Last month’s Greek Pack was so wonderful, that I have decided to say on for a while with them and discover the treats and snacks of Greece. Greek Pack is curated and shipped directly from Greece, so it is pretty authentic. I have no idea what this month’s theme (if there is one) will be and there hasn’t been any spoilers either. Before I get into the unboxing, let me give you some more information about Greek Pack
GreekPack is a food subscription box that delivers traditional Greek food and artisans to your door every month. Each box contains six to eight products that value well over $25. Every pack is unique and different each month. GreekPack is the best present money can buy, as it combines world famous Greek products with the nutritious elements of the Mediterranean nutrition.
They have three subscription plans and they ship out boxes on the 28th of the previous month (my October box actually shipped out late, due to some post office issues with Greece ~ but I got it fairly quickly)
- Month-to-Month $19.99 monthly
- 6 Month $113.99 every 6 months
- 12 Month $199.99 yearly
Krokos Kozanis Beverage I don’t know if the flavor varied, but the I received the honey, orange and saffron organic herbal tea bag. Krokos (crocus=saffron) Kozanis only sources their saffron from the village of Kozani, hence the name of the brand! This is a traditional herbal tea blend of blackberry, orange, rosehips and lemons, which are herbs and fruits that are natural sources of Vitamin C. This contains 0.2% honey and 1.1% saffron. This does sound very tasty and I am eager to try out this special herbal tea. RV $1.00
Quibble: Greek Pack is saying that this item is $7.00 per gram. Are they saying that this tea bag is $7.00 then? If they paid that type of price for this tea bag in Greece and I can get a 10 bag box of this tea for under $10.00, well then, Houston, we have a problem
Description: A healthy beverage combination consist of honey, orange, and Greek Red Saffron “Krokos” from Kozani region. In the village “Krokos” named after the precious spice in Kozani region, cultivators welcome you with a tasteful beverage mix from fruit and herbs with known healing properties. Orange peel rich in essential oil stimulates the appetite and honey a well known superfood adding extra benefits to the beverage. Organic cultivated, caffeine free, ideal for homeopathy. Greek organic SUPERFOOD (source)
Research on saffron’s efficacy is multi-faceted and new findings are constantly being made. In addition to most recent discoveries, the spice’s beneficial action – anticonvulsive, digestive and antiseptic – known through yesteryear’s traditional use is now supported by lab experts. Saffron stigmas are proven to have strong antioxidant properties, while also helping neutralize free radicals and boost memory. The International Taste & Quality Institute -one of the most respectable bodies in the Food & Drink Industry- has awarded the οrganic Herbal Tea Collection with a Superior Taste Award. Tried & tested by an international experts’ committee the organic herbal tea blends achieved an outstanding score, in recognition of the benefits and quality of the leading ingredient -Krocus Kozanis, the world’s best saffron variety- as well as their unique, superior taste. (source)
Ingredients: Apple, Rosehips, Orange peel, orange leaves, Natural aromatic ingredients, lemon peel, blackberry leaves, honey(0.2%), Greek saffron “Krokos” (1.1%). Certified for organic cultivation with ISO 9001
Information about the ingredients (source)
- Apple (Malus sylvestris): Orally, apples are used to control diarrhea or constipation.
- Rosehips (Rosa canina): Orally, rose hip is used as a supplemental source of dietary vitamin C, for preventing and treating colds. In foods and beverages, it is used as a natural source of vitamin C.
- Orange leaves (Citrus sinensis): Orange leaves are commonly used to improve the odour and the flavour of herbal blends.
- Orange Peel (Citrus sinensis): Orally, the peel of sweet orange is used as an appetite stimulant. Sweet orange peel is also used to reduce phlegm, treat coughs and colds.
- Sweet Blackberry leaves (Rubus fruticosus): Sweet blackberry leaves are commonly used to improve the odour and the flavour of herbal blends
- Lemon peels (Citrus limon): Orally, lemon is used for scurvy, the common cold and flu and nephrolithiasis (kidney stones). It is also used as a digestive aid and diuretic. In foods, lemon is used as a flavoring agent.
- Saffron, the GOLD OF GREEK EARTH as it is called, was among the most popular and valuable spices of ancient civilizations, for its flavor, color, pharmaceutical and aphrodisiac properties. The residents of the area plant saffron every summer and when autumn arrives remove by hand the precious spots of the beautiful flower and they carefully drain them so that they make the deep red delicate yarns. Nearly fifty thousand spots are needed in order to produce 100 gr of red saffron. The Greek saffron belongs to the highest quality of saffron in the world.
