RawSpiceBar Quarterly Spice Subscription Review + Coupon – Fall 2017


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Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Exterior Packaging

RawSpiceBar has launched a new quarterly subscription that includes larger sizes of their freshly ground custom spice blends! With this subscription, you’ll receive 6 new spices each quarter. Each packet weighs in at about 1 oz, which is enough for you to cook 2 meals per week with 3-4 servings each.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - First Peek

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.)

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Full Review & Unboxing

The Subscription Box: RawSpiceBar Quarterly Spice Kit

The Cost: $26 per quarter ($22/box if you prepay annually)

COUPON: Use coupon code FULLSPICEADDICTION to save $6 on your first box!

The Products: “You’ll get 6 freshly ground spices & blends (1 oz), each quarter. Enough to keep your spice cabinet super fresh & cook 2 meals/week for 4. Change it up with a totally new spice kit next quarter! Plus, plenty of seasonal recipes for all diets- just add fresh, local ingredients!”

Ships to: U.S. (with free shipping) and international (for an additional fee).

Good to Know: You can buy individual spices from RawSpiceBar’s Shop, too!

Check out all of our RawSpiceBar reviews and visit the Food Subscription Box Directory for more food boxes!

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Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Welcome Card

I’ve been reviewing the smaller monthly envelope from RawSpiceBar for awhile and have really enjoyed it. The spice blends are super unique and always taste incredibly fresh.

One of my constant complaints, however, was that I’d often want to make a meal more than once, but the spice packets were essentially made for one-and-done type recipes. This new quarterly subscription comes with bigger packages of spices in a resealable envelope, so it’s pretty much exactly what I asked for!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Welcome Card

They’ve done away with including recipes in the box it seems. Instead, you can find them online or sent to you via e-mail.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - How it Works

The paper pouches are resealable (see more below!), but RawSpiceBar does suggest peeling off the labels and sticking them to a glass jar if you like. Love that!

 Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Favorite Things Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - QuoteRaw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - More Info

Finally, we have a reminder about how to get in touch with customer service and about the subscriber discount in their online shop.

I can’t wait to dig into this season’s selections!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Salt Free Greek Seasoning

Salt-Free Greek Seasoning, 0.75 oz

First off, can we talk about this beautiful packaging? I am a fan! It’s resealable (read: functional!), doesn’t create a lot of excess waste, and still has the fun bright colors that the old envelopes had.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Salt Free Greek Seasoning

This Greek seasoning is made from some of the usual suspects (garlic, oregano, thyme, parsley, etc) but also includes a bit of lemon peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg!

I honestly haven’t made a ton of Greek food, so I think those last three ingredients are a little unique, but I’m not totally sure. What I do know is that this seasoning smells delicious! I can smell the cinnamon a bit but it’s not overpowering when you taste it.

RawSpiceBar suggests using this to season a simple Greek salad, or for veggie skewers on the grill.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Unpumpkin Pie Spice

Unpumpkin Pie Spice, 1.1 oz

‘Tis the season for this spice blend!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Unpumpkin Pie Spice

Again, this smells amazing! The black peppercorns and star anise seem to give this a bit of a bite and an edge compared to your standard McCormick blend.

I’m eyeing these Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars myself. Do you make your own granola? So easy and so good!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Punjabi Garam Masala

Punjabi Garam Masala, 1.1 oz

I love trying new masala blends, and this one is so unique.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Punjabi Garam Masala

The cinnamon is less subtle in this blend, but there’s something about it that’s almost a bit floral, too. Maybe it’s the green cardamom?

Whatever the case may be, this one smells so fresh and totally unique compared to everything else in my spice drawer. There are some really beautiful looking recipes for this spice too, though right now I’m totally craving the coconut curry lentil soup. Yum!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Kashmir Chiles Tandoori

Kashmir Chiles Tandoori, 0.9 oz

This blend, on the other hand, is hot hot hot!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Kashmir Chiles Tandoori

There is a blend of Kashmiri and cayenne chiles topping off the list of ingredients of this one, rounded out with more cinnamon, green cardamom, peppercorn, ginger, and more. I definitely had to drink some water after I sampled this, but I also totally wanted to go back for more.

This chana masala recipe might be what I make using this… I love chana masala, and it’s one of the few meals I can make without a recipe (though I usually use chickpeas instead of the veggies suggested here).

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Freshly Ground Chiles Taco

Freshly Ground Chiles Taco Seasoning, 1.1 oz

If there’s a dish my family loves, it’s definitely tacos. We eat them at least once a week for dinner.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Freshly Ground Chiles Taco

This blend looks and smells amazing! Check out those big flakes of chiles! There are four varieties in this spice mix, along with the usual spices like cumin, oregano, and coriander that I’d expect in a taco seasoning.

I think it’s important to note here that there’s no salt in this mix. If you’re watching your salt intake, it can be hard to find premade taco seasoning without it!

