Everywhere you turn these days, subscription boxes seem to be the next big hype for all of us foodies out there. While the initial expense of such a service has steered me away from them, I have always been intrigued with whether or not the cost was worth the excitement of receiving a random assortment of goodies each month - especially with the surge of new gluten free products hitting the shelves daily. And frankly, gluten free products are expensive and there’s nothing worse than shelling out hard earned cash for a new gluten free snack that ends of being a total let down (come on - we’ve all been there). Hence the draw to a subscription service, where they will send you a whole box of randomly sized, randomly chosen products to try at a nominal fee. With another not-so-incredible gluten free snack unfinished in my trash can, I thought I would contact the nice people at www.sendmeglutenfree.com to see if they could hook me up with a trial box to review so I could see what all the fuss was about.
Fast forward a few weeks and low and behold, there was a lovely little orange box waiting for me after work one day.
Now I will admit, I had high hopes for this little orange box. See, the people behind the Send Me Gluten Free subscription box service also run the Find Me Gluten Free phone app, which has aided me in finding a non-death food option more times than I can count. Easily my favorite and most often used app; it is a fabulous tool for finding gluten free food places all over the US and for providing unbiased, honest reviews from real gluten free peeps. So, I assumed that these people (they have their own media group - www.glutenfreemg.com – how cool is that?) knew what they were doing when they branched out into the subscription box world. And I was not disappointed.
Per the website, each monthly box will have 8 to 12 products of various sizes that can range from food items to personal care items to household items. Here is what my disassembled box (the September box) looked like:
I received 12 items in total: 9 food items, 1 pair of chopsticks (to go with the Pho), and 2 personal products/household items, plus an assortment of product coupons. I really liked the food variety in the box, as it had a baking mix, snacks (snack bar, granola, chips), treats (candy, cookies), easy to prepare meals (soup, wannabe Lunchable™), and cooking spices. It definitely showed that they were trying to appeal to a vast audience with their selections. The highlights of my box were definitely the GoPicnic meal and the cooking spices. I had never heard of or seen either of these brands before and was delighted by them to say the least! Of the 12 products included, I had only come across four of the brands before. Since I have been GF since 2005, I was seriously impressed by this! And my only dud so far? A soy-based snack bar that I probably would have tried at some point otherwise and been upset that I had wasted the money on it.
So am I sold on this particular subscription box service? Absolutely! It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I honestly had to stop myself from devouring all of the items in just one sitting. It is so awesome that I am planning on asking Santa for a subscription this year (hint, hint).
Want your own subscription and can’t wait for a loving relative to get one for you? Here are the details: The subscriptions boxes are sent out the first week of each month and can be set up on four different payment plans: auto-bill month to month for $30, prepay 3 months for $78, prepay 6 months for $144, or prepay 12 months for $240. Sound a little pricey? How about a discount code for all of our loyal readers? Use BLOG20 for 20% off any subscription length to set up your own subscription.
Even better - how about a FREE BOX giveaway from yours truly?
(This is an example of the variety of products that may be found in a box, not the actual contents of what you will receive, since it changes every month…that's the fun of it!)
Over the next week, enter a comment on this review with your name, email address, and what kind of product you would like to receive in a monthly delivery box. A randomly selected winner will receive the Send Me Gluten Free subscription box for the month of November. Unfortunately, this service can only be sent to continental US addresses (including PO Boxes) at this time– but I was promised that they hoped to expand soon (cross your fingers UK!)
Written by K Goodrich, USA