Love with Food Deluxe Box Review + Coupon – December 2018
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 for $9.99 per month, a Deluxe Box with 16-20 snacks for $19.95 per month, and a Gluten-free Box with 10-15 gluten-free snacks for $24.99 per month.
This review is of the Deluxe, $19.95 a month, box.
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The Subscription Box: Love with Food Deluxe Box
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Love with Food Deluxe December 2018 Box Review
The information card has changed yet again, probably due to Love with Food getting bought out by Snacknation, so there aren’t really themes anymore, but that’s OK since the themes didn’t really seem to mean much anyway:
There weren’t a ton of savory snacks this month, but we did receive these almonds. I’m not often a fan of smoked flavors (I seem to have issues with umami tastes, in general) but I think it worked here. Also kind of glad to get something that’s not “sea salt” flavor for once.
I put these on the “free snacks” table at work because I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years. (Love with Food is usually mostly, if not all, vegetarian, but they don’t make any promises.) They disappeared quickly so I guess they were well-liked.
Foodstirs Minute Mug Cake Mix in Molten Chocolate Chip (2.65 oz) – Buy 4 Pouches for $5.99
This was not bad for a microwave cake mix. The mug you use will probably need a little soaking afterward as this stuck to the sides quite a bit (made it hard to remove for sharing with my husband, who eats half of each food subscription box snack with me). I am not sure I buy into the philosophy of purchasing a mug cake mix, though. The first time I heard of mug cakes, I was having a cake craving and didn’t want to go to Target (the closest store at the time) and I looked up whether cake could be made in the microwave and then I scrounged stuff from my kitchen to actually make the cake and I sort of feel like that act of desperate scrounging is more in line with actual mug cake (as opposed to something all pre-measured in a tidy pouch).
Funky Chunky in Sea Salt Caramel (2 oz) – Retail Value $3.50
This was more “toffee” than “caramel” to me but it was a good combination of flavors. There was a lot of chocolate this month but I will not complain. In the past, Love with Food has sent chocolate in like August and I get melty messes in the mailbox, so I am happy they decided to pack it into a colder month this time. The popcorn did have that prepackaged popcorn texture (like in those giant tins that come out around the holidays) but overall I was a fan of this.
Joyfuls Chocolate Treats in Dark Chocolate with Cranberries, Almonds, and Pink Himalayan Salt – Buy 6, 4 oz Bags for $36.99
I don’t have any idea what size this was, or how many calories were in it, because that information was missing from the package. (I would strongly encourage food companies to post complete Nutrition Facts panels even on sample sizes as this information is important to some of us.) Anyway, it was pretty tasty and the individual package could be useful to keep you from eating too many of them.
Good Day Chocolate Vitamin D3 Supplement (1 oz) – Buy an 80 Count Bottle for $23.99
I have seen these in the checkout line at Whole Foods but never purchased one before. I’m not sure that I need to supplement with vitamin D3 (I just got bloodwork back for the year and my doctor said it was really good) but this could be a more pleasant way to do so than swallowing giant pills. D3 is fat soluble, though, which means it sticks around in the body and you *can* overdose on it, so don’t eat too many of these at once. These were just basic candy-coated chocolates, otherwise.
We received these in a different flavor last month and my opinion is basically the same. I could never really get into roasted edamame-type snacks because I find them bland, and even though goji berries were in the name of this snack, there aren’t very many. There were also only two almonds in the whole package. I don’t have anything against trail mix, I just didn’t find this one very exciting.
We have received several other varieties of dried fruit from this brand before. I remember thinking the apricots were excellent, and these figs were pretty good, too. Somehow they are able to dry these to exactly the right point.
This has more pear than blueberry (pear is a cheap filler in items of this type; you’ll also often see apple serving the same purpose) and has kind of a lot of sugar, but it’s natural fruit sugar as opposed to added sugar and the ingredients are pretty minimal. This seems more like a kid item to me (but you will always get a few kid items in Love with Food).
