Love with Food Deluxe Box Review + Coupon – August 2019
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 three subscription box options:
- A smaller Tasting box with 7+ snacks for $9.99 a month
- A Deluxe box with 15+ snacks for $19.95 a month
- A Gluten-Free box with 10+ gluten-free snacks for $24.99 a month
This review is of the Deluxe box, which is $19.95/month.
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About Love with Food
The Subscription Box: Love with Food
The Cost: $19.95 a month for the Deluxe box. Save with longer subscriptions.
The Products: Snacks that are organic, natural, and/or free from artificial ingredients.
Ships to: the US (free), and many other countries. See the full list here.
Love with Food Deluxe Box August 2019 Review
The information card isn’t super informative anymore.
There is often product literature or coupons. Usually it relates to items in the box, but sometimes it doesn’t. If you’re curious about Naked Wines, Megan can give you the full report.
You should think of this pretty much as a cookie and you’ll be happier that way. This is lower in sugar than I would expect, but it does still have a fair amount, and although it has a little bit of whole grain flour, it has a lot of non-whole-grain flour as well. But it is soft and pretty tasty and it didn’t fall apart when I opened the package and those are all good things. I am pretty sure this is a repeat item.
Bobo’s Oat Bites in Coconut (1.3 oz) – Buy 30 for $26.94
This is another repeat item. It is tasty but rather high in fat because of the coconut content (it is whole grain for real, though!). These don’t have calorie information on the individual packages and I wish they did as they are actually 160 calories each, which is rather a lot for something so small (the oat bar up above was only 140 for the whole thing). These are gluten-free if that is of concern to you. These also do not fall apart in the package, unlike some 100% coconut cookies, so that is nice.
Crunchsters Bar-B-Q (1.3 oz) – Buy 6 Bags for $9.99
I am pretty sure we got this just a month or two ago in the same flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I do like BBQ flavors in savory snacks. These are sprouted mung beans and they are tiny. I wasn’t sure the best way to eat them so my husband and I ended up pouring them into small bowls and eating with a spoon. If you were just going to snack on them, I’d think you could just cut open the pouch and pour them into your mouth. They’re too small to be finger food. These have a lot of fiber and protein and potassium as well as some other minerals.
Prince of Peace Peanut Butter Ginger Chews (3 oz) – Retail Value $1.99
And here is another item we’ve had before. The peanut butter is noticeable but not overwhelming (you couldn’t have too much or they’d cease to be ginger chews) and I think it makes this variety a little less sticky than some of the others, which is good. (Watch your dental work, though.) These seem to be out of stock in a lot of places right now.
Kodiak Cakes Bear Bites Frontier Graham Crackers in Honey (1.06 oz) – Buy 9 oz for $5.50
This was a new item for me. It is whole grain and has some added protein from milk (it also has honey and egg whites, so it is vegetarian but not vegan and also not gluten-free). These tasted and had the texture of regular graham crackers (basically) but with more protein. I am sure it would defeat the point of whatever diet these were intended for, but I think they would work pretty well as a cheesecake crust if you crumbled them up.
Grenade Carb Killa Go Nuts Protein Bar in Salted Peanut (1.41 oz) – Retail Value $2.19
This company makes some protein bars I can’t have because they have gelatin, but this is vegan so I tried it. It doesn’t have as much flavor as I would have hoped, but it isn’t terrible and it is nicely balanced in terms of protein, fat, and fiber. The chocolate part on the bottom separated from the nut part after about one bite; I don’t think they’re connected well. This item was also new for me.
Janis and Melanie Key Lime Cookies (1.5 oz) – Retail Value $2.10
This is an item we’ve had from Love with Food several times before. I do like them and am never sad to see them but I wonder if they are taking up space in the box that could be used for something new. I should order from Janis and Melanie’s website because they have some cheese straws and some other cookies I also like a lot.
These are vegan and gluten-free and the idea is supposed to be that they are balanced in macronutrients but in practice what that seems to mean is they are high in protein and relatively high in starch and have less fat and fiber than I would expect. Unfortunately, the manufacturer was apparently so focused on ingredients and nutrition that texture was neglected – although these taste good, they did not have a pleasant texture. It’s hard to explain, but it was kind of like chewing on old bread that had been toasted to make croutons, but maybe not for long enough? This was a new item for me, though.
Tillamook Country Smoker Original Smoked Meat Stick (1 oz) – Buy 24 for $27.60 (found here for $24)
I am a vegetarian and my husband is not into meat snacks, so I handed this off to someone who would appreciate it a bit more. It seemed well-received. Please note that this does contain nitrites if that is something you are watching out for.
