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Boxes full of miniature snacks for fairies, not people!
September 8, 2018
I received the 25 snack box for the first time and was not impressed, the box came 1/4 filled, and the other 3/4 was empty space, what a ripoff for $40 per month. Everything was super tiny, I could fit several items in the palm of my hand. The snacks included 3 little bags of pretzels, various kinds of jerky, lots of energy bars, and two little bags of random chips. These things seem like stuff they couldn't sell at a grocery store and they just packed it up in box to resell for unsuspecting customers. I appreciate that the snacks are healthy but I think I can definitely get more worth of my $40 buying it from a supermarket, personally. Maybe if the cost of the subscription box was halved I would continue my subscription, but at the current price, it's best to look elsewhere for snack boxes.
I forgot to cancel my subscription so I got a second box, still full of the same little tiny pretzels, energy bars, and jerky. At least this time I got a small bag of cookies...It feels like this company really loves their pretzels, I have so many pretzels now instead of a variety of chips or crisps, how disappointing. To inform how little you're actually getting, I had combined both snack boxes together and there is still space for probably a third box of snacks. If the original box included twice the amount of snacks it had, it would be a better deal, and I would feel like it was worth getting, despite the lack in variety of snacks. As for the taste, I tried about seven snacks and they were OK, but not anything impressive, since they are basically your everyday snacks you could buy from a grocery in mini form.
SnackNation offered to provide some additional snacks for no cost for me to try due to me being unhappy with my previous boxes, and I accepted. They shipped me two mini boxes, which were completely stuffed to the brim (unlike my giant box of mostly empty air), but I can't say if this would be true for subscribers for their newer boxes, so I would reserve my judgement on this until I try a full sized box from them.
The new snacks they gave me were surprisingly bigger than what they had given me in the past, and again, I do not know if these changes will be reflected in their new boxes, but they had promised me they were changing their curations for future boxes, so I hope this is true for the sake of their subscribers. They included a variety of snacks which I hadn't seen before, and I would say I was happier with this selection that I received for free vs. the selection I had gotten when I paid for the subscription, but this might be due to the changes they were making to their boxes as they had mentioned to me. The snacks are still on the smaller side, but not so much as before, where you felt you got cheated somehow by the tininess of everything. I would say the new snacks are appropriately snack-sized for human beings to consume now, instead of for tiny fairies. But they also included some duplicate snacks between the two mini boxes I received, which could be either a bonus or a con, depending on whether the snack in question tastes good or not.
For example, they put the same bag of RIND snack in both boxes, and unfortunately, I have to say this snack is one of the most unpleasant things I have ever placed in my mouth. I've only gotten through half of the first bag and I will question my sanity if I try to attempt to finish the second one. I appreciate the RIND company for trying to come up with healthy snacks, but their versions of dried fruits is absolutely disgusting. The fruits included were dried pineapple, dried kiwi, and dried orange with the peel on. On the back of the snack bag, it encourages you to eat the peel since it contains a lot of nutrients, even more than the fleshy part of the fruit. So I tried to heed their advice and put the whole dried orange in my mouth, peel and all, and chewed it for three seconds and had to spit it back out. It was the most bitter thing I had ever tasted in my life, and I've had tried many bitter things before, but not to this extent. The dried kiwi was like dried extremely sour ??? covered with a very light coating of sweetness which was wholly unpleasant. Only the dried pineapple was passable, but honestly, it tasted like a vampire sucked all the juice out, chewed it a couple times, then spat it into the snack bag for us mere humans to finish.
However, the other snacks I have tried have been great so far, and I will post further updates as I go through my snack boxes. I am still undecided whether to restart my subscription, but perhaps I will give them another chance in the future if my finances allow. For now, I would bump my rating to 2.5 stars.