Love with Food Gluten Free Box Review + Coupon – September 2017


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Love with Food is a monthly snack and food sampling subscription box. They send only natural and organic snacks and donate a meal to charity for each box sold. They offer a smaller tasting box with 8+ snacks per month, a deluxe box with 16-20 snacks per month, and a gluten free box with 10-15 gluten free snacks per month.

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This review is for the Gluten Free Box, $24.99 a month, box. 

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The Subscription Box: Love with Food

The Cost: $9.99 a month for the Tasting box, $19.95 a month for the Deluxe box, and $24.99 a month for the Gluten-free box. Save with longer subscriptions. Free U.S. shipping. $3.99 International shipping.

The Products:  8+ snacks per month, that are either organic, gluten-free, GMO-free, all-natural or free of artificial additives

Ships to: The United States, U.S. Territories, and APO/FPO/DPO addresses

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This month’s theme is “Ready, set, go!” With the change of weather and kids going back to school, fall is a wonderful time to reset goals, no matter what they might be. It is a great reminder to take some time each morning before you ready, set, go! Also, instead of listing out each snack, you can head over to their website for more info, or to find out how to reorder something you loved!

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This month’s box came with a variety of different coupon cards. From HelloFresh, Welch’s Fruit Rolls, all the way to some feature snack brands that you will find in your box. Bonus!

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Harvest Snaps Snappea Crisps, Lightly Salted, 0.75 oz – (Buy a 3.3 oz. bag for $2.97)

Nothing artificial here, each crisp is a baked whole green pea! Not only are these snacks gluten free, but they also are high in fiber. I love the lightly salted flavor because you are able to get so much of the green pea taste. Luckily, my son loves vegetables and he absolutely loved this little snack as well. I was able to share these with him for an afternoon snack! These are absolutely delicious with the added bonus of being good for you!

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All Natural Salt Water Taffy, 2 pieces (buy a pack of 75 for $14.99)

Salt water taffy takes me back to being a little kid taking vacations to see our family in New Jersey. So I get a little sappy when I receive any, and boy oh boy do I love it! This brand is all natural and packs a yummy punch of orange flavors. Creamy and delicious!

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Welch’s Fruit Rolls, 3 pieces 0.75 oz. – (buy a box of 6 for $9.95)

Welch’s fruit snacks are a staple in my house so I was pumped to get 3 of the fruit rolls! These are an easy and somewhat healthy snack that I know my toddler will enjoy. I can toss a few of these in my diaper bag, and he can even eat it on the run at the park or enjoy it on our back patio. No fuss, no mess, just a healthy fruit snack that I know I love and my son loves too! Plus, I received a coupon code in this month’s box for the fruit rolls that I can’t wait to use!

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Bobalu Nuts, 1.8 oz. – (buy a pack of 24 for $33.99)

These were very unique! Each bag is an out of the shell almond with a yummy sugar coating. What makes them unique you might wonder? They are flavored with cherry lemon and peach! While I typically like those flavors, I didn’t really enjoy them coated on an almond. I think the overall flavors were too sweet and fruity for me, but I was able to share these with my Mom who absolutely loved them!

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Mini Pops Salted Caramel, 0.7 oz. – (buy a pack of 6 for $6.99)

This popcorn is so small and so cute! When I first opened this month’s box my eyes immediately went to this mini pops bag because of how sweet and delicate the packaging was. Inside, you will find the smallest kernels ever. Don’t let the size fool you though, each bite is packed full of salted caramel flavors! This is the type of bag that would be nice to pass out to kiddos at a sleepover so that they can each have their own bag. This was so good I almost forgot I was eating a healthy snack!

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PopCorners White Cheddar, 2 1 oz. bags -Value $1.40 (Buy 40 for $24.41)

I have received PopCorners in other boxes and have even bought this brand at the store before! I absolutely love, love, love the white cheddar flavor and was so excited to see that I got two bags in this month’s box. Each crisp is so light and airy like you are eating popcorn and covered in that yummy white cheddar powder. This is a snack that I could eat all the time and am so happy when I receive a bag!

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Rise Buddy Sour Cream & Onion, 1.4 oz. – (Buy a pack of 36 for $45.00)

These brown rice crisps were so delicious! I was surprised by how much sour cream & onion flavor were in each bite so this would be a great replacement snack for someone that loves sour cream and onion chips but looking for a healthier version. I also found that these were a great crisp to dip in hummus, but they would probably be great in a salsa as well. So versatile and yummy! I am glad that I loved these so much because I received a coupon code for Rise Buddy in this month’s box as well.

