Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Love with Food October 2013 Review

I like the philosophy behind Love With Food (LWF) and I found a great deal, so I bought an additional 6-month subscription to LWF. My subscriptions overlapped for the month of October, so I received 2 October subscription boxes. In addition, I had received a complimentary October box from LWF for review purposes, so I will be giving away an October LWF box soon!

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Contents: The October LWF theme was 'Scary Delicious.' It included 8 different items and a bonus coupon for a complimentary Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Entree.

Unboxing the October Love with Food Box

1. Caveman Bakery New World Caveman Cookies

Full size cost: $6.25 for a box of 8 cookies
Sample cost: $1.56

This cookie was pretty good considering that it doesn't contain dairy and grains. It was chewier than typical cookies, probably due to the maple syrup and honey. Also, these cookies are GMO-free, peanut-free, gluten-free and kosher. It was interesting to try, but I would not re-purchase because I prefer more substantial cookies (particularly cookies that contain chocolate). 

2. Glee Gum in Triple Berry

Full size cost: $17.95 for 80 boxes
Sample cost: $0.22

I haven't tried this gum yet. I like the vintage-look of the packaging.

3. Happy Family Happy Squeeze in Blueberry, Apple & Purple Carrot

Full size cost: $2.29 for 3.5 oz pouch

I'm not sure if this product is marketed for children or if it's for all ages. Well, I drank it because I was curious about it. It was like drinking pureed fruit and veggies (like a slightly liquified applesauce). I was expecting this to be a drink, not a snack, so I would have preferred a smoother texture. Also, I expected this to be sweeter because of the apple and purple carrot juice. Honestly, instead of consuming this product, I would have preferred to eat fresh fruit and veggies. I can see how these pouches would be convenient for children, however, these pouches are a bit pricey. I would not re-purchase.

4. Dang Toasted Coconut Chips

Full size cost: $36.80 for 12 pack of 1.43 oz bags
Sample cost: $3.07

These were surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because coconut is typically just 'ok' to me and not something that I crave. However, these toasted coconut chips hit my snack trifecta - sweet, (just a touch) salty and crunchy. We ate these chips straight out of the bag, but these could also be delicious as adornments on cake, pie and ice cream. I would re-purchase.

5. Kind Bar in Fruit & Nut Delight

Full size cost: $107.50 for a case of 72 bars, 40 grams each
Sample cost: $0.90 for 24 gram bar

I haven't tried this Kind Bar yet. However, I have tried several other flavors of Kind bars and I haven't been disappointed yet!

6. Silk City Snacks Chocolate Pizzelle Crisps

Estimated sample cost: $1
FYI: I couldn't find the price for this product, so this is just my estimate

When I opened this LWF, I was most excited to try these pizzelle crisps. Unfortunately, these were not good - bland, barely any chocolate flavor and tasted burnt. The only redeeming quality was that these were crunchy. Would not re-purchase.

7. Tori & Howard Organic Hard Candies, 3 pieces

Full size cost: $4.99 for 2 oz tin
Sample cost: $0.82 for 0.33 oz

I've mentioned previously that I don't tend to crave hard candies. I tried the d'anjou pear & cinnamon candy and while it was good, I would not re-purchase because I do not eat hard candies frequently.

8. Vinaigerie Gingras Pixo Pearls in Apple Cider Vinegar

Full size cost: $6.52 for 4, 10 gram sachets
Sample cost: $1.63 for 10 gram satchel

I haven't tried this product yet, mainly because I'm not exactly sure what to do with these. Luckily, the brand's website has a recipe page to provide some inspiration.

Extra: Coupon for a complimentary Lean Cuisine Honestly Good Entree

Bonus Lean Cuisine Coupon

I didn't get to redeem this coupon before it had expired! 


Total Estimated Retail Value: $11.49
Plus Lean Cuisine Coupon

Product tally:
Sweet: 6
Savory: 1
Miscellaneous: 2

Size: We received 3 full size items, 2 deluxe size products and 3 samples.

ProductsWe received a good variety of high-quality edibles this month. I like that almost all of these products were new to us. Finally, I appreciate that the majority of the products are all-natural.

Value: Fair. I like that LWF donates a meal for every LWF box that is delivered. We received over $11 worth of products this month. Normally, LWF boxes are $12 ($10 per month, plus $2 for shipping and handling). We had purchased a 6-month LWF subscription on Fab for $46.20. 

Are you a LWF subscriber? What was your favorite item from October's LWF box?

If you sign up for LWF with the code 'FBGIFT', you will get your first month free (only have to pay $2 for shipping)! 

    Finally, I will be hosting a giveaway for the Love with Food October 2013 Box! I was sent one for review purposes from Love with Food, so I have a spare October box that I will be giving away to a subscriber! The giveaway will be posted soon, so stay tuned for the details.

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