A review of the Try the World Holiday Box 2016. Find out all the details on how to get this tasty food subscription box, plus the contents and a complete valuation of its value! Enter to win a Try the World box at the end of the post!
The Box: Try the World Holiday Box
The Company: Try the World
Cost: $39 for a one time box, as low as $29 a box with a long-term subscription
Concept: Each month, Try the World will introduce you to 7 – 8 delicious foods and ingredients from across the globe. It is a way to introduce you to new cultures and their perspectives on the world through the foods they eat.
This holiday box was curated in partnership with Michelin. It was reviewed by Chef Thomas Raquel of Le Bernardin, a New York City three Michelin Star restaurant. Fun fact, the auto company created Michelin star ratings as a way to promote their tires.
In accordance to “trying the world,” the box focuses on holiday celebrations and traditions from across the globe and not just Christmas which I think is just wonderful. In addition to cultural information and information on the products included in the box, the card also provides recipes you can make using a few of the ingredients in the box so you don’t have to wonder what to make with ingredients that may be very foreign to you.
Giuliano Tartufi Truffle Sauce (Italy) $6.60 – I was really excited about this. My daughter and I love truffles and will eat truffle flavored anything. There is a recipe for truffle dip that sounds interesting, but it uses mayonnaise, and I am not a fan of mayo, so I might see about replacing it with something else.
Yoffi Date Spread (Israel) $5.69 – I love using dates as a natural sweetener. Included in the card is a recipe for a date and honey tart that I will definitely try.
En Luen Pineapple Cake (Taiwan) $5 – I might be a bit biased because I grew up with little cakes like this, but I loved it. The cake itself is dry and crumbly, while the filling inside is sticky and chewy. Its a really fun textural experience, but definitely best when paired with a nice drink.
Marlette Pain D’Epices Baking Mix (France) $7.56 – I haven’t tried this loaf yet, I am actually thinking of giving the mix as a stocking stuffer this year. The spices and descriptions of the bread sound amazing.
Darling Sweet Salted Honey Toffee (South Africa) $3.84 – This is probably one of the best toffee candies I’ve had in a long time. It is perfectly salted and I love caramelized honey, so the pairing was just incredible. I may try and make some myself one day.
Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. Canadian Maple Shortbread (Canada) $5.86 – These were amazing! You can really get all the notes of the dark amber maple they used. It was crisp and buttery, perfect for pairing with tea, or especially coffee.
Nyakers Lemon Ginger Snaps (Sweden) $10 – These are a traditional gingersnap to celebrate St Lucia Day. These cookies were made in Sweden’s first bakery dedicated to gingerbread. They are thin, crisp, and packed with flavor.
Teatonics Yerba Mate Holiday Energy Tea (United Kingdom) $8.90- I’ve heard a lot about Yerba Mate, but I’ve never had it before. One of the suggestions included is to reduce it into a simple syrup to use in drinks.
Final Thoughts: I really loved how Try the World took time to incorporate holiday traditions from several different countries. I felt that each item was a nice representation while still pleasing to most palates. My only concern would be the pineapple cakes, which I feel may be more of an acquired taste for most people. Value-wise, you are definitely getting your money’s worth. It would make a great gift for yourself, or for someone you know who has a bit of wanderlust, or enjoys trying new food!
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