My April Love with Food Box!

I’m still behind!  I discontinued my Love with Food subscription at the end of April, so this was the last box that I received.  I actually enjoyed the Love with Food boxes, but, because I am so behind, I kind of felt like I needed to simplify for a while.  Maybe once I get caught up, I’ll resubscribe.

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For now, though, let me tell you about what my April Love with Food Box brought.  This month was all about “Weird, Wild and Wonderful Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”  The focus seems to be on foods that are unique and unusual.  Or as the theme says:  weird, wild and wonderful!

I’ve actually tried many of these products since receiving the box, so I’ll give you my rundown on what I thought of them here rather than writing a whole other review.

The first thing that I devoured from this box was the Salty Pepper Somersaults.  I knew I’d love these because … well, I’m no stranger to these yummy snacks.  In fact, I previously reviewed this particular flavor here.   I love Somersaults – they are crunchy, nutty, delicious snacks.

The second item I tore into were the Smoky Chili and Lime The Good Bean snacks.  Wowza!  These are chickpeas that have been generously flavored with smoky chili and lime flavors.  They are crunchy, nutty, and really quite tasty.  These chickpea snacks pack a punch of SPICY hot flavor!  But even though the chipotle chili flavored snacks are hot and spicy, they are not so spicy that I can’t taste the other flavors … I even taste the chickpea (and the texture of the chickpea is nice and crunchy – making for a very enjoyable snack time).  I taste the hint of lime and the touch of salt to these too.  It’s hot, spicy, tangy, and salty in one snack.  YUM!

I was less impressed with the third item that I tried from this box.  The Itty Bitty Butter flavored Air Popped Sorghum Grains were … alright, I guess.  They were like a less fluffy, harder version of the Half-Pops that I reviewed previously.  And while I really enjoyed the Half-Pops, I was not as impressed with the texture of these Sorghum Grains.  They almost tasted like what I’d imagine stale Half-Pops would taste like, but with less flavoring and more unpleasant crunchiness.  Normally, I love crunchy … but these were even too crunchy for me.  I just wasn’t into these.

The Lemony Lover Olives from Oloves are a different matter all together.  I polished these delightful olives off in no time flat.  I love the way the lemon and the garlic and hint of oregano melded with the flavor of the olive.  It was tangy and savory, and just plain delicious.  They are certainly not your ordinary green olives … these truly were a treat.

Also yummy were the Sea Salt and the Original Cocomels from JJ’s Sweets.  Of course, I knew I’d love these since I’ve previously reviewed them. Sweet, delicious, caramel goodness.  I love them, and I was thrilled that they were part of this box.

I still have not tried the Organic Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch … mostly because I haven’t figured out what I want to try this on.  But I will, because I have enjoyed the limited experience that I’ve had with Fennel Pollen!  I have also not yet tried the Creamy Buffalo Ranch Dip from Buff Lo Dip.  So, when I do get around to trying these, I will definitely be posting the reviews right here.  Hopefully … I’ll be caught up soon!  Ha!

Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults

Product Information:

When we began our quest to make scrumptious, healthy snacks out of seeds, we developed our original flavor, Pacific Sea Salt. The touch of sea salt on these crunchy nuggets is sourced right here in our own backyard, the San Francisco Bay, and highlights the nutty taste of sunflower and sesame seeds. Pacific Sea Salt is sure to twirl your taste buds.

Tea Suggestion:

With salty snacks like this, I want iced tea!  I brewed some of this Organic Korakundah Green Tea from Butiki Teas and served it iced with these Somersaults, and it was a great pairing.  The slightly smoky, sweet yet bitter taste of the green tea offered a nice contrast to the nutty crunch of these salty snacks.

What I Think:

I received a small package (1 ounce) of the Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults in my Goodies Box for September.  I was pretty certain I’d enjoy them, as I have loved the other flavors that I’ve tried of this snack.

In comparison, though, this one is just a little bland.  It is basically like eating roasted, salted sunflower seed kernels … only more substantial.  They have that very satisfying crunch and substance to them, and I find that this small package made for a nice between meal snack that kept me satiated until dinnertime.

They’re salty, but not too salty.  Tasty … nutty.  I like them, and they seem to satisfy that empty feeling between meals better than something less healthy like potato chips.

