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September 2016 SnackSack Review
I currently have a six-month subscription to SnackSack, a monthly delivery of snack-worthy food items. This is the fifth 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
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. But did I like this month’s selection?
The first item I took out of the September 2016 SnackSack was a bag of Crunchy Rob’s Pineapple Habanero Popcorn. I’m not a fan of spicy foods, so this will not be a product I consume. However, I think it’s good for the box to have 1-2 spicy items each month, so it was a fair item to include. Furthermore, this seems like a fairly unique product from an interesting brand.
Estimated value: $1.50 (Source: Sexypop.us.)
The second item was a bag of Hippeas Vegan White Cheddar puffs. Chickpeas are trendy now, so it’s great to get a chickpea-based product in the box. I like the cheddar variety, too.
It is nearly impossible to find this product online or in most stores (although Starbucks sells them), so kudos to SnackSack for getting their hands on some bags. It adds value for a subscription box company to provide items that are difficult for an individual to get on their own.
Estimated value: $2 (Source: Starbucks.)
The third item was a bag of Thinsters Cookie Thins in the Chocolate Chip variety. Yum!! If you've read my previous SnackSack reviews, you’ll know that I love chocolate and was disappointed in the lack of chocolate products early on in the subscription. This no longer seems to be a problem. These chocolate chip cookies were delectable and the bag was a great portion size; I think I might start buying these bags on my own to include in my lunches.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: Walmart.com.)
The fourth item was a bag of Veggie Pasta Chips in a spinach/broccoli/kale variety. I’ve had Veggie Pasta Chips before and they were delicious. I suspect this variety will be the same way.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: Amazon.com.)
The fifth item was a container of Everly drink powder packets in a Peach Mango variety. I thought it was super cool that the container includes 6 packets, not just 1. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but I look forward to it. It seems like a convenient way to flavor waters with fewer artificial flavors than Crystal Light and other popular drink powders.
Estimated value: $4 (Source: Amazon.com / LuckyVitamin.com.)
The sixth item was a BISCOTTEA Traditional Teatime Shortbread. There was only one cookie in the package, but it was scrumptious! A great treat with or without tea.
Estimated value: $1 (Source: Harney.com)
The seventh “item” was a set of three Luna Protein Minis in a Chocolate Peanut Butter variety. I’m not big into bars, but I don’t mind having them around if they’re of a chocolate variety. The “mini” variant of the Luna Protein bars is actually very difficult to find online, so I’m estimating the value at $0.50 each.
Estimated collective value: $1.50 (Source: N/A.)
The eighth item was a bag of Tasty Brand Organic Vanilla Cookies. The bag looked a bit bland and flat, but the cookies tasted good, and that’s the most important part, right? I’ll admit that I’m not as perceptive about organic vs. non-organic as I should be, but I appreciate when products are organic, so that’s an added bonus for this item (and probably others that I’ve failed to notice.)
Estimated value: $0.50 (Source: Tastybrand.com.)
The ninth “item” was a set of two Fru-licious Ice Pops - one in a pineapple flavor and one in a mango flavor. You might recognize this brand from the May 2016 SnackSack Review, which featured two Fru-licious Smoothie pops. Those were yummy, and these are too. I understand that some people find them too sweet, but that’s what I like about them.
Estimated collective value: $0.50 (Source: Fru-licious.com)
The tenth item was a package of Kate’s Real Food Grizzly Bites Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate. This product intrigues me because it’s designed like a bar, but cut into chunks. I prefer that over bars because they make the product seem more snackable. Plus, I’m 100% on board with Dark Chocolate. I will probably take this with me next time I go hiking.
Estimated value: $2 (Source: Amazon.com)
The eleventh and final item was an almond blueberry organic trail bar from Skout Backcountry. This looks like a filling bar, although I will probably forego it because I’m not big into fruity bars. Perhaps I will give it to my hiking partner. ;)
Overall, the September 2016 SnackSack contained about $17 worth of items. This falls slightly short of the box’s $20 cost; however, I’m willing to overlook that as an equivalent of a shipping expense.
Most importantly, the variety in this month’s box was my favorite yet! There were only two items I don’t think I’ll try; everything else was right up my alley. If I could rely on the box to deliver similar shipments in the future, I would probably keep my subscription. I’m interested to see what October, my final month, will bring.
Recommended for: people who are interested in trying a wide selection of healthy and natural snacks