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Natural Foods Jessica’s Muffin Mix, 16.1 oz. – (Buy 6 for $41.94)

This is another brand that you will receive a coupon code for in this month’s box. Each bag contains a gluten-free flour bread mix that you only have to add a few ingredients to before baking! I added some honey and blueberries to my mix just for a little extra texture and sweetness, and instead of muffins, I made bread. This mix was so easy to put together and it was delicious! So sweet and fluffy, a huge hit with everyone in my house. I will absolutely be using my coupon code to buy more of this mix!

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Think Thin Protein Smoothie Mix, 1.55 oz. – (Buy a pack of 4 for $9.99)

This powder is flavored with banana, peanut butter, cashews, peanuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, and almond protein. All you have to do is put the mix in the blender, add some milk or water, and some ice. I added a bit more milk than what the packaging called for because I felt that mine looked a little too thick at first. While I really enjoyed this mix, I don’t know of a protein shake is for me. I could have made it incorrectly, but I was getting too much of a powder like texture in a few sips. It also had a strong peanut flavor that was a little overpowering. I think next time I would maybe add some fresh banana or honey to break up the thickness of the peanut flavor more.

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Kakookie Cashew Blondie, 1.69 oz. – (Buy a box of 12 for $24.89)

I have to say I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like this cookie when I saw the packaging say no wheat, no dairy, no egg. Isn’t that everything that makes a cookie so delicious? I was wrong though, this cookie was incredible! The cashews provided a creaminess that made this cookie so soft and sweet. You also get a ton of the chia seed and flaxseed flavors, which also provide a lovely sweetness and light crunch. This really is a cookie reimagined and boy did I love it!

Verdict: This was my first time trying the Love with Food Gluten Free box and I loved how many of the brands featured were new to me! It is always so great taste testing foods that have ingredients that I don’t usually eat, and I loved that this box got me baking with the muffin mix. An added bonus is that Love With Food also donates a portion of the proceeds to help fight childhood hunger in the US and around the world (like Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network), so you can feel good that your snacking habits help at least a little bit! I received 10 snacks in this month’s box, which calculates out to about $2.49 per snack for the $24.99 monthly fee. While I don’t think many of the snacks featured would cost that much on their own, you are receiving a great mix of snacks for your whole family to enjoy. Even though the value is a bit lower, you most likely would spend more on each item at the grocery store since these snacks featured all natural ingredients that tend to have a higher price point. I love that Love with Food is bringing new brands and healthy snacks right to your door, I know my family and I really learned a lot about what types of snacks we can eat without the guilt!

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Written by Taryn Lowman

Taryn Lowman

Taryn’s passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

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  1. I just wanted to point out that while I love snap pea crisps as much as the next guy, each crisp is not actually a baked whole green pea as stated! These are actually a processed snack made up of ground up whole peas formed into the shape of a peapod! So not a heck of a lot healthier than a lot of other chips, although I do appreciate the higher fiber and protein content. Cheers!

  2. My sister is a celiac and I’ve always tried to help find her snacks and I took one look at the picture of all of the items in the box and instantly thought, “There’s no way that’s worth $25.” The only way I could justify it would be that they’re absorbing the cost of the shipping in that amount. Perhaps we’re lucky living in California where there are more merchants available who carry gluten-free products that don’t break the bank (skip Whole Foods and go to either Trader Joe’s or Sprouts and you’re not going to be paying $6.99 for a box of crackers. In fact – our local 99 Cent Only Stores frequently carry gluten-free products, some of which were represented in this box, like the Pop Corners).

    It bums me out that there are some companies taking advantage of people who are opting to eat gluten-free because of dietary trends and not true allergen factors by charging them more. Because we’ve had to search out gluten-free options LONG before it became an “in” thing, we’re a little better versed on how to find affordable options in my family. I recommend people do a little more research on food rather than just grab whatever products are located in the gluten-free aisle. Plus, if you’re not aware of other cooking factors (like Ragan mentioned, to be truly gluten-free, you have to be mindful of the cookware you use – for example, having a toaster specifically for gluten-free bread and not one cross-contaminated with traditional breads), you’re not truly being gluten-free.

  3. For some reason my comment was not posted, was that done on purpose because it was negative? I’m going to try again. This happens more and more!

    I have to disagree with this review being great. I’m sorry, but you didn’t include the actual value of any of the snacks, but rather just told how much a full size would cost. If you had included the actual value, we couple all plainly see how short this box falls in value. It’s not even close to being worth $24.99 a month, but you gave it rave reviews as if it was! And furthermore, that cookie doesn’t even say gluten free. It says “wheat free”. And while some celiacs, such as myself, can enjoy GLUTEN FREE oats on occasion, at no time are plain rolled oats EVER acceptable for someone with celiac disease, as they are most certainly contaminated with gluten both in harvesting and processing. That cookie should have never been included in the box. I got this box in a sale for $12.59 and it wasn’t even worth that. I don’t recommend it at all, and they are certainly trying to rip off people who do have celiac disease. There has been a definite trend lately with msa posting reviews only in a positive light, rather than in an honest light, and I’m disappointed!

