixer in my kitchen, so until I can pick one up, I’ve got to wait on that mix! But I’m not complaining since chocolate chip cookies are my fave!
The mix was really easy to use and made about 15 cookies. I kept my dough balls pretty small but should’ve spaced them out a bit more. These cookies really spread out. While my batch isn’t the prettiest, they definitely taste great. The chocolate chips seem richer in flavor than the ones in more mainstream mixes. The cookies came out chewy and delicious in the time listed on the box.
I fit about six cookies in a tin. Two stacks, three cookies deep. Had I made them slightly smaller, I think it would’ve looked nicer to put them in standing on their sides, like how pre-packaged cookies sit in their containers. But the tins aren’t very deep, so be prepared to have to shimmy your cookies in however they fit. A tin of cookies is a tin of cookies, after all. Presentation is great, but what really matters is that these cookies taste great!
Verdict: I liked this Darby Smart craft, though it differed from other boxes I’ve received in that there were other tools needed to complete the craft successfully. Not having a hand mixer held me back from being able to enjoy everything in the box, though I’ll likely be able to borrow one from a more culinary friend. The mix I did try, though, was very tasty and worked out great. And it’s a timely DIY for the holiday season. The value of the items is $19.55, which breaks even with the $19.00 price tag of the subscription. If you are an avid crafter, this could be a box for you. If you like only a certain type of craft, and might not be prepared for something like this cooking one, then you might find yourself only enjoying some months of the subscription, but not all.
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