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.
ACTIVE DEAL: Get 40% off your first box! No coupon needed - just use this link.
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 April 2020 Box Review
The box comes with a card. I would say these have to do with themes but the snacks don't seem selected based on themes at all:
On to the items:
This is a repeat item but I do like them. And there is definitely something reminiscent of pizza about them, although they are not necessarily very cheesy. But something kind of like pizza sauce, so maybe a little tomato with some herbs, but also a hint of cheese? Anyway, these will probably give you bad breath so be careful where you are eating them (but then who is eating close to others these days?).
Love With Food frequently includes at least a few items meant to appeal to kids so Zee Zee's products show up a lot. But they are not all that bad. Only two of them were intact, but that tends to happen with most food subscription boxes. The strawberry flavor is a bit artificial-tasting (the ingredients say "natural flavors," but that doesn't mean it came from actual strawberry) but there is some whole grain in here and the color is from beet juice so there are some redeeming qualities (actually the flavor is not half bad, despite what I said about it earlier!).
Ever since Love With Food got bought by SnackNation, there has been a meat stick in every box. This is not something that will get eaten in my house (I am vegetarian and my husband doesn't eat these things) but whenever I go back to my office, I will put it in the free snack area and I'm sure one of the keto people will take it. I don't know if this is a repeat or not because I can't keep meat sticks straight from one another. The brand sounds familiar but it could've been a different flavor before.
Champion Raisels Sours, Watermelon Shock (0.7 oz) - Buy 60 bags for $29.99
I first expected this to be some kind of gummy fruit snack that I couldn't eat but in fact it is flavored raisins. Which I didn't know were a thing. I was a little suspicious until I tried them, but I discovered that I kind of like them. Since they are reasonably priced, I might even consider buying more. For the record, I do not typically just eat plain raisins and even though these are pretty sugary, the sugar is *mostly* natural from the fruit and I do think they're better for you than gummies or fruit snacks.
I got this very same item in the Vegancuts Snack Box this month. It is rare to find anything that is both vegan and keto-friendly. I don't normally eat much fat (you could best describe my diet as the opposite of keto, or "high carb, low fat") so the texture was a little unusual for me, but this was better than expected. I would probably opt for a different balance of macronutrients when I went shopping for bars, but it was all right to try and I wouldn't be opposed to sampling other flavors in future months.
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola Bar, Original (1.06 oz) - Buy 5 bars for $5.99
This appears to be vegan as well as gluten-free, but it does have oats, so it has a texture rather like other natural granola bars (I mean like the ones that are free of dyes and preservatives and such). I could taste a hint of cinnamon but it wasn't too strong and these should be good for most allergies although there are coconut-derived ingredients.
Bare Medley Pineapple and Coconut Chips (1.8 oz) - Buy 6 bags for $20.94
I always like coconut chips but I'd never seen this particular product before. The pineapple was maybe a bit crispier than when you usually get dried pineapple, so the pieces were of a similar size and shape to the coconut, which I think made the snack work a lot better -- you actually could get both fruits in every bite. I like both pineapple and coconut and there wasn't much else here (a little cane sugar and sea salt) so I thought this was pretty tasty. Also even though there are 250 calories in each package, the serving size is the whole bag, so at least they are realistic about how much you are actually going to eat at once.
Healthycell Bioactive Gel Multivitamin, Mixed Berry (1 serving) - Buy 30 servings for $49.95
I am pretty sure I've seen this one in Love With Food before but I think this is a leftover item from elsewhere because you know how subscription boxes sometimes get exclusive coupon codes from companies whose items are in the box? Well, this package had a code from Urthbox on the back. Anyway, this has a pretty standard set of vitamins and some minerals as well and it is vegan and gluten-free and free from most major allergens. I mixed it in a smoothie and the berry flavor worked there but I do have frozen mixed berries in my smoothies also. I probably wouldn't buy this at something like $1.67 per serving but if you have trouble swallowing vitamin pills it may be an option for you.
There are a lot of brands of roasted chickpea snacks out there and I can't always remember which ones I've had, although the name of this brand seems familiar. I think it is probably some kind of karma that I got not one, but two sea salt flavored snacks this month (see below) after I have repeatedly complained about how plain sea salt flavor is. (I like the chickpea snacks with Indian and Middle Eastern flavors best.) The texture of these is good, not too hard, it's just that they need a little spice or something to go with the overall starchiness.
