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Monday, May 9, 2016

Love with Food April 2016 box

Love with Food
April 2016 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.

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Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and start discovering your Love With Food experience!
This month’s theme is ‘Love is Joy.’ Joy is an almost perfect word for the almost indescribable idea of love. It’s pure happiness and utter excitement. And both of those things apply to delicious snacks too, right? Obviously. This month’s box is jam-packed full of goodies that we know you won’t be able to help loving. So spread the love (and joy) around!

According to my tracking apps, my Love With Food box SHOULD be here with today's mail. With that being said, Let’s take an in-depth look at the April 2016 box.


COCONUT OIL KETTLE COOKED POTATO CHIPS BY BOULDER CANYON
These will change everything you thought you knew about the humble potato chip -- without any GMOs, cholesterol or gluten. Boom.

FROM THE BACK: Pure coconut oil and sea salt bring our original kettle chip to another level of delicious snacking. Do your taste buds a favor, and savor each delicious crunch.

Lay’s Kettle Cooked chips cooked with coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil Frito Lay uses. I honestly didn’t taste a difference between these and regular Kettle Cooked chips.
I got these to myself, since they were cooked in coconut oil and Mama Melissa is allergic to anything Coconut and/or it’s byproducts.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

BLACK RICE CRACKERS BY LAIKI
Would you believe only three ingredients could make a cracker so addictive? Just one of these oh-so-simple crunchy snacks and you’ll be hooked.

FROM THE BACK: No labels to read, Nothing to worry about. With only 3 ingredients, Laiki black rice crackers are naturally gluten-free, vegan, and allergen friendly. Just 100% guilt-free, wholegrain goodness!

I got the Red Rice variety of these crackers about a year ago in the predecessor to LWF’s gluten-free box, Taste Guru. And I really enjoyed the Red Rice flavor. They had a ‘triscuit-y’ flavor to them.
The black rice crackers had almost a buttered popcorn flavor to them, which I wasn’t really expecting. I liked these, but I think if I had my choice, I’d eat the red rice crackers quicker.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

FRUIT SNACKS BY TASTY BRAND
The perfect hit of chewy sweetness for an afternoon pick-me-up -- not to mention a guaranteed hit in the kids’ lunches.

FROM THEIR WEBSITE: Is there anything you wouldn’t do for a pack of fruit snacks?! That’s right … it’s the perfect blackmail treat (and it’s even a healthy snack!) At only 70-calories & 10g sugar per pouch, these are easy, portable & guilt-free – the ideal snack for kids & grown-ups on the go.
Tasty Brand gummies are made without any artificial colors or flavors. They’re also free of gelatin (they’re vegan) so they’re easy on your teeth … many dentists even recommend them. They are also made with real, organic fruit juice and contain 100% daily value of Vitamin C per serving. Our gummies are made in a facility that banished the 8 major allergens, so they are free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, wheat, dairy, fish & shellfish.

Think Welch’s Fruit Snacks without all the gunk and gelatin commercial fruit snacks/gummies have.
I didn’t taste a whole lot of actual fruit flavor in these, but they were very easy on the teeth, which is a plus with the chewing issues I have.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

GLUTEN-FREE WAFFLE BY HONEY STINGER
Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Not when they’re a perfect balance of sweet, crispy, and gloriously gluten-free goodness.

FROM THE BACK: In 1954, beekeeper Ralph Gamber and his wife Luella created the EN-R-G Bar as a healthy snack. They also introduced “quick energy” packets of honey. Fifty years later, Honey Stinger was founded by a group including their son and grandson.
Our goal is simple; provide great tasting, honey-based energy foods made with natural ingredients. We think Ralph and Luella would be proud of our products and we know you’ll like them too.
The Crew at Honey Stinger

This is the gluten-free version of the German treat stroopwafel. Very yummy and just as sweet as the normal stroopwafel.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Organic, Dairy-free

SEA SALT KALE CHIPS BY SIMPLY 7 SNACKS
Anyone who says they’re tired of kale hasn’t had their life changed by these. Flavor packed with just a touch of salt, this is no ordinary chip.

