Monthly boxes of specially selected foods to your door
Little Box of Yum a food delivery business based around food discovery. If you are the type of person who always leaves gourmet food shops, delis and Asian grocery stores with bags full of things you want to try, then the Little Box of Yum may be the service you need.
It is essentially a monthly subscription service that sends you a box full of products to your door for $49 including delivery. Unlike other food delivery services, it is based around the notion that you won't know what you are getting until it arrives. They describe the product as foods you have never tried before or even never heard of before.
The items include condiments, sauces, sweets and even some more unusual types of staples (such as beetroot pasta). So there are items you can just eat straight out of the box and others you need to prepare with other ingredients. To help with the preparation your Little Box of Yum comes with a Little Book of Yum that will provide information about the products and recipes and information on what to do with them.
The service is monthly and you can cancel at any time. So if you are not sure about whether you will be into the service or want to send a box as a gift, then you can order a one off box.
What did I get in my trial box
The nice people at Little Box of Yum sent me a trial box, so let me share my discovery experience with you. The first thing you notice when opening the box is how neatly and safely everything is packed. Anything remotely breakable is also wrapped in bubble wrap. All that seems obvious, but not every company takes care when packing items for shipment.
So I started unpacking my box. The first thing I pulled out was the two chocolate brownies from Cocoa Elf (one orange and one fig & muscat). Luckily I wasn't hungry when I opened the box or these would have been eaten immediately.
The next product out of the box was Pumpkin Pie Jam from The Jam Pantry. Now I have a love hate relationship with pumpkin. Which is part of the food discovery experience, you will be trying things you might have been reluctant to try before. Looking at the Little Book of Yum which comes in box, there are suggestions for how to use the Pumpkin Jam. One that caught my eyes was the suggestion to serve with sweet potatoes. Use of jams, conserves and spreads have become common in restaurants, but I rarely use them at home for cooking. So immediately there was something I wanted to try.
Next out of the box was the orange vincotto dressing from Pomodoras. Basically a combination of various vinegar, port and orange. I guess I am going to making a salad to try this.
There was also a Southern Chicken spice mix from Gourmet Morsels. There was clearly a theme coming together for dinner. Southern Style chicken breasts, salad and roasted sweet potatoes served with the pumpkin pie jam. Then we can finish it off with the chocolate brownies.
Oh there was a bottle of Noah's Creative's Juices. But only one small bottle. Far too small to share. Okay that item was disappointing and not terribly inspirational, but still the art of discovering is knowing that somethings are going to disappointed and expecting that. It is that process of examining each item and thinking how to use it, whether you would buy it again and so on, that is the food discovery process.
Interesting, but I only was given one flavour. Not enough to share.
Who is this service suited to
The products are all innovative and unusual. What you are being sent is food that is difficult to find elsewhere and if you could buy it, you might not have even thought to try it. There is something about opening up a box of food and being intrigued with what you are seeing.
If you live somewhere that you don't have a lot of opportunity to buy interesting and unusual foods but love those, then this is definitely for you.
Who is not going to be happy with this service.
If you are in any way fussy about what you eat, then forget the Little Box of Yum. If your box this week contains a bag of lollies, but you don't do sugar, and barbecue sauce, but you are a vegetarian, or something with lots of chili but you don't eat spicy, well guess what, you now have a little box of nothing.
The problem also is that some items are for snacking, some for cooking and some as condiments. That lack of focus can be a problem. However the box I received was much better organised with most items coming together to help me prepare a delicious meal. Personally I would rather have all items for cooking as this is what interests me.
The verdict or should I say, the experience
The experience for me was a wonderfully curated box of food. Other than the juice, I had the basis for putting together a meal for two people and makes opening the box a great sharing experience. Of course each month the boxes differ. Some have been more snack orientated and others have items that would be used to make several different meals without a clear connection.
The verdict is simple. This is a niche product that is great for certain people. Even if you are not sure, you can still sign up and try. While they send you products every month, you can cancel at any time.
Hi Roy, thanks so much for your review, we're thrilled you enjoyed your box!
I just wanted to mention that we do in fact cater to special dietary requests and there is an option to include this information when subscribing or ordering a gift box. We currently have customers who are gluten intolerant, allergic to peanuts, vegetarian and who don't eat chocolate, so we make substitutions where ever possible :)