My Love with Food May Box! I really enjoyed this month’s box (yes, I have eaten some of the snacks already!) What is Love with Food?
Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes. For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!
This month’s theme is Fiesta! Fiesta! I really love the design on their informational pamphlet 🙂
As the sun shines brighter, it certainly feels like party time! Turn up the music, shed a few layers, and dance the day away with these South of the Border inspired snacks.
Pico De Gallo Bean & Rice Chips by Beanfields I have tried Beanfields chips before and I do like them a lot. They have a light delicate texture ~ crispy but not overdone. I will take fiber in any form I can get it, and these have 4 grams of fiber and also 4 grams of protein. The Pico De Gallo flavor is a nice mild spicy taste but has enough bite to make a hard cord spicy fiend like them too! Gluten-free, Vegan and Non-GMO (2) 1.5 oz bags Value $2.50
Description: Beanfields Pico de Gallo bean and rice chips provide a mouthwatering, mild salsa flavor that’s perfect for parties and festive occasions. Beanfields chips are Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, vegan-friendly and contain about one-third less fat than most tortilla chips. One serving of Beanfields chips gives you 5 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and zero grams of sugar. Plus, Beanfields proudly makes every flavor of chip without corn or the eight ingredients recognized by the FDA as the top food allergens.
Ingredients: black beans, navy beans, long grain rice, high oleic safflower or sunflower oil, sea salt, torula yeast, spices, onion powder, tomato powder, yeast extract, green bell pepper powder, dehydrated cilantro, garlic powder, celery powder, extractives of paprika, safflower oil, natural smoke flavor, spice extractive
Sea Salt Veggie Chips by PopChips I love veggie chips ~ Terra Exotic Vegetable chips are my favorite ~ so I was interested in these. I will say these are okay ~ they aren’t chips of individual veggies, but veggie powders mixed together to form a chip ~ which isn’t my favorite type of chip. However, they do have a nice light texture, a decent amount of salt, and a good crunch, so I ate them quickly. I don’t think I would purchase these, as I don’t like the processed type of chip. I do think these are marketed towards children, due to the description 🙂 These are gluten-free and Non-GMO, have less than 5 grams of fat per serving and aren’t fried. .8 oz bag Value .88 cents
Description: we’ve put everything your average kid won’t eat in one chip: beets, red bell peppers, spinach, tomatoes, peas, pumpkin, chickpeas, and beans. then we pop ‘em and dust ‘em with sea salt stolen from sparkling princess mermaids. next we ship them in bags designed to fool children. who’s got your back, parents? that’s right. popchips does.
Ingredients:dried potato, chickpea flour, sunflower, safflower, and/or canola oil, navy bean flour, tapioca starch, beet powder, spinach powder, pumpkin powder, pea fiber, tomato powder, red bell pepper powder, sea salt, salt, kale powder, red beet juice powder (natural color), annatto (natural color)
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Inka Corn by Inka Crops in Chile Picante Another treat I love is those corn nuts and I was very happy to see these in my box. I received the Chile Picante flavor and that did pack a nice punch of spicy goodness. These are MUCH better than corn nuts, they have just as crispy but they aren’t hard as rock, which corn nuts usually are. I ate thru this bag quickly and it is not only spicy with a good chile and pepper taste but very salty too! I don’t mind that, but just fair warning if you don’t like salty foods. These are one of my favorite snacks in the box and I will be purchasing these. These are gluten free and vegan. I wish there was more than one bag of these in this box! 1.7 oz bag Value .76 cents
Ingredients: Giant corn, palm oil, sea salt, maltodextrin, chili pepper, powder, cayenne pepper powder, garlic powder, paprika powder, citric acid, acetic acid, oregano, silicon dioxide, paprika oleresin and capsicum oleoresin
Penne Pasta by Schär I am not sure why an Italian style pasta is in a South of the Border box, but I love pasta and will eat this. This is the top gluten free penne pasta choice in Europe and is made in Italy. This is made with millet, which is an ancient grain and it is gluten-free, wheat free, lactose-free, no preservatives, no hydrogenated oils and trans fat and high in protein. 2.8 oz bag Value .70 cents
Description: Made from a combination of rice and corn flour, these italian penne have excellent texture, ideal consistency and delicious taste. Founded in 1922, Dr. Schär has been dedicated in the development of great tasting gluten-free foods for more than 25 years. Schär has become #1 gluten-free brand in Europe through continuous product development, top-quality and reliability when it comes to solutions for people with food intolerances and allergies.
