The Tasting Box by Foodie Pages Review – January 2014

The Tasting Box by Foodie Pages Review – January 2014

The Tasting Box by Foodie Pages includes 4 or 5 scrumptious tastes to enjoy, made by favourite Canadian food makers and delivered to your door. This is your chance to sample and learn from the incredible culinary talents right here in our own backyard!

The Tasting Box goes on sale on the 1st of each month at Noon EST. Only 50 boxes will be available, sold on a first come first serve basis, so order quickly!

Cost: $24.95 (Canada only)

Foodie Pages had not released a box for December, I’m not sure why, but after customer emails they brought it back for January. Another thing is they increased the cost from $14.95 to $24.95 which I’m not too happy about. This is their explanation:

* We've made a few changes for 2014 - based on feedback from both customers and our artisan food makers. We've raised the price, so our food makers can recover some of their costs, and our customers still get an amazing deal! And to cover postal rate increases, too.

After seeing what was in the January Box, I decided to buy a box since I knew everyone here would like something in it.

The January Tasting Box:

The Tasting Box by Foodie Pages Review – January 2014

Gusto Chocolates - Cafe Krisp (Maple Ridge, BC)

A yummy sampling (35g) of Cafe Krisp - 38% milk chocolate with hazelnut praline & coffee.

Gusto Chocolates - Cafe Krisp (Maple Ridge, BC)

No 7 Hot Sauce (Toronto, ON)

250 ml of Mexican vegan hot sauce. One of the only vegan, raw, naturally preserved hot sauces in Canada! The recipe is centered around a habanero base, layered with cauliflower, carrots, onions, garlic, herbs and spices, all left to soak in apple cider vinegar for a minimum of 2 days. The apple cider naturally preserves the hot sauce and lends the product its unique flavour profile.

No 7 Hot Sauce (Toronto, ON)

Pluck Tea (Toronto, ON)

On the website it says you'd get 40 g, but it's only a 25 g sample. This Spadina Blend celebrates the diverse ingredients found in Toronto’s original Chinatown, like lychee, mango coconut, ginger and lime leaf.

Pluck Tea (Toronto, ON)

Heavenly Honey - Cointreau Liqueur Flavoured Honey (Blackburn Hamlet, ON)

This is a local product which is nice to see. A traditional country garden honey, enhanced with cointreau liqueur. Great to give as a gift, add to coffee or tea, or drizzled on toast!

Heavenly Honey - Cointreau Liqueur Flavoured Honey (Blackburn Hamlet, ON)

Ambrosia Pastry - Bean to Bar 63% Single Origin Papua New Guinea (Kitchener, ON)

Ambrosia Pastry sources organic, fair trade and ethically sourced beans from all over the world to make their single origin bars. This particular bar is made by firing dry the cocoa beans just as it is done in the traditional practice in Papua New Guinea.

Ambrosia Pastry - Bean to Bar 63% Single Origin Papua New Guinea (Kitchener, ON)

I thought this box was a nice mix. My only problem is the price increase. I understand why they did it, but I don’t feel like it’s the best deal anymore. The hot sauce is a great size, but if they had included bigger samples of everything else I’d be more at ease with the price increase.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Foodie Pages also offers a monthly Chef's Box subscription service that delivers unique and hard-to-find gourmet foods to your door, curated by a top Canadian chef. Each month, your Chef's Box includes 5+ gourmet foods and delicious recipes from a new chef like Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Walsh, David Hawksworth, Mark McEwan, Lora Kirk and more. You can also shop any of their Foodie Boxes which are not subscriptions, but are one time purchase boxes. For more information on Foodie Pages, visit them here.

What do you think of the January Tasting Box?

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