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New England’s Finest Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2017

Marne Orenich
ByMarne OrenichAug 5, 2017 | 7 comments

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New England's Finest is a monthly subscription box that curates and delivers the best food and gift items the northeast has to offer each month. From the Cape to Beantown to the White Mountains, they partner with companies and artisans who share their values of quality and sustainability.

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: New England's Finest

The Cost: $49.00 a month with free shipping in the continental U.S. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

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The Products: The best food and gift items the northeast has to offer, each month.

Ships to: North America

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This month's theme is New England BBQ. They've enclosed an info booklet that outlines all of this month's tasty items!

Halladay's Harvest Barn of Vermont Backyard BBQ Rub, 1 oz. - Value $3.99

Ooh yeah. This rub is nice 'n spicy with just a touch of sweetness. I'm not much of a rib gal, but my mom sure is. I would 100% put this all over some chicken to see how it comes out though. My Dad's birthday is coming up in September, and we usually grill at my brother's house, so I can bring this along!

By The Sea Salt, 8 oz. - Value $4.79

Om nom nom. I love that this subscription box is hooking it up with full-size products from New England. I'm not afraid to season my meats, and this blend contains kosher salt, garlic, onion, and "other spices". Oooh, mystery spices! I like it. They look to be leafy green things such as oregano or such. I can't say for sure, but I am definitely going to spread it all over some beef or chicken because it tastes wonderful! This is a nice size jar, so it should last a while!

Bonus Sticker!

Pork Beach Sauce Company Pineapple Mango Grilling Sauce, 10 oz. - Value $7.00

I'll level with you all. I've probably mentioned this before, but as much as I love food, I can be kind of picky. This grilling sauce has pineapple and mango in it, which I KNOW a lot of people are super into, but I am afraid of. It's a sweet/savory thing for me. I don't always love them commingling. That being said, I tried this sauce and it's really quite lovely! I think it's a perfect summer grilling sauce for the very reason it contains tropical fruit within a mildly spiced barbecue-y sauce. Best of both worlds!

Bonus Matches!

Whiskey Fish Cedar Grilling Planks (Set of 2) - Total Value $16.66? (buy a 3-pack for $24.99 on Amazon)

I've always wanted one of these cedar planks to cook on, so I'm super excited to get TWO in a subscription box! They each feature a gourmet recipe on them that you can follow using the plank. Both of the recipes sound spectacular to me. The planks are made from USA-grown all natural Western Red Cedar.

Well, that's a horrifying fact.

Check out their website for more.

No Joke Smoke Saweet Heat, 12 fl oz. - Value $9.50

This next BBQ must have comes from husband and wife team, Ryan and Sharon Nahas from Massachusetts. They propose that their sauce can be used as more than just BBQ'in. They suggest using it for dipping, marinating, and glazing as well. At first taste, I definitely got the "saweet" part, but not as much of the "heat", which is totally ok by me. I do enjoy a spicy BBQ sauce, but you don't want to go so hot that you can't taste anything else. Once again, this is a full jar, which is awesome!

Verdict: New England's Finest is a great box full of items that you can't really get at the local store unless you live in New England. This would be a wicked good box for someone who had to leave their east coast home and longs for the culinary delicacies they left behind. This month just happened to focus on BBQ, but they run the gamut on all sorts of flavors. The box costs $49.00 per month and I received only about $42.00 in goods, so it seems like they may need to step it up a notch. Granted, if I had to pay shipping for each item I ordered online, I'd be past the cost, but I know people are always looking for value! I'm interested to see what future months hold!

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New England’s Finest is a subscription box focused exclusively on curating and delivering 4-6 artisanal food and home products from the region each month.
Marne Orenich
Marne Orenich
Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

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I know its hokey but New England, to me, conjures seafood, thick creamy soup anything but BBQ

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None of these remind me of New England, either. We haven’t grilled at all. This seems to be a box all about grilling. I’m a vegetarian :0 Oh well.

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My husband was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. I showed him this review and he didn’t think this box was representative of New England at all. I then had to listen to him rattle off a 100 different brands they could’ve included instead. Now I need a nap!

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Marne Orenich

Hahaha Bunny! Perhaps future boxes will be better for him. Sounds like he could start his own!

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I saw this box and got so excited and then….I don’t know, I’ve lived in New England all my life. With the exception of the By The Sea Salt, none of these really remind me of home. I’d wait to see what the next few months bring to see if they really represent the area.

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Amber P

I agree. BBQ is way too much of a southern thing to be representative of New England. There are a lot of other theme possibilities that would be better suited like seafood or ice cream (thinking summer wise).

And there’s a great episode of Monsters Inside of Me where the guy got tetanus from ingesting a metal grill brush prong!

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Marne Orenich

Great to hear feedback from a true New Englander! Past boxes are still available, so I wonder if those are more representative?

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