  4. I think Welch’s Fruit Rolls are super sticky. They stuck to the wrapper, my fingers and my teeth.

    • I agree. I didn’t like them.

      I have to say though, this box is much better than the deluxe box I received. Wish I would of switched to gluten-free now.

  5. I have to disagree with this review being great. I’m sorry, but you didn’t include the actual value of any of the snacks, but rather just told how much a full size would cost. If you had included the actual value, we couple all plainly see how short this box falls in value. It’s not even close to being worth $24.99 a month, but you gave it rave reviews as if it was! And furthermore, that cookie doesn’t even say gluten free. It says “wheat free”. And while some celiacs, such as myself, can enjoy GLUTEN FREE oats on occasion, at no time are plain rolled oats EVER acceptable for someone with celiac disease, as they are most certainly contaminated with gluten both in harvesting and processing. That cookie should have never been included in the box. I got this box in a sale for $12.59 and it wasn’t even worth that. I don’t recommend it at all, and they are certainly trying to rip off people who do have celiac disease. There has been a definite trend lately with msa posting reviews only in a positive light, rather than in an honest light, and I’m disappointed!

    • Hi Ellbee,

      Thanks for the feedback. We recently made the decision to change how we show prices in food reviews – you’ll be seeing this across the board soon.

      In general, we were having a difficult time figuring out the best way to represent food values in a consistent manner. It wasn’t as easy as beauty samples because while you typically can’t buy a beauty sample from a retailer you often can buy a single meal bar, a snack-sized bag of chips, etc. For example, a six pack of energy bars might cost $4.99, but if you were to buy a single bar at a grocery store, it would be $1.99.

      We decided in order to be consistent, we would list the full-size with value for each food item, then at the end of the review, do a breakdown based on snack #: “at $24.99 for 10 items, you are paying $2.49 a snack.” The hope is that that is a good way for readers to get a sense of value, and it will be easier to compare food boxes to each other.

      I hope that makes sense!

      • Yes, I see that now at the bottom. At $2.49 per snack, this box is just a huge rip off. Can you imagine paying $2.49 for two little pieces of candy, or 3 fruit rolls, or that tiny bag of pea crisps? The only thing worth over that in the box was the muffin mix. So I still feel like the reviews are being overly positive on certain boxes which are clearly horrible values. And I have had 3 comments of mine never show up in various reviews, and not all negative. I leave positive reviews too! For example a few days ago I wrote “awesome!” on the loot wearables ghostbusters jacket, which never showed up. But when it happens on a negative, it sorta feels like it’s on purpose to limit people stating the honest truth. Or sometimes, the negative reviews show up way late, giving time of the review to be a few pages old by then. I hope to see msa stay an honest place to see honest reviews of subscription boxes!

        • I apologize for the delay in comments getting posted. We’ve been behind on comment approval this past week – completely my fault, and I’m sorry. I see all your comments are appearing now, but please let me know if anything is missing. (I believe since you are commenting with a newer IP address than you’ve used in the past the system wasn’t auto-approving your comments)

          And we appreciate feedback on all boxes whether or not it is positive. We never tell our reviewers to write positive reviews – only honest ones. If a review feels overly positive to you, your feedback is always welcome and appreciated in the comments. The feedback from MSA readers is what makes this site so useful, and helps give potential subscribers the best overall picture of a box. Thank you!

          • Thank you! I appreciate the answers and responses, too. I’ll try to be more patient and not Jump to conclusions! You can remove my double post here since the first one showed up.

          • Thank you for being so understanding 🙂

  6. I can’t believe the gluten free box costs more than the deluxe box that has more in it! That’s just taking advantage of people whose bodies don’t understand gluten isn’t some sort of alien invader.

    And, just to clarify, the snapped crisps are mainly other stuff with some pea chucked in, and are extruded. They are tasty, but not simply baked pea pods. In fact I don’t think they are baked at all, I think they are sort of dehydrated.

    A lot of people with celiacs can’t have oats either (myself included) so I would have been pretty bummed to get that muffin mix! Teff can also be cross reactive, though I’ve never had an issue with it.

    • no, it really doesn’t have less in it. And the items look much better in my opinion.

    • Gluten free food is usually more expensive to buy in stores so it is not surprising to me that this box costs more. Being truly GF requires special processing on separate equipment and is usually made in smaller batches than the gluten-containing counterpart items (due to a lower demand), so it is more expensive to produce GF food. I see GF crackers at Whole Foods for like $6.99 a box with less package weight than similar but non-GF crackers that run something like $3.69 a box for more product. Brown rice pasta costs more than whole wheat pasta. Etc.

  7. I like that you actually made the mixes that came with the box! Thanks for the great review!

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