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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WOWbox Japanese Candy Subscription

WOWbox Japanese Candy Subscription

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Looking for a unique way to get into the Halloween candy season?
Why not look to the wonderful and wacky world of Japanese candy?

Introducing WOWBOX, a new Japanese Candy Subscription Service, produced by the one and only Japanese Sweets & Snacks media company mogmog.us
We curate the best sweets and snacks in Japan and send them right to your door.

We’re the only service of our kind that offer multiple themed boxes!
It’s simple, every month, you pick the theme and we pick your treats.
Then voila, you’ve got a beautiful box of delicious Japanese candy and snacks delivered to your home.

What are themes?
Well, Japan’s candy scene is changing all the time, with new treats, new flavors, new limited-time specialties, new product tie-ins and so much more, we want to make sure that you are able to get the most up-to-date, current candies.So, we’ve broken them down into easy-to-digest categories to keep our subscribers satisfied.

1) FUN & TASTY
All the fun, wacky, and weird treats Japan is known for, including the popular DIY snacks you’ve seen online.

2) KAWAII & BEAUTY
An offering of tasty low calorie treats and beauty-enhancing snacks. Plus, we also throw in the occasional cosmetic product!

3) Classic Anniversary WOW BOX
This is a very special year for a handful of Japan’s most beloved snacks, as some of the most recognizable treats celebrate special anniversaries. That list is highlighted by Pocky (50 years), Hi Chew (40) and Kinokono Yama (40), three sweets known all over the globe. This WOW BOX gathers that trio, along with a few other classics with special birthdays, so you can join in the party too.

*We’ll be adding more as we complete our beta run!

We offer three sizes
Small [$14.99-]
Medium [$24.99-]
Large [$34.99-]
What’s more, our large box includes additional special items you can only get in Japan? Like anime figurines? Like beauty products? Check inside to find super cool bonuses!

On top of that, we’re also developing a point system where our subscribers can write reviews and give feedback in exchange for extra discounts and goodies! 
I am always intrigued by foreign snacks; It's one of the reasons why I like MunchPaks so much. Since I ALSO love Chinese food, Asian snacks are one of my favorites. I don't understand a word of the packages, but they are OH SO GOOD! (Bonus points if you know where that's from!)

So I was SUPER excited when WOW box agreed to send me their November 2015 Large Fun & Tasty box for review. It took about 2-3 weeks to arrive in on my mailbox, since this comes directly from Japan. I was really impressed with the quickness of shipping and the condition of the box when it arrived. One side was a bit crushed, but NOTHING inside was damaged. That alone was a thumbs up for me!! The box was also taped tightly shut... so tightly that I had trouble getting into the box, even with scissors.

Inside the box was packed to the brim with goodies... and I'm not exaggerating when I say that. It was completely packed full. I don't think anything else could be packed into the box! The contents were packed in tissue paper and there was a content sheet (in English) so I could tell what I was getting.

Let's take a look at what's inside.

MINI PEACH CANDIES
Enjoy the juicy taste of a peach -- in super small size via these tasty candy pellets.

Peach flavored Smarties or Pez candies… complete with the after-candy throat burn. I like peach flavored things, but these were a bit of a miss for me.
TASTE: 5/10

JYGA SHIO BUTTER
Here’s a potato snack boasting a very rich flavor. These chips work in a nice buttery taste with just the right amount of salt.

If you go to a church where communion wafers are served, you now know the texture of these chips. These were very light and airy, but have a nice crunch to them. The butter taste was there, but it was not so overwhelming that I felt like I was eating a butter stick either. Think melted butter into toast.
TASTE: 9/10

RAMUNE WATAGASHI
Here’s a clever twist on a classic sweet! This is cotton candy given a Japanese makeover via ramune flavoring.

I’ve never really LIKED cotton candy; what’s the sense of eating something that disintegrates the moment your saliva touches it? I took enough for tasting purposes and let Mama Melissa eat the rest. It tasted like… nothing? I detected a slight lemon-lime flavor, which I’m guessing is the Ramune, but otherwise, I really didn’t taste anything.
TASTE: 7/10

SHUWABO (CHANGE COLA)
This chewy treat hides a surprise midway through! What starts off as a citrusy snack morphs midway through into a cola flavor.

This had the consistency of a Hi-Chew or Laffy Taffy. Extremely chewy. I didn’t taste too much cola in this, to be honest. I tasted more of the citrusy (which was orange, I do believe) than the cola. What cola flavor I did taste had the FLAT cola taste, and everyone knows, flat cola is just NASTY.
TASTE: 7/10

UMAI WA (CHEESE)
These puffy rings are great for snacking on, especially if you are in the mood for something on the cheesy side.

Looked and tasted just like the American puffed cheese curls or crunchy cheese balls (Planters, Bachmann’s Jax, puffed Cheetos, etc) I liked the fact that these were in a ring shape. It made grabbing and holding them much easier.
TASTE: 8.5/10

CARAMEL CORN
Add a little bit of sweetness into your life with this bag of a beloved caramel treat.

These tasted like curly Corn Pops. Same sweetness, same crunch. I was tempted to take these and pour milk onto them, eating them like a bowl of cereal, instead of a snack bag. Good thing I didn’t though… There WERE peanuts in the bag… all of 6 peanuts. But this was still absolutely delicious.
TASTE: 10/10

SAKU SAKU PANDA Z
Almost too cute to eat! Almost! These bite-size chocolate treats are an especially crunchy snack option.

Has the chocolate taste found in a lot of the chocolate-filled Panda cookies/biscuits, but on what should be a Panda face shaped chocolate cookie. I personally thought they had the shape of pretzels. If you like the Panda biscuits, you’ll more than likely love these.
TASTE: 8.5/10

PINE GUMMY
Perfect for those craving a tropical escape during the colder winter months. These gummies have a sweet pineapple taste that make anytime feel like vacation.

I honestly didn’t taste much pineapple in these. The gummies tasted more like orange jello. I like Orange Jello, so these were a hit with me. Very chewy like typical gummies.
TASTE: 8/10

SHIMI CHOCO CORN
These star-shaped snacks not only look cute, but they deliver a nice chocolate flavor too!

Mama Melissa and I had something like this in a previous Munchpak, but the ones we had were individual stars, not one big piece. Think of this as a chocolate Umaibo snack. Not hard on the teeth, but still very crunchy. I liked this a lot.
TASTE: 9/10

PIE NO MI WINTER (APPLE)
The fall is in full swing now, and there is no better way to enjoy the autumn season that with a snack boasting an apple pie-ish flavor.

Bite-sized apple pies with homemade flaky crust. These were VERY soft, very sweet, very delicious. It tasted just like a homemade apple pie shrunk to poppable bites.
TASTE: 10/10

FIT’S GUM (HOT COLA)
This isn’t your regular cola-flavored chewing gum! Fit’s special hot cola variety adds some extra heat to your mouth.

When I think of ‘hot gum,’ I think of stuff like Big Red, Dentyne or some sort of cinnamon gum. This wasn’t very ‘hot’ at all. It had more of a ‘hot sweetness’ to it. I have had a drink that was similar to the flavor this had, but I’m blanking on the name right now. I do recall it was NOT a national brand. It did have a nice cola flavor to it, but it wasn’t ‘mouth burning’ as some English descriptions claimed. (Thanks, Google!)
TASTE: 8/10

CHOCO KINAKO MOCHI (MATCHA)
An easy but fun treat you assemble by yourself. This kit allows you to make your own miniature version of a classic Japanese sweet.

