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November 2016 Try the World Pantry Box Review
Try the World originated as a food box that specialized in delivering snack products from all around the world.
I reviewed one of their boxes back in April, which you can read here:
Try the World has done well and continues to offer Snack Box subscriptions. However, they have recently expanded to offer Pantry Boxes along with the Snack Boxes. The Pantry Boxes are described as follows: “Upgrade your grocery routine! A selection of your favorite products delivered every month, so you never run out.” They differ from the Snack Box in the type of items they provide, but also in the fact that you can fill out a taste survey to get foods that are tailored to your preferences.
When Try the World offered a coupon for the box, I decided to give it a try. I filled out the taste survey and, viola, a Pantry Box filled with foods customized to my tastes was delivered a few weeks later.
The first item I took out of my November 2016 Try the World Pantry Box was a container of Chamita Homemade Caramel Cookies. I love sweets, so this was definitely a good fit! They look delicious, and I expect they will taste as decadent as they look. In addition to having the boxes tailored to my preferences, I also appreciated that the item was sourced internationally like the other Try the World boxes. This particular item came from Morocco.
Estimated value: $7 (Source: TryTheWorld.com)
The second item was a package of Cupuaçu Cookies from Frutos Da Amazônia. Talk about trying the world - I didn’t even recognize the name of the fruit! Looking it up online, Cupuaçu is described as a fruit with a tropical flavor combining elements of chocolate, bananas, pear, passion fruit and pineapple. That sounds AMAZING. I’m really looking forward to trying this! The cookies themselves are from Brazil.
Estimated value: $7 (Source: BrazStore.com)
The third item was a bundle of Baking Stories Breadsticks with a Kalamata PDO olive paste and oat grains. This product helps add a savory touch to a box that has been mostly sweet so far. Although I would probably enjoy this, I will be gifting it to my grandparents, who have Greek origins and love olives. If you haven’t guessed: yes, these breadsticks are sourced from Greece.
Estimated value: $3 (Source: HellenicGrocery.co.uk / Amazon.com)
The fourth item was an adorably-designed container of mini pineapple cakes from Taiwan. Another sweet item, but that’s probably due to my preferences - I have a definite sweet tooth! I gave one of these cakes a try and it tasted pretty good, although it has an odd aftertaste. Not unpleasant enough to stop me from eating them, but something that will take some getting used to.
Estimated value: $7 (Source: YummyBazaar.com)
The fifth and final item was a bar of Arriba Gold 55% chocolate originating from Ecuador. Of sweet items, dark chocolate is my fave, so I’m sure I’ll love this. I also appreciate that it’s ethically sourced and produced.
Estimated value: $4 (Source: Amazon.com)
Overall, my November 2016 Try the World Pantry Box contained about $28 worth of items. For a box that costs $25 to $30, I think that’s a fair value, especially when you consider how tricky it would be to source each of the products individually on your own.
Variety-wise, the box surprised me. It seemed more like a snack box than a pantry box, absent of any sauces or condiments. However, I believe that is because of how I filled out my taste preferences. I don’t remember exactly what I put, but judging by the contents of this box, I probably put an emphasis on sweets - and that suits me just fine. I could see myself eating any of the items that came in my box. And if you’re not a fan of sweets, you’ll get an entirely different selection of products in your box that are tailored to your preferences.
If you're interested in trying the Try the World Pantry Box, you can use code "PANTRYTAKE10" to get $10 off your first box!
Recommended for: people who want to try foods from around the world that fit their tastes