Ingredients:corn flour, millet flour, rice flour, sugar cane syrup
Pure Seasoning by Montana Mex in Sweet Salt At first, I was disappointed that I did not get the spicy version in chile or picante salts, but after I used this product, I am SO happy I received the sweet salt. This is so unusual and I do not have anything like this seasoning in my kitchen. I made a baked chicken using this salt, plus pepper, lime juice and some oil olive, surrounded on a bed of sliced sweet onions. The result was amazing ~ I love caramelized onions and root veggies, the sweetness of them is very appealing. This salt lends that same sweetness to your foods as well, without doing caramelization. I am totally in love with this seasoning and I think its sweet-salty taste will lead itself great with other foods as well – pork, fish, vegetables, ice cream, desserts ~ even popcorn! You don’t need a lot of it to really impart the flavor of sugar, oranges, cloves, ginger, chile, cinnamon and salt. It is made with made with pure sea salt and contains no added chemicals or preserving agents. HSN sells it in trios, and I did purchase the Trio pack of all flavors as well as the Sweet Salt trio (that is how much I like it!) I was able to use coupon code 154614 to get 20% off my order, as it was more than $50.00 at HSN. 3 oz (full size is 3.4 oz) Value $8.82
Description: A delicately balanced salty sweet super seasoning that can be used on everything from popcorn to chicken
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Ingredients: Organic Sugars, Sea Salt, Pasilla Negra Chile, Orange Peel, Allspice, Cinnamon, Aji Amarilla Chile, Organic Rice Hull, Ginger, Clove.
Educational Snacks by Dick & Jane Baking Company How sweet and wonderful this idea is? These are vanilla cookies that have the English and Spanish words printed on them with a picture as well. It helps teach kids (and adults!!) how to learn Spanish (or English) Very nice idea. They also make one with States and their capitals and USA Presidents 🙂 The cookies are vanilla flavored and remind me of animal crackers, a bit plain, but isn’t a bad thing. (2) .88 oz bags Value $2.00
Ingredients: Whole Grain Wheat Flour, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Palm and Canola Oil, Natural Vanilla and Butter Flavor, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Added Vitamins and Iron (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate,Niacinamide, Iron/Electrolytic, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Maltodextrin as Carrier) Ammonium Bicarbonate, Non Fat Dry Milk. Contains Wheat, Soy, Milk
PB Thins by Bell Plantation I haven’t tried these yet, but I love that they only have a few ingredients in their cookie/crackers. I like peanut butter cookies a lot, so I am interested in trying these out. .81 oz Value .35 cents
Description: Crunchy, light and oh-so-peanut buttery…PBthins are the all-natural wholesome snack you’ve come to expect from Bell Plantation. We take our finest quality roasted peanuts and mix them with a few simple ingredients to deliver a deliciously addictive peanut butter cracker. And at only 100 calories per serving, PBthins are a great snack option for any peanut butter lover! Now available in Gluten Free.
Ingredients: Peanut Butter Paste, Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Baking Powder, Ammonium Bi-Carbonate
Hibiscus Creamed Honey by Vintage Bee Ohhh, this is really nice! I wish it was a jar, and not the little tubes, but these are a dark red honey with a great sweet and lemony taste. I had some on my toast this morning and I will be purchasing the full size once I finish my other honey jar. (2) packets Value $1.55
Description: Hibiscus has long been used to promote heart health in Asia. Now our spreadable honey is paired with this beautiful flower to create our most unique and luxurious honey yet. Fresh lingering flowers with lemony overtones makes for an incredible honey..
Ingredients: Raw Honey, Real Hibiscus Flowers
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Candies by Go Organics There are two flavors in here, Blood Orange in the lavender wrapper and Iced Mango Mint in the aqua colored wrappers. I have not tried these yet as I usually eat hard candy when I am driving to work (ex-smoker here..) but the flavors sound so interesting, especially the Iced Mango Mint! I will be eating these during the week for sure. I’ve actually had Go Organic candies before in their Ginger flavor and I really enjoyed those, so I am sure these are just as tasty . 4 candies Value .70 cents
Description: Blood Orange: Is it possible to take citrus goodness to a new level. Gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% organic, we say, “yes you can”-dy! Iced Mango Mint: Sure to bring you to a more perfect place, gluten-free, dairy-free and totally organic, sweet baby, this tropical sucker will make you pucker with delight.
