The FoodiePages TASTING BOX is a curated collection of 4-5 Canadian artisan food products. FoodiePages puts these boxes on sale, on their website, around the first day of each month at noon EST. There’s only 50 available each month, and they sell out very quickly. I was lucky enough to purchase the January tasting box ($24.95), and I thought I’d share my thoughts on the box with you.
Ordering this box is a neat way to discover Canadian brands that you might not have heard of. I’m actually planning on making purchases from a couple of the brands that I discovered in the January box.
By the way, every box comes with an information card that tells you the brand name, and where they are located. I recommend hanging on to this card so that you can find the brands long after you’ve thrown away the packaging from the goodies.
Ok, on to the review!
No7 Hot Sauce – 220ml
This vegan hot sauce is made of habanero pepper, cauliflower, carrot, onion, and apple cider vinegar. It’s spicy, but not painful. I thought this was a bit too watery to put on to top on pizza, but it was very tasty in chilli.
Full Size: 250ml Jar for $8.00
Heavenly Honey – 54g (54ml)
This raw natural honey is flavoured with Cointreau liqueur. I enjoyed the flavour of this honey straight off the spoon, but I’m not sure how else to use it. I might try it in tea or on top of a dessert.
Full Size: 110ml Jar for $10.00
Bean to Bar 63% Origin: Papua New Guinea Chocolate from Ambrosia Pastry
This chocolate bar is made from organic, fair trade and ethically grown cocoa beans. The Ambrosia Pastry website describes the flavour of this bar as “smoky peat”, which is fairly accurate. It is an intensely flavoured chocolate that is best savoured in small doses.
Full Size: 85 g Bar for $5.00
Spadina Blend Loose Leaf Tea from Pluck Tea – 25g
This flavour is called the Spadina Blend, because it contains ingredients found in Chinatown on Spadina Ave. in Toronto. I brewed this with boiling water, and enjoyed the fruity/gingery flavour. Apparently this tea is really nice iced, so I will have to try that out.
Full Size: 100g Tin for $17.99
Cafe Krisp Artisan Bark from Gusto Chocolates – 35g
This creamy chocolate gets some crunch from hazelnut praline and roasted ground coffee. I really enjoyed the mild flavours of this chocolate, and I love the pattern on the bark too!
Full Size: 100g Bag for $5.95
Based on the sizes of the samples in the box, and the cost of the full size products, I can estimate the value of this box to be approximately $20.00. This is pretty good, considering that the cost to ship the package is included in the price. The price use to be $14.95, but was recently raised to $24. 95 to help the vendors recover some of their costs (according to an email they sent out). Apparently, no one is making a profit on this box. In fact, FoodiePages states:
“We actually lose money on the sample box, and our producers do too. That’s how strongly we all want you to discover our foodmakers.” – from FoodiePages FAQ
EDIT: a representative from Ambrosia Pastry informed me that vendors actually donate products for the boxes! That would explain why there are limited quantities available. I’m assuming that the $24.95 covers packaging, labour and shipping.
I think the price increase is justified, and the samples weren’t too small. This box would make a nice gift for someone who loves food, or someone who is interested in supporting Canadian brands.
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Have you ordered a TASTING BOX before? Let me know in the comments!
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