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.
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The Products: Snacks that are organic, natural, and/or free from artificial ingredients.
Ships to: The US (free), and many other countries at varying rates.
Love With Food Deluxe February 2020 Box Review
The box comes with a card. It did not have anything printed on the back this time:
On to the items:
I think that in one of the popular diets (keto maybe? but I could be wrong) there is a thing with sipping broth, which is what I suppose this is, although you could also use it to cook with if the dish you were making was compatible with the turmeric and ginger. Seeing as I am a vegetarian and not a fan of sipping broth, I was not able to try this, but I did smell it, and it smelled a little sweet, which would probably make it more palatable for drinking (I don't think there's sugar, I think that's just a scent association with the ginger). Bone broth also has a lot of collagen, which may help improve the condition of the skin and nails when consumed orally.
Cleverly No-Grain-Ola When Honey Met Maple (1 oz) - Buy 12, 1.5 oz bags for $30
This appears to have been completely re-branded so I'm guessing this is old packaging? But there's no mistaking that flavor name, it's the same product. This is grain-free "granola" and I think it must be aimed at the Paleo diet, where honey is OK but grain is not. (It is hard keeping track of all of these diets.) It seems to be mostly nut pieces and seeds, and that would be great (they taste good and I do eat a lot of nuts and seeds) except that it seems this was milled to a fine powder using some kind of industrial device, the average particle size is so small (like flour -- you see only the bigger bits in the second photo).
Zeezee's products turn up all the time in Love With Food. They seem aimed at kids but most are actually pretty good. "Spicy" is open to interpretation, though, as these seemed fairly plain to me -- there was flavor, but it wasn't super strong. Snacks like this are good for nut-free schools, too.
Just the Cheese Grilled Cheese (0.8 oz) - Buy 12 for $23.88
I am thinking this is another keto snack. It is basically freeze-dried cheese. I always get kind of excited to see stuff like this (I like cheese, even though I am about as far from keto as you can get -- I ate 250 grams of carbs today) but it is SO SALTY that I could never finish a whole serving. But that is OK, since I tend to share snack box contents with my husband.
This is unusual. It is sweetened with sugar alcohols and stevia and has no added sugar and that is actually not the problem. (I am not usually a stevia fan but I find it to be much better in foods than in drinks.) It's the caramel that's the problem, there is a fine line between "caramel" and "burnt sugar" and this is a little too far over into "burnt sugar" territory for me. I would be willing to try other flavors from this brand though, as it seems like the kind of thing that would not be the same in every flavor.
Pretzel Pete Mini Twists Cheese Pizza Seasoned Pretzels (0.8 oz) - Buy 10 for $12 (found here for $10)
I like pretzels and I like cheese and I can't really eat pizza anymore because it is too fatty and the combination of cheese and tomato sauce gives me major acid reflux. So my opinion may be a bit skewed. But I think there really is some kind of pizza spice here (probably just generic Italian seasoning) and a light dusting of cheese powder and it was a combination that really worked.
Welch's Fruit Snacks Superfruit Mix (0.8 oz) - Buy 10 for $7.64
Oh, this again. It shows up EVERY MONTH LATELY. I can't even eat it because it has gelatin, but my husband doesn't mind them so I pass them along to him. I don't think he is really the target market, as a 42-year-old man who is not a father, but he thinks they taste as expected for a snack like this and he is always puzzled as to why a supermarket brand shows up in snack subscription boxes.
Chomps Chomplings Beef (0.5 oz) - Buy 24 for $28
This one I had to pass along to someone else because although my husband will eat fruit snacks, he will not eat meat sticks. I noticed it said "used" on the packaging and I still have no idea what that means except that (1) it does not appear to be a mistake because the pictures on the company website also say that and (2) the people who work here seem to be a fun group. These are made from grass-fed beef and they should be suitable for both keto and Paleo diets (I think?).
Darrell Lea Real Twists Strawberry Candy (1.7 oz) - Buy 10 oz for $4.99
When I was taking photographs for this review I opened this package and it smelled amazing. Like the sweetest, fruitiest smell I'd experienced in a long time. I wanted to eat them immediately, but I resisted. Anyway, they are good, but the flavor is not really comparable with the smell; it's much weaker. These are kind of like a strawberry licorice but a bit tougher (and more tart) than Twizzlers.
I feel like we've had these before but it might've been a different flavor, and it's been awhile. This breaks easily, which is why you only see half in the second picture. But it also melts in your mouth in a good way and I like that the serving size isn't enormous. The pistachios are a nice touch, both in terms of texture and color.
Health Warrior Chia Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (0.88 oz) - Buy 15 Bars for $17.99
As mentioned earlier, I share food box snacks with my husband, and I usually just divide things in half without telling him what they are. After he ate this, I told him it was supposed to taste like chocolate chip cookie dough and he said "0 for 2." We could not detect any chocolate and this did not resemble cookie dough. I assume Health Warrior is naming flavors this way to compare themselves to competing products, but there's just no way a chia bar can ever have a cookie dough texture. This is gritty like all chia bars but less so than what I remember about Health Warrior bars I've had in the past. I think this could work well with a fruity flavor instead.
Parm Crisps (0.63 oz) - Buy 12, 1.75 oz bags for $39.88
I have basically the same thing to say about these as I do about the earlier freeze-dried cheese snacks. I ate them on separate days because I don't think I could take that much dried cheese otherwise. The flavors were pretty similar but it might be easier to get ahold of this brand because the Just the Cheese ones were out of stock on their own website.
Clif Whole Lotta Bar, Salted Dark Chocolate (1.98 oz) - Retail Value $2.99
I've had these before and they are OK but not something I would probably choose as they are kind of dry and a little tough as well. It may be a function of trying to go all organic and minimize the number of ingredients. Every time I receive one of these I can't help but think of when Clif and KIND were fighting on Twitter. (Here is one example.) I think it is probably the pea protein on top of the nuts and seeds that makes it a little dry -- some of those alternative proteins soak up a lot of moisture.
Herr's Potato Chips (0.5 oz) - Buy 42, 1 oz bags for $21
This also appears to have undergone a packaging change. These are just ripple potato chips and that is fine by me. I like potato chips (even plain ones) and I don't buy them often so I maybe get them once a month or something in a snack subscription box. I would not say there is any reason to go out of your way to order these when you can buy lots of other comparable brands of potato chips in a local store, however.
Kind Dark Chocolate and Oats Simple Crunch (1.4 oz) - Buy 20 bars for $12.21
My husband thought this was a Nature Valley bar (you know, those crunchy/hard granola bars that come two in a package). It does bear a striking resemblance, complete with all the crumbles as you eat it. But at the same time, it makes sense as a line extension for KIND as it really fits in with a lot of other things they offer. The chocolate was detectable here.
Verdict: There were 15 items in the February 2020 Love With Food Deluxe Box. Some, like the Welch's fruit snacks and the Whole Lotta bar, were exact repeats, but there were a few new things I'd never tried before. I think my favorites were the pretzels and the sunflower kernels; although I am a chocolate fiend lately (I may have eaten multiple Reese's peanut butter eggs today) I do often gravitate towards savory snacks. This was a decent box for me although I'm a little bummed that a full 20% of it was not vegetarian. (Not that it promises to be, but there seems to be a real uptick in meat sticks in the past six months.)
To Wrap Up:
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Value Breakdown: At $19.95 for this box, you are paying about $1.33 per item.
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What do you think of the February 2020 Love With Food box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?