This was… interesting. I think I wore more of the Matcha powder than I ate. We actually did this a little bit wrong, since we should have used water to soften the rice cakes before eating them. But I don’t think it mattered, since I still found it very yummy. The chocolate wasn’t overly rich, like some chocolate spreads are.
This is the one I think disabled people will have the most trouble with, since it is considered a DIY kit. Cutting the little packets open and emptying the contents into the trays will be cumbersome for disabled folks with hand/arm issues.
TASTE: 7/10

YOUNG DONUTS
Have you ever seen donuts this tiny? Don’t let their petite size fool you though, they have a lot of sweetness inside.

Mini Cinnamon Sugar cake donuts. That’s all these are.  If you’ve ever had a fresh Cinnamon Sugar cake donuts from a bakery (even the in-store bakeries like some bigger Walmart Supercenters and bigger grocery chains have) Then you’ll know exactly what these taste like.
TASTE: 9/10

SUPPA MUCHO (SOUR CREAM ONION)
Made using the freshest onions around, these thick cut potato chips pack a powerful punch.

The Japanese version of Lay’s Sour Cream and Onion chips. I LOVE Sour Cream and Onion chips, so this was one of my favorites in the box.
TASTE: 10/10

GOKUJYO HIRITSU (MELLOW BERRY)
Translated as ‘Golden Ratio.’ A delicious berry cream filled biscuit meets rich chocolate. It’s a winning combo!

This is one of the only TWO things I did not like in the box. The cream tasted sour, and not a good sour either. It tasted like something in the cream SPOILED/ROTTED, but I couldn’t pinpoint if it was the cream itself or the berries… or if the chocolate just wasn’t mixing with said berry cream. The chocolate itself tasted fine, as did the biscuit… but just something about that cream did not taste good.
TASTE: 3/10

TSUNAGETE RAMUNE (GRAPE PLUS SODA)
A refreshing treat combining two tasty flavors! Hook these bite-size sweets together to form a chain of bubbly goodness.

Take a Hi-Chew candy, toughen it a little bit, and then shape it into a hook. You then have these candies. Nothing really special. Mama Melissa liked these, even though she hates most things with grape flavoring.
TASTE: 7/10

SUPER MARIO GUMMIES (RAMUNE & COLA)
The world’s favorite plumber now has gummy snacks in his image! They come in ramune and cola flavor, making for a refreshing chew.

I usually love anything gummy candy related. But these were disgusting, to be honest. These were the OTHER thing I didn’t like in the box. They tasted like FLAT diet cola, with a dusting of what I’m guessing is supposed to be sugar on them. As I said above, Everyone KNOWS flat cola is nasty, and flat diet cola is even worse. I didn’t see/taste any ramune flavored ones. Only good thing about these were the cute Mario-centric shapes. I definitely saw Mario heads, Stars, question blocks and coins. I thought I saw a few Toad heads, but I definitely did NOT see Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser or Princess Peach shapes.
TASTE: 1.5/10

RAMUNE
A classic Japanese drink that tastes good at anytime of the year! A must try liquid experience for fans of Japanese treats.

I have heard SUCH good things about Ramune soda. I have NO clue what Ramune should even taste like… or why it’s so special. To me, it just tasted like lemon-lime seltzer water or the lemon-lime sparkling water that I usually buy Mama Melissa for her asthma and dehydration problems; the carbonation helps break up her phlegm and the water keeps her hydrated. It tasted okay, but I really wasn’t impressed.
TASTE: 6/10

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having is opening the box itself. As I said before, I have relatively good hand dexterity and the box itself was VERY hard to open. Disabled folks are going to either need help or hope they are steady enough with boxcutters or a knife.

This is available from WOWbox website starting at $14.99. Please use code S-F8RTYFOT to save 10% on your subscription!

FINAL THOUGHTS
Wonderful selection of goodies and treats from Japan! Extremely impressed with everything about this box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: YES!

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Monday, December 21, 2015

Love With Food Gluten Free box November 2015

Love with Food
November 2015 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
There’s so much to be thankful for this month: Fall weather, reunions with family, and most importantly delicious food. Love with Food is here with enough scrumptious snacks to make everyday feel like Thanksgiving. Need another reason to be thank-full? Every box sold donates meals to food banks around country.

I really love the fact that this month, for every box sold through Love With Food, a donation was made to a food bank in America. Having used food banks myself during my teenage years, these community services are very close to my heart.

Let’s take a look at what Love With Food was thank-full for this month!


^^Entire box -- Excuse the catalog, I didn't see it in the box.^^



COOKIES & CREME DREAM PROTEIN D’LITES BY NOGII
Need to power through that frenzied grocery shopping trip right before Thanksgiving? This sweet, crispy, energy-packed bar is here to the rescue.

Tasted like crushed oreos blended into a ‘brownie’ like treat. I didn’t see much energy that I gained from it, but it still tasted great.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free


MEDITERRANEAN BEAN PASTA AND VEGGIE KIT BY MODERN TABLE MEALS
This pasta is sure to put a new twist on your Thanksgiving traditions, and with delicious sauce and seasoning and zero GMOs, it’ll be a new favorite.

This tasted almost identical to the Mediterranean Green Lentil Rotini With Garlic Herb Sauce & Mediterranean Citrus Seasoning, which I’ve already reviewed here, just with a different name. I think I liked this MORE though, just for the fact *I* prepared this to instructions and it seemed to have a better taste.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO


WHITE CHOCOLATE AND CRANBERRY COOKIES BY WOW BAKING COMPANY
The sweetness of white chocolate, tartness of cranberry and comfort of soft cookie. Talk about a great way to spread the love to all your loved ones.

I actually did not like these… there were soft and tasted okay, but I thought the cookie part tasted too plain. Mama Melissa LOVED them, even though she HATES cranberries, and ended up eating these herself!
TASTE: 6/10 for me, 9/10 for Mama Melissa
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free


ORIGINAL ANCIENT GRAIN OATMEAL BY PURELY ELIZABETH
There’s nothing like comfort food to remind you what you’re thankful for. With no GMOs or gluten, this grain-packed goodness is sure to make the list.

I actually got the Apple Cinnamon Pecan flavor of this. While it was delicious, I did have to add sugar and milk to it to make it edible for me. The natural sweetness of the apples and cinnamon was lacking for my taste. If you don’t mind unsweetened or just naturally sweetened oatmeal, this will be right up your alley, but for me personally, it wasn’t sweet enough.
You can get 15% off your 1st online order from purelyelizbeth.com by using the code LOVEWITHFOOD
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Organic, Vegan


JERKY BY FUSION JERKY
A twist on regular jerky with enough spices and big bold flavor to show everyone that you’ve taken this holiday thing to the next level.

I reviewed this brand of jerky previously and really enjoyed the flavors, so my tastebuds were doing a dance of joy when I saw the bag. I received the Lemon Pepper Chicken Jerky, which was my 2nd favorite flavor.
Please click the link above to read my entire review of this jerky.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free


DATE SNACK PACK BY DATE LADY
Get ready to forget everything you thought about boring, flavorless dates. You’ll be thankful for these rich, fruity bites long after they’re gone.

I don’t know what to think of these dates. They don’t taste too bad; really sweet and tender. But the pits in the middle put me off from them. Chomping on a pit is not high on my daily to-do list.
You can get one full bag of dates with any order from ilovedatelady.com by using the code DATELADYLOVE
TASTE: 6.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Vegan

PIC TO BE ADDED LATER

BAKING SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE MINI CHIPS BY ENJOY LIFE
The baking possibilities are endless -- just add a little imagination. But whatever you make, it’s sure to get serious thanks from the whole family.

