Here’s my belated review of my Love With Food February 2013 box.
About Love With Food: Every month you’ll receive 8+ gourmet foods samples. Each box has a theme, usually relating to the current season. For each box bought, the company will donate a meal to a hungry child. You can earn points for reviewing products which can be used towards redeeming items in their shop.
Cost: $10/month + $2 shipping
- Exceptions are for the 6 month and yearly subscriptions, which are $1 or free respectively for shipping.
Is there a “skip” option?: No, you can only cancel.
This month’s theme is Sweet and Spicy Valentine’s Day.
Sweet and Spicy Valentine’s Day – Like a matchmaker for your tastebuds, the recipe for romance calls for a bit of sugar and a dash of spice! This Valentine’s Day, we also thank you for sharing the love by donating a meal to a child in need.
Here’s what I received in this month’s box:
Bring sweetness to your day with a tidbit of All Natural European chocolate.
|Sample received: $2.00 for the two pieces||Full price: $1.00 for a 0.40 oz. piece [LINK] Peanut Butter|
|$3.50 for a 1.76 oz. bar [LINK] Peanut butter|
Comments: The chocolate pieces were definitely a size improvement from the January’s box, since those chocolates were about the tiniest samples of chocolate ever. As for these chocolates, the milk chocolate on both was of good quality and melted smoothly in my mouth.
For the peanut butter one, it reminded me of a higher quality Reeses. I also noticed that the chocolate flavor is much more prominent than the peanut butter is.
This fun and healthy treat for kids of all ages, is low in sugar, and naturally fat free.
|Sample received: $0.51 0.75 oz. bag||Full price: $19.99 for a box of 6 bags [LINK]|
Comments: This comes in a few flavors – cherry, grape, raspberry, and strawberry. The flavor that I got was strawberry. I’ve had dried cranberries before, which I like the sweet and tart flavor, but never flavored ones, so thought be interesting to try.
Not sure how I feel about this one. I don’t love it… or hate it. It’s one of those things that I might like more over time, but as of now, it’s just alright. The strawberry flavor isn’t pronounced, but is still noticeable.
Long grain rice, navy and pinto beans join forces for a gluten-free chip with miles of zesty flavor and 1/3 less fat than other tortilla chips.
|Sample received: $1.25||Full price: $40 for 12 6oz. bags [LINK]|
|$30 for 24 1.5oz. bags [LINK]|
Comments: These chips had a grainy texture comparing to regular tortilla chips and tasted like BBQ chips. If I didn’t already know there was rice in these chips, I wouldn’t be able to to tell since the bean flavor is very prominent. I actually didn’t mind them at first, but as I was eating them, I began to like them less and less. It eventually got to the point that I couldn’t eat anymore since the flavors were leaving an unappetizing taste in my mouth.
A salty-sweet trifecta of dry roasted almonds, cashews, and pecans coated with a delicate meringue and warm blend of spices.
|Sample received: $1.86 for 1 oz. bag||Full price: $3.75 for 2 oz. jar [LINK]|
|$10 for 8 oz. jar|
|$36 for 32 oz. jar|
|$3.49 for 2.5 oz. bag|
Comments: It doesn’t taste bad, but the spices completely take over to the point where I couldn’t taste the actual nut. I couldn’t even get through even half of the bag before I got sick of it. It’s great for people who don’t normally like nuts since you can’t even taste the various nuts that are in this mix.
This first-of-its-kind sipping broth is a blend of savory herbs and spices infused with loose leaf green tea.
|Sample received: $0.86||Full price: $12.95 for 15 tea bags [LINK]|
Comments: This is an interesting concept since it’s like a soup, but it’s infused into tea. I love green tea, though I’m not expecting the flavor to be prominent with all of the other herbs and spices mixed with it. When I tried it, like I though, I can’t taste the green tea aspect of this at all. The savory flavors add an interesting touch, and while not overly terrible, I don’t love it either. The broth seems a bit watered down that I might as well make some soup.
Enjoy the sweetness of all natural honey anytime, any place, without the sticky mess.
|Sample received: $0.40 for 2 packets||Full price: $14.95 for 80 packets [LINK]|
Comments: I loved the concept of these crystals since I love honey but I hate how messy it can be. Because of the portable packaging, I can enjoy honey anywhere. 🙂 I based the price from the retail price ($16.00) in Love With Food’s shop since the company doesn’t sell the product on their website.
Almost too cute to eat, frolic in absolute truffle heaven with All Natural chocolate bliss.
|Sample received: $1.00||Full price: $1.00 for 0.4 oz. piece [LINK]|
Comments: Yay! Caramel! 😀 The chocolate pieces were definitely a size improvement from the January’s box, since those chocolates were about the tiniest samples of chocolate ever. As for these chocolates, the milk chocolate on both was of good quality and melted smoothly in my mouth.
For the caramel, as much as I love caramel, I didn’t like the caramel in this all that much. To me, it tasted a bit more smoky than other caramel I’ve had in the past.
Creamy, moist French tea cakes with a distinctively whimsical shell shape.
|Sample received: $0.58||Full price: $15.00 for 26 madeleines [LINK]|
|$30.00 for 60 madeleines [LINK]|
Comments: This is a pastry I’ve heard of, but have never eaten, so I’m excited to try this. The fact that it’s chocolate’s a bonus. 😛 It reminded me of a brownie. The outside is a bit firmer than the outside, but is still moist. It wasn’t dry or overly sweet. I struggled to not devour it in a single bite (or two), which I easily could have done. Definitely a delight to have.
Savor premium chocolate with all-natural Valencia peanut butter.
|Sample received: $0.90||Full price: $8.00 for 4 oz. box [LINK]|
|$40 for six 4 oz. boxes [LINK]|
Comments: It reminds me of a Crunch bar as this has the same crunchy aspect of the rice. This has the added bonus of peanut butter as well. The chocolate was of good quality and melted slowly in my mouth, so I enjoyed this.
- Box Score: 3.61/5
- Total Value: $8.36
Final Thoughts: I get the feeling that you never get your money’s worth with this box since this is the 2nd month in a row where you don’t get what you paid for if you paid full price. Granted I did, since I had a free box, and only had to pay $2 for shipping. While not a terrible box, it was overly impressive either.
This one will probably be my last LWL review for a while since I don’t plan on getting more boxes in the future since I don’t want to pay full price. If they have free box codes for a particular month, I may get one, but otherwise, I wouldn’t subscribe.