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June 2016 SnackSack Review
I currently have a six-month subscription to SnackSack, a monthly delivery of healthy but still snack-worthy food items. This is the second box I’ve received through my subscription - click here to read my review of the May 2016 box. Overall, the May box offered a good selection of items with a fair value. How will the June box compare?
The first item in the box was a small bag of lemon burst cookies from Homefree. I prefer sweet foods over savory foods, so I was happy to get these cookies as the first item. Lemon flavored treats are always nice to have on hand for when a fruit craving comes in. This bag is valued at $1.
The second item was a bag of cinnamon honey roasted coconut chips from Got Snacks. Coconut chips are a popular item for healthy snack boxes, but this is the first time I’ve seen them in a cinnamon honey roasted variety. I look forward to trying this unique flavor. This decently-sized bag is valued at $2.
The third item was a small bag of sea salt and butter puffed corn from Cosmos Creations. I like sea salt popcorn and butter popcorn, so I assume I’ll like these. I value the bag at $1.
The fourth item was a small bag of salted kettle-cooked potato chips from Route 11. I’m not a big snacker on potato chips, but this seems like a perfect item for people who eat potato chips and are looking for a healthier option than the traditional junk food. I value this small bag at $1.
The fifth item was a decently-sized bag of veggie dippin chips from Party-Tizers. Again, I’m not big into chips, but I actually have a container of nacho cheese laying around and these dippin chips seem like a perfect pairing for them. These chips also seem like a great option for group gatherings (where dip is traditionally served) and I appreciate having the chance to try them before committing to a larger party-sized bag. This particular size of bag can be bought for around $1.
The sixth item was a bag of Mega Omega trail mix from Gourmet Nut’s Power Up Snacks line. This trail mix contains walnuts, almonds, dried mango, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. This is an interesting and delicious-sounding selection of ingredients and I’ll be tossing this bag into my hiking backpack for my next adventure. This trail mix bag sells for around $2.
Being a sweets fanatic, the seventh item in the box - a bag of Black Forest organic gummy worms - warranted the most excitement from me. I devoured these worms quickly and they tasted just as delicious as I imagined. Like regular gummy worms, but less artificial. This bag is worth $2.
The eighth item was a trail mix bar from Earnest Eats. Bars aren’t my favorite, but they’re good to have around. This bar includes oats, dried apricots, sunflower seeds, and walnut halves. The ingredients actually remind me of the Mega Omega trail mix, but since they sound good, it’s not a big deal that they’re similar. The almond butter used to hold the bar together might also give it a sweeter taste, which I’d enjoy. I value the bar at $1.50.
The ninth item was a pouch of Strawberry Lemonade Pizzazz Chia Nutritious Drink Mix from Mocu. Strawberry lemonade is my absolute favorite drink, so I’m really excited about this product. I haven’t had a chance to try it, but I think I’ll enjoy it, and it’s an item that I may actually buy on my own if I like how it tastes. This pouch costs about $1.50 (cheaper than Starbucks, certainly!)
The tenth item was a sesame energy bar with pistachios and honey from Mediterra. I’ve established that I’m not a big fan of bars, but the flavor combination intrigues me, so I look forward to trying this one - I haven’t seen anything quite like it before. This bar sells for around $2.
The eleventh item was a set of two small pouches of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. I’ve had Justin’s Almond Butter and Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter, both of which tasted good. I suspect that this Maple Almond Butter will taste good too, and I’m curious how much the maple stands out against the almond taste. Because the pouches are so small, I’m estimating a value of $1 for both of them combined.
Overall, the June 2016 SnackSack contained around $16 worth of food items. The value is a bit disappointing compared to the previous month, which contained $24 worth of items. Furthermore, the SnackSack costs over $20, so I would hope that it would contain at least $20 worth of items each month.
That having been said, the selection of items was decent. There are multiple new products that I plan to try and I especially appreciated the gummy worms and Mocu drink mix. Selection-wise, my main recommendation to SnackSack would be to perhaps make sure at least one chocolate item is included each month. I probably like chocolate more than the average person, but it was surprising to me that a box of snacks had nothing chocolate-flavored among its eleven items.
If SnackSack were to be judged based on this box alone, the value of the box would be called into question. I wouldn’t routinely want a box that has a value so much lower than its cost. However, SnackSack has offered great value in previous months, and most subscription boxes have off-months. Therefore, I will continue to look forward to my SnackSack deliveries and hope they can deliver more value in the future.
Recommended for: people who are interested in trying a wide selection of snacks
Not recommended for: people who aren’t fond of snacking