I had a bit of an issue with these at first, but I just want to say that Love with Food’s customer service is AWESOME and took care of my issue promptly.
That being said, I liked these chips. Very chocolatey and actually on the sweet side for being semi-sweet. I couldn’t tell a different between the gluten free chips and normal baking chips. I plan to use the remaining of these to make Chocolate Chip Sugar cookies for the holiday company we’re having.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan


WILD RICE CEREAL BY SIMPLY NATIVE FOODS
Need a power-packed breakfast before tackling the Turkey Day cooking? This cereal has enough antioxidants and fiber to get you through it all.

Sadly, I am not allowed to cook this while certain people are home. I need to sneak around JUST to make myself Ramen noodles or even boil my chicken for my chicken salads. If I ever DO have the opportunity to make this, I will come back and edit this.
TASTE: Unable to rate at this time
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO


TURBINADO NATURAL CANE SUGAR BY MAUI BRAND
Tip: Add a pinch of this to a warm mug of David’s Tea (any flavor will do) on a rainy day too remember why you’re so thankful fall is finally here.

This was interesting. It has the sweetness of normal sugar, but the texture of coarse salt. I didn’t see any difference in taste when adding this to a cup of coffee.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages.

The Love With Food Gluten-Free box has merged with Taste Guru. Please visit this link for more info.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, fruit, meat AND a meal in the same box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

MunchPak December 2015

Munchpak

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What is MunchPak?

MunchPak is an assortment of the best snacks from around the world delivered to your home, dorm room, or office as often as you would like.
So, it's the fourth month of Munchpak, and I did something different this month. I typed this up the DAY we got the box, so I could taste them as I wrote the review. Hence why this review is on time!

As always, I told Mama Melissa I would do a written review on this, so I'm going in the order she unboxed the MunchPak in. FYI, We got the FamilyPak, which has at least 20 snacks.

INSIDE DECEMBER'S MUNCHPAK

Takis Fuego Hot Chili & Lime Tortilla chips
Super deliciously spicy Hot chili pepper and lime flavor tortilla chips have an amazing taste that leaves you wanting to eat a few more.
Country: Mexico

I actually reviewed these back in June in my BoCandy review. Same hotness, but still yummy. Still can’t a whole bag at once though.
TASTE: 7/10

Hello Panda biscuits with Milk Cream
Hello Panda brand Japanese biscuits are manufactured by Meiji Seika. Every biscuit consists of a small hollow shortbread cookie filled with vanilla, strawberry, or chocolate filling.
Country: Japan

I liked these. The biscuits were very soft and the ‘Milk Cream,’ which is actually vanilla flavored, is very creamy. I think our local Wegmans sells these for $1 a box, so I may be picking up a box or two on my next trip out there.
TASTE: 9/10

VCut potato Chips in Spicy Barbeque flavor
Deliciously addicting Barbecue flavored chips from the Philippines with a slight kick. Very enjoyable!
Country: Philippines

These are the Philippine version of ‘Ruffles’ or ‘Wavy Lays’ chips. I didn’t taste much barbeque flavor on these. Nice crunch to them, but the flavor fell flat.
TASTE: 6/10

Tayto Cheese & Onion flavor
Tayto Cheese and Onion Flavor - If you like the taste of cheese and onion - these crisps are for you. Strong with a bite.
Country: Ireland

And our first repeat. We had these last month as well. I tasted more onion on these chips. But it wasn’t like onion taste from Sour Cream & Onion chips; this was more like the onion taste from Funyuns. I LOVED these… one of my favorite items in the box.
TASTE: 10/10

Cow Tails Caramel Apple flavor
Goetze's Cow Tales are scrumptiously soft and intriguingly chewy caramels that are wrapped around a smooth cream center.
Country: United States

Would you believe I never had a Cow Tail until I was in my 30s? I’ve had their ‘bigger brother’ Caramel Creams, but never these. Mama Melissa looked at me like I had 3 heads when I said I never had them.
These were interesting. I could really taste the apple from the center cream filling, and it tasted JUST like I bit into an apple. I still like the original ones over these.
TASTE: 8/10

Torku 4x4 Energy Nougat Bar With Caramel
Chewy and delicious caramel and nougat candy bar with rich chocolate coating and an extra kick of energy.
Country: Turkey

Reminded me of the texture of a Milky Way, but the nougat had a brownie taste to it. I liked the fact that it was an energy bar, so I didn’t feel entirely guilty eating it.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Digaroos candy
Yummy and delicious strawberry flavored powder candy with a shovel to dig for delicious hard candy treasure inside!
Country: United States

I actually didn’t like this. The ‘treasure’ hurt my teeth and the powder had a sour kick to it. I think this would be the one item disabled people would have trouble with. The shovel is EXTREMELY tiny and there would be no way someone with unsteady hands could use it. Mama Melissa ate this herself.
TASTE: 5/10

Grandma’s Chocolate Chips cookies
Grandma's cookies are known for being incredibly chewy and fresh. There are not too many other cookies available in the U.S. that are this chewy and this big.
Country: United States

Had the consistency between an original Chips Ahoy and Chewy Chips Ahoy cookie. I’ve actually had these before, so I knew what to expect. I’d say it tasted a hint sweeter than the Chips Ahoy brands.
TASTE: 8/10

Vital Fruit Nougat Bar
Utterly delicious and chewy nougat candy bar with exceptional fruit pieces..
Country: Belgium

Strangest nougat I’ve ever had. It was more like the sugary fondant you’d find on bakery-style cakes or the sugar icing on donuts and danishes. I liked the papaya and pineapple pieces in this. Very chewy and easy on the teeth.
TASTE: 9/10

Sponch marshmallow cookies
These crunchy and deliciously gooey strawberry and original flavored marshmallow cookies are covered with coconut flakes and topped with strawberry jam.
Country: Mexico

Mounds of marshmallow, a drop of strawberry gel and coconut dusting on top of a shortbread square. I think I could have done without the strawberry jam on top. I don’t think it really added anything to the cookie. I ended up with these, since Mama Melissa is allergic to coconut.
TASTE: 8/10

Stark Prima Kikiriki Pretzel sticks
Crunchy and wholesome baked salted pretzel sticks. Light taste with the perfect texture makes for an excellent snack.
Country: Serbia

Second repeat item. We had these in the September 2015 box. Tasted like peanut butter filled pretzel sticks, although these seemed to have more peanut butter filling than the September bag. I tasted more peanut butter than pretzel. Still delicious though.
TASTE: 7/10

Jaffa Crvenka Munchmallow cookies
Scrumptious marshmallow topped on a delicious cookie and covered with rich and dreamy milk chocolate.
Country: Serbia

We have something very similar to this here in America called Mallomars. Exact same thing. Reminded me of a s’more. The cookie was actually a graham cracker. I liked these a lot.
TASTE: 8/10

Hi-Chews Mango flavor
These are so yummy! Deliciously juicy, chewy and scrumptious Hi-Chews in mouth-watering mango flavor.
Country: Japan

I think by now, we KNOW what Hi-Chew candies are; This is my 4th time reviewing them. This time, we got the mango variety. I personally thought these had the ‘fake mango’ taste, which is surprising for Hi-Chews, considering the other 3 had real fruit flavor to them. Kind of disappointed.
TASTE: 4/10

Cikolatali Gofret bar
Scrumptious wafers filled with rich and creamy chocolate filling and covered in exceptionally dreamy milk chocolate. Yum yum!
Country: Italy

