SMGF: November 2015
I applied to review Send Me Gluten Free again and was accepted. 🙂 It’s about a year later that I’m trying it again. They still send at least one full-sized product in their boxes; this box doesn’t include lifestyle products like their former ones have—I’m not sure if it’s a constant now or if it’s just for this month. (It’s not a bad thing; it’s just a note.)
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- Cooksimple Meals’ Tamale Pie ($4.99) — I’ve not yet tried this, but it sounds good? When I make it, though, I’ll exclude the extra tomatoes. I wouldn’t be totally against trying their Alfredo boxed dinner next! Judging from the ingredients of a few of their meals, Cooksimple meals are healthy, just like they claim, and the meals are easy…they remind me of the Banquet Homestyle Bakes, in a way. The Tamale Pie looks like it could be made vegan if you switched out the cheese and honey for something else and used an egg alternative; the addition of the meat is optional. ^^;
- Deep River Snacks in Sweet Maui Onion ($0.96) — I really liked these; they’re sweet and remind me of Funyuns. I’m just not big on kettle chips; they’re really crunchy, and I prefer a more subtle crunch.
- Sea Salt Bean Stalks ($2.99) — I really like these. They’re similar to veggie straw chips, but are [obviously] made with beans. I wouldn’t be totally against trying their BBQ or cheddar flavor; the sea salt package is the easiest to find—their other flavors are the ones I’m struggling with.
- Schar Artisan White Bread — This bread has a sponge-like texture, similar to that of a bagel. Whilst my problem with bread lies in the yeast, I wouldn’t be against eating more of it, as it tastes nice and isn’t smaller than “regular” bread. My only concern is the lack of preservatives claim; yeast, although likely the rising agent here, is also a preservative and often used as such to preserve the flavor/freshness of something. The way their bread is packaged is in an airy, clear, plastic bubble; you can’t squish it. :p (Price is unknown because I don’t remember the ounces of my package and cannot find a price on Amazon for it, anyway.
- Kratos in Original ($2.84) — The texture of this is different. It’s like a healthier beef jerky. At the GFAF Expo, samples of these were handed out, but having a full-sized package of this allowed me to actually gather the full flavor and texture experience. Was it good? Yes. I just think the price is too expensive for a box of these; I can (and would rather) make 24 granola bars at a much less price than a box of Kratos bars.
- NoGii Protein D’Lites Cookies & Crème Dream Single Bar ($1.25) — This tastes like a mix between cookies & cream ice cream and an Oreo, and I feel like purchasing a few so I can recreate it, but in an allergen-friendly version? The flavor was pretty amazing; they just share equipment with nuts/have peanuts in their other products, and I’d like to be careful. 😉
Other contents (too much soy/yeast and/or has nuts): Full Flavor Beef Soup Stock ($3.80), Hope Bars Vegan Maple Cinnamon ($3.50), Teeccino Chicory Herbal Tea in Dandelion Dark Roast & Dandelion Caramel Nut ($1.09).
I was surprised to find a NoGii bar that wasn’t made with nuts, because I’ve actually been wanting to try them for a while!
The total of this box comes out to $21.42, not including the price of the Schar bread, as it was (and still is) unknown. Excluding the cost of shipping and handling, this therefore makes the box value at least $1.57 more than what you actually pay. However, like with MunchPak, I feel like the value of Send Me Gluten Free extends further, because you’re receiving a bundled-up variety of tasty gluten-free products, with a featured item in each box; I’ve not seen as much of a variety elsewhere yet!
A lot of these brands are also at the Expo, so…it’s literally like having the expo come to you, which I think it really cool.