Hands up if you like snacks! Unless you're in the midst of snacking, in which case please keep your hand firmly lodged in the container so you can keep eating. (Thank you.) Today I'll be sharing the contents of a recent Healthy Surprise box, which is a food subscription that promises snacks that are both healthy and tasty. Yay!
FYI: I'm not sure how much the Healthy Surprise boxes vary from subscriber to subscriber, but I got this one at the very end of October 2014. So I guess it's the October box? It's filled with food in any case, and that's what matters.
Not familiar with Healthy Surprise? Here are the deets:
- Healthy Surprise is a snack subscription box centered around healthy, allergy-friendly snacks. All of the snacks featured in this box are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free and wheat-free.
- They currently have a few different box types at different subscription price points: The "Classic" Box (which is what I'm reviewing today) costs $40 per month and promises 12+ snacks, while the "Big Box" is $60 per month and promises 17+ snacks. They also have Paleo and Chocolate-only boxes available at $75 and $100 respectively.
- You can send one-off Healthy Surprise boxes as a gift at additional cost. A one-time "Classic" gift box costs $50, for example.
- Prices include shipping within the United States. Healthy Surprise does ship internationally at additional cost (rates vary depending on destination).
I need to tell you something: This is basically my dream snack box. I eat a mostly vegan diet so obviously the fact that the snacks are vegan is a plus for me, but I also come from a family of multiple food allergy sufferers so I REALLY appreciate the list of "free-from" ingredients on this subscription. I escaped most of those allergies myself (thankfully), but growing up both my dad and sister were allergic to dairy, corn and wheat, so shopping for snacks was a rather tedious affair. Nowadays food companies have more clear labeling about potential food allergens, but back in my youth (insert fist shake) our entire family would spend hours scanning the ingredients lists on various nibbles and condiments for traces of corn syrup and whatnot. Fun! Anyway, my point is that I really appreciate the theme of this box because I know I could share it with everyone in my family and not kill them.
Moving on. Let's see what they sent me!
There was also a sticker, booklet about nut cheese (sounds weird but is DELICIOUS!) and a $25 gift card that can be used towards a future gift purchase of Healthy Surprise. Nice!
2 Degrees Cherry Almond & Apple Pecan Food Bars (1.6oz each, approximate value $3.99):
These bars are made with seeds, dried fruit and other goodness. I tried the cherry almond one and liked it a lot—very chewy and satisfying, and the cherries added a nice bit of tanginess. I gave the apple pecan one to Stan and he described it as "good, sort of like oatmeal." Maybe this is because I always get apple cinnamon oatmeal? All in all, not bad.
Hail Merry Vanilla Maple Almonds (0.88oz, approximate value $2.50):Raw almonds coated with a little bit of maple vanilla crunch. These were nice, though truthfully the coating didn't do a lot for me—I wanted them to be just a touch sweeter. I love almonds in general though, so I still ate them right up!
Hail Merry Choco Macaroons (1.75oz/4 pieces, approximate value $2.50):Fudgy, dense chocolate macaroons (not to be confused with macarons). Traditional macaroons are usually made with egg, so it's nice to find a vegan version! I actually tried a fruit-flavored version of Hail Merry's macaroons a few months back and thought they were AMAZING, so I was really excited when I saw these in the box ... and they didn't disappoint. Rich, delicious, and chocolatey! Would definitely purchase.
At least the coating looks pretty.
Love Bean Superfood Fudge Spread Coconut & Raw (1oz each, approximate value $1.60):
"Superfood" chocolate spreads made with simple ingredients like coconut oil and cacao powder. I ate the "Original Coconut" packet and it was REALLY good—rich and sweet but in sort of an earthy way if that makes sense? I gave the other one to Stan and at first he sucked it down right quick so I'm guessing that one was a winner as well.
Buddy Fruits Pure Blended Fruits - Apple Strawberry (1 3.2oz pouch, approximate value $1.99):
Blended fruitsauce in a pouch. I've received a number of different fruitsauce pouches in snack boxes over the past year—usually they're either unremarkable or really delicious. I think this one falls into the "really delicious" category, thankfully! I love strawberries though, so the fact that I got the apple strawberry flavor probably didn't hurt.
Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips Salt N' Pepper (1.5oz bag, approximate value $1.49):
Tortilla-type chips made with beans and rice. I've tried a few flavors of these Beanfields chips now an I have yet to meet one I didn't like! They're not quite as crunchy as traditional tortilla chips, but they're still very satisfying, and the ground up beans in the chip adds a little extra savoriness, if that makes sense. I have and would purchase these in full size!
Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Mix - Beach Bash (1.63oz bag, approximate value $1.33):
A trail mix-type blend of seeds and dried fruits. This was initially the least exciting thing in the box to me, but it turned out to be really good. "Beach Bash" has sort of a tropical fruit and coconut vibe going on, which I absolutely love! Since some of the seed kernels are small (like sunflower seeds) this can be a bit messy to eat, but still delicious nonetheless.
Oloves Chili & Oregano (1.1oz packet, approximate value $1.60):
I love olives. Olove you, olives. Love? Um. Anyway, These are basic green olives with a chili and oregano seasoning. I love green olives, so this was the first snack I cracked open, and they didn't disappoint! They're surprisingly good for pouch olives, and the chili flakes add a nice kick. If I had the sort of job that required me to pack a lunch I would stock up on these and stash them in my lunchbox.
Sea's Gift Sweet Seaweed Snack (20g packet, approximate value $1.33):
I love seaweed. True story: Stan told me that I was muttering the words "seaweed salad" to myself over and over again in my sleep recently, no lie. So naturally this snack was an instant hit with me. I really like this variety—it's sweet (as the package suggests), but also has that sort of umami (or whatever you'd call it) that all dried seaweed snacks have, and somehow this combo makes my tastebuds jump for joy. Love.
Mmm, spicy. Seaweed cam:
Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips - Sea Salt (1oz bag, approximate value $1.12):
At first I was all "meh" when I saw these in the box. I've had many veggie chips in my time, and they often disappoint me with their dryness and lack of flavor. These were much better than expected though! I'm not sure exactly how to describe the flavor—I guess they have more of an underlying veggie taste than some other brands (which can kind of taste like cardboard)? Yum.
Snapz Premium Grilled Zucchini Crunch (0.46oz bag, approximate value $1.99):Little bits of dried, grilled zucchini (or courgettes for you non-Americans out there). Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables so I loved these, though I wish the pieces were a bit larger—they're more like zucchini "bits" than slices, if you get what I mean.
Total box value: Approximately $21.44
I loved nearly everything in this box, so kudos to Healthy Surprise for choosing snacks that are actually delicious. Based on the contents of this box, I do think the price is slightly high—I actually wouldn't mind paying a bit extra in this case just for curation, because it can be a serious pain in the ass to browse through the ingredients list of every snack ever if you're dealing with multiple food allergies. But I would have liked to see one or two higher-value things in there. Throw me some kale chips, people!
All in all it's not a bad box though, and as far as I know there really isn't anything else like this subscription, which is useful if you (or someone you know) has food allergies. I'm debating sending one to my dad as a gift, actually. I know he'd love stuff like the macaroons, just not sure about the dried zucchini bits, heh.
To subscribe to Healthy Surprise or send one as a gift, visit this link and scroll down to select your box type. I'm sure you'll be able to figure out the rest! ;)
What do you think of my Healthy Surprise box? Which one of these snacks would you have opened first?
Disclosure: The box featured in this post was provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.