Tasted like the chocolate wafers we have from Voortman, but covered in melted chocolate. Very delicious.
TASTE: 8/10

KitKat Chunky in Peanut Butter
"Chunky" not because the peanut butter is chunky, but because the bar itself is chunkier than that standard Kit Kat bar and it comes as one big Kit Kat rather than four separable ones.
Country: Bulgaria

America needs to get these pronto. I think these tasted BETTER than the traditional ones… which leads me to a question; why does America have 4 flavors of Kit Kat bars, and the rest of the world has a LOT more than that? Come on, Nestle… bring some of the foreign flavors to America!
TASTE: 10/10

C’est Bon White Chocolate wafer bar
Super delicious white chocolate covered wafers are layered with hazelnut and chocolate wafered and drizzled with chocolate.
Country: Turkey

Reminded me of a ‘cake’ ice cream cone with nutella covered with white chocolate. Very interesting flavor.
TASTE: 8/10

Loucks Sesame Snaps
These delightful Sezme Sesame Snaps are made with roasted sesame seeds that are rich in vitamins, vegetable proteins, and unsaturated fatty acids. This snack is actually good for you and tastes even better.
Country: Poland

At first, I thought this was another repeat item, but when I compared notes, This wasn’t a repeat item after all. This tasted MUCH better than the sesame snack we had last month. Very heavy on the sesame flavor, without the burnt taste. Yum!
It did hurt my gums when a sharp piece jabbed me where I’ve been having ongoing issues. But that’s my fault, not the snack’s.
TASTE: 9/10

Milk Nuty Max bars
Nuty Max Milk Chocolate coated wafer with exceptionally delicious milk cream.
Country: Turkey

Another wafer bar… Are you sick of the wafers yet? Haha. But this has what seems like a dollop vanilla cream cheese frosting surrounded by the wafer. LOVED this. Another of my favorites in this month’s box.
TASTE: 10/10

e frutti Pizza Gummy Candy
Gummy Fruity Pizza. What could be better!?
Country: Mexico

I don’t know WHAT fruit flavor I was supposed to taste here. I tasted fruit punch if anything. I like anything gummy, so this was a hit.
TASTE: 8/10

Tayas Figola Chocolate Orange bar
Rich and creamy chocolate made from only the finest ingredients and infused with delicious oranges.
Country: Turkey

I find it VERY apropo that this was in the December box. However, you BARELY taste any orange in this until the VERY end, when you’re about to swallow the piece. I’ve never actually ate a chocolate orange, so I have NOTHING to base this on. But if the chocolate oranges tastes similar to this, it’s delicious.
TASTE: 9/10

Tortica Original
Tortica is among the best-known Kras brands. This wafer snack is of exceptional quality
Country: Croatia

3rd repeat item of the box. Croatian version of Keebler Fudge Sticks. Only difference is that the filling in these was chocolate and not vanilla. Otherwise, same taste.
TASTE: 9/10

Only problem I see disabled people having with this (minus any allergies) is opening the packages and chewing the chewy candies thoroughly. If you can eat snacks, you'll be fine.

This is available from MunchPak.com starting at $9.95. These come in 3 sizes; MunchPak Mini (5-6 Snacks), MunchPak Original (10+ Snacks) and MunchPak Family Pak (20+ Snacks), and you can have it delivered weekly, bi-monthy or monthly. As I said, Mama Melissa subscribed to the FamilyPak, delivered monthly.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Love this service! It's great to get snacks from around the world without leaving your house!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Friday, December 18, 2015

Munchpak November 2015

Munchpak

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What is MunchPak?

MunchPak is an assortment of the best snacks from around the world delivered to your home, dorm room, or office as often as you would like.
So, it's the third month of Munchpak, and as you can see, I am very behind. What can I say, Facebook and Pogo are the banes of my existence... when our internet service works.

But, December's box will be here next week, so I wanted to get November's review posted before December's box arrived!

Again, I told Mama Melissa I would do a written review on this, so I'm going in the order she unboxed the MunchPak in. FYI, We got the FamilyPak, which has at least 20 snacks.

INSIDE NOVEMBER'S MUNCHPAK

Chili Millis
Yummy and chewy candies are half spicy and half sweet to give a fun and delicious twist on chewy candies.
Country: Pakistan

In our taste test, I had just ate another spicy snack and my mouth was still on fire from that, so I really couldn’t tell if the hotness was from this snack or the previous snack. But I did like the sweetness this had.
TASTE: 7/10

Awake Caffeinated Chocolate bar
This chocolate is not only delicious, it also contains as much caffeine as a cup of coffee!
Country: Canada

I usually like chocolate (even though it doesn’t like me), but this just tasted absolutely disgusting to me. I know it said ‘Milk Chocolate,’ but it tasted more like dark chocolate and I cannot STAND dark chocolate. I’m pretty sure it was the caffeine that affected the taste of the chocolate, but this is something that I would not eat again by choice.
TASTE: 5/10

Slaps lollipops
10 insanely chewy, sticky and delicious mango flavored lollipops come in each package of Slaps candy that has been stretched completely flat and thin.
Country: Mexico

I saw this on Elly Awesome’s MunchPak unboxing and my reaction was the same as hers. It’s the same premise as a Fruit Rollup, but with a stick at the end. I actually really didn’t care for this; it was way too sticky for me.
TASTE: 3/10

Zweet strawberry marshmallow rope
These delightful and tasty marshmallow Strawberry Braids are huge! This is a yummy treat is sure to make anyone feel like a kid at heart.
Country: Turkey

Reminded me of cotton candy, taste wise. Very soft and chewy, but didn’t have the overpowering ‘marshmallow’ powdery taste. I really enjoyed this!
TASTE: 9/10

Sesame bar
Sweet and crunchy sesame snaps. Absolutely delicious!
Country: Bulgaria

I usually love things with sesame, but this fell flat for me. It was light on the sesame flavor and whatever they used to hold the sesame seeds into a bar tasted burnt.
TASTE: 6/10

Vidal Gummi Tropical Frogs
These fascinating and marvelous little gummy frogs have a tropical look and taste and look surprisingly just like the real thing.
Country: Spain

They do look (and to a point, feel) like real frogs. I didn’t really taste too much tropical fruit flavor to this, but it seemed to fizzle a little bit when I bit into them.
TASTE: 8/10

Haribo Tropifrutti
Every time you bite into one of these tropical flavored gummies, a cool ocean breeze will head your way
Country: Germany

Loved the taste of the tropical fruits in this. I love gummy candies to begin, but the Haribo is becoming my favorite brand QUICKLY.
TASTE: 9/10

Bamba Peanut snack
This exceptional treat is crunchy, flavorful and has a mild peanut taste that is very popular.
Country: Israel

Tasted like a corn curl, but instead of the powdered cheese flavor on them, it tasted like peanut butter. Quite interesting and quite yummy.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Reese’s Spreads Snackers
Delicious Reese's peanut butter and chocolate mixed and melted into a delicious spread pack alongside together with mouth watering graham cracker dippers sticks for dipping. Great on the go!
Country: United States

Remember Dunkaroos or the Teddy Grahams with the ‘dipping cup?’ Just take the cookie part and turn them into sticks, then dip them into melted peanut butter cups. These were absolutely delicious.
TASTE: 9/10

Tom Yum Mun Goong ramen noodles
Wai Wai noodles Tom Yum Goong Flavor are so delicious and so amazing that they are ready in 1-2-3. Add the noodles to hot water, add the first seasoning and second sauce packs and you have a snack that's a meal.
Country: Thailand