Blood Orange Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Orange Flavor, Natural Blood Orange Flavor
Iced Mango Mint Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Natural Mint Flavor and Natural Mango Flavor
Dragon Fruit & Dulce de Leche by Go Vida I liked the little dulce de leche “pods” but the dragon fruit freeze dried bits were not very good. I do like dragon fruit, but it doesn’t translate well into freeze dried fruit. I did eat these straight out of the package, so maybe it would have tasted better on ice cream. Non-GMO, Gluten Free and Vegan 17 g Value $1.87
Description: Don’t be scared by the name, Dragonfruit is world famous for its medicinal qualities — including vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. We combine it with Dulce de Leche and infuse it with ground Flaxseed to create a mix that’s just as sweet as it is healthy! No additives or preservatives. Infused to maximize health benefits.
Ingredients: dulce de leche (sugar, whole milk, sodium bicarbonate), dragon fruit, ground flaxseed
Mini Lemon Burst Cookies by Home Free Again, I haven’t tried these yet, but I love a good lemon cookie. I will snack on these tonight while watching Game of Thrones. These are non-GMO, gluten free and vegan and have 8 grams of whole grain per serving! .40 oz bag Value .70 cents
Description: Savor them one at a time or devour by the handful. Delivering whole grains with every luxuriously lemony bite, you just may find more is better. Do you love lemon cookies? Enjoy these delicious lemony delights bursting with flavor, shaped like slices of lemon. Eat them by the handful or savor each mini morsel. If you are willing to share them, you’ll have lots of takers. These cookies are healthy, gluten free, and free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, and wheat. Also no soy, rice, sesame, or corn. As always, they are vegan, kosher pareve, and low sodium, and every serving of mini cookies contains at least 1/2 serving of whole grain! Did we say delicious? When you serve these, your guests with, and without, special dietary needs will love them!
Ingredients: Gluten-free Whole Oat Flour, Evaporated Cane Sugar, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Tapioca Starch, Pear Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Lemon Extract, Salt, Pure Vanilla Extract, Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), Sunflower Lecithin, Gum Karaya, Rosemary Extract
Allergen and Gluten Information: Made on shared lines with soy lecithin. Made in HomeFree’s own dedicated facility containing no peanuts, no tree nuts, no eggs, no dairy, and no wheat or gluten.
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Coconut & Pink Guava Fruit Ice by Smooze! OMG I cannot wait for this to freeze up! This has fresh fruit and coconut milk and tons of Vitamin C and NO high fructose corn syrup. I love coconut and guava so I am pretty happy to have this to try out. They also have mango & coconut and pineapple & coconut ~ if this one turns out to be amazing, I will have to check out the mango version (I am a sucker for mango) 1 pack 65 mL Value .85cents
Description: Unlike other frozen treats Smooze ingredient don’t come from a mad scientist’s lab. Smooze is simply made with freshly pressed coconut milk, real fruit juices, and fruit purees – not concentrates or reconstituted juices. Smooze Fruit Ice is a combination of freshly pressed coconut milk combined with fruit juices and purees. You then take home to freeze and eat when you like – after dinner, after school, by the pool, or anytime you feel tempted to indulge in the most delicious, dairy free, tropical refreshment to hit the shelves in years! Guaranteed to bring smiles all round for kids and grown-ups. Believe us, we have just as many adult fans! You will not be disappointed.
Ingredients: Pink Guava juice 47% (from puree), coconut milk 40%, sugar, fruit pectin, citric acid, natural fruit flavors, ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
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I am pleased with the Fiesta! Fiesta! box and how Love With Food curated this theme. My favorites (so far, as I haven’t eaten EVERYTHING yet in this b0x) are the Inka Corn, Sugar Salt by Montana Mex and Hibiscus honey. I paid $8.67 for this box, as I used my Groupon deal, and received a value of $21.68, which has to be one of the higher valued boxes I have received from Love With Food. Did you get this month’s Love with Food box? What is your favorite snack? My next few boxes will be the tasting boxes, as my deluxe subscription is over, but I have another deluxe subscription in the works starting in August. The tasting boxes are smaller than the deluxe, so I will be interested in seeing how they compare to each other.
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