4th and Heart Ghee Butter in California Garlic (0.7 oz) – Buy 9 oz for $12.99
We received this in a different flavor last month. My husband and I are planning a curry-style dinner for later this week so I am holding on to this as I think it will work well there.
Garden of Life Organic Fit High Protein Weight Loss Bar in Chocolate Almond Brownie (55g) – Buy 12 Bars for $35.40 (found here for $28.32)
Garden of Life bars have been in a lot of food and fitness boxes in the past few months. I often complain about the texture and it seems like they *tried* to work on the texture here by adding chopped almonds, but they still don’t quite get to where they need to be. The bar itself doesn’t taste bad, but it really, really sticks to your teeth and I feel that adding something to make it a bit chewier would help a lot.
The Organic Candy Factory Organic Gummy Cubs (3 oz) – Retail Value $19.95
I don’t understand the pricing here but it is straight from the manufacturer’s website. It’s entirely unclear if you get one bag of this size, or a larger bag, or a multi-pack of bags for $19.95. They need to clarify because I absolutely would not pay $19.95 for 3 oz of gummy bears, even if they are free of gelatin as these are. These were sweet, not tart or sour, and I was happy to get some that were vegetarian (even vegan) for once, as I can’t eat most Love With Food gummies.
I think this is just a miniature version of a Jimmy Bar (and those make the rounds of the food subscription boxes every few years). I’m a fan of chocolate and peanut butter and if I was looking for more of a snack or energy bar (as opposed to a straight protein bar), I would consider these. These have a chewy texture that works a lot better than the Garden of Life bar from above.
This is pretty much what it sounds like, a berry-flavored granola bar. They are gluten-free and although they promise a lot of vegetable content if you look at the ingredients list, the things like carrots are pretty far down the list and probably don’t contribute much, nutritionally.
We’ve been getting a lot of pretzels from Love With Food lately. These are plain but they offered a nice counterpoint to the many, many sweet snacks this month. I don’t have a lot of incentive to choose these over another brand because most pretzels are very similar to these, but I did enjoy them.
Ocean’s Halo Sriracha Seaweed Snack (0.14 oz) – Buy 12 for $14.99
This probably puts me in a serious minority but I was hoping to get more Ocean’s Halo seaweed snacks. In fact, I had just ordered two cases of these and two of another flavor from Amazon earlier in the same day I received this box. I would not have considered buying sriracha-flavored seaweed but I had gotten a free sample of these in another box from Ocean’s Halo and found that I liked them. I have been eating seaweed every weekday with lunch to get a bit more iodine in my diet (although I wasn’t deficient, my thyroid hormone levels are now a bit better compared to the same time last year) since I don’t eat fish and don’t add salt to my food after cooking. I am totally going to do all my reviews now and use points to get more of these from the Rewards Pantry. I also like these because you feel like you are eating a lot but they are 20 calories or under.
Sunny Street Waffles (80g) – Buy 8 for $15.99
This is a protein waffle and the added protein makes the texture unexpected. They *look* like Belgian waffles but they don’t have that sweet crust. They are actually pretty bready/starchy so have a drink nearby (it’s that kind of starchiness that can stick in your throat if you’re not careful). It wasn’t bad, but I think I’d prefer to get my protein in a different way.
Verdict: There were 18 items in the December 2018 Love with Food Deluxe Box (counting the beef sticks as two separate items). This is an improvement over the last few months when there were fewer than 15 items per month. Some items were new flavors of brands we’d received before, and that is fine with me. Most of the items were new to me and I don’t mind a large amount of chocolate since this is the best time of year to send it without melting! I know this probably makes me weird, but I am also really glad to see the seaweed snacks in the Rewards Pantry (most people don’t seem to like them much) because I have a lot of points saved up and it’s an item I’d normally buy anyway.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $19.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.11 per item.
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What do you think of the December 2018 Love with Food box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?