After learning my lesson with last month's package, I made DOUBLE the Ramen noodles for these. Helped TREMENDOUSLY. They were still spicy, but much more tolerable. I really liked these compared to the ones I had last month.
TASTE: 9/10

Bissli Falafel wheat snack
Tasty wheat crackers that have an exceptional crunch. This particular version comes in the super yummy Falafel flavor.
Country: Israel

I have NO proper knowledge of what Falafel even taste like, so I don’t know what I should have been tasting here. What I DID taste was wheat. It was good, I just wish the falafel taste was stronger.
TASTE: 7/10

Cadbury Dairy Milk bar
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bar is original, imported from England taste the difference of British candy and chocolate. Great for gift or for yourself.
Country: United Kingdom

I’m not a ‘chocolate snob’ by any means, but my FAVORITE chocolate is Gertrude Hawk chocolates. I blame my high school fundraising efforts for this addiction. However, Cadbury would come in a 2nd place. I now understand why British people scoff at Hershey’s chocolates.
This was very creamy and the chocolate was EXACTLY like the outer shell of the Cadbury Creme Eggs, which yes, I know Cadbury makes both. So, if you like the outer shell of the Cadbury Creme Eggs, you’ll enjoy this bar.
TASTE: 9.75/10

Starburst Superfruit flavors
Starbursts exceptionally amazing super fruit flavors are beyond delicious and extraordinarily mouthwatering.
Country: United States

I think we’ve all had Starburst sometime in our lives. Mama Melissa ate these alone, since I knew these would not play nicely with my teeth.
TASTE: 9/10

Tayto Cheese & Onion
Scrumptious and deliciously crispy, these light and sunflower oil cooked potato chips are cheese and onion flavored. Yum!
Country: Ireland

I tasted more onion on these chips. But it wasn’t like onion taste from Sour Cream & Onion chips; this was more like the onion taste from Funyuns. I LOVED these… my favorite item in the box.
TASTE: 10/10

Tortrix BBQ corn chips
Crunchy and delicious corn chips with a similar texture to Frito's but flavored with a super tasty BBQ flavor.
Country: Colombia

Where was the BBQ flavor? These tasted like plain Fritos. While I like Fritos, the BBQ flavor on these were disappointing.
TASTE: 7/10

Hanuta wafers
Exceptionally delicious and made of pure perfection this exquisitely crafted treat is made from hazelnut Ferrero chocolate filling that is sandwiched between rich hazelnut wafers.
Country: Germany

Take a Ferrero Rocher chocolate and flatten it between two wafers. Absolutely delicious. Very crumbly though.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Tortica Original
Tortica is among the best-known Kras brands. This wafer snack is of exceptional quality
Country: Croatia

Croatian version of Keebler Fudge Sticks. Only difference is that the filling in these was chocolate and not vanilla. Otherwise, same taste.
TASTE: 9/10

Sabritas Japones Japanese style peanuts
Perfectly roasted and lightly salted peanuts are covered in delicious Sabritas Japones style seasoning.
Country: United States

I didn’t really taste too much spice on these. I tasted more of a sweet flavor, almost like a honey roasting. There was SOME bite to it, but nothing overpowering or burning.
TASTE: 8/10

Crispin Shark
This chocolate bar is irresistibles. It says so on the package. Sandwich de galleta cubierta con chocolate. Superbly delicious.
Country: Guatemala

I’m ashamed to say I don’t remember too much about these. I THINK they were similar to Oreos, but I’m not entirely sure.
TASTE: Unknown, because I forgot the taste.

KiddieMix
Yummy fruit flavored hard candies with even yummier fruit filling. These are a real treat whenever you pop one in your mouth.
Country: United Kingdom

Hard candies with what seemed to be fruit juice in the middle. I liked these a lot. Not overly sweet, and the fruit juice was a nice surprise.
TASTE: 9/10

Zapp’s Spicy Cajun Crawtators
Deliciously mysterious New Orleans Kettle Spicy Cajun CrawTators Kettle Style Potato Chips have an amazing crunch, wholesome kettle style flavor with a slightly tangy, but not overwhelming taste.
Country: United States

I LOVED these. Nice amount of spice and heat, but not OVERLY done. Good amount of crunch as well. Taste reminded me of Utz’s Crab Chip, which isn’t surprising, considering Utz is the parent company of Zapp’s. Wouldn’t mind getting these again.
TASTE: 10/10

Only problem I see disabled people having with this (minus any allergies) is opening the packages and chewing the chewy candies thoroughly. If you can eat snacks, you'll be fine.

This is available from MunchPak.com starting at $9.95. These come in 3 sizes; MunchPak Mini (5-6 Snacks), MunchPak Original (10+ Snacks) and MunchPak Family Pak (20+ Snacks), and you can have it delivered weekly, bi-monthy or monthly. As I said, Mama Melissa subscribed to the FamilyPak, delivered monthly.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Love this service! It's great to get snacks from around the world without leaving your house!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Love With Food Gluten Free box October 2015

Love with Food
October 2015 box

What is Love With Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes.

For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength - No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!

Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
This month’s theme is ‘Touchdown Treats.’ It’s October, and we’re heading into the height of the US football season! This month, Love With Food partnered with World Champion Pro Football player Steve Weatherford to bring us some FANtastic gluten-free snack to munch on while we’re cheering on our favorite team!

I really love the fact that this month, for every box sold through Love With Food, a donation was made to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Having been born and raised during my childhood years in Central New Jersey AND having to have used food banks myself during my teenage years, this charity is very close to my heart.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside. (Please note: I was unable to get photos this month. Between a SLEW of packages being delivered that day and Mama Melissa needing one of the wrappers for a project she was working on, the wrappers/packaging were destroyed before photos could be taken)

ADULT COMPLETE PACK BY SMARTY PANTS
All the vitamins to power through the fourth quarter, plus no GMOs and a hit of sweet fruity flavor. Talk about the perfect game time treat.

Was kind of a disappointment, since there were only two in the package. But they were just the right amount of sweetness to them
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

CHOCOLATE SALTED CARAMEL PROTEIN BAR BY LUNA
This salty-sweet chocolate-y treat is packed with 12g of protein to get you into the endzone every time.

Last time I ate a Luna Bar, it was nasty. But, just like the SoyJoy bar, they must have changed the recipe. I really liked this. It almost tasted like a chewy granola bar.
TASTE: 9.5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

SALTED CARAMEL SQUARES BY TAHANA CONFECTIONS
What better way to keep up the energy to cheer for the home team (and celebrate National Caramel Month) than with this perfect salty-sweet fall treat!

This was just a caramel square. No other way to describe it. Almost melted in your mouth. I really enjoyed this.
Visit us at www.tahanaconfections.com and save 20% off your order. Use coupon code LWF20 at checkout.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

CHEDDAR AND PEPPER PREMIUM PUFFED CORN BY COSMOS CREATIONS
Lighter-than-air puffs exploding with cheesy, spicy flavor - the perfect halftime (or anytime) snack that won’t weigh you down later on.

These reminded me of a smaller, spicier version of Chester Cheetah's Puffcorn. Very light, very airy. The cheddar and pepper flavors compliment each other very nicely.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

HOME COOKED SALTED VIRGINIA PEANUTS BY HUBS
When you think gametime, you think peanuts, right? These crunchy, perfectly salty nuts will make you feel like you’re cheer from the 50-yard line.

Tasted JUST like Planters peanuts. I didn't see much, if any, difference.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

FRUIT CRISPS BY BROTHERS ALL NATURAL
No time to grab fresh fruit for a healthy third quarter treat? These crisps are the next best thing with no added sugar in an easy-to-eat package.

