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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.
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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

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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