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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Love With Food April 2017 Gluten Free Box

Love with Food
April 2017 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!
April’s theme is ‘Be The Change.’ We all have things in our lives (and beyond) that we'd like to change. And big change starts small (like planting a seed), and it starts as just an idea. This month, we want every one of our super snackers to stop thinking about making a change, and DO it! We chose this month's snacks with that in mind. These all-natural goodies are changing the way we snack, and they'll have your back through any changes that come along, big or small. So, what are you waiting for?

*It would be safe to assume these snacks are gluten-free only unless otherwise noted.




^^what I received^^

Going in order of the unboxing...

NATURE’S SOOTHIE IN COMFORT (GERMAN CHAMOMILE AND LEMON)
All I really tasted was the lemon in this lollipop... really didn't taste the Chamomile, which I do like.
I'm not sure what it was supposed to soothe or comfort, but my acid reflux stayed at bay for a while after sucking on this.
TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SENSIBLE FOODS 100% ALL NATURAL CRUNCH DRIED APPLES
FROM THE BAG: Satisfy your snack cravings with 100% real fruits -- and Nothing Else! Only the highest quality fresh apples are handpicked at the peak of ripeness and then Crunch Dried to ensure a delightful snacking experience. Our unique drying process retains the nutritional value, while locking in the full flavor and natural sweetness. Find the perfect balance between sweet and tart with this delicious blend of apples.
Light and crunchy bites of delicious apples are packed in this baf for a perfectly amazing, on-the-go snack anytime, anywhere.

Oh, companies like this REALLY grind my gears… huge bag, tiny amount of product. You can see in the picture above how big the bag of apples is.


^^upon opening^^

And this is what I got.
Again, these really had NO taste to them. I didn't taste any apple flavor until I was nearly done chewing. These were alright, but I'll stick to my rubbery dried apples.
TASTE: 5/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO,

180 SNACKS ALMOND POPS WITH BLUEBERRIES
FROM THE PACKAGE: What is 180?
Improve the way you live… change the way you snack…
Adjust your SNACKitude
Treat your taste buds to this delicious snack packed with wholesome popped rice, crunchy baked almonds and sweet dried blueberries.
Take a turn for the better… Do a 180.
You’ll never go back!

These were AWESOME. I’m usually NOT one for blueberries, but these were really really good. Almonds are my favorite nut, so that was a bonus.
These were a bit crunchy for my teeth, but I didn’t care… they were that good.
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Kosher, Wheat Free, Cholesterol Free, Preservative Free, Dairy Free

GINNY BAKES MINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Tasted just like shortbread cookies with chocolate chips baked in. I didn’t really taste a difference in these and gluten-based chocolate chip cookies However, these seemed a bit harder/crunchier.
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TASTE: 9/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Kosher, Non-GMO, Dairy Free

PRINCE OF PEACE GINGER CANDY
FROM THE PACKAGE: Prince of Peace Ginger Candy are great for the whole family. The sweet ginger taste is warming to the senses. Ginger is also known for bringing comfort to the stomach.

These were interesting. The packaging is MAINLY in an Asian language, some dialect of Chinese, which I don’t understand. The little blip above is pretty much the ONLY English on the package.
Going into these, I thought they would be hard candies, but they were more chewy than hard. Only thing I really didn’t like about them was the ginger burned my mouth.
TASTE: 7/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

KASHI CHEWY NUT BUTTER BARS in SALTED CHOCOLATE CHUNK
OMG… This was SO good! Tasted JUST like a Quaker chewy granola bar. Same texture, same taste. If I was blindfolded, I would NOT be able to tell the two bars apart. This was hands down my favorite of this month’s box. I’m actually considering buying these on my own, it was that good!
TASTE: 10/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Vegan

DANG COCONUT CHIPS in SALTED CACAO
FROM THE PACKAGE: Chocolate and coconut = best friends for life. We added a pinch of sea salt to make them even friendlier and ended up with this dang-worthy trio.
Dang is my Mother's name. One day she gave me a recipe with toasted coconut chips that changed my life. The flavor was so good. I started a company to share out coconut chips with the world and named it after her.
Enjoy our coconut chips as a snack or sprinkle them on salads, ice cream and yogurt as a fun topping.
From my family to yours,
Vincent K., Founder