FROM THE BACK: What in the world are Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps?
We start with luscious FRESH fruit, straight from the best growing regions in the world. We then send it directly through our state-of-the-art FREEZE-DRIED process that gently removes the water from the fresh fruit and transforms it into a delicious, delightfully light, and flavorful crisp. As always, we simply use fruit, nothing artificial, and definitely no added sugar… just fruit, THE BEST FRUIT!
Finally, the perfect anytime snack.
Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps are perfect for trips, school lunches, at the office, or just to eat around the house.

I love dried fruit. it’s easier for me to eat without all the drippy mess of the juices. I received two bags of these -- Fuji Apple and Strawberry & Banana.
My favorite of the two bags was the Fuji Apple flavor. Dried apples are one of my favorite dried fruit to begin with, and these had TONS of real apple flavor to them. The freeze-dry method didn’t take any apple flavor away, like some other dried fruits are known to do.
I’m not overly crazy for the Strawberry & Banana flavor. I like the freeze-dried bananas, but the strawberries tasted WAY too tart for my liking. It seemed like the freeze-drying took some of the sweetness of the strawberries with it. What I DID like was eating a handful of each at the same time gave me a nice Strawberry-Banana yogurt flavor, which is my favorite yogurt flavor.
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TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

BUFFALO STYLE REAL CHICKEN JERKY BY CHEF’S CUT
Bench Boring jerky forever with this spicy, protein-packed snack perfect for chowing on during commercial breaks. Trust us, you’ll be back for more.

I am a chicken fanatic. I personally identify as a pollo-pescetarian. I probably could eat chicken, turkey and seafood for the rest of my life and be fine with it.
That being said, I LOVED this jerky. It was just the right amount of spice for me, but it didn't make my mouth burn while eating it.
Go to www.chefscutjerky.com and use the promo code LOVECHEFS to receive 20% off your first order.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free

SEA SALT SWEET CORN TORTILLA CHIPS BY OFF THE COB
Change your chip game and sub in these snacks. With a balance of salty and sweet and no artificial stuff, they’ll be the all-star of your party.

FROM THE BACK: Every summer for the past 50 years, my family has been farming the best sweet corn in Ithaca, NY. At 22, I launched this company to bring that amazing sweet corn taste to you.
Why sweet corn?
A delicious summertime treat, sweet corn is often boiled or grilled and eaten right off the cob! Hand picked during 3 days of peak ripeness when its kernels are soft & sweet, Sweet corn gives our chips a delicious sweet & savory crunch!

In all my years of eating corn snacks, I've never had a snack like this. These were round corn chips, but it didn't have the tortilla chip, or even the corn chip flavor. There was a touch or sweetness to it, and that flavor enhanced the sea salt flavor, for a really awesome flavor.
From what I see, there is only one flavor, Sea Salt.
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TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

GLUTEN FREE PASTA BY LA ROSA
Nothing brings people together like football -- and some serious pasta. This stuff tastes just the real thing, so everyone is sure to be a fan.

I love pasta... absolutely LOVE it. Even though I'm half Polish, I wonder if my family isn't actually part Italian, with the amount of pasta I can eat.
But whereas normal pasta is made from duram wheat flour, this pasta is made from corn and rice flour...
AND IT IS SO GOOD.
I ended up making this, melting butter into it, and then sprinkling a GENEROUS helping of Outer Spice Original blend and mixing it all together... OMG, Heaven in a bowl. I could NOT taste a difference between this and duram wheat-based pasta.
TASTE: 10/10, although that doesn't do it justice.
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten-Free, Non-GMO

I really don't see disabled people having a problem eating these snacks, barring any chewing/swallowing issues. The hardest thing I see would be opening the box and the individual packages. Cooking the La Rosa pasta may also be difficult for someone not steady around a stove.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
Love the variety in this month's box. I like how I got snacks, fruit, meat AND a meal in the same box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Friday, November 13, 2015

Munchpak October 2015

Muchpak

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What is MunchPak?

MunchPak is an assortment of the best snacks from around the world delivered to your home, dorm room, or office as often as you would like.
So, it's the second month of Munchpak, and as you can see, I am very behind. What can I say, Facebook and Pogo are the banes of my existence.

But, November's box will be here next week, so I wanted to get October's review posted before November's box arrived!

Again, I told Mama Melissa I would do a written review on this, so I'm going in the order she unboxed the MunchPak in. FYI, We got the FamilyPak, which has at least 20 snacks.

INSIDE OCTOBER'S MUNCHPAK

Palebola Tama-Roca Tamarind Fruit Candy with Salt and Chili
A delicious chunk of Tamarind fruit covered in Mexican candy's signature spicy chili and salt seasoning. Salty, spicy and sweet make for a delicious snacking treat.
Country: Mexico

This looked like a huge lollipop. The taste was okay, but it had pits in it, which ruined it for me.
TASTE: 5/10

7Days Bake Rolls Tomato, Olives & Oregano
Delicious, wholesome and savory bagel shaped bake rolls have a great flavor and awesome crunch.
Country: Greece

These are actually just like the Bagel Chips you can buy in most grocery stores… same texture and crunch. I liked the taste of these, in which I tasted more olives and oregano, but they were a bit hard on my teeth.
TASTE: 8/10

Frito Lay Rancheritos Tortilla Chips
Exceptional crunch and deliciously spicy Sabor Ranchero flavored tortilla chips make for a wholesome and delicious snack choice.
Country: United States

Even though these say they are a US product, with a little research, I see they are made in Mexico, or at least are a Mexican brand of chips.
That being said, These tasted like the spicier flavors of Fritos corn chips. Not as hot as the Flamin’ Hot flavor, but a bit spicier than the Chili Cheese flavor.
These are also shaped more like traditional corn chips and not the typical tortilla chips.
TASTE: 8/10

Ming Chi Taiwan Strawberry Wafer
Ming Chi Taiwan Strawberry Wafer - natural and delicious strawberry wafers
Country: Taiwan

I wouldn’t even call these ‘wafers.’ These seemed more cake-like to me. A bite-sized strawberry twinkie. A little on the sweet side for me.
TASTE: 7/10

Velikovi Salt Sticks with Olives
Awesome, very unique and exceptionally wholesome olive flavored salt stick pretzel sticks.
Country: Bulgaria

I really liked these. They kind of had a bit of a buttery flavor to some of them, while others were heavy on the olive flavor. These have the black olive taste, which I like better than the green olives. I didn’t taste too much of a pretzel taste to them, to be honest.
TASTE: 9/10

Bourbon Petit Soft Choco Cookies Shittori
These cookies are soft and delicious and are of course.. absolutely adorable. Who can resist Bourbon Petit cookies when snack time is calling.
Country: Japan

I did NOT like these at all. The centers are filled with a chocolate filling of some sort, and even with the filling, the cookies seemed dry. Mama Melissa ate these herself.
TASTE: 2/10

Barcel Takis Zombie Habanero and Cucumber Tortilla Chips
Super spicy and utterly delicious Zombie Takis are here in the fun and portable Mini size. Hot Habanero and savory cucumber flavor are out of this world.
Country: Mexico

Interesting flavor. The cucumber flavor on these is different than a normal cucumber… I really don’t want to say ‘fake,’ but it's definitely not like chomping into a fresh cucumber.
The habanero flavor hit after a few chews and it is quite hot. I liked it alot.
TASTE: 8/10

Grape Hi-Chew
Delicious and ever so juicy, these are treat everyone is sure to enjoy. Grape flavor is so chewy, yummy and delightful.
Country: Japan

