Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November Foodzie Box

It's Foodzie box time again! I'm late this month with my review but it's still November for a couple more days.
Foodzie is changing up their tasting box as of this month. The box is bigger and the samples contained within are also bigger. They're changing up the types of boxes available (Cooking Box?! I want that one!) and they're all going to be bigger. However, they are also increasing the monthly subscription price, which I've yet to decide whether I can justify the $10 increase. I'm pretty confused by the changes but I'm hoping to get the cooking box next month before I decide what to do with my subscription.
In the box this month:
  • Pickled Figs
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Nougat
  • Cornbread mix
  • Fruit and Nut Crostini
  • Garlic and Onion Pistachios
I prefer my Crostini without fruits or nuts in them, but that's just my preference. These would have likely been good with the pickled figs, but I couldn't bring myself to eat the pickled figs.
I took one whiff of this and decided not to even attempt it. I'm not a pickled fruit person. I like my fruit spreads sweet with a touch of tart, not acidic. Sorry, I'm not sorry.
Eric and I both thought that this was alright, but that it needed a chocolate coating. I think that a thin dark chocolate coating would have balanced out the lovely toasted almond flavor perfectly.
I took the cornbread mix and made it into a batch of corn muffins per the recipe on the label. The resulting muffins were not a big hit. The muffins are way too crumbly  and I think the recipe was lacking in some sort of binding agent. However, despite that particular failing, I quite liked how they taste. I could actually taste the corn in the mix which makes it feel more wholesome and less processed. I would happily try the mix again with a tweaked muffin recipe.
I'm no stranger to cranberries, being from New England. I love dried cranberries and I'm thinking these may find their way into my oatmeal sooner or  later.
I like pistachios, but I hate opening pistachios. They hurt my fingers or they fly across the room as I am attempting to pull the shell apart. The couple of handfuls that I had before I gave up were quite good. Not too garlicky and not too oniony, but the flavor was also in each nut. I turned the bag over to Eric after getting  frustrated with them and he consumed them all in an evening.  This is the first Foodzie box item that he has liked enough to actually finish off, so these were definitely the favorite of the box.