I love coconut. One of my favorite candy bars is Almond Joy bars. Mama Melissa is allergic to coconut, so I got this snack all to myself.
I absolutely LOVED these chips, which I think taste better than the original Plain variety I reviewed in the February 2015 Taste Guru box. All these are were 'shavings' of the coconut meat that were dried and toasted. They had the same crunch of a potato chip.
Only downfall to these was I had just had some trauma to my gums and the broken pieces from chewing kept jabbing me in the sore area. But there was no avoiding this, unless I didn't eat them.
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

SAVI RICE CRISP in CHOCOLATE
I actually expected this to be hard and crumbly, like most rice bars are. But this had the texture of a Rice Krispie Treat with chocolate on the bottom and drizzled on top.
The rice bar itself was really good, but the chocolate had a very strange taste to it. Turns out the company used unsweetened chocolate, which put me off a bit on the whole bar. Even though the chocolate was unsweetened, I’d probably eat this again though.
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TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

EVERLY DRINK MIX in POMEGRANATE BERRY
I haven't actually made this yet. I need to find a 2 qt container, and all we seem to have around here is either 1 liter bottles or gallon milk jugs.
When this is made, I'll edit this.
Use the code 'LWF5' on their website for a $5 discount on any order (One use per household)
TASTE: ?/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free

HEAVENLY ORGANICS DOUBLE DARK CHOCOLATE HONEY PATTIE
FROM THE WRAPPER: Chocolate Honey Patties have a dark chocolate shell made from 100% cocoa that is filled with 100% organic raw white honey blended with natural flavor. These decadent, bite-sized treats not only taste amazing, but dark chocolate and raw honey both offer minerals and immunity-boosting antioxidants.

In a word, DISGUSTING. I was expecting a ‘honey’ flavor to this. I took one bite and PROMPTLY spit it right back out.
I don’t know WHAT I tasted, but it was DEFINITELY not amazing.
TASTE: 0/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, No Added Sugar, Organic, Non-GMO

HALFPOPS CURIOUSLY CRUNCHY POPCORN in ANGRY KETTLE CORN
FROM THE PACKAGE: Curious yet?
So curious you're reading the fine print! Either you're really bored, or we're really interesting (we'll go with bored). Well, since we have your attention, we might as well say something meaningful... LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST(or half-fullest...)!
Not Enough? Okay then, we loved the half-popped pieces at the bottom of the bowl, so we figured how to make 'em (cool story bro). You should eat Halfpops because they're awesome, crunchy, addictive, fun at parties, always up for a gun & willing to stay out past curfew. That's a little more reminiscent of what brands put here, right? Oh yeah, share with friends too!
Listen, this is not a dating website (although, we'd swipe right for you). If anything else, you should try 'em because you've already invested your time to read all of this. At least, if you try the product & love it, you'll know it was time well spent. Otherwise, you totally wasted two minuted of your life that you'll never get back, and if that's the case, we hope you took our meaningful statement above to heart.
-The Halfpops Crew

Growing up, Mommy would buy us microwave popcorn, and the half popped kernels were my favorite pieces as well. I liked the ones that had half of the popped corn actually out.
But, back then, I had better teeth as well, and could crunch them without fear of giving myself a migraine from teeth pain.
I really wouldn't say these are half-popped kernels. They are more like the unpopped kernels in the bottom of the microwave bag (which, fun fact: don't try to re-pop the unpopped kernels from a microwave bag in a plastic bowl... While they will pop, you also leave 'kernel dents' in the bowl). They did hurt my teeth a bit while trying to eat them.
These are a bit spicy for me. I don't taste any 'Kettle Corn' taste, just the 'Angry' spices, which are onion and garlic powders.
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TASTE: 8/10
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Nut Free

FAWEN DRINKABLE SOUP in SWEET POTATO & RED LENTIL with CINNAMON
It actually smelled good, but after opening it and seeing the foil cover removed from the 'nozzle,' I REFUSED to try it for health reasons. I was unsure if it had been tampered with.
TASTE: REFUSED TO TRY
PERFECT FOR THESE TYPES OF DIETS: Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher

The biggest problem I see disabled folks having with these products are opening them. A LOT of the packages, I had to take scissors to, so if scissors aren't your strong point, you may have a problem opening these packages.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Still loving the variety in this month's box. I like how I got lots of snacks, all that are good for me.
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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