Simple Mills Soft Baked Dark Chocolate Almond Flour Bar (1.19 oz) - Buy 5 bars for $5.99
This company is not currently shipping online orders, but I linked to their main page so you could read more about the item if you were interested (and possibly order in the future). I have seen this brand at Whole Foods, too, although not necessarily this item, but it is worth a look. Anyway, this is gluten-free but not vegan (has honey and egg whites) and has a surprisingly good texture for something with almond flour -- it's not as eggy and not as dry as some other almond flour things I've tried, and it does stay pretty soft.
Here is another roasted, sea salt-flavored bean snack. These were a little harder than the chickpeas and maybe a little less starchy? The texture was OK (not every legume can be prepared this way) but I would also like to try these with a little more spice (there are some spicy ones, and some garlic and onion ones, and I am pretty sure I've had those before and been a fan).
Belgian Boys Dutch Caramel Stroopwafel (1.41 oz) - Buy 15 for $20.99
I like stroopwafels and even though they come in Love With Food all the time, I will not complain, because it's not the type of item I typically buy for myself, but as I said, I do like them. This one was sweet and had a nice texture and I kind of wish I'd eaten the whole thing myself instead of sharing with my husband...
Kicao Almond Energy Bar (1.48 oz)
From what I can tell, this product is made in Mexico, and the company is not shipping outside of Mexico at this time, although whether that is because of COVID-19 or whether it is because the weather is getting warmer and this could melt, I don't know. This has only a few ingredients and the chocolate really doesn't seem sweetened at all, but there is a little fruit (raisins) in here as well to lend some sweetness and it works.
Pipcorn, Truffle (0.8 oz) - Buy 4, 4.5 oz bags for $16
This is made from heirloom seeds (so, non-GMO and sustainable) but the pieces are really tiny and that makes it a little difficult to eat. I thought this was OK but my husband disliked the truffle flavor. (I am not overly enthusiastic about truffle flavor but I don't hate it, either.) I have been poking around on the Pipcorn website and would now like to try their vegan caramel popcorn and also their cheese balls. (Hint, hint, food subscription boxes. I don't want to buy a whole case of something before testing it out first!)
These show up in food subscription boxes fairly regularly. You just never know what the experience is going to be like. I have had these be really hard and dry before, like perhaps they were old, but this one was much less dry, which was nice for a change. You could also see (and taste) multiple chocolate chips. However, the peanut butter was almost undetectable. These are vegan and gluten-free, if either of those is a concern for you.
Kind Simple Crunch, Oats and Honey (1.4 oz) - Buy 20 packs for $12.21
We had this last month in a different flavor, I guess. If you have ever had the Nature Valley crunchy granola bars, these are pretty similar. They stayed intact in the package, which was nice, but they did make some crumbs while we were eating them. This particular flavor is rather plain and not too hard and might go well with some yogurt.
Rockin' Ola Granola, Cinnamon (1 oz) - Buy 6, 48 oz packages for $94.99
This is a repeat item as well. I remember looking it up before because I could only find ridiculous amounts of it at a time (like 288 oz, which is about 18 pounds). I believe it is mostly marketed for school food service. This is only oats, basically, with no nuts or dried fruit, and it has a slight cinnamon flavor. I find it an odd inclusion since it is not available in smaller packages (no one wants to buy 18 pounds of granola for their home -- where would you even put that?). But I can see why it might appeal to finicky kids.
Verdict: There were 17 items in the April 2020 Love With Food Deluxe Box. A lot of them were repeat items, which was a little disappointing (but also probably something you should expect from this subscription as repeats are a regular occurrence). My favorite items this month were probably the Bare coconut and pineapple chips, the Kicao bar, and maybe the Simple Mills almond flour bar. I was also happy that most of the box was vegetarian so I could personally try all but one item (that I will be passing on to someone else) and the mix of bars, savory snacks, sweet snacks, and the like, was pretty good.
To Wrap Up:
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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 April 2020 Love With Food box? What’s your favorite snack subscription?