This is a review of 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 5 months in and have received a Russia box, a Korea box, an America box, a France box, and an Italy box. This review is of the Italy Box. As you can see, I’m behind on my box reviews and I’m trying to get caught up so I might be posting a lot of subscription box reviews in the upcoming weeks to get caught up!
Here are the 9 full-sized products:
We are slow to try the products sometimes, so even though we received this box in September, we have only tried 5 of the 9 products. I’ll start with what we have sampled.
A recipe was included in the box for Spaghettata di Mezzanotte, which included using the Arrabbiata spices. We also used the included pasta instead of spaghetti. I have to say that I was underwhelmed with this recipe. I will probably find a different recipe to use the remaining Arrabbiata spices. The different shaped pasta was very attractive on the plate, although the cooking was a little tricky since the different shapes ended up needing different cooking times to be done.
The next thing we tried was the CioccoBan Chocolate Hazelnut Pastries by La Mole ($3.95). These were delicious bites of flaky chocolate goodness, probably my favorite thing in the box.
The next product we tried was the Premium Italian Fruit Gel by Majani ($2.50). This was a gelatin style fruit flavored treat that was different from any I’ve tried before. It was very soft and more gel-like than solid. The orange flavor was very strong and I liked it, but I probably wouldn’t pay $2.50 for one of them.
The next product we tried was the Premium Fizzy Italian Soda Limonata by J. Gasco ($2.50). This was very lemony as you would expect, not my cup of tea, but I can see why people like it.
Now on to the products we haven’t tried. The Italian Solid Light Tuna in Olive Oil by Callipo ($12.95). I like tuna fish so I’m interested to see how this differs from the grocery store canned tuna that I’m used to.
The Premium Calabrian Bergamot Preserve by Paradiso dei Golosi ($8.45) is made from Bergamot Orange which is a rare fruit found in the southern region of Calabria, Italy. I’ve never heard of this fruit before, so I need to give it a try soon. The brochure suggests serving it with cookies, scones, or cheese. Update: I tried this on toast and I didn’t like it at all. It has a bitter flavor like eating the rind of a lemon. I had to eat some M&Ms afterward to get the taste out of my mouth. Scott tried it and doesn’t think it’s as bad as I do, but not his favorite. I’ll give it one more try with cheese, maybe that will help…
The next product is Neonata Hot Fish Appetizer by Coluccio ($9.95). This is a mix of newly hatched small fish combined with salt and hot and sweet peppers in olive oil. This may not sound appetizing to some, but I am excited to try this because it is not something I would normally come across, so it’s guaranteed to be a unique bite!
The final product is Organic Roasted Italian Chestnuts ($3.95). I’m sure I’ve had chestnuts before, but I don’t really remember. I’m sure this will make a great snack.
This was another enjoyable box, I’m excited to try the rest. The cost of the food items adds up to $61.15, which is well over the $35.95 that I paid for the box. I’m enjoying trying foods from different countries. The next box, which we have already received, is Spain.
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).