TopMunch March 2017 Snack Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Italy
TopMunch is a monthly snack subscription box aimed at exposing members to treats from around the world.
Each month’s shipment features sweet and salty snacks from a different country. TopMunch says they aim to showcase hard-to-find snacks that help you get more out of your snacking routine.
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).
The Subscription Box: TopMunch
The Cost: $22.00 a month. Or choose a 3 month plan for $61.00 ($20.33/month), a 6 month plan for $119.00 ($19.83/month), or a 12 month plan for $235.00 ($19.58/month). One-time boxes are also available for $24.
The Products: Sweet and salty snacks from a different country every month.
Ships to: U.S. for free, Worldwide for an additional shipping cost
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
This month’s country is Italy!
TopMunch includes a lengthy booklet with details about the box contents, but also about the country and its culture. I’ve never been to the Italy, so this is awesome to have as a reference.
TopMunch recently introduced three new initiatives to enhance the cultural experience of this box: TopPhrase, TopMusic, and Top-Travel. The TopMusic section aims to provide music from the featured country and region.
The TopPhrase section is my favorite! I enjoyed last month’s with all of the British slang, but this month is more translative.
I also appreciate the TopTravel recommendations for a future trip. But for now, let’s dig into the snacks!
Sfornatini Rosmarino Rosemary & Olive Oil Breadsticks, 120g – Value $2.70
Upon opening this package, I could already smell the rosemary. And it is also the strongest flavor when biting into these crunchy breadsticks. The bread itself is good and unsalted. If you’re not the biggest fan of rosemary, like me, you probably wouldn’t like these. However, I do think they’d be great to pair with a dip.
There are varying prices for this snack, but I feel TopMunch’s listed price for a different flavor matches the size and quality of this next snack. It is a circular cracker, and TopMunch notes that “similar to bagels, they are briefly boiled before being baked, which gives them a very interesting texture.” I agree these are crunchy but also have a similar taste and texture as a biscuit. These too are unsalted, but overall I liked this cracker.
Mulino Bianco Galletti Biscuits, 5.29 oz. – Value $3.70
Yum, these are my favorite for the month, likely due to the sugar crystals! This is an eggless cookie, made in Parma, Italy. Each cookie is about an inch and a half and nicely baked. They would pair nicely with tea or coffee because although they’re a bit drier than a typical sugar cookie, they could easily be dunked without falling apart.
Wow, these are so interesting. I don’t think often eat or drink anything amaretto-flavored, but I really enjoyed these cookies. They are made based on the original Italian macaroon, first made in Venice, Italy. The almond is not obvious, but instead, I found the overall cookie to be quite sweet. There are random hollow pockets in each bite, which makes them airy and lightweight.
Asturi Olive Oil & Sea Salt Focacci Bites, 4.23 oz. – Value $3.29
Finally, a salted snack! These are good and remind me of a sea salted pita chip, but thicker. They can definitely be eaten alone, but I’d like to pair them with hummus or the like. They are made with Mediterranean olive oil and 100% natural ingredients, along with being non-GMO.
Verdict: This month’s TopMunch box has a value of $15.28 which is slightly better than previous months but still falls short of the $22 a month subscription cost. Value aside, though, the snacks in this box are all crackers or cookies and leave me thinking, “what else?” The five snacks are all high-quality which is great, but when the majority are flour-based, is that the best representation of Italy?
Although this month’s curation falls short for me, I continue to enjoy the TopMusic, TopPhrase, and TopTravel sections of their booklet and you can tell a lot of time goes into the education aspect of this box. All said I do still think this box could benefit from an additional snack to help round-out the monthly cost.
What do you think of this month’s Italy-themed TopMunch box?