Ion ChocoFreta This is the number one confectionery product (candy) sales in Greece. This is a chocolate wafer bar and it is a classic Greek treat. It is made with 25% milk chocolate – oh heck, let’s just eat it, shall we? This is like a Kit Kat bar only better. The chocolate is more smooth and the wafers are very crisp and light. This is really good. Want more. RV $1.50
Key Ingredients: Milk chocolate, sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oils, wheat flour, cocoa powder, almonds, soy lecithin, monoglycerides of fatty acids, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, vanillin
Fedon Apple Pie My guilty pleasure are those Hostess Fruit Pies ~ haha. I don’t care for the sugary coating on them, however. This apple marmalade filled (34%) pie does not have a sugary coating, but a thick pastry filled with a dense filling, which reminded me of the filling in fig newtons. This is not an overly sickly sweet pie, but has a nice balance between the apple filling and the thick pastry. Really nice apple pie and is very tasty. Great with a cup of tea. RV $1.00
Papadopoulou (Παπαδοπουλου) Digestive Bar This is bar made with chunks of Digestive biscuit, orange pieces and has a dark chocolate coated base. What are digestive biscuits, as that does sound gross? It is basically a cookie. Think of graham crackers or items like that ~ a semi-sweet grain cookie. This also has cereals in it ~ oat flakes, corn flakes and puffed rice ~ along with nice orange chunks (11%) ~ you can see the orange bits in the photo. I cut my bar in half so you could see both the top half, with the orange chucks and the dark chocolate layered on the bottom half. This is very tasty and it is not a hard crispy bar, but a chewy one ~ I love orange and dark chocolate together. The texture reminds me of a soft granola bar, but better. RV $1.00
Energy Bar with Oats and Strawberries This energy bar is made by Εν Καρπώ (En Karpo) and it contains oat flakes, dried strawberries, chocolate, peanut butter, tahini, honey and sunflower kernels ~ wow ~ this is certainly a power bar and I will eat this item during the week, when I normally am rushed for breakfast. Looking forward to it as it does sound like it would boost my energy :) All of their products are natural, contain no preservatives and are freshly made. RV $1.50
Lays Potato Chips in ρίγανη Oregano oh yum, yum. Both Italians and Greeks love their roasted potatoes with oregano (ρίγανη) and salt. My mom would also put in some lemon and rosemary too. These chips are so good ~ lightly dusted with oregano ~ you can see the herb sprinkled on the chip ~ and salty, that I wished I had another bag of these. Unlike the CRAPPY Lays Gyro potato chips (yuck and yuck) that was released here in the states, these are very tasty and good. If Lays wanted to release a Greek chip, they should have done this one. Can I also mention how I love how the Greek alphabet looks? It is so musical looking. RV $4.00
First off, let me say that the food selections were fantastic! What I did try was very good and I look forward to eating the other items. That said, I have to rate this month’s Greek Pack box a fail, because Greek Pack did not live up to its promise of a value of $25.00 or more in this month’s offerings. I received less value than I what I paid for it.
|Krokos Kozanis Beverage||$1.00|
|Fedon Apple Pie||$1.00|
|Papadopoulou Digestive Bar||$1.00|
|Energy Bar with Oats and Strawberries||$1.50|
|Lays Potato Chips in ρίγανη Oregano||$4.00|
Now, I will be generous and add another few dollars onto that total, but it totally does not come close to $25.00. I feel that either the curators at Greek Pack are getting ripped off themselves, as they responded to me and told me that my estimates were off and that the tea bag was worth $7.00, or they just didn’t know how to fill this box. My estimates were from online sites, which already have a mark-up and I also excluded outliers ~ shops that had an extreme markup or really low price. One shop was selling the Ion ChocoFreta for $5.00 an individual bar, for example, but the common price was around $1.50. If Greek Pack had added 5 tea bags (which is half a box), a couple more of the fruit pies, ChocoFreta and the Digestive Bars, that would have come much closer to the $25.00 mark.
I did a follow up email with them, listing my sources and citing the costs, so that they could look at it themselves and perhaps see if I was missing something in my box. I also mentioned that if they could send me the breakdown of the items, I would include them here in my blog, but as of this time, they haven’t gotten back to me (I emailed them on early Sunday morning, it is now Tuesday afternoon) They were generous enough to send me a 50% off coupon for my November box, which I did use, but even then, if November’s value is not $25.00, then I will be hard pressed to continue with them at this time. I totally understand that they are starting out, but the initial boxes were so promising, had great value and September’s box was amazing ~ and they still state on their website that the boxes would be worth $25.00 or more.
I can understand a bad month, so I hope that is all this is. If they cannot follow their own subscription terms, I have every right to be upset about this. I paid $14.99 + $5.00 shipping for a total of $19.99. It does cost $5.00 to ship ~ pretty good deal as I am very aware of International shipping costs and I received a value of about $10.00 with 6 unique items. GreekPack failed on the value, but did deliver on the 6 to 8 items and they are all quality items and very well chosen. In fact, I ordered a case of Ion ChocoFreta on amazon, which will include 20 of these yummy bars and if the tea is good, I will purchase that too.
Do you subscribe to GreekPack? What do you think of this month’s box?
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