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October 2016 SnackSack Review + 10% off coupon
Earlier this year, I purchased a six-month subscription to SnackSack, a monthly delivery of snack-worthy food items. This is the sixth and final box I’ve received through my subscription.
Read my previous reviews:
- May 2016 SnackSack Review
- June 2016 SnackSack Review
- July 2016 SnackSack Review
- August 2016 SnackSack Review
- September 2016 SnackSack Review
I’ve had mixed feelings about SnackSack throughout my subscription. The box value has been consistently below its cost, but the variety has been improving. As long as I plan to use all of the items, I don’t mind if the value is a few bucks below the cost. How did this month compare to the rest?
The first and second items I took out of the October 2016 SnackSack were bags of Cosmo Creations popcorn. One bag had a savory Aged Cheddar & Pepper flavor, while the other had a sweet Salted Caramel flavor. I prefer sweet snacks over savory ones, but among savory ones, popcorn is a favorite of mine. These bags seem perfect for bringing to the theater when seeing a movie.
Estimated collective value: $3 (Source: CosmosCreations.com / Walmart.com)
The third item was a bag of Spinach and Matcha Chips from Vegan Rob’s. There’s a chance I’d like these because I like spinach, but I decided to gift them to a friend who would better appreciate the matcha aspect.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: SexyPop.us)
The fourth item was a bag of Carnival Kettle from Popcorners. I’ve had kettle chips from Popcorners before and they were okay; I’m curious about whether the Carnival Kettle will be different, or if it’s simply a rebranding of the original kettle variety. The whole company rebranded recently, so if the bags look strange now, that’s why.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: OurLittleRebellion.com / Amazon.com)
The fifth item was a bag of sea salt bean stalks from Saffron Road. This is one of the items I had a chance to try before writing this review. The snack was pretty good; it reminded me of most veggie-based chips, except in a round rather than chip form. I like that it had a fair amount of protein for the portion (4g protein in 100 calories.)
Estimated value: $1 (Source: SaffronRoadFood.com / Amazon.com)
The sixth item was a pouch of Chosen Food Bites with Chia in a vanilla variety. The packaging on this was impressive, so I had high expectations for it. The taste itself was a bit lackluster. It tasted more nutty than vanilla in my opinion. If you’re in the mood for a nutty taste that should work well, but I wouldn’t eat it to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: ChosenFoods.com / LuckyVitamin.com)
The seventh item was a 2-pack of Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I’d had these before and loved them, and I loved them this time too! The calories are a bit high than my eating plan typically allows for, but aside from that, this is an item I’ll always be happy to get.
Estimated value: $2.50 (Source: Justins.com / Target.com)
The eight item was a 2-pack of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies in a special gluten-free variety. I can eat gluten so that’s not a big deal for me, but I think it’s nice that SnackSack included gluten-free foods to accommodate people with that need. In terms of taste, it tasted similar to the regular Walker’s shortbread cookies and I think it’s a good choice for people with a gluten sensitivity.
Estimated value: $1.50 (Source: WalkersShortbread.com / Amazon.com)
The ninth and tenth items were 2-packs of Nature’s Bakery Pomegranate Fig Bars. I’m personally not a fan of bars, but I’ve had these fig bars in the past and they taste great.
Estimated collective value: $2 (Source: VitaCost.com / Target.com)
The eleventh item was a single serving of a Laughing Giraffe Organics Chocolate Snackaroon. I’ve had other flavors of Snackaroons macaroons and this one is even better because it’s chocolate.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: TheLaughingGiraffe.com / Race-Pak.com)
The twelfth and final item was a batch of 7 hard candies from Torie and Howard. I LOVE the fruit chews from Torie and Howard, so I was excited to try the hard candies. SnackSack provided two flavors: pear & cinnamon and grapefruit & honey. I wasn’t too keen on the pear & cinnamon flavor, although it has a unique taste that should appeal to a lot of people. The grapefruit variety was delicious.
Overall, the October 2016 SnackSack contained about $15 worth of items. For a box that costs $22 to $25, that’s not a great product value. This low-value trend has been consistent over the past six months.
In terms of variety, I think SnackSack has stepped up since I started receiving the box. There is typically a much better mix of savory versus sweet foods and tastes of different kind, such as nutty, fruity, and chocolatey. I may not eat all of the items in this box, but it will be because of my eating regimen rather than my dislike of the items; I liked all of the items this month.
My six month subscription has now ended, and I don’t plan to renew. I consider myself a frugal person, and SnackSack is not an ideal box for a cost-sensitive individual. However, it could be a good choice for someone who is more concerned about snack variety than box value. And if you care about box value and want to try this box at a lower-than-normal cost, you could try using a coupon such as "LIFETIME" to get 10% off for life.
Recommended for: people who want a good variety of healthy snacks regardless of cost