My Final Thoughts: 

If I were to shop for snacks, I might choose Somersaults because they’re healthier than something like potato chips, and I’d feel better about my daughter snacking on these.  For my daughter, I’d probably select this flavor because I think that the salty pepper would be a little too peppery for her taste… but for me, this is probably not the flavor that I’d select.  I enjoyed them, sure, but after sampling the salty pepper or the cinnamon crunch Somersaults, these Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults left me wanting a little bit more flavor.

My Goodies Box is FINALLY Here!

I managed to get in on the very first (as in brand new) tasting box from Goodies, a new foodie subscription service that I came across while browsing the web.   When I encountered the site, I first c0mpleted a short survey and it was determined that I should get the “Goodies” box (I guess there are other types of boxes associated with this company).

But these boxes seemed to get off to a rocky start.  I was charged in the beginning of the month (err…that’s LAST month, mind you) and I did not receive September’s subscription box until yesterday … October 1st.  Not ideal… especially since this is supposed to be September’s box.  The excuse subscribers were offered about mid-month was that they wanted to include an extra “goodie” in the box, and felt that this one goodie would justify the hold on the shipment of the boxes.

OK, whatever.  I’m a patient person.  But, let’s just say that at that point, I’m not terribly impressed.

But now that the box is finally here, I am more impressed.  That is to say, this is an impressive box.  There are seven samples of different goodies.  I’ve received fewer samples in other tasting boxes … for higher prices.

So what’s inside?  The first thing I recognized immediately were the Pacific Sea Salt Somersaults.  I’ve previously tried other flavor offerings of Somersaults and loved them, so I was excited to have them in this box, and even more excited to see that it’s a flavor that I haven’t yet tried!

Also inside the box were Crunch Dried Snacks from Sensible Foods, Gummy Multi-Berry Snap Infusion Candies, Kale Chips from snackLets, a bag of chips from Wai Lana, a package of Soft Baked Squares from Kashi, and a bottle of Rooibee Red Tea.  (Yes, tea!  Well, more accurately, rooibos, which I categorize as a tisane, but still!)

The best part about this box though, is the price tag!  The monthly charge is just $7.00 … including shipping!  Amazing!  So, yeah, even though they had a late start on their first month rolling out the boxes, I can’t complain too much.  I think that I definitely got my money’s worth with this box, especially when one factors in shipping cost.

So, just to recap, that’s SEVEN tempting goodies for just $7.  I can’t wait to start sampling these goodies!

Salty Pepper Somersaults from Somersault Snack Co.

Product Description:

Love crunchy, salty, pepper, vegan, high protein and addictive all in one snack? Give our savory Salty Pepper snack, made with a touch of garlic and onion, a whirl! Enjoy at the movies, on your next bike ride or snack on while studying. Even better, serve at your next dinner party as a nut-free snack your guests are sure to enjoy.

Learn more about Somersault Snack Co. on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

I chose to pair these snacks with this Organic Idulgashena Garden Green Tea from Stash Tea.  The pepper, garlic and onion flavors of the snacks were a perfect match for the spice note of the tea.  A lovely afternoon snack time!

What I Think:

These somersaults are YUMMY!

They look a bit like small tater tots.  That was my first impression of them after opening the bag.  But, I suspect these are much healthier than a tater tot!

They are very crunchy, and it’s a good, hearty CRUNCH.  The black pepper flavor is distinct, but I didn’t find it to be overwhelming.  However, if you’re one who doesn’t care for the flavor of black pepper, you might want to try a different flavor!

The flavor of sunflower seeds is also prominent, and it provides a toasty, nutty flavor.  I like that they are not too salty.  I can taste the garlic and the onion, and these flavors develop as I continue to munch on them and I’ve got to tell you, once you start munching on these, it’s hard to stop!  The garlic and onion flavors are intensified by the salt and pepper, so don’t munch on these if you are planning on kissing someone soon.

But you should definitely find the time to try these snacks, because they are addicting!  I finished my 2 ounce bag of these in no time flat!  They are very satisfying too.  I started eating them because I was hungry and wasn’t in the mood to cook something, and after I finished the bag, my hunger was satiated.

My Final Thoughts:

Very scrumptious.  Or shall I be corny and create a new word:  sCRUNCHious.  These are snacks that I think my entire family would love … if only I had the will to stop snacking on them to save them some!  Definitely something worth looking for at my Whole Foods Market the next time I visit… perhaps I will bring in the empty pouch and ask them to start carrying them!