I think by now, we KNOW what Hi-Chew candies are; This is my 3rd time reviewing them. This time, we got the grape variety. Usually grape candies have that overpowering, nauseating ‘fake grape’ flavor to them. Not with these though. The taste is more of a ‘grape juice’ taste.
I also like that these candies are soft on the teeth. They start out firm, but have a very soft consistency from the first chew.
TASTE: 9.5/10

Thailand Tamarind Candy
These high quality and exceptionally delicious tamarind candies are made from simple wholesome ingredients and create a delightfully rich candy treat.
Country: Thailand

Tamarind translates to ‘Indian Date.’ I liked the ‘flesh,’ but there were ‘pits’ in it and I didn’t care for chomping on one of them. This was another item that Mama Melissa had to herself.
TASTE: 6/10

Sogo Sweet Rice Cake Japanese Style Mochi Green Tea Flavor
Exceptionally satisfying Green Tea flavored Japanese Style Mochi is an international favorite.
Country: Taiwan

Honestly, this looked like a huge glob of dough. I’m unsure if this should have been baked or not; we tore it in half and ate it that way.
I didn’t taste a LOT of green tea in this, but it was very soft and chewy.
TASTE: 7/10

7Days Max Croissant Creme Brulee, Flavor
Rich and wholesomely delicious, this creme brulee filled croissant creates a fantastically dreamy snacking experience.
Country: Poland

Take a custard filled donut and replace the donut part with a croissant bread. You now have this pastry.
I was a bit disappointed with this snack, since there was more croissant than filling. But the pastry is of the sweet variety, and that made up for the disappointment… just a little bit.
TASTE: 8/10

Umaibo Corn Puff Vegetable Salad Flavor
A delicious vegetable salad flavored corn puff from Japan.
Country: Japan

These snacks seem to be a staple of the Munckpak boxes, because every review I’ve seen of them has one in it.
If you don’t know what Umaibo snacks are, they are basically hollow tubes of plain cheese curl textured puffs with powdered flavoring. That being said, this time we got the Vegetable Salad flavor.
I tasted more of an Italian dressing flavor that actual veggies in this. It was still yummy though.
TASTE: 9/10

Lotte Happy Promise Choco Pie
A delicious chocolate cookie filled with marshmallow filling and covered in chocolate. Similar to a Moon Pie!
Country: South Korea

Exactly as they said… similar to a Moon Pie. Except I seem to recall the American Moon Pies having more… moisture to the cake. The cake seemed awful dry and crumbly, even with the chocolate and the marshmallow filling. I think I’d rather eat the American version of this snack.
TASTE: 6/10

Wai Wai Noodles Tum Yum Shrimp Flavor
Wai Wai noodles Tom Yum Shrimp Flavor are so delicious and so amazing that they are ready in 1-2-3. Add the noodles to hot water, add the first seasoning and second sauce packs and you have a snack that's a meal.
Country: Thailand

I actually have not made these yet. I am a RABID ramen noodles fan, so I’m pretty positive I will like these.
What makes me curious with these is the fact that there are TWO packets to work with, not just one.
I will update this when I do make it.
UPDATE: So, I made these tonight (11.15.15), and I was NOT impressed. They were very hot... Almost to the point I was crying from the way my mouth was burning. Only way I could eat these were to make plain Ramen noodles and mix them in, and even then, the taste was still a bit too hot for my liking.
TASTE: 2/10

Medovinka Honey Cake
Super moist, rich and delicious honey cake covered in rich milk chocolate.
Country: Bulgaria

I honestly don’t remember what this tasted like. There were SO many cakes in this box, that they seemed to run together. I do remember if was moist, unlike some of the other cakes.
TASTE: 7/10

Wellmade Chewies Fruit Filled
High quality Fruit Filled Chewy Candies that taste like all your favorite assorted fruit flavors
Country: United Kingdom

Fruit-juice filled toffee. There were 4 different flavors of these candies; strawberry, grape, apple and orange. All were very chewy. I personally liked the orange one the most. The juice just burst through with the first bite.
TASTE: 9/10

Lotte Kancho
From the creators of Koala's March comes a similar treat. A cookie type biscuit that is filled with delicious chocolate cream!
Country: South Korea

Last month, we had the Lotte Koalas Green Tea Matcha Flavor biscuits and they were okay. These are the same type of cookies/biscuits, but with chocolate filling.
I thought these were better than the Green Tea flavor, but nothing I’d make a special trip to the store for.
TASTE: 7/10

Haribo Gummy Tagada
These fun and delicious little gummy snack treats are a party in a bag. Even the fun characters on the package are throwing a party for just how good these are.
Country: Germany

These tasted like strawberry gummies… which is understandable, considering the proper name for these are Fraise Tagada. The only difference between these candies and the proper Fraise Tagada is these don’t have the fine sugar on the outside.
I like strawberry candies, so I enjoyed these a lot.
TASTE: 9/10

Solen Crazy
Solen Crazy Milk Chocolate Coated Wafer with Crispy Rice
Country: Turkey

Reminded me of the American Hershey’s Krackle bars. I didn’t really see or taste the wafer in these, but I did see and taste the crispy rice embedded into the chocolate. Speaking of the chocolate, it had a similar taste to Hershey chocolate, but creamier. I think the company added more milk/cream to the chocolate.
TASTE: 8.5/10

Banderitas Coconut bar
Delicious and fresh tasting coconut candy bar that makes your mouth water just looking at it.
Country: Mexico

Take a Mounds bars and strip the dark chocolate from it, then add food coloring to the ends to make it look like a Mexican flag. You have this bar.
I got this all to myself, since Mama Melissa is HIGHLY allergic to coconut. I really liked this, but I love coconut to begin with. I wasn’t too fond of the food coloring though, since I have some ongoing mouth issues and the red coloring fooled me into thinking I was bleeding from the mouth.
TASTE: 9.75/10

Lotte Nude Pepero
Sweet biscuit sticks with a remarkable chocolate cream filling. Very good!
Country: South Korea

Last month, we had Stark Prima Pretzel Sticks, which were similar to these. Again, I really didn’t taste too much chocolate filling in these; The biscuit overpowered the chocolate.
TASTE: 7.5/10

Only problem I see disabled people having with this (minus any allergies) is opening the packages and chewing the chewy candies thoroughly. If you can eat snacks, you'll be fine.

This is available from MunchPak.com starting at $9.95. These come in 3 sizes; MunchPak Mini (5-6 Snacks), MunchPak Original (10+ Snacks) and MunchPak Family Pak (20+ Snacks), and you can have it delivered weekly, bi-monthy or monthly. As I said, Mama Melissa subscribed to the FamilyPak, delivered monthly.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Love this service! It's great to get snacks from around the world without leaving your house!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Saturday, October 31, 2015

REVIEW -- Send Me Gluten Free October 2015

Send Me Gluten Free
October 2015 Box

What is Send Me Gluten Free?
We’re not here to save the world, we just want to make yours a whole lot easier.

Our mission is to help the gluten free community by providing great resources and fun ways to try new products that are safe for you and your family. That mission is so important to us because we get it...most of our team lives gluten free. We know first-hand how difficult it can be to find the best products and we’re here to make all of that easier with our monthly subscription box. We hope you’ll join us!
Send Me Gluten Free is a subscription box similar to Taste Guru, catering to the gluten free diet/lifestyle.

I was sent the October 2015 box for review.

So, What was in the October 2015 box?


