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Review: Love With Food box

Today I have another subscription box to review: Love With Food, a monthly organic snack subscription box. For $12/month you get a box with eight or more natural, organic snacks; an annual membership ($120/year) knocks that price down to $10/month. The company also donates a meal via food banks such as Feeding America for every box sold. Boxes are billed on the first and ship on the tenth of the month. There are no preview or skip windows for this subscription. If you like your snacks, you can purchase them at a discount through the LWF website; you can also earn points for reviewing the products in your box, which can then be applied to product purchases.

I was lucky enough to snag a Facebook deal (no longer available) to try my first box free and pay only the $2 shipping fee. Here’s everything I got, and some thoughts on the products.

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips: This was my favorite item in the box. I think these would be good straight out of the bag or sprinkled on ice cream or cereal; they’re lightly toasted and not too crispy or sweet.

Happy Squeeze Fruit & Veggie Twist: This was just okay. The blueberry/apple/purple carrot flavor was nice, but I honestly would rather eat a piece of real fruit.

Pizzelle Crisps: These were not a hit; they tasted like chocolate cardboard. They’re low-cal and clearly meant as diet food, but I would rather have a tiny piece of real chocolate than a whole bag of these. My husband also remarked that these had a horrible aftertaste.

Mini KIND Bar: My husband tried this out (in the almond & coconut flavor) and gave it a six out of ten; I think this bar isn’t as popular as some of their other options with fruit or chocolate thrown in.

Pixo Pearls: I haven’t had a chance to use these yet, but as I understand them, they’re apple cider vinegar pearls meant for use in a salad or appetizer. Interesting, at least!

Torie & Howard organic hard candies: These were surprisingly sweet and tasted pretty good. At $6.40 per 2-ounce tin, they’re definitely pricier than traditional hard candy, but they’d make a nice gift item.

Glee Gum: This was probably the worst item in the box; the gum was rock hard and lost it’s flavor within minutes. My husband though the berry flavor tasted like cough syrup. It’s nice to see natural, sustainable snack items, but this just isn’t anything we’d ever repurchase.

Caveman cookies: Paleo and naturally sweetened, these cookies were small but quite tasty. They were really chewy though, with my husband comparing them to taffy.

My box also contained an assortment of coupons for brands or products featured in the box, along with a coupon for a free Lean Cuisine meal, which theoretically raises the value of the box (assuming you use the coupons).

Approximate value of my box:
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips: $2.90
Happy Squeeze Fruit & Veggie Twist: $1.52
Pizzelle Crisps: $1.20
Mini KIND Bar: $1.20
Pixo Pearls:N/A
Torie & Howard hard candies: N/A
Glee Gum:  $1.60
Caveman Cookies: $2.08
Total value (excluding coupons): $10.50
Overall, this was a pretty decent box–it didn’t go through the roof in terms of value, but it’s a nice way to sample organic snacks and find out what you like (or don’t) without paying full retail for a large package. Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of vegan items included, but a lot of the items are dairy- or gluten-free, so if those are concerns you’ll probably find plenty of items inside that you can eat. The coupons are a nice bonus touch. I’m undecided if I’ll pay for another month or not just because I’m trimming my budget in advance of Christmas, but if you like monthly subscription boxes this is definitely one to check out, because they don’t skimp on the contents!


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