Thursday, March 5, 2015

Try The World Box Review- Venice box

Try The World is a food subscription box that gives you about 7-10 food products (deluxe size/full size) from different cities around the world.  Each month there is a different box with a new theme; my first box was the Venice box.
I read about try the world in the March 2015 FoodNetwork magazine and was so excited to try it!  In the magazine, it said that you can either try their monthly box or the Paris box (which is sold year round) as your first box.  I was hoping to receive the Paris box (which I contacted the company about) but I received February's Venice box instead.  No biggie though!  So here is the review:

The Products I received:
  • Pergunia Chocolate Tab 
  • Apicoltura Luca Finocchio thousand flower honey
  • Mogi ethic coffee
  • Orlando U'piscatori anchovies
  • Merico Maria Rosa Di Consiglia olive oil
  • La Bandita pear and grappa jam
  • Domori cherry chocolate treats
I tried a majority of the products.  I loved the Domori cherry chocolates, I'll probably buy them.  The flavor is so different, not like the type of fruit chocolates in the United States.  These cherries are sweet and succulent with a dark chocolate powder on them– it was delicious!
The Pergunia chocolate tab was lemon flavored.  I've never had lemon flavored chocolate, but it goes surprisingly well with the bitter taste of dark chocolate.
The Mogi coffee was strong but it had a beautiful bold flavor.  I brewed it in my French press.
The La Bandita pear and grappa jelly was great!  It was sweet with a hint of tartness that had a depth of flavor.  I ate it on a toasted crumpet with some butter; the flavor was so unique and refreshing.
The Apicoltura Luca Finocchio thousand flowers honey is sweet and floral.  I tasted a little.  The texture is thick and it is opaque.  I believe that is what raw/natural honey is supposed to be like, not the clear and runny kind we find in supermarkets.

I didn't try the anchovies or olive oil yet, I think I'm going to give it to my mom since she uses anchovies a lot and olive oil, so no review on those items!

I received a discount on the box because of a coupon code I found in the food network magazine.  The monthly (charged every 2 months) subscription price is $39; I don't think this box would have been worth it though if I paid full price.  I love the items, they were delicious and unique, but I only got 7 items and only two of them looked like they were full size, which was the chocolate bar and anchovies.  The other products were deluxe sample sizes.

The box also came with a pamphlet about Venice.  It had two recipes, one for tiramisu cups and an anchovy pasta.  Both recipes looked delicious.  There was also some information about Venice, and there were lists of Italian music and movies to try.  I thought this was a cute and nice addition to the box.  There was also a card with the items and some information about them.

Overall, I like this box.  I think this is a great way to try and discover foods and snacks from other countries; it always nice to be exposed to other cultures and their food.  I just don't know if the price justifies the amount of product you receive. 

Hope this review helps!

JUNE 17th 2015:  I accidentally came across another review for the Venice box from another blog who does many box reviews.  The stuff in that person's box was different and contained all full size products!  I'm assuming that Try The World makes special boxes for certain bloggers to review in order to score a 5-star review.  That is very disappointing if that is the case!  Reviews are meant to give potential buyers an all encompassing and honest understanding of what a company is going to provide them, not lure people in with misconceptions!

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