Foodzie is the type of company you wish you thought of first. Or, at least, I wish I had thought of it first.
If you haven’t heard of them yet, Foodzie is an online artisan food shop – they connect small artisan food merchants with their serious foodie customer base. They also have an awesome (and genius) product called the Foodzie Tasting Box. Think wine of the month club meets gourmet snack food. Every month, they pull together a bunch of samples from new merchants, put them in a box, and send them out to everyone who signed up for a tasting box. Tasting boxes are available via subscription. You can buy a subscription for yourself, or gift one to someone you love (like me :)).
I found out about them through a client of mine who happens to be one of their merchants. She sent me one of her extra tasting boxes for May. What was in it?
- Dried Pineapple from Peeled Snacks
- Traditional Alfajores from Dulce Caramel Co (Read about alfajores at sweetsfoods.com)
- Lemon Poppyseed and Almond Biscotti from Biscotti Bari
- Black Truffle and Fresh Thyme Herbed Sea Salts from Woody’s Gourmet
- Pure Southern Iced Tea from Pluff Iced Tea
- Classic Seaweed Snack box SeaSnax
- A recipe for roasted chicken using the herbed sea salts
Nomnomnom – Best in the box
Well, before we got even two blocks from the mailbox, my son and I had devoured the dried pineapple. I’ve actually been a fan of Peeled Snacks for awhile, so this particular merchant wasn’t new to us. They sell Peeled Snacks at Starbucks around here. My son did a double-take at the pineapple (it kind of looks like mulch) but after tasting it, was all about it.
But hands down, the very best in the box from the mommy perspective was the herbed sea salts. Yet another business idea I wish I had thought of. Absolutely brilliant. Fresh black truffle (fresh, not dried, which is a big difference apparently) and thyme, truffle oil, garlic, and sea salt. They included TWO sample packets, which trust me, go a really long way. My mom (more of a cook than me) used the herbed sea salts to create a rub for grilled tilapia and steak, and I used it to bath corn on the cob that I grilled in the husk. It was absolutely delicious.
Honorable mention goes to the Lemon Poppyseed biscotti. I have to admit, I was not brave enough to try it. I’m not a fan of biscotti and had my doubts about what it would taste like. So I gave it to my three year old. LOL He munched an entire piece and then brought the other to me to open! He absolutely loved it. I guess I have a three year old with discerning taste.
Back in the box…
…went the seaweed snack. Neither my son nor I were a fan, sorry! Perhaps it’s because we don’t have enough salt in our blood anymore after living in Arizona. I don’t know. I was not into it. My son definitely wasn’t into it! On the box, it says that it’s a kid-friendly snack. Not in my experience. Perhaps if we pour candied sugar all over it. I simply couldn’t get the taste of what seemed like raw shellfish out of my mouth. And to be really honest with you, I had to put the open package inside of a sandwich bag because it smelled so strongly.
Just me. I’m sure people who like seaweed would find the roasted seaweed snacks a delight. Maybe I’m not that much of a foodie if I don’t like seaweed!
I’ve yet to try to the southern iced tea, but I’m sure it will be lovely. My son wasn’t fond of the traditional alfajores but I did like it and luckily there were two, because that means I can eat the other with coffee or maybe a glass of the iced tea that was in the box.
Have you tried the Foodzie Tasting Box?
Let me know. And check out Foodzie.com if the above was convincing enough to check it out for yourself. Also, on their Facebook page, they always have snackers uploading pictures of their tasting boxes, so you can see what’s been in previous ones.