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Inside my First Love with Food Box (A Review)

Remember when Birchbox first appeared years ago? There was something so fun about a monthly subscription box that would let you try an assortment of products. This was fun mail, after all, instead of the usual bills and notices adults receive.

Fast forward to now, and there are dozens of subscription boxes available for ordering. They’re craft kits for kids, beauty products for women and men, meals, geekery and more. And they’re snacks too.

Curious about all of these boxes, I decided to order some to check them out. First up? Love with Food.

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Love with Food Box

What is Love with Food?

Love with Food is a subscription box of snacks. Plans regularly start at $7.99 per month with an annual plan. For the month-to-month Tasting Box plan, meaning that you can cancel anytime, that I signed up for, it’s $9.99 per month. Home subscribers can also choose from Deluxe or Gluten-Free boxes as well.

The Tasting box comes with eight or more snacks. And for each box ordered, a meal is donated to a food bank. The company partners with organizations including the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry for the donations.

The Deluxe box is larger — it contains 16-20 snacks, and two meals are donated to food banks with its purchase. The Gluten-Free box 10-15 snacks, and two meals are also donated with its purchase.

As for the snacks, Love with Food puts a strong emphasis on good food for its boxes. According to their website: “Snacks are either organic or all-natural, GMO-free, gluten-free or free of artificial junk.”

Inside Love with Food

So, want to know what was in my first box? Click to find out:

Thoughts on My First Love with Food Subscription Box

There were a few big winners in our first Love with Food box. The PB2, when mixed with vanilla yogurt, made for a heavenly breakfast. And my kids and I totally dug the freeze dried corn as a snack. The Liquicroc Caramel by Maison Pecou had a dark chocolate coating with a soft, liquidy caramel inside — and it was divine. Fine chocolate, fine caramel. And the Cafe Britt Dark Chocolate with Creamy Coffee Filling was appropriately coffee-flavored in the silky smooth filling.

But the tea flavors were hit or miss, and my daughter wasn’t fond of the Midnight Brownie cookies. But that’s the trade off of ordering something that you have no control over the contents: you’ll probably dislike something in it.

Love with Food - December 2015

Also, between the three of us, the contents of this box went super fast. The larger Deluxe box would probably be a smarter choice for us, though I am not ready to make the price commitment on it.

Ordering and Delivery

Can we talk about delivery for a moment? Because it wasn’t the best experience, though it’s not Love with Food’s fault per se. But their delivery method is challenging.

Here’s what happened: I received an email in the evening saying that Love with Food subscription box would be arriving sometime in the next two weeks — but  the tracking code wouldn’t be active for 48 hours. I clicked it anyway and was taken to a DHL tracking page.

My package had been delivered, it told me.

Except, it hadn’t. I double checked at the mailbox, where it said the box was left, and both doors. No package.

See, Love with Food ships via DHL, which then transfers the package to the United States Postal Service for delivery. This seems to be a pretty common delivery method among subscription boxes these days, and I am sure it’s due to some cost benefit to the company.

In any case, although the USPS claimed the package was delivered at about 2:20 in the afternoon, it wasn’t. With a secure mailbox — they are locked and can only be opened with the resident key and the postal service key — the facts were simple: someone said they delivered it, and they didn’t.

I quickly complained via the online complaint form on USPS.com, and hoped for the best. Fortunately, the box was delivered to my doorstep the next afternoon (not sure why it was left there instead of in my mailbox, where it would have easily fit though …).

Anyway, this delivery system probably helps Love with Food keep costs down, but it comes at the expense of subscribers.

The Verdict?

We’re going to order Love with Food’s Tasting box for another month and see what happens. If we really like it, we’ll keep ordering and I will consider upgrading.

But I’m still on the fence about it overall.

The pros? The box was fun to receive. The kids were excited to pack these snacks in their lunch boxes. And we got to try new things. The cons? With only one of each item and three of us, this box went fast and we weren’t all about to try everything. Also, although this comes with some handy coupons, it doesn’t help you source the products you love most to buy more — unless you want to bulk order through their website.

Want to try Love with Food for yourself? Love With Food boxes start at $7.99 per month.

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Kate

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

I'm sure you're not the only family to be interested in the boxes. It would make sense for them to pack multiples of items for that reason.