Since IPSY, I have been on a look out for cool subscription boxes that I could try out and review for you guys. I found Try The World, a food subscription box that mails you a selection of about 7 – 8 gourmet snacks and food items from a particular country every 2 months. With my love for travel and learning about various cultures, this seemed right up my alley, so I gave it a go. I got the trial Paris box (you only pay US$5 for shipping), which you can get too, here!
I was so excited to receive it in the mail, a nice brown package at my doorstep. In it, sat this beautiful Tiffany blue box! Isn’t it pretty? This is one of my favorite colors!
Once opened, I found this glossy Culture Guide for the Paris Box, designed with France’s colors and looking oh so chic!
The full color culture guide provided a helpful map of France and where all the items in the box came from, as well as little blurbs on each item. It even indicates with symbols if the item is from a family business, organic etc…
On the other side of the Culture Guide are 2 Paris Experiences you could try out. They included a list of French movies, a curated French playlist (with a link you can use to access it) and some fun recipes you could experiment with, using ingredients found in the box they just sent you. Basically, all you need to have a mini French night in with your loved ones!
Cute navy blue packing material aside, here are all the gourmet items I found in my little French box…. I’m sorry my keyboard doesn’t allow me to type in the accents to some words, so the names may not be fully accurate!
1. Le Saunier De Camargue – Finishing Salt
Finishing salt from France, so you can feel slightly more fancy when cooking with it! 😀
2. La Mere Poulard – Sables Cookies
Okay, I gave these a try and I love them! They are super crumbly, buttery cookies that melt in your mouth. They remind me of Scottish shortbread, which I also adore. They are very rich and yummy. There was only 4 cookies in the box, which was not nearly enough.
3. Charles Antona – Clementine Jam
I simply spread this on some bread to try it, and it was pretty delicious. It was not too sweet but very tasty and I think could go with a variety of food items beyond bread.
4. Domaine des Vignes – Dijon Mustard
I mean, we’ve all had mustard, but this is straight from Dijon (the mustard town), so it’s gotta be better right? 😛
5. La Maison d’Armorine – Butter Caramels
These are amazingly good and without a doubt, my favorite item from the box. I had to restrain myself and not eat it all in one sitting. It is super rich, like the cookies, but soooo good!!!
6. Un Brin Sauvage – Herb Blend
This herb blend supposedly works best with fish, but could also work pretty well with meat! I’m going to try it the next time I cook, as an herb rub.
7. Palais Des Thes – Tea Bags
I can’t wait to take an afternoon with some French Tea and cookies!
I enjoyed the little surprise in the mail very much, and while the full price tag to continue my subscription was a little too steep for me, the contents are definitely of greater value than the cost!
The full costs are as follows, depending on your subscription length. Clearly, the longer you commit to, the cheaper the boxes will be!
1 time subscription – US$39 for 1 box (billed every 2 months)
Half a year subcription – US$35 for 1 box (billed every 6 months)
1 year subscription – US$33 for 1 box (billed every 12 months)
I am a big lover for travel, and exploring new cultures. I have traveled to about 20 countries by now, and cannot wait to keep expanding that list. Food, really teaches you so much about each culture, their way of life, and that adventurous streak in me just loves trying new things.
When I was living abroad (and am still living abroad right now, technically), receiving care packages of food from friends and family in other countries was an amazing way to connect. I get so excited to see a nice brown package at my doorstep, it’s like Christmas! It was so much fun unboxing this Paris box and trying everything in it. I even made my husband sit with me while I opened the package, and showed him everything in it like a kid at Christmas. Our cats were also curious and sniffed around the box trying to figure out what the buzz was about. Haha!
For a little surprise every other month, and a unique insight into a new culture, the US$33-US$39 is well worth it.
I contacted Try The World and they kindly offered a coupon code for all my dear readers, simply quote TheDollhouseDiaries to received 15% off your first box!! You can also click on the link to view their website for more detailed information.
I hope you enjoy your little surprise soon! Share your thoughts and reviews of Try The World with me too. I will love to hear your experiences.