Boxwalla Food Subscription Box Review – February 2017
Boxwalla is a subscription box company dedicated to introducing subscribers to the best in food, books, film, and green beauty. They curate bi-monthly boxes in each of those four categories. Boxwalla’s Food Box introduces subscribers to gourmet food products from small-batch producers across the US. The curators at Boxwalla seek out the best American artisanal products to share with their subscribers.
Boxwalla has beautiful packaging. Their boxes are sturdy and beautiful, and they’re crafted from tree-free paper by a small company in Rajasthan, India.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the subscription review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Boxwalla Food, $49.95 a month, box. The cutoff date for each box is the 15th of the preceding month. So, to receive the April box, your order will need to be placed by March 15th.
The Subscription Box: Boxwalla’s Food Box
The Cost: $49.95
The Products: “Ridiculously delicious food products made in small batches in the U.S.A.”
Ships to: Ships free to U.S. only. (Note that other Boxwalla boxes can be shipped internationally for an additional fee.)
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Boxwalla’s Food Box, like all Boxwalla boxes, includes a really lovely, detailed info card that talks about the products and shines the spotlight on their makers. Through these items, Boxwalla aims to tell the “Story of the World through Food”. That’s definitely my favorite way to learn about history and culture!
Calcutta Kitchens Bengali Coconut Cardamom Simmer Source, 16 oz. – Value $10.99
The first “stop” on this tour is India, which is the birthplace of one of my favorite spices—cardamom. I loved this lightly creamy simmer sauce, which had a warm, deep flavor. Cardamom is so hard to define… it’s got the same kind of not-quite-floral, yet aromatic air that tea or even pepper might have. It’s almost like a very mild version of ginger. Regardless, I’ve not had a cardamom simmer sauce before, and this unique flavor tastes right at home in this sauce!
The other great thing about this vegan, gluten-free sauce is that it’s so versatile. I tried mine with some veggies, but you can also use it on meats, with pasta, and more.
Unna Bakery Cardamom Crisps – Value $7.99
Surprisingly enough, I just came back from a trip to Sweden, where cardamom was a staple ingredient in all sorts of desserts and pastries. I didn’t know how much I liked it as a dessert ingredient until I started snacking on a million tasty buns and rolls there. I didn’t see it in cookie form, though, so I was eager to try these Swedish-style cookies from Unna.
These crumbly cookies were like a lighter version of biscotti. The flavor was subtly sweet and even slightly cinnamony. The cardamom provides a bit of warmth to the flavor. I LOVED these cookies and easily devoured about half of this little bag in one sitting!
The Lover by Chocolate Moderne, 2.5 oz. – Value $8.00
Boxwalla shifts gears a bit, introducing caramel into the mix. Caramel was an Arab phenomenon, according to the info card, but Boxwalla integrates it into our cardamom journey with this chocolate bar. Here, white chocolate merges with caramel, passion-fruit, and yes, cardamom.
Each little brick was sweet and buttery smooth. The caramel inside was looser than I’d expected but still delicious and fruity. I didn’t notice the cardamom off the bat, but wow, were these chocolates good. They lean towards the sweeter side of the spectrum, but I enjoyed that. If anything, the strength of the flavor let me slow down and enjoy this bar brick by brick, rather than eating it in one sitting (which I’d want to do with chocolate, haha!).
Blood Orange Bergamot by Chocolate Moderne – Value $8.00
The second bar from this maker is created from rich, dark chocolate filled with a bergamot orange caramel.
This bar had such powerful flavors—the slight bitterness of the chocolate plus the floral tartness of the orange in the caramel makes for a vibrant, many-layered taste. I was a little overwhelmed by it, but I found the combination unique and exciting.
Call Me Caramel Gruyere Cheese Caramels, 4 oz. – Value $19.99
Our food journey ends with these amazing caramel candies by Call Me Caramel.
I’m usually not a big caramel fan, but these really won me over. Why? They have cheese in them! The incorporation of gruyere cheese into the typical caramel recipe gives each of these soft, chewy candies a depth of flavor that’s more savory than I’ve experienced in other flavors. I loved this new spin on classic candy. It’s a subtle change, but something that takes this ancient food to the next level.
Verdict: Boxwalla puts a lot of thought into beautifully curated experiences, and I think they came through here. I like the unique flavors on display and the fact that they focus on smaller makers. The box costs almost $50.00, but this box is worth about $55.00. If you’re a foodie looking for new products with which to expand your palette, I think it’s worth the investment. If you’re a pickier eater, however, the strong, uncommon flavors on display in this box might not be up your alley (and thus, not translate as value for you).
What do you think about this Boxwalla box?