A while ago I mentioned that I was subscribing to two food product boxes, the Hatchery Tasting Box and Taste Trunk: Premium Gourmet box. I received my Hatchery box soon after and have already had a great time reviewing it, as well as finding uses for the products. In the meantime, I was still waiting for my Taste Trunk.
Unfortunately, somehow my box got lost in the mail. It arrived at a large USPS facility nearby and promptly disappeared, nobody at USPS could give me any help besides saying that it’s a large facility and couldn’t possibly have gotten lost and I would get it eventually. Right… still hadn’t seen a box a month later. The people at Taste Trunk were very nice when I explained the situation and after trying to help me locate the box without luck sent me a replacement. I actually received my May box before the replacement April box arrived so this review will be for both the April and May boxes!
As far as the May box goes, I was actually very underwhelmed. It started out with a ton of promise, I was immediately drawn in to the detailed packaging, the nicely printed box with the satin ribbon bow over crisp tissue paper and an artsy vintage printed paper package. The package contained several cards explaining the items or providing recipe ideas. They were printed on medium to low quality white paper that made the black text somewhat hard to read and looked cheap.
Underneath the tissue each item was simply covered in a layer of bubble wrap with no more attention paid to the packaging. A little anticlimactic.
Among my May bounty I received:
- Torie & Howard Organic Hard Candy: Pink Grapefruit & Tupelo Honey
- Gourmet du Village Provencal Herbed Sea Salt
- Gourmet du Village Vegetable Pattern Dip Bowl & Spreader
- Gourmet du Village Lemon Dill Dip Mix with miniature whisk
- Lillie’s Q Carolina BBQ sauce
I was a little thrown by the lack of creativity in including three items from the same “gourmet” shop. Not only did the items seem like tacky souvenirs but that bowl is just plain aweful. Out of everything I was the most excited for the miniature whisk…
Lillie’s Q BBQ sauce was an interesting addition, the bottle was cool but it was a little overwhelming for someone who doesn’t really eat BBQ sauce to receive such a large bottle. I guess I’ll have to find a recipe to use it for. I appreciated having it included though, it better represented the type of item I was expecting.
The best item by far was Torie & Howard’s Organic Candy. I loved the colored tin and focus on organic items, and they are really tasty! The other flavors sound just as good, I’m looking forward to trying them and I’m happy to have discovered this producer.
Overall, I was turned off by the lack of cohesiveness in the box as well as the seemingly low quality items and presentation. It was like they tried really hard up to the point of you getting past the tissue paper and then whomp, didn’t care. I still had my delayed April box coming for me and was hoping it would be a little more worthwhile.
The April box was a little better but…. a salt brick? What? I was wondering why my box weighed so much! That seemed sooooo random and I don’t know if I will ever use it. The rest of the products were just ok, the kind of items I think I might have seen at Cost Plus. I’ve made the Sticky Fingers Cranberry Orange scones before and they were good but not amazing.
- Himalayan Salt Block
- Sticky Fingers Irish Soda Bread
- Barhyte/Food & Wine Magazine Spicy Red Jalapeno Mustard
- Cucina & Amore Artichoke Bruschetta
- Terrapin Ridge Farms Mango Habanero Jam
I decided to save my money and rather than switching from the Gourmet to the Sweet box, I just canceled my subscription. It was a good try, but for the price I expected more from them.