I recently found myself on My Subscription Addiction and I spent a good hour just looking through all the different options. I had no idea there were that many food-related subscription boxes out there. Frankly, that’s probably been good for my wallet. And while I still can’t afford to subscribe to all of these monthly boxes of delicious treats, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the ones I’d really like to try. If you’re ever tried any of these, let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Ready… set… let’s go!
Cost: $50/per package every 3 months
What sets it apart: Food52 strikes again. I love Food52 for so many reasons, and because they already have established place in my heart it makes me flinch a little less at the idea of a $50 subscription since it’s every three months (so if I break it down it’s less than $17 each month). With curators like Arianna Huffington and Rosario Dawson to choose from, you’ll feel like they’re your new BFFs. Personally I would choose to subscribe to Food52’s very own Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs if I find myself with a little extra money that I can put toward this subscription.
Description: “We discover, carefully curate a box of gourmet sweets and deliver it to your door every month.”
Cost: $19.95 and up per month for 5 items
What sets it apart: Each month’s Sweet Treats box includes 5 gourmet treats from bakeries around the country. One of the first things I do when I visit a new town is find the local bakery and try at least one of their creations, so this sounds like an absolute dream come true! All the deliciousness without the travel (although, I do love the traveling). They also have a Double Treats box with “twice the desserts to share”. Share? What’s that?
Description: “Each month we curate an amazing box of artisan foods, kitchen tools, and serveware for the recipe lover.”
Cost: $47/month + free shipping
What sets it apart: There are three things I love about this one:
- You can skip/swap the box if it’s not up your alley that month – at no additional charge.
- You can see everything that’s going to be in the box you receive.
- It doesn’t include just food – they also come with kitchen accessories like small skillets or a vegetable spiralizer. I adore that – I love me some kitchen gadgets.
Description: “Our monthly Tasting Box is the perfect way to discover new, unique, and obscure products that you’re sure to love. We handpick products from all corners of Farm To People and bring them together, giving you a taste of what our incredible producers are making.”
Cost: Casual Foodie (3-4): $29.95/month + free shipping, Food Critic (5-8): $49.95/month + free shipping
What sets it apart: Personally, I just love the fact that it supports local farms and gives the little guy a chance to shine (#careergoals). They’ll accommodate food allergies or dietary restrictions, and if you’re going on vacation they’ll allow you to pause your subscription until you get back so you don’t miss out on anything.
Description: “Each month you’ll get a box of the best gourmet sweets from ever-changing vendors all over the country.”
Cost: $15/month + $4.95 shipping
What sets it apart: There’s nothing particularly unique about this one, but it’s artisan sweets and I’m me, so… yeah. Sweets.
Description: Their tagline is that they’re “The Modern Man’s Pantry.” Their mission states: “Our monthly crate allows you to discover and eat 6 full-size, super premium foods from around America, with little commitment. The food & beverage items that you’ll receive in your Mantry are not your typical grocery store varieties. Led by the hand of amazing Artisan makers, these foods are painstakingly sourced and lovingly crafted into the perfect original theme (i.e. Bourbon Breakfast, Hecho en America). At Mantry, we believe in our artisan partners and the quality of their products. Some are small upstarts, fighting for a chance to change the way Tonic is seen. Some are award-wining restaurant Chefs who live on the vanguard of cuisine and culinary excellence. Each of them pours their heart and soul into their craft.”
What sets it apart: The box. Look at the box! I want it just for the freaking box. But in all seriousness, I don’t care that I don’t have testicles – this sounds freaking phenomenal.
…And also the box.
Description: “Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Our subscription membership starts as low as $10/month. Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes. For every box sold, we donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!”
Cost: $10/month + free shipping (you can get your first box free + $2 shipping).
What sets it apart: It’s like the TOMS of food – each box purchase provides a meal to a food bank.
Description: “Our goal is to help you discover and get the best, most delicious and most interesting American-made indie food products and to help indie makers grow their business.”
Cost: $45/month and up (cost varies based on the type of subscription)
What sets it apart: They have a subscription box called “pickles and chocolate”. That alone intrigues me. Also, I love the support of small businesses.
Description: “The Batch team hand selects products for each Batch. We send Batches to subscribers organized around a common theme each month (for instance, “After Dinner,” “Rise & Shine” and “Comfort Food”)…Each month’s Batch is full of items that retail equal to or more than what you’ll pay as a subscriber. Best of all, you’ll discover new and awesome local goods without having to search all over town for something that’s locally and awesomely made.”
Cost: $25 and up per month
What sets it apart: I’m not a fan of the South in general, the exceptions being my family that’s still down there and the food. Oh, the food. Fried pickles, BBQ, chicken and waffles… drool. So the idea behind Batch is that you pick a city (Memphis, Nashville, Austin, etc.) and then it’s paired with a theme for the month. May’s theme is Picnic Basket, which I think is adorable!
Bonus: Friends in Nashville – visit their brick and mortar store.
Description: “The monthly sampler is a new selection of gourmet brands delivered to your door each month. It’s culinary adventure each month as we take you on a guided tour of new artisans crafting unique and intriguing products. Worried about venturing out of your kitchen comfort zone? Well don’t be! Each trunk includes individual recipe cards with recommendations and pairing ideas directly from the makers. After all, they know how to use the stuff better than anyone.”
Cost: The Monthly Sampler is $39.99 a month, but the themed “trunks” are $33/month
What sets it apart: The cost varies based on the subscription you choose, but I adore the idea of having so many options AND the ability to build your own “trunk”. What a wonderful gift idea!0