All of these recipes look great, but I have two words for you: chocolate chili. Definitely on my list for this fall.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Shichimi Togarashi

Shichimi Togarashi, 0.9 oz

A.k.a. “Japanese seven-spice blend,” this seasoning is totally new to me. This one has eight ingredients, but they are all part of the traditional inclusions in a togarashi, according to Wikipedia.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - Shichimi Togarashi

So beautiful! This was spicier than I expected, too, with its very vibrant red chile flakes. I love poppyseed and everything bagel seasoning, and this is like an amped up version with a bit of seaweed and orange zest added. I cannot wait to cook with this and try some of these unusual recipes!

For my first test though, I went with something I knew my husband and toddler would eat: tacos, using the Freshly Ground Chiles Taco Seasoning!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - We made tacos!

I followed the recipe RawSpiceBar had online for the Turkey Taco Bowls. This includes ground turkey, black beans, tomato, onion, and red pepper. I love including some veggies with my taco meat, so this recipe was perfect for us!

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - We made tacos!

You can see some big flakes of chili pepper in there if you look closely. This mix was really, really good! I personally think I could have added more salt (since there is none included in the seasoning itself), but the flavor had so much more depth compared to my usual method of making tacos with a few shakes of generic chili powder thrown in.

Raw Spice Bar Quarterly Spice Subscription - We made tacos!

It’s so hard to take beautiful photos of tacos! Not to mention that we only had fajita sized tortillas on hand. But seriously, these were delicious. And the best part is that this dinner serves four as a burrito bowl type meal (probably more like six if you do it like tacos, as we did)–AND I still have enough left in this seasoning packet to make this again.

Verdict: RawSpiceBar’s Quarterly Spice Subscription is a winner for me. I love having their fresh spice blends in resealable packages! I also really like that since the subscription is quarterly, I’m not feeling any pressure to use these all right away. This makes it easier to incorporate them into my regular meal planning and shopping routine, since I don’t need to try a lot of new adventurous recipes all the time if I’m not feeling it, but I still have tons of time to use these up before my next box arrives.

This new quarterly subscription breaks down to about $8.33 per month. That’s a pretty modest increase over the $8/month price tag for the smaller monthly subscription. And that small increase translates into what I see as being a lot of big benefits for folks who (like me) enjoy cooking at home and exploring lots of new flavors.

To Wrap Up:

If I sign up today, can I still get this box? Yes, this is the current batch of spices that RawSpiceBar is shipping now. (We aren’t sure when this collection will expire.)

DEAL: Use coupon code FULLSPICEADDICTION to save $6 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $26 for this box for 6 spice blends (which are about 1 oz each), you’re paying about $4.33 per spice. (Each packet is enough to make about two meals with three to four servings each, so that’s about $0.54-$0.72 per serving.)

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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 Canadian Subscription Box Reviews, Food Subscription Boxes, RawSpiceBar Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: rawspicebar quarterly spice kit | 9 comments

9 Comments

  1. I rx’d a gift subscription for christmas. when i went to redeem it, it was very difficult to figure out how to do so. i filled out a profile, put in my preferences, registered for recipes etc. finally, after reading every FAQ etc, I was able to get the order made. the spices arrived. all very interesting and useful. none that i knew how to use. so, i came back to the website to get some good recipes. searched for Ras al Hanout recipes (one of the spices I was sent). no recipes available at all. in fact, i’ve gotten no recipes by email for the spices i rx’d at all. fortunately, i was able to get some from other online sources, but really guys? also, i had what i thought was a monthly subscription but I got one package of six spice blends all in one go. will i get others? i don’t know. there was no information provided along with the shipment at all. what i have received is about 2 emails a week asking me to buy more of the spices that i don’t know how to use. wow. I’d say this review is not likely to see the light of day, so I’ll post it on Yelp, Google, FB or elsewhere also. hope you guys get it figured out!

    • Mine always come with recipe cards/sheets.

    • Oops – Sorry -my mistake. I always get recipes with the other subscription – I don’t have this one.

  2. I received different spices- some are the same but others aren’t. And there are no recipes on the website for some of them so I’m not sure how to use them.

  3. I’m going to resubscribe. I love their blends and recipes and discounts

  4. I loved their smaller spice packets and am so sad they are no longer available! I love this idea, but at this price point it makes more sense to just experiment with new spices at my local Penzys.

    • I actually just checked Penzey’s for comparison yesterday! The prices are close if you sign up month to month (around $4 for a ~1 oz spice depending on what you’re buying) so if you commit to a year, this sub is cheaper. I am pretty indecisive when it comes to trying new things, so the surprise element is why I really enjoy this box vs just shopping for spices. But man… I do love Penzey’s, everything always smells sooooo good.

  5. This looks good but seems expensive. over $4 for each bag of spices, that could be a significant portion of the total meal cost for something that doesn’t add much nutritional value?
    i think i would try it if the price point was lower, since i can grow herbs and supplement with containers of whole spices from the local grocery store that can be fresh ground for lower than the price of this quarterly package.

    • $4 per ~1 oz of spices is comparable to higher-end brands like Penzey’s, but yeah you can certainly find spices at the grocery store or grow your own for less. For me, this box is more about trying new things and learning new recipes than it is about saving money 🙂 I love cooking but I get stuck in a rut sometimes, and this always gives me something new to try.

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