Orgain Kids Protein Nutritional Shake in Chocolate (8.25 oz) – Buy 12 for $24.99
I don’t know why kids would need protein shakes, but I guess if you struggle with a picky eater this could be useful, because there are also vitamins and minerals. This has milk protein so it kind of tastes like chocolate milk, and I can see how that would be a draw for a kid as well. This reminds me a lot of the Orgain drinks for adults.
Paleo Puffs No Cheese Cheesiness (1 oz) – Buy 9, 5 oz Bags for $29.99
These have a 28g serving size and of that, 17g is starch (mostly from cassava but also some from sweet potato). I guess if you are eating the Paleo diet and craving something starchy, this would work for you. It’s also vegan and if you don’t eat cheese I think this might make you think a little bit of cheese, but I do eat cheese and this doesn’t really taste like cheese at all. I am honestly not much of a fan of these because I tend to prefer snacks with more fiber and protein to them, just in terms of texture and keeping me full for longer. This is a (multiple occurrence) repeat item.
Popcorners Kettle Corn (0.5 oz) – Buy 12, 7 oz Bags for $30
Here is another multiple-time repeat item with a texture and flavor combination I really don’t care for. I don’t mind some of the other flavors (i.e., the savory ones) of Popcorners but something doesn’t sit right with me about the kettle corn ones. These are gluten-free and vegan if that is of concern to you.
4505 Chicharrones Fried Pork Rinds in Classic Chili and Salt (1 oz) – Buy 6, 1 oz Bags for $15
I asked my husband if he wanted to try these and he said “no” pretty fast. So this is another one I had to pass off to someone else. These are pork rinds and although they say they are made from pork without antibiotics or added hormones, it’s actually illegal in the US to sell pork that has been raised with added hormones, so that part of the label is not necessary. The antibiotic thing is more important, though, since a lot of pigs in the US are treated with antibiotics to promote growth, etc.
This is another repeat item. (There were a LOT of repeat items this month.) I love stroopwafels, though, so I happily ate this. I just feel like I know about these already and it would be easy to buy more, and I’d prefer to learn about some new snacks.
Healthycell Bioactive Multi (1 serving) – Get 2 Free Packets (just pay $2.95 shipping and handling)
This is vegetarian and is supposed to be better at delivering vitamins and minerals in a bioavailable form. However, these packets are about $2 each which is actually quite a lot when I can get a year’s worth of multivitamin pills from Walgreens for like $12 during a sale. I tried it and it isn’t bad to just take as a shot (it can also be blended into a smoothie or food). But this really isn’t a product for me. I know there are people who want to take vitamins but can’t swallow large pills, and this could be quite useful for someone like that.
Welch’s Fruit Snacks Superfruit Mix (0.8 oz) – Buy 10 Packs for $9.95
These have gelatin but my husband was willing to try them. He said they were fine but he questioned why a common supermarket brand was in a food subscription box. (He says they’re the same ones his work used to keep on hand in the break room.) These are kind of high in sugar but they do provide a lot of vitamins A, C, and E, and the calories aren’t too bad. They are naturally colored, which is nice (no food dyes).
Zeezee’s Roasted Sunflower Kernels (1 oz) – Buy 48 for $26.50
This is another repeat item. I do like them, and they could be good for kids at peanut-free schools. Plus, they are not in the shells, which makes them a lot less work… Also they are pretty affordable, honestly, at only around 55 cents a bag.
Verdict: There were 17 items in the August 2019 Love with Food Deluxe Box. This was not the best month for me. There were a lot of repeats (Paleo Puffs, Popcorners, Crunchsters, Janis and Melanie cookies, Prince of Peace ginger chews, Zeezee’s sunflower seeds, stroopwafel, Bobo’s oat bite, possibly the Appleways bar, etc.), and at least three non-vegetarian items (Welch’s fruit snacks, pork rinds, meat sticks) and one item (the vitamins) that you can get in a larger size from the manufacturer as a free sample. I understand that this does not promise to be a vegetarian box, and I’m OK with passing off some items to family, coworkers, etc. if I can’t eat them. But it’s just that there wasn’t very much that was new for me to try this month and some of the repeats aren’t even from all that far in the past. On the plus side, at least they didn’t try to send much chocolate because melted chocolate in summer used to be a constant problem for Love with Food. Here’s crossing my fingers that next month will be a little better fit.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $19.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.17 per item.
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What do you think of the August 2019 Love with Food box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?