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February 2016 EatsieBox Unboxing
I’m currently hosting a giveaway for a free 1-month subscription to EatsieBox, so I decided it would be a good idea to get a box for myself to review. Unfortunately, I didn’t know my budget for subscription boxes until the middle of the month, which is why I’m reviewing this on the last day of the giveaway. If you want to enter, hurry to the bottom of this post! Then come back and read the review.
For the uninitiated, EatsieBox is a unique food subscription box in that the item in each box are curated to the recipient. Therefore, every box will be different based on the preferences of the subscriber. When you subscribe, you’ll be asked to check off your preferences from a list so that the box can be curated to your needs.
So, how did EatsieBox do when curating for me?
The first item in the box was a bag of PureBites cat treats in a turkey flavor. Among all the human food preferences, there are two checkboxes for animals - one for dogs, and one for cats. I checked that I have a cat and would enjoy cat treats, so this bag of treats fits my preferences well. The bag is valued at $2.
The second item was a small bag of Popcorners in the kettle corn flavor. I’ve actually eaten these chips before, and I really enjoy them, so this was a good item for me. The small bag is valued at $1.
The third item was a huge roll of McVities Digestives in the dark chocolate variety. I was incredibly happy to see this. First, it was a much bigger item than I expected in a subscription box. Secondly, I love dark chocolate a lot more than milk chocolate, so I’m glad that I got the dark chocolate version of the item. I also think it’s wonderful that EatsieBox strove to include items that aren’t common in the United States, so I could be exposed to new foods. I’ve already eaten the entire roll of cookies and it was delicious. These rolls usually cost $5.
The fourth item was a canister of Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops. Like with the Digestives, I was impressed with the size of this item. I’ve had these lollipops before and I think they’re a good item to have around for when a sugar craving hits, so this canister will be put to good use. This product sells for around $5.
The fifth item was a bag of Bali’s Best Tea Candy in the green tea variety. This is the first item in the box that was a “miss” for me, because I don’t like green tea. I plan to give the bag to a friend. That having been said, the bag is a nice size that I value at $3.
The sixth item was a packet of watermelon-flavored Southern Boy Iced Tea. I like fruity teas, so I’ll give this a try. Upon searching this product online, I discovered that it originated from a Kickstarter. I think it’s cool that EatsieBox included this type of item, because many people might not think to check Kickstarter for food, but you can discover some special items there. These pouches sell for about $3 each.
Back on the international track, the seventh and final item was a Cadbury Curly Wurly bar. As you can tell from the picture, I didn’t hesitate to give it a try, and I liked it - I finished it shortly after I finished taking pictures. This bar is valued at $1.
The box also includes a collection of small, cute additions that I won't assign value to, but which I wanted to point out because some people might appreciate them. I think they will be especially well-liked by children, although I personally think the cardboard dinosaur is cool.
Overall, EatsieBox did a good job curating the box to my preferences. I liked all of the items except the green tea candy, and I think that’s a decent haul considering EatsieBox was trying to guess the likes and dislikes of a stranger. They had some guidance thanks to the preferences I set on my account, which I believe helped ensure the majority of the box would be to my liking. My favorite item among all of them was the McVities Digestives and I’m happy to have been exposed to them through the EatsieBox.
Is it worth the cost? A regular-priced EatsieBox is $23 per month, excluding shipping. The value of the items I received added up to $20. Thus, the box value fell slightly short of the cost. The box value likely varies by a few bucks depending on the items, so you might receive a slightly higher or lower value collection of items. I don’t think you should purchase this box expecting to get higher-valued items than what you pay, however. The real value of EatsieBox comes from the curation. If you’re all right with paying a couple of bucks extra for someone to procure items from around the world that meet your needs, you should be happy with the EatsieBox. You can also try to use a coupon code to get better value from the box and then use the discounted box as a test of whether you want to continue your subscription at full price. For example, you can use code "EATSIEHUB" to save $10 off any subscription!
For the month of February, Monthly Box Hub has been hosting a giveaway for a free EatsieBox of your choice. If you want to receive a curated box of food like the one I just reviewed, you can enter the giveaway on the Giveaway tab or through the widget below. Hurry - this giveaway ends today, February 29th.