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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Discover Our America May 2016 box

Discover Our America May 2016 box
May 2016 box

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
What is Discover Our America?
Discover Our America is a subscription box that empowers people to celebrate each state’s uniqueness. Each month, Discover Our America carefully curates 5-7 products from each state for you to enjoy. Every month, you’ll receive a new state-themed box.
What’s inside each Discover Our America box?
Food and goodies that represent that state well. We also include a photography-filled, printed overview of the state, highlighting its unique history, geography, culture and places to see.
Who is behind Discover Our America?
We’re a group of U.S.-travel-loving Americans who sought a way to discover more about each state when travel wasn’t possible. That’s why we’re bringing the states right to the door.
Not just another subscription box
Discover Our America was founded to empower people to spark conversation and interest in discovering more about each state. Discover Our America brings families together, promotes education, fosters tourism and supports local businesses.

Subscriptions are $39.95 with free shipping. You can also gift Discover Our America boxes in 6, 9 or 12 month options.
Single boxes are also available for purchase at $39.95 per box; however, these ‘Single purchase’ boxes DO NOT have free shipping.
As you can tell, I'm WAY behind, as this was the May 2016 box... I'm SLOWLY pushing myself to get caught up! (Moving to Linux Mint was one of the best decisions I made!!)

May’s ‘State of the Month’ was Georgia. Discover Our America included a book with facts about Georgia. Here are some of the facts.

If anyone ever claims Georgia to be anti-Yankee, then correct them by stating that Georgia is opposite-Yankee. Life in the Peach State moves at its own pace. Residents are rarely found to be in a hurry and are never short on manners. But don’t mistake Georgia as simply a supersized, quaint southern town. Georgia is diverse in culture and uniqueness.
POPULATION: Just over 10 million
TOTAL SIZE: 59,425 square miles

FIRSTS AND FACTS
~”The City of Savannah,” the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, left from Georgia
~The Vidalia onion can only be grown around the fields of Vidalia and Glenville
~There were five cities prior to Atlanta that were the official capital of Georgia
~Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River
~The Nation’s first gold rush did not happen out west, rather, in the now ghost town of Auraria, Georgia
~Atlanta was originally named Terminus and Marthasville
~There are more than 55 streets named “Peachtree” in Atlanta
~Georgia was the first state to allow 18-year-olds to vote
~Georgia license plates are easily identifiable with two peaches featured

PLACES TO EXPERIENCE
-Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
-World of Coca-Cola
-Stone Monument Park
-Jekyll Island
-Georgia’s Back Roads

One of my BFFs when I first moved to PA now lives in Georgia, so I was excited to get this box!


^^What I received^^

Let’s take a look at the Georgian products in the box...

VIDALIA ONION GRITS BITS BY GRITS BITS
The path to making Grits Bits had many twists and turns for Diane Pfeifer. Before starting her company, she was a pharmaceutical chemist, a back-up singer for Tammy Wynette, a country music songwriter and a lead guitarist in an all-female rock band - just to name a few. She invented Grits Bits - cheese snack biscuits and cookies baked with grits, joining two Southern favorites, Vidalia onions and grits into one crunchy biscuit.
HOW TO ENJOY BEST: Cheesy and savory Vidalia Onion Grits Bits are best enjoyed as an afternoon snack on your own or shared with your entire family, if they last that long!

FROM THE BACK: Kiss My Grits!
We’ve wedded two southern favorites: sweet Vidalia onions and cheese grits, and baked them into crispy biscuits. Bite-Sized and Ready to Eat!
Southerners and Yankees can finally agree on something -- GRITS BITS are GREAT!

Now, I have NEVER had grits before, which is saying a LOT, since my father was born in Alabama. So, I had NO idea what to expect.
These reminded me of Cheez-it crackers, to be honest. Very soft on the teeth. I really enjoyed these.
TASTE: 10/10

PEACH COBBLER JAM BY BLACKBERRY PATCH
Founded by farmers in 1988, Blackberry Patch harvests local Georgia fruits and uses time-honored Southern techniques to make jams, jellies and syrups. Combining Georgia’s staple peach and the popular dessert of peach cobbler into one jam, the Blackberry Patch stays true to its company goals since the day they were established: to make handmade, small batch and high-quality goods using all-natural, real fruits and family recipes.
HOW TO ENJOY BEST: Although we couldn’t provide the actual dessert, this jam is the next best thing. Picture yourself in the sunshine of the beautiful state of Georgia as you add this delicious jam to a piece of toast or scone.

