Something Snacks & Coupon Code: June 2015

Another day and another new box to share. Something Snacks graciously sent me their June “Manly Themed” snack box to review for you all. The US subscription costs $10 per month plus $3.00 shipping. (To save $3 OFF subscriptions, use code TRY3NOW).

“When you subscribe, you will receive a snack box with 7 hand-selected snacks delivered right to your door step every month until you cancel. Every snack is personally tasted. With Something Snacks you’ll always find at least one sweet, one salty, one international, and one healthy snack surprise that will get you chatting about What’s Familiar and What’s Adventurous!”

Each month this snack box offers a different theme and I’m guessing June was “manly” in time for Father’s Day.

Inside, we have an insert with info on the contents and of course, the snacks!
Open Box

FEATURED SNACK:
Popcorn
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn
(Estimated Retail: $1.36)
Description: “This month our featured snack by POP! Gourmet Popcorn in partnership with Huy Fong Foods is familiar to some but adventurous to most. This snack consists of hot international flavors on crispy popcorn has a kick to it and will arouse your taste buds. Respect the Rooster!”.
Verdict: Like!
I’m not sure if this “aroused my taste buds” but it was a tasty, spicy popcorn and it definitely fit within the snack theme.

Beer Nuts
Beer Nuts

(Estimated Retail: $3.00)
Description: “Original Peanuts. Sweet & salty. Munch away!”
Verdict: Okay
Do you have to eat beer nuts with beer? Is it a rule? I don’t really understand how they are different from regular nuts, but maybe it’s just that I’m not manly enough to get it.

Brownie
Lenny & Larry’s Cookies & Cream Muscle Brownie

(Estimated Retail: $2.18)
Description: “Want muscles? Eat brownies! All natural with 20 grams of protein.”
Verdict: Like
I passed this along to my boyfriend so I didn’t get a chance to try it myself, but he didn’t have any complaints so I’m calling it good.

Chocolate
Chuao Chocolatier Baconluxious Chocolate Mini Bars

(Estimated Retail: 99¢ each)
Description: “Enjoy this honey cultivated on the south side Hawai’i Island (The Big Island), from bees which pollenated flourishing macadamia nut trees. This is a great sweetener for your tea, or a yummy snack by itself for a sweet pick –me-up”.
Verdict: Okay
I know everyone wants to bacon all the things, and this may be blasphemy but I like my chocolate free from pig. I think something like smoky almonds would give the same sort of vibe but without the unnecessary pork. These weren’t terrible, and don’t get me wrong I love me some bacon, but I prefer it on a cheeseburger.

Rib Chips
Herr’s Baby Back Ribs Potato Chips

(Estimated Retail 69¢)
Description: “Unique snack for when you’ve got the munchies.”
Verdict: Slightly Disappointing
Ribs are one of my favorite foods and I’ve never met a chip that’s ever come remotely close to tasting like a rib and these are no different. They taste like any garden variety BBQ chip to me. They aren’t bad, but they set me up with the whole rib thing and just didn’t deliver.

Meat Stick
Jack Link’s Original Beef Stick

Description: “Something familiar for your taste buds.”
(Estimated Retail: $1.14)
Verdict: Not for me
These are not familiar to my taste buds. I’m not a jerky or dried meat person so this got handed off to my boyfriend. He did comment that this was like the cheapest type of jerky.

Terra
Terra Blues

Description: “Naturally blue potato chips w/ sea salt. Non GMO, gluen free, and addictive.”
(Estimated Retail: $1.09)
Verdict: Love!
I love Terra chips and I snatched these up right away. They are tasty and the blue color makes them super great for fancifying your chips and dip at a party without actually doing any work.

OVERALL
Something Snacks 6.2015
Verdict:
Mixed

I really like the idea of a snack “theme” each month and even though I wasn’t thrilled with the idea that some foods are “manly” I thought the contents fit the concept that Something Snacks wanted to get across. What I appreciate most is the variety of snacks. This box had an excellent balance of sweet, salty and spicy items so the curation was definitely on point.

My problem with this box is that the value only came out to $11.44 and the monthly cost to purchase this would be $13.00. Most of these snacks aren’t super unique or had to find so I think the value needs to be equal or slightly above what you’ve paid. That being said, that could easily be fixed by throwing in an extra pack of some items. Since this is the only box I’ve tried it’s possible that other months did a better job of value versus purchase price. There are discounts available for prepaying longer subscriptions and a coupon code. If you choose those options then the subscription becomes much more cost effective.

What snacks do you consider “manly” and conversely are there “womanly” snacks?

Cheers!

THE BACKSTORY

“When you subscribe, you will receive a snack box with 7 hand-selected snacks delivered right to your door step every month until you cancel. Every snack is personally tasted. With Something Snacks you’ll always find at least one sweet, one salty, one international, and one healthy snack surprise that will get you chatting about What’s Familiar and What’s Adventurous!”

Monthly Cost:
US Subscription:
Monthly: $10.00 per month plus $3.00 Shipping
Discounts available for prepaying 6 months or 1 year subscriptions.
Canadian Subscription:
Monthly: $10.00 per month plus $8.00 Shipping
Discounts available for prepaying 6 months or 1 year subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code TRY3NOW for $3 OFF subscriptions!

Hawaii Snack Box: June 2015

Today’s box review features specialty snacks. Hawaiian Snack Box graciously sent me a box to review for you all so we’re going to get a chance to dive in to the “best box for people who love Hawaii.”

“Hawaii Snack Box is your fly-free destination to paradise. Our subscription snack program allows you to sample local Hawaiian treats every month while receiving a taste of the culture, along with a fun word, phrase or recipe that teaches you about our beautiful island… Each monthly box contains a variety of 5-7 different snacks from Hawaii businesses.”

