This month’s Foodzie tasting box selection was probably the most difficult choice for me to make since the kick-off of the “new and improved” tasting box program last year. I found each of these boxes to be enticing!
First, we have the Energy Boost Box. I have always been somewhat anemic, and following the birth of my youngest daughter, things got even worse. My iron levels had become dangerously low. And one of the worst things about being anemic is that my energy levels are often disturbingly low. So, I would love to find some delicious energy boosters – I nearly chose this box.
Then, there was the Backyard BBQ Box. I love my charcoal grill. I know a lot of people swear by gas grills, but, to me, there’s nothing like the flavor of cooking over charcoal. Now, I’m not talking those disturbingly uniformed shaped briquettes that have been doused with chemicals for a quick and easy light; I use natural, hardwood charcoal and a chimney starter for that real BBQ flavor. And this box promised to offer some very intriguing items to use while barbequing this summer. My inner chef was drooling with excitement and wanted this box!
Ultimately, it was these four words that won me over: Cherry Vanilla Cotton Candy. My sweet tooth had chosen the box (yet again!) without even consulting my inner chef nor did it consider my desire to try the delicious offerings in the Energy Boost Box. My inner child wanted the cotton candy, and was threatening a temper tantrum if the inner child did not get her way! These temper tantrums are never pretty, so, I relented quickly and chose the Boardwalk Box.
In addition to the Cherry Vanilla Cotton Candy from Bernod’s Spun City, this box was packed with goodies! There was a bottle of Root Beer from Maine Root, Salty Peanut Salt Water Taffy from The Salty Road, Spiced Almond Caramel Corn from CC Made, Roasted Pistachios from CB’s Nuts, and a Strawberries & Cream mini swirl Lollipop from Hannah’s Naturals. (Note: at the time of this writing, I was not able to locate any online presence for Hannah’s Naturals)
The box also included the usual theme card, which describes the Boardwalk Box theme as
The smell of cotton candy will forever remind me of summer vacation spent at the beach. The boardwalk was always the best place to hang, especially the arcade for me where I would dominate the skee ball lanes. Yes, dominate. Some treats like caramel corn and root beer floats always tasted better seaside, with a little salt in the air and wind in my hair. This box combines those childhood memories with an adult palate. You’ll get a taste of our favorite boardwalk discoveries like artisanal salt water taffy with a creamy milkshake-like texture, handcrafted caramel corn, an all natural root beer for your floats and of course some organic cotton candy. Dig in, enjoy the sunshine, and we hope you have a sweet, sweet summer. ~Emily & Rob
The unveiling of the June box themes also brought some other news. Specifically, the acquisition of Foodzie by Joyus, a company that I was previously unfamiliar. On what seems to be the heels of the changes that were made to the Foodzie box last November, I feel like I’m on some sort of rollercoaster. While I’m happy for Rob and Emily who have worked hard to make their company a success, I can’t help but feel more than a twinge of sadness that things are changing.
Rather than dwell on the upcoming disappointment, though, I think I should instead enjoy the box that sits before me. It’s calling out to me! I will, of course, review each item as I enjoy it … until then, Cheers!