Review: July Love With Food Box – A Tasty Farewell

I’ve said before that I don’t understand how Love with Food chooses it’s themes, and this month’s theme is no exception. Love is Adventure is a fun thing to say, and it sounds good, but I personally wouldn’t describe a SINGLE THING in this box as adventurous. Tasty, yes. Maybe if they’d put that horrid curry flavored granola in this box I could see the adventure, but everything in this box is pretty darn tame.

20160717_180635I’ve been subscribed to Love with Food for more than a year now, and while I’ve enjoyed my time with them, our breakup is overdue. Sorry, Love with Food, it’s not you, it’s me. I’ve just got a more sophisticated palate than you can match, what with your lollipops and fruit snacks and liquid oatmeal goop in a bag. July 2016 will be my last Love with Food box, so without further ado, I give you Love is Adventure.

20160721_061919Barney Butter Snack Pack – Vanilla + Espresso Almond Butter

I wanted to love this SO BAD. Vanilla espresso almond butter? That sounds AMAZING! Sadly, just like most of the almond butters I’ve tried, this was grainy. The vanilla espresso flavor was very, very mild. Why can’t I like almond butter?! Every time I try it I just think it’s so boring and the texture is just awful. Maybe it’s me. I’ll be sticking to my buddy peanut butter from now on.

20160721_103120Pure Growth Organic Popcorn

I joke about having a refined palate but when presented with bag after bag of air popped popcorn seasoned only with salt I find that I can’t ever tell them apart. They’re all just good air popped popcorn. It’s popcorn. Do they taste different like wine or coffee? I can’t figure it out. In my opinion, if popcorn is still crunchy and has the right amount of salt it’s good every time. This one was good, too.

20160721_062122Pur Mints Mojito Lime Mint

I’ve got a couple of these in my mouth right now, and I’ve gotta say they taste pretty darn close to a real mojito, sans the rum of course. They have a very slight medicinal quality but are tasty and refreshing.

20160721_062110Luna Protein Berry Greek Yogurt Bar

This was, by far, my least favorite item in the box. I was grumpy after eating it. It had a sour, spoiled quality to it that I did NOT love. I love Greek yogurt, but to me it should be tart and not sour. I do usually like Luna bars though, so this was an anomaly. Do not recommend.

20160718_201458Pretzel Perfection Twice-Baked Tomato Basil Pretzel Sticks

In contrast to the Luna bar, these were my absolute favorite thing in the box. THEY WERE SO CRUNCHY! Perfection is the right word when waxing poetic about these. The bag was pretty big too, I didn’t feel like I ran out of pretzel sticks too quickly. I also really enjoyed the Tomato Basil flavor,  which was strong enough to be enjoyable without crossing the line of overkill. SO YUM.

20160721_062059Chef’s Cut Original Real Steak Jerky

If I could afford to buy this jerky on a regular basis I would. It has great flavor and it’s incredibly tender and easy to chew. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s nitrite free, if you’re worried about that sort of thing. Also, for real, I legit like the logo. Maybe it’s because I’m a Taurus.

20160721_062137Trujoy Sweets Organic Bunny Shaped Lollipop

I’m not really a lollipop fan, but this was tasty. I think it was strawberry flavored? Maybe strawberry banana. The fact that it is supposed to be “bunny shaped” doesn’t sway me either way. And at closer inspection, it appears the bunny is choking on the stick. Not my idea of family friendly imagery.

20160721_061946Yumearth Naturals Sour Beans

The Hubs ate the sour beans, and he says they had a good sour kick to them at first, which then mellowed out to a sweetness. They had a more natural fruit flavor than Sour Patch Kids. His quote: “As a connoisseur of sour things, me likey.” Preach.

20160720_064900Jimmy Bar – No Bluffin’ Banana Muffin

I’ve gotten Jimmy Bars before, and I’ve got to say I really like them. I can’t find them anywhere in stores though. I like the idea that you can get these smaller snack sized ones, too. The texture is great, and while some people will be disappointed in the lack of true banana flavor, I was pleased. It was a nice, sweet, bullsh*t free bite!

Conclusion

I enjoyed this box quite a bit, despite the Luna bar. I will be discontinuing my subscription after this box and venturing out to try something new, but if you’re interested in giving it a try, use my code and get a discount on your first box!

Have you tried any of these snacks? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: June Love With Food Box

The theme of June’s Love with Food box was “Love is Celebration”. I’ve got to be honest with you, I have no idea why they do these themes. I’m not sure any of these foods make me want to celebrate. I know they need themes, but perhaps the themes should be less abstract. Just sayin’. Here’s what I got:

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Sinfully Thin Blue Corn Popcorn

20160616_210445There’s a lot of popcorn on the market these days. Maybe I’m just not overly picky about popcorn? There wasn’t anything at all wrong with it, it was really tasty, but it’s still just popcorn. Plain popcorn…

Snack Factory® Original Pretzel Crisps®

20160616_201957I’m not really sure why these come in the Love with Food box, because you can find them everywhere, but I love them! Crunchy and salty and perfect for dipping.