^^SoyJoy bar in Blueberry^^

SOYJOY BAR IN BLUEBERRY
You'll swear you're eating a blueberry muffin when you experience the simply baked taste of Blueberry SOYJOY. Made with real blueberries and baked with ground whole soybeans, it's a healthy, convenient muffin alternative to snack on anywhere, anytime.

When I first opened the box and saw this, I let out a very audible groan. I had tried SoyJoy bars before, and they were COMPLETELY disgusting. The ones I had tried before were dry and bland. The company must have changed the recipe over the last few years, since this actually didn’t taste that bad. I probably would eat this flavor again.
TASTE: 8/10


^^Enlightened Crisps in Sriracha^^

ENLIGHTENED CRISPS IN SRIRACHA
A winning combination of spicy, tangy, and subtly sweet creates this bold flavor.
WHAT ARE BROAD BEANS?
The best-kept secret in healthy snacking! Enjoyed around the world for their delicious flavor and satisfying crunch, broad beans are a nutritional powerhouse packed with protein and fiber.
ENLIGHTENED CRISPS are lightly roasted in sunflower oil, sprinkled with sea salt, and seasoned to perfection. So go ahead... spill the beans.

These were actually pretty good. I've ate things with Sriracha before and they were much spicier than these were. The crunch was similar to a Pringles chip. They were quite soft on the teeth, which was a plus for someone with gum issues.
There are 4 different flavors to choose from: Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt, Wasabi, Sriracha & Garlic & Onion. I'd love to try the other flavors.
TASTE: 8.5/10


^^PB2 Powdered peanut butter^^

PB2 -- POWDERED PEANUT BUTTER
PB2 is peanut butter reimagined. Freshly roasted peanuts are pressed to remove 85% of the fat and calories. The result is a delicious and all natural alternative to traditional peanut butter with twice the healthy proteins per gram than its traditional counterpart. PB2 can be mixed with any liquid to make a spread, eaten straight from the jar or added to recipes for a rich nutty flavor.

FROM THE BACK: Superior quality peanuts are first slow roasted then pressed to remove 85% of the fat and oil. The result is an exquisitely natural roasted peanut butter flavor that’s deliciously rich in taste, easy to enjoy and wonderfully healthy.

I have yet to try this. I am restricted to what I can and can't do around here at the moment, and to be quite honest, I don't want to deal with the negativity and drama that will come with making this.
But I like the concept that I can make peanut butter whenever I want with just water.
I will update this when I can make this without people trying to control me.
TASTE: ?/10


^^Surf Sweets candies^^

SURF SWEETS CANDIES
WE LIKE TO SAY IT WAS SWEET SERENDIPITY.
That mission continues today – our organically sweetened gummy candy and jelly beans are full of the fruity flavor that you expect with none of the yucky ingredients you avoid. Anyone can enjoy Surf Sweets because our candy is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and the top ten allergens.
You will love how the fresh fruit flavor of the organic fruit juice is revealed when it’s not masked by processed corn syrup and petroleum-based artificial food dyes. Pack them in a lunch box, bring them to a school party, or treat somebody for a job well done and enjoy the guilt free sweet satisfaction of having delicious treats everyone loves and knowing they are free of artificial ingredients.
Though we’re not based in California now, as devoted parents and doting uncles and aunts, we understand the constant quest to find fun products kids love that aren’t filled with icky ingredients so join us grab some Surf Sweets and Snack Happy!

I liked these a lot. Even though these are organic, none of the sweet flavors were lost on these.
There were three kinds: Organic Jelly Beans, Organic Fruity Bears & Organic Fruity Hearts. The jelly beans tasted like normal jelly beans, just a little less sweet. The fruity bears had the crystallized sugar, like the jellied fruit slices and the fruity hearts were just like gummy bears, but in a heart shape.
TASTE: 9.5/10


^^The empty Lovely Candy Co. licorice bag^

LOVELY CANDY CO. BLACK LICORICE
The idea which started the company!  We’ve Consciously Crafted® a gluten-free licorice with all the taste and texture of premium quality licorice.  These delectable, bite size candies combine natural flavors and ingredients with true licorice extract for a lovely flavor experience.

Mama Melissa ate these, as I HATE black licorice. Always have, always will. I tried one for testing purposes and I couldn’t tell a difference between the gluten free and the regular varieties.
TASTE: 3/10 for me, 8/10 for Mama Melissa


^^Chewy Crunchola Bar^^

CHEWY CRUNCHOLA GRANOLA BAR IN OATS, APPLES & CINNAMON
Our Crunchola Chewy Apples and Cinnamon Bars are a tasty snack or on-the-go breakfast you won’t regret later. They’re made from the finest wholegrain oats sweetened with natural fruit juice and apple pieces, sprinkled with cinnamon, and then baked to a delicious chewy texture. Try them in Apricot, Coconut and Chia, too.
What’s not to love?
-Free from nuts
-Goodness of Australian oats
-Dairy free
-Source of fibre
-Low in salt
-No artificial colours or flavours
-4 Health Star Rated

This was really good. Reminded me a LOT of the Nature Valley granola bars, but more chewy. The apples and cinnamon flavors really burst through.
TASTE: 9/10


^^Honey Nut Cheerios^^

GLUTEN-FREE HONEY NUT CHEERIOS
You already know that Honey Nut Cheerios® Naturally Flavored has the irresistible taste of golden honey, making it a family favorite. But did you know that each little "o" also contains soluble fiber from whole grain oats? As part of a heart-healthy* eating plan, eating Honey Nut Cheerios each day can help lower your cholesterol. Made with whole grains and low in fat, Cheerios also provides 12 essential vitamins and minerals. That’s something that everyone can smile about!

Honey Nut Cheerios went gluten free in Autumn 2015 by removing stray wheat, rye and barley, to deliver a more pure version of Cheerios.
I’m pretty sure 95% of us know what Honey Nut Cheerios taste like. I mixed this with ‘normal’ Honey Nut Cheerios, to see if I could detect a difference in the taste, and I was unable to taste a difference. I like Honey Nut Cheerios as it is, so this was a delight to see in the box.
TASTE: 10/10


^^Slender Sticks in Grape^^

SLENDER STICKS ACTIVE IN GRAPE
NOW Foods Slender Sticks Active Grape is the designed specifically for your active lifestyle.

Tasted like VERY weak Kool-Aid. Didn’t have an AWFUL taste, but it’s not something I’d drink on a regular basis.
TASTE: 4/10


^^Modern Table Meals in Mediterranean Green Lentil Rotini^^

MODERN TABLE MEALS MEDITERRANEAN GREEN LENTIL ROTINI
With Garlic Herb Sauce & Mediterranean Citrus Seasoning
We believe wholesome foods can delight & excite the whole family. And dinner should be simple, nutritious & yummy. All it takes is 15 minutes. It’s a dinner you can be proud of: a taste of exciting, a taste of healthy a taste of reality.

Very interesting taste. The noodles were a bit hard, but not to the unchewable stage; more like a firm pasta. I really liked the way the garlic herb sauce paired with the citrus flavoring, which I really couldn’t identify WHICH citrus it was. I didn’t really detect any lemon flavor, but I’m leaning heavily towards orange.
I’d like to try their other flavors, but I don’t see them in the stores I shop in, and I really don’t want to drive to our closest Wegman’s to buy them.
TASTE: 8/10

Like with most foods/subscription boxes, the biggest problem disabled people (minus any chewing issues) will have is opening the packages. Some of the food packages are small, so it's hard to open.

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FINAL THOUGHTS
I really liked the assortment in this box again. It went from sweet to salty to savory. I was pleasantly surprised at how many things can be gluten free, but still tasty.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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