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Foodstirs Baking Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2017

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Exterior Box

Foodstirs is a baking subscription box that ships baking mixes kits to your door! Co-founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar, this subscription is all about high-quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. 

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Unboxing & First Peek

We received this box for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - All items arranged around box

The Subscription Box: Foodstirs

The Cost: $14.99 + $5.99 shipping on the month-to-month plan, with discounts and free shipping on 3, 6, and 12 box prepaid plans.

DEAL: For a limited time, get your first Foodstirs box for only $5 + $5.99 shipping! No coupon code necessary, just use this link! (Regularly $14.99 + $5.99 shipping per box)

The Products: High quality, pre-made mixes with no preservatives or artificial ingredients. 

Ships to: United States, but they have an international waitlist, so be sure to sign up if you’re interested!

Good to know: Foodstirs was previously monthly, but now ships bi-monthly. You should get your first box right away when you sign up, then they ship in August, October, December, February, April, and June.

Check out all of our Foodstirs reviews and the Food Subscription Box Directory!

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Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Recipe

This month’s recipe is for Strawberry Lemonade Shortcake. They explain what ingredients are included, what ingredients you’ll need to buy yourself, and then how much of everything you need for different parts of the recipe (cake and icing). They also give you a rundown on equipment you need, so that you don’t get started and then suddenly realize you don’t have scissors!

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Recipe

The step-by-step instructions are on the back, with plenty of photos and tips for mixing, baking, and decorating.

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Tips

This card has a few tips specific to this recipe and a little variation on the icing.

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Nutritional Info

The nutrition facts with calories and ingredients for each mix are listed here. I was pretty surprised to see that these only have about 220 calories per serving. That’s pretty good for a cupcake, right?

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Pin Front Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Pin Back Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Pin Front Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Pin Back

Foodstirs also included these two pins in our box this month. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten flair from them before, so this is a cute little freebie! I prefer “Whisk Taker” myself.

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Shortbread Mix

Here’s our shortbread mix. Although some Foodstirs projects can be time-consuming, everything is perfectly portioned for you which does make it easier. To this shortbread mix, we’ll add milk and butter from home, plus these True Lemon packets for extra lemon flavor:

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - True Lemon Packets

I’ve never actually opened one of these before, so I didn’t know they were crystals and not liquid! I’m already thinking about other ways to use this stuff in my cooking.

The shortbread is mixed with hands only, to help prevent over-mixing and make sure the cold butter is evenly distributed throughout the mix. This was messy, but definitely would have been really fun for a kid to help with! Then you just portion the mix out into these standalone baking cups:

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Baking Cups

This is awesome because you can use these with any baking sheet—no cupcake tin required!

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Baking in Progress

The mixture was difficult to measure precisely because it’s more of a dough rather than a cake batter, so I just tried my best to evenly portion it out between all 8 cups.

While everything was in the oven, I got started with the icing!

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Icing Mix

To this vanilla icing mix, you’ll add greek yogurt and more butter, plus:

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Freeze Dried Strawberries

Freeze-dried strawberries! You need to set aside a few for decoration, but the rest get crumbled up and mixed in. I ended up having to chop mine with a knife because they were a little soft rather than crunchy, but once again I thought a kid would have LOVED this step!

The recipe says to use a mixer for the icing, but I just used a small rubber spatula and it came together just fine.

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Piping Bag

FoodStirs also includes a piping bag for decorating, as well as these festive straws:

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Straws

You have to cut these in half in order to have 8 total, which did send me scrambling to find the scissors.

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Baking in Progress Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Baking in Progress

As you can see, these did puff up a bit in the oven, but they definitely have a biscuit-like texture. They smelled lemony and delicious, and it was hard to resist taste testing while I let them cool!

Once they cooled, I decorated them with the icing and piping bag. It was a little bit more finicky than I’d have liked, just because some of the strawberry pieces were too big and got stuck in the piping bag. I had to stop and help those big chunks out while I was working.

All in all though, they did turn out really cute.

Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Finished Shortbread Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Finished Shortbread Foodstirs June 2017 Review - Finished Shortbread

And they were delicious! The lemon and strawberry flavors were perfect for the summertime. I’m personally a fan of that tangy Greek yogurt icing, too. Since these were made with shortbread rather than traditional cupcake batter, they also weren’t too sweet… they were almost like an iced scone in a cup!

Verdict: This is probably the easiest Foodstirs project we’ve had in awhile, and one that I could see being loads of fun to bake with kids. They look so cute and the final results tasted great, too! Foodstirs recently updating their subscription to be bi-monthly and $14.99/month, so that breaks down to less than $2 per serving. While that’s definitely more expensive than baking 100% from scratch, it’s certainly cheaper than store-bought baked goods, and with organic ingredients too. I think this month was a home run in terms of being easy and fun, looking good, and tasting great.

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Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

Posted in Food & Drink Subscription Boxes, FoodStirs Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: foodstirs | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Terrific review, these look like fun to make with kids and tasty too, win win!

  2. If anyone is interested, the code MSA30 from earlier this month still works. I just signed up for the 3 shipments and it took $30 off, bringing the total to just $29.

  3. Those look delicious! But don’t be tricked by the nutrition info – the info is for the *mixes* and doesn’t include the butter (about another 150 cal and 14g fat per cupcake), plus the milk and the yogurt. I’m not adding up all of the numbers because I’m not trying to lose friends here lol.

    • Oops, thanks for pointing that out!

  4. I wish there was a gluten free option. I have a gluten sensitivity in my house, so can’t subscribe.

  5. I want those pins.

  6. I kinda love the self standing cupcake cups. I will have to see if I can find them before my next batch!

  7. They are beautiful!!! So festive. At first I was put off by the high shipping but I guess the box overall would be worth it.

    • Hi Michelle
      I went to cancel my subscription and they asked if I would be willing to stay if they waived the shipping cost. Something to consider!

  8. I loved this box. It was the best. Only thing was having to restrain myself from eating the cupcakes while they were still warm. 😂

    • It’s my favorite Foodstirs project so far!

  9. I got this boxes and had the same issues with the icing, and I also put the icing on too soon and it melted and made a mess. But, the cupcakes still tasted really good and I brought them to work and my coworkers loved them, so it’s a win for me!

    • I definitely let mine cool completely first, but I also put the icing in the fridge while I was waiting which was awful – I had to wait for it to warm up again before it would come out of the piping bag at all! It was all worth it though, everyone loved these 🙂

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