Snapz Original Crunchy Premium Apple Crisps

20160623_185324I hate dried apples, because I’m picky like that. I gave these to the Hubs. He says they were very tasty, but he wished they were crunchier.

Biscottea Traditional Teatime Shortbread

20160621_192700I am an absolute SUCKER for good shortbread and this was just that: buttery, crumbly, tender, mouthwatering shortbread! Would buy again!

Torie & Howard Fruit Chews

20160623_161033Yum! Yum yum yum! I’ve had these chews before and described them as Starburst for grownups. The blood orange and honey flavor was really tasty and not too sweet.

Raw Rev Glo Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt Bar

20160619_073338The taste of this bar was good, but the texture? YECH. No thank you. I guess it was due to the raw nature of the bar but I don’t think I’d eat another one. I did like the high protein and low sugar content of this bar though.

You Love Fruit Leather

I got the tart peach flavor in this box (I’d previously had the mango and loved it) and I was disappointed. It had a distinctly bitter note to it that I wasn’t a fan of. Texture is great as always, and as I said, I’ve had it before and liked it, but this flavor wasn’t for me.

Wild Garden Sundried Tomato Hummus Dip

20160625_154218I’m pretty sure I’ve had this before. Almost positive. It was very good: the sun-dried tomato flavor wasn’t overwhelming. The best part is the packaging. It makes it super easy to squeeze the hummus directly onto the food for less mess!

Conclusion

All in all this box was pretty tasty! It had a lot more savory snacks than sweet ones, which I prefer, so that was good, and all but the raw peanut bar I’d eat again. I say 7/10! If you’re interested in giving it a try, use my code and get a discount on your first box!

Have you tried any of these snacks? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: Love with Food Box – April

Yes I know we’re halfway through May already, but it took me that long to eat everything in April’s Love with Food box. Why, you ask? Three words: squeezable oatmeal puree. I’d gotten it before and passed it off to a friend.

Maybe it’s PMS or maybe this box was seriously meh, but I just wasn’t real impressed by any of this stuff. My opinions may be a bit grumpier than usual, so be forewarned.

Coconut Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips by Boulder Canyon

20160502_153008*sigh* I’m super picky about potato chips. These were bland. The back was larger than an ounce, so it was a lot of calories I regretted consuming. You could definitely taste the coconut. Not enough salt.

Black Rice Crackers by Laiki

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These were actually the best thing in the box (which is ironic because I lost the photo I took). GREAT crunch factor, nice toasted rice flavor. I’d be happy if I got them in a later box, but I probably wouldn’t go out and buy them.

Fruit Snacks by Tasty Brand

20160502_110714They’re fruit snacks. They were fine. No gross, off-putting flavors. Still, just fruit snacks. I’m 34, not 4. Over fruit snacks.

Green Tea Latte Candy by Bali’s Best

20160418_170538Very tasty! The tea candies by Bali’s Best are always good. No complaints!

Chocolate Chip Biscotti by Biscotti di Suzy

20160422_211347It’s your average biscotti. It was fine. (I really am crabby this month, aren’t I? Maybe I’m over Love with Food?)

Gluten-Free Waffle by Honey Stinger

20160421_114759I’ve had these before at the sample tent at the Adventure Run. They’re tasty! But for the life of me I’m not sure how people eat these things while running. I’d choke on a wafer if I was moving! They do taste good though!

Banana Bar by Nutryttiva

20160419_153831*cue dramatic music* Bananas and I have an awkward relationship. I really only love bananas when they’re slightly under ripe. Once the hint of green is gone I’m not really interested. Yes, arrest me, I’m a banana cradle robber. This Banana Bar tastes like ripe bananas somehow condensed into a taffy-like texture. It wasn’t terrible, and if you’re normal and eat ripe bananas you’ll probably love it, but not for me.

Blueberry Acai Flax Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze by Munk Pack

20160515_100638I’d been dreading this one since I got it last time (and didn’t eat it). It’s… odd. I don’t know, maybe the idea of drinking food is just not my gig. I’m not a fan of smoothies, either. The texture was actually not bad, and neither was the flavor. The real problem for me was that there was banana in this, too, and as previously discussed, I’m not a huge fan of banana when it’s ripe. If I get this in a future box, I’m totally pawning this off on Josh. Sorry.

Conclusion

Honestly this box was fine. Everything was okay. I think I’m just being bitchy. I do prefer the boxes that feel less like kid snacks and more like adult snacks, though!

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Happy Monday!

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