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December 2015 OrangeGlad Unboxing
I received this OrangeGlad box on accident because I forgot to cancel my subscription on time. Why was I cancelling? Because I started a new eating regimen and artisan desserts are not a part of the plan. Worst of all, every treat in this box looked absolutely delicious! I was good and put the desserts in the mail room for my apartment mates to enjoy - except for one. Can you guess which one I kept for myself?
The first item I opened was a Hot Chocolate on a Stick pop from Popbar. I’ve seen these before and have always been in trying one. However, I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Still a great item though, especially because you would normally need to buy a 3- or 6-pack to try one of these. The individual bar is valued at $3.
The second item was a ¼ lb chunk of chocolate fudge from Mill Fudge Factory. Fudge is always delicious! The flavor might seem bland for some people, while being the most universal to appeal to a lot of subscribers at once. This ¼ lb of fudge is valued at $4.
To provide a break from all the chocolate, the third item was a set of three Donsuemor Meyer Lemon Nonnettes. I’ve never had a Nonnette before, but it looks good. It’s essentially a squishy lemon pastry. Anyone who likes lemons and/or pastries should enjoy them. A pack of three usually sells for $3.50.
Back to the chocolate: the fourth item was a white chocolate s’more from Sweet Lydia. This s’more consists of chocolate graham crackers covered in marshmallow and dipped in white chocolate. I love s’mores, especially artisan ones, so I was psyched to see this. I think this item is a great example of the value of OrangeGlad in introducing new desserts to people - I might have never found this item otherwise. One of these s’mores is valued at $4.
The fifth and final item was a Dark Chocolate Square from Clairesquares. This square has a shortbread base covered in caramel and topped with dark chocolate. As I mentioned earlier, I love dark chocolate, so this item really appealed to me. The value of one square is $2.50.
Overall, the December 2015 OrangeGlad box contained $17 worth of delicious artisan desserts. The box costs $19 including shipping, so the value falls slightly under the box cost. However, I think in this case it was worthwhile to account for the costs of curation, because many of these desserts would not be available in individual packages otherwise. It was certainly a more impressive box than the $12-value box I opened in October.
As for the contents, I was happy with all of the items I received. I’m big on chocolate, so people who dislike chocolate might not have enjoyed it as much. The October box contained very little chocolate, though, so you can expect the box’s contents to vary each month. Also, all of the items were within their expiration dates (although the fudge was close), which is always something to consider for food-based boxes. My final impression is that I liked the December 2015 OrangeGlad box (but I still won’t be continuing due to my eating regimen.)
Oh, and the item I kept was the s’more. It was even more delicious than I’d expected, and that’s coming from someone who isn’t a fan of white chocolate. I think I made the right choice there.