FROM THE BACK: 
WHAT ARE KALE CHIPS?
We take nutritious kale and bake its flavors and benefits into a bite-sized snack. Paired with your favorite dips, these simply delicious snacks offer a healthier crunch. Welcome to your new favorite chip!

7 SIMPLE STANDARDS
~Clean ingredients
~No added preservatives
~0 grams Trans Fat
~No artificial colors or flavors
~Gluten free
~Simple Ingredients
~Simply delicious

I haven’t figured out WHY, but these chips have an egg roll taste to me. I like egg rolls, so these were really good. I don’t actually taste the kale in these, which is such a good thing, as you’ll see below. I would not mind eating these again.
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BAR BY THE GLUTEN-FREE BAR
Real ingredients making real flavor, minus the nasty artificial stuff. A scrumptious gluten-free snack you can feel good about? Check and check.

FROM THE BACK: We’re two brothers who get along well with each other, but not with gluten. We’re doing everything possible to make the best gluten-free protein bars around. We don’t compromise on ingredients, taste or nutrition. Been looking for a better bar? You found it. The GFB: Believe in a Better Bar.

This had the texture of a brownie bar, but tasted a little bland to me. I could taste the chocolate and peanut butter equally, but it tasted very dry.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CRUNCHY COOKIES BY ENJOY LIFE
Trust us -- if we didn’t tell you that these chocolate-y bites of heaven are both gluten AND dairy-free, you’d never believe us.

Just like double chocolate cookies. Very crunchy. These were a bit too crunchy for me, but I still liked them. I think if they were the chewy variety, I would have liked them more.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

JAPANESE CURRY BEEF JERKY BY LAWLESS JERKY
Scrumptiously salty, grass-fed beef with just a touch of sweet. This is one protein-packed afternoon snack you’ll be dreamy about by 10 a.m.

Nice taste, but a bit hard on my teeth. Not entirely sure what Japanese Curry should taste like, but I didn’t really taste the sweetness this jerky claimed to have. I tasted more of a spicy kick to it. Despite the toughness, I actually liked this.
You can save 20% off your first purchase by visiting www.Lawlessjerky.com and using the code LoveWithFood at checkout
TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

HAZELNUT & CHOCOLATE ENERGY SNACK BY RITUAL ENERGY
Everything you know about energy bars is about to change. All you need to do is take a bite of this naturally caffeinated treat to be converted.

Neither Mama Melissa or I actually liked this. It was very soft and chewy, but I think we’ll stick to getting our caffeine through our cups of coffee.
PLEASE NOTE: On the back of the label, it states “Not recommended for people under 18 or women who are pregnant or nursing. Consume caffeine responsibly. May contain pits. Contains tree nuts. Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts.
You can save 20% off your first purchase by visiting www.ritualenergy.com and using the code LOVEWITHFOOD at checkout
TASTE: 3/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Gluten free, Dairy-free

GLUTEN-FREE CORN PASTA BY LA VENEZIANE
What’s better than delicious, authentic pasta straight from Italy, just waiting to be paired with your favorite sauce? Make it gluten-free.

Seriously could not taste a difference between these and normal Penne noodles. I ended up making Poor Man's Tuna Noodle Casserole with these, which was delicious!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Non-GMO, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

ROASTED KALE BY RHYTHM SUPERFOODS
Don’t be fooled -- just because it’s super good for you doesn’t mean it can’t be beyond delicious. Still not sure? Try a piece and get back to us.

No. Nope. Nada. Not happening. The texture reminded me of the Roasted Seaweed from one of the Taste Guru box. I could barely got past the smell, and the taste was even WORSE. We got the Chili Lime flavor, but all you could smell and taste was the actual kale.
I loved the kale ‘potato’ chips from above, but I just could not do these. They promptly went in the garbage, and I could STILL smell the package 2 days later, even with other garbage on top of it!
TASTE: 1/10
PERFECT FOR THESE DIETS: Organic, Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy-free

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, sweets, AND part of a meal in the same box.
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

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