Saturday, December 19, 2015

Three Food Subscription Boxes Worth the Money

By Paige Rhodes

These food subscription boxes can be a great gift for friends or family who live out of town. 

Monthly subscription gift boxes have grown in popularity over the last couple of years. Many different companies curate everything from cosmetics to dog treats to exotic foods. My personal favorites are those of the food variety, and with dozens of boxes with different themes, there is surely something for everyone.

Not only is this a great thing to do for yourself each month, but if you decide to treat your friends or family, a subscription box really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Go Local Box ($35)
Go Local Box is a Louisville company with products specifically chosen from small businesses in Kentucky. It offers monthly subscription boxes as well as individual gift boxes that you can buy for yourself or have shipped to someone else within the United States. It’s a perfect gift for a family member who has moved out of the Bluegrass State and is nostalgic for some of its delicious goods. My favorite box is the Breakfast Box, which includes Sweetgrass Cherry Home Companion Granola, Banyan Tree Chai Tea Latte, Red Hot Roaster’s Coffee, Quills Coffee, and Weisenberger’s Pancake Mix and Blueberry Muffin Mix. It even includes a uniquely designed wooden coffee mug pendant from WoodWear by Andrea.

Try The World ($39)

Sample gourmet foods from different parts of the world. 

If your wanderlust is getting the best of you but world travel just isn’t in the cards right now, then Try the World is the subscription box for you. It comes with a steeper price tag and a shipment only comes every two months, but imagine your excitement when a box full of eight gourmet ethnic foods is delivered right to your door. It would be like having Christmas six times a year. Each box represents a new country and new amazing tastes to try. Love what you found in your box? Visit the website to shop full-size versions of the samples you received and you’ll be snacking on Moroccan cookies and Italian truffles in no time.

Hatchery ($20)

Hatchery Box gives you a cooking lesson using the items from their food boxes. 

Hatchery Box is foodie heaven surrounded by cardboard. It may be the least expensive of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean it lacks flavor or quality. Hatchery consists of a handful of small­ batch ingredients and condiments sourced from independent makers across the country. Visit the guide section of its website and you’ll be flooded with recipes and tutorials on how to use your new artisan finds. I love that in your box, you could find a small bottle of cocktail mix right next to a sachet of flavored sea salt. You never know what to expect and what amazing dishes you’ll be able to create. Sign me up!

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