Paradise is a big promise, so this little box has a lot to deliver. I’ve never been to Hawaii and I’d love to go, so I’m hoping this box will give me a little taste of the islands.

A adorable box arrived on my doorstep.
Box
Inside, we have some inserts that give us info on the box contents.
Open Box Inserts

Now onto the snacks!

Hawai’i’s Local Buzz Natural Sea Salt Macadamia Nuts
Nuts
(Estimated Retail 3 oz: $3.00)
Description: “These are Hawai’is most popular nuts at their finest. Hawai’i’s Local Buzz dehydrates their macadamia nuts to keep the taste fresh, as if you just cracked the shell open. A slight hint of Hawaiian sea salt helps round out the flavor of the crunchy treats”.
Verdict: Like!
I don’t think you can have a Hawaiian snack box without Macadamia nuts. I know people adore Macadamia nuts and they are super expensive but I’m pretty ambivalent about them in general. I like nuts overall and these are an excellent addition to the box. I’m not a connoisseur of macadamias but these seem like they are high quality.

Hawai’i’s Local Buzz Mango Mac Tropical Shortbread Cookie
Cookie
(Estimated Retail: $1.00)
Description: “You’re in for a treat with this Mango Macadamia Shortbread Cookie! It’s made with two signature local ingredients; macadamia nuts give it a buttery, salty cruch and mango coordinates perfectly with its tangy sweet flavor. This is just one of many melt-in-your-mouth cookie flavors by Hawaii’s Local Buzz.”
Verdict: LOVE
Why have I never thought to put mango in a shortbread cookie before? This cookie was so very delicious and I wish there were more included. I’m definitely going to try out some recipes using macadamia nuts and mangos.

 Hawaiian Natural Tea Passion Fruit Orange Tea
Tea
(Estimated Retail: $5.95 for a 20 bag box)
Description: “These certified organic Hawaiian teas are infused with the tropical flavors and specifically formulated to be rich in antioxidants and low in caffeine. Passion fruit 9lilikoi) and orange flavors give this tea a playful and refreshing essence.”
I love both passion fruit and orange flavors so this was right up my alley. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

Big Island Bees Macadamia Blossom Honey Sticks
Honey
(Estimated Retail 47 oz jar: 38.00)
Description: “Enjoy this honey cultivated on the south side Hawai’i Island (The Big Island), from bees which pollenated flourishing macadamia nut trees. This is a great sweetener for your tea, or a yummy snack by itself for a sweet pick –me-up”.
Verdict: Like
It’s always interesting to try out honeys from different regions so I think this another great item for the box. I couldn’t find the honey sticks on the Big Island Bees site but they have an amazing selection of honey products (including honey caramel). If you know a foodie, this might be a great site to grab them a gift.

The Jade Company Li Hing Mui Cotton Candy
Cotton Candy
(Estimated Retail $1.39)
Description: “Li Hing Mui is a popular treat in Hawai’i, which has roots in Asian culture. It is a dried salty plum rolled in a flavorful, sweet powder. For this snack, the Jade Company has creatively mixed a popular fairground staple with the sweet and salty flavors of li hing mui by adding the powder topping to cotton candy.
Verdict: Interesting
I’m not huge on cotton candy, but I thought it was a lot of fun to try something I wouldn’t otherwise. The taste itself wasn’t very strong and it just sort of tasted like plain old sugar to me. It was an interesting item to include and something you won’t find in your local grocery.

Hawaiian Host Dark Chocolate Mac Nuts
Chocolate
Description: “This simple yet tasty treat is one of my favorites! Dark chocolate covered Mac Nuts, simple and delicious.”
(Estimated Retail – 7 oz box/18 pieces: $8.99)
Verdict: Why didn’t you fill the whole box with these?
These were so so so tasty. The chocolate was excellent quality and it paired perfectly with the macadamia nuts. It’s probably a good thing that I can’t get these at my local store because I’d probably gain 5 pounds of solid chocolate and nut weight.


OVERALL
Full Box
Verdict:
Love for the Products, Miss for the Value

I loved the whimsy of this box and the idea of trying out foods from Hawaii. I have a sweet tooth so I enjoyed the plethora of sweet snacks, but the box probably could have used a bit more salty or spicy items. My big issue with this box is the value. You don’t need to pay for shipping which is a big consideration when you are getting a bunch of local products from Hawaii, but when I added up the estimated value of what I received it came out to only $8.12. With a monthly cost of $19.95, that’s just too low a value for me to justify the expense of this box or to recommend it others. If the items included were larger in size that would help a great deal. A four pack of cookies, a larger bag of nuts and a small box of tea would have gone a long way in making this box worth the expense.

That being said I thought all the snacks themselves were great, so the Hawaiian Snack Box company did an excellent job with curation. I’m guessing the low value is to offset the high shipping costs to the company, but it’s just way too low. If this was a $12 monthly box, then it would be a win.

What are the most unique snacks you’ve ever tried and where were they from?

THE BACKSTORY
Hawaii Snack Box is a subscription box company that sends you delicious local treats from Hawaii every month!…Things you can’t find everyday outside of Hawaii such as li hing mui, arare, macadamia nuts, lilikoi butter and jams, and so much more! We also send cultural information each month so you can learn a little more about Hawaii! Each monthly box contains a variety of 5-7 different snacks from Hawaii businesses. All of the snacks have been hand selected, and taste-test approved by our team of snackers!…”

Monthly Cost:
1 Month: $19.95
3 Months: $18.95
6 Months: $17.95
12 Months: $16.95

Shipping within the United States is Free, and only $5.99 to Canada and $13.99 to the rest of the world.