I've grown to love peach flavored things... my go-to flavor of commercial iced tea is Peach. So it was a no-brainer that this was going to be my favorite item in the box. I love putting this on rye toast in the morning. It also spreads onto the toast very easily, even straight out of the refrigerator.
TASTE: 10/10

VINEGAR BARBECUE SAUCE BY GEORGIA'S SAUCE
Scott Galt has a passion for barbecue cooking and barbecue sauces. At age 16, his parents gifted him a grill that ignited his lifelong passion. Scott tried all of the commercial barbecue sauces for his grilling, but none were good enough. After nearly 10 years of trial-and-error cooking, his "homemade ketchup" was made with a secret blend of 17 eastern and western spices and the fresh zing of lime. Georgia's Sauce is all natural and free of preservatives and fillers.
HOW TO ENJOY BEST: Just how Scott would prefer it, Enjoy Georgia's Sauce on chicken, steak, pork and other popular dishes for a unique taste of Georgia.

This was too 'thin' for me. When I think of barbecue sauce, I think of a thick, rich sauce that has a bit of a 'ketchup texture' to it. This was very runny. I think even A1 Steak Sauce has a thicker consistency to it.
That being said, it tasted okay. I used it on the burger I had at our Father's Day cookout and I did like the taste. However, I don't know what it is about sauces/condiments with vinegar in them, but they always taste rancid or spoiling, and this was no exception. I'll use this up when we have beef for dinner, but I probably wouldn't buy this myself.
TASTE: 6/10

PRE-SWEETENED FAMILY SIZE SWEET TEA BY SOUTHERN BREEZE SWEET TEA
Southern Breeze Sweet Tea is sweet tea inspired by the South itself. It is a bottomless glass of hospitality and refreshment made with real tea leaves in a bag that you hot-waterbrew, steep and chill. The sweetener is already in the bag. At zero calories, you can enjoy it with thirsty abandon.
HOW TO ENJOY BEST: Serve a batch of original sweet tea to quench the thirst.  Your family, and taste buds, will thank you.

I did a review of this tea at this link. I can't really say any more than I already have.

ALL NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER BY NATURALMOND/GEORGIA GRINDERS
Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters was launched in 2012 based on a recipe for almond butter (NaturAlmond) created by Jaime Foster's grandfather in 1970 as part of an initiative to combat his genetic disposition to cardiovascular disease. In 2014, NaturAlmond expanded its offerings to include Georgia Grinders Peanut Butter. The peanut butter is made with only two simple ingredients: peanuts and sea salt. The company sources Georgia-grown peanuts and then slow roasts and grinds them to their signature texture.
HOW TO ENJOY BEST: Thinking about making a batch of cookies soon? Consider adding a cup of Georgia Grinders Peanut Butter to your recipe for a healthier alternative. A tablespoon also makes a great addition of protein and flavor to smoothies.

What I love about this peanut butter is the fact that even though it's considered 'Natural,' it doesn't separate like most 'natural' peanut butters do, even the commercially available ones (Grandma bought a jar of Smucker's All-Natural Peanut Butter for Grandpa and even that likes to separate)
This was VERY easy to spread on toast, and it isn't runny. I really couldn't tell a difference in texture between this and other commercially available brands. However, I did taste the peanuts more in this.
TASTE: 9/10

Only problem I see disabled people having with the box (minus any food allergies) is opening the packages. There were outer safety wrappers on all but the Grits Bits, but they were in a bag inside an outer box. There was nothing needing to be cooked/prepared in the box, so there are no worries of injuries from the oven/stove.

This is available from DiscoverOurAmerica.com for $39.99 per box.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I actually enjoyed this subscription box. The price is a little steep for my personal budget, but it's well worth the cost for someone who loves trying different foods from around the country.
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.**

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