I recently discovered the Yummy Bazaar Subscription Box. They offer a monthly subscription where you get 6-8 authentic food products from a different country each month. In addition, several recipes are included that incorporate a few of the food products. I gifted a 6-month subscription to my husband, Scott, for his birthday. It’s $35.95 a month. We are 3 months in and have received a Russia box, a Korea box, and an America box. This review is of the America Box.
We received these 9 full-size products.
The first item is Organic Buttermilk Pancake Mix from Hidden Springs Maple ($5.95). The pancake mix was made in Vermont by a family-owned business that also has 100% natural maple syrup tapped on their farms. To make these pancakes, you just add water, eggs, and oil to the mix. Scott makes pancakes for the kids every weekend so we gave them a try. They were good, but nothing that stands out. I wouldn’t order this mix over another pancake mix or recipe. Interesting note – in our Russia box and Korea box, we received a pancake mix from each of those countries. I’m not sure if they always include a pancake mix, but it’s interesting to see the differences in pancakes for different countries.
The 2nd item is Pecan Praline Topping Syrup from the Great San Saba River Pecan Company ($9.95). This is made in Texas and they grow their own pecans. They recommend serving it over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. I tried this on a pancake from the above mix. The syrup was good, not too sweet.
The 3rd product is Fresh Ideas Popcorn Seasoning in Rosemary Garlic ($4.95). This was made in Las Vegas and is non-GMO. We eat a lot of popcorn at our house. This is embarrassing to admit, but we buy a 50 lb bag of popcorn kernels from Sams Club and pop it in our air popper with non-stick butter flavored cooking spray and seasoning. It makes a great snack. We tried this the other night and it was good while I was eating it with a subtle rosemary flavor. However, HOLY GARLIC Dracula! I could taste the garlic in my mouth for the rest of the night, even after brushing my teeth. AND I could still taste the garlic when I woke up the next morning. I really like garlic, but this was too much for me. If you need a vampire repellent, this is for you!
The 4th product is Blue Crab Bay Co. Clam Dip Kit ($6.99) made in Eastern Shore, Virginia. The kit comes with a can of chopped sea clams and a seasoning packet. You just have to add cream cheese, mayo, and Worcestershire sauce. I made this when we had company and everyone liked it. It also re-heated well!
Next is Tropical Valley Foods Dried Organic Pineapple ($6.95) made with no additives or preservatives from a company out of New York. I haven’t opened these yet, but I’ve tried other dried pineapple products and they were delicious.
The next product is Bone Doctors’ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce ($5.95) made by a company in Charlottesville, Virginia. This sounds good. The bottle says that it contains no high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. It’s also gluten-free. This also came with a recipe for Vegetarian BBQ Meatballs that utilizes this sauce. I’ll be trying this soon!
The next product is Terrapin Ridge Farms All Natural Pecan Honey Mustard ($6.15), made by a company in Florida. Funny thing, I already had a jar of this in my refrigerator that I received from a different subscription box. The jar says that it is good with cheese or a glaze for meat and vegetables or a pretzel dip. I tried it as a pretzel dip and it was way too sweet for me (and I like sweet stuff). I’m going to have to try it some other ways, especially since I have 2 jars of it. A recipe was also included for this product for Pecan Honey Mustard Chicken. We made the chicken recipe and it was ok. I still found the honey mustard to be too sweet. Scott just doused it in hot sauce to balance out the sweetness.
The next product is Natural Peanut Butter from Cape May Peanut Butter Co. ($6.25). This company is located in New Jersey and is known for its fresh ground nut butters. It was noted on the jar that the peanut butter was ground on 6/30/16 and the only ingredients are peanuts and salt, so it’s very fresh! I don’t eat peanut butter anymore, I prefer the lower fat and calorie powdered peanut butter. My kids eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so this won’t go to waste! I made my youngest a sandwich with this today and she didn’t seem to mind it. It is a crunchy peanut butter.
The final product is Red Rocker Candy Honey Roasted Virginia Peanuts ($7.95). I sampled these and they are pretty tasty. I’ll have to restrain myself from eating the whole can since this was a gift for Scott.
Overall, I am really happy with this subscription box. It’s one of my favorite food subscription boxes to date. The cost of the food items adds up to $61.09, which is well over the $35.95 that I paid for the box. I wasn’t as excited to receive the America box as the Russia and Korea boxes, but I have not tried these products with the exception of the mustard so it’s still a win for me. I like being able to try authentic food products from other countries without leaving home. The products we received in the Russia and Korea boxes were labeled in those languages (they send a separate booklet that tells what the products are). The next box we are getting will be products from France!
Yummy Bazaar also has an on-line store where you can buy the products featured in the box. If you are interested in trying any of the products, use this code to receive $10 off a $30 order: http://r.sloyalty.com/r/v3hWzLiotBlp (note: this code does not work for the subscription box, only for the food products in their shop).