November’s Tasting Box is here … and My! How it has Grown!

Posted: November 22, 2011 in Foodzie, Product Review
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Actually, the box arrived on Saturday (November 19th), but, I held off on finishing this article about it because Monday (November 21st) Foodzie promised an email to their subscribers to better explain the changes to the tasting box program, and I wanted to wait until then to complete this article so that I could include information about those changes.

You see, this box is different.  Much different. First of all, it is larger.  (The measurement of the box is approximately 10″ x 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, versus the previous box size of approximately 11″ x 7″ x 2″)  It is larger to accommodate larger sized food products (everything in this month’s box appears to be full-size rather than a sampler size).

And with this different size came notification of other changes on the horizon.  The monthly subscription rate is now $29.99 instead of the $19.99.  And for this 50% rate increase, we get the larger size box and portions, plus, we get more choices concerning the contents of the box.

But the box isn’t the only thing that’s different.  Foodzie has implemented changes too.  But before I delve deeper into the changes with the box, let me share with you a little about what this month’s box included.  The theme of this month’s box is “Leading Up To The Big Feast.”  I assume that the “big feast” refers to Thanksgiving (and this box arrived just barely in time for preparation of that big feast).

Inside the box, there are Garlic Onion Pistachios from Fiddyment Farms, Heirloom Cornmeal Baking Mix from the Nitty Gritty Grain Company of Vermont, Dried Cranberries from Willow’s Cranberries, Pickled Figs from Boat Street Pickles, Fruit Nut Crostini from Anjou Bakery, and Pistachio & Almond Nougat from Vadeboncoeur Nougat.  Lots of yummy foods here just waiting for me to dig in … can’t wait!

As happy as I am with the box, I must confess my disappointment with the changes at Foodzie.  First of all, I liked the size of the smaller box better.  I also liked the smaller price.  I don’t think that I will be continuing the subscription… and this makes me sad, really.  Because I have really enjoyed the tasting boxes up until now.

Second, I find the whole format of Foodzie confusing.  It appears to no longer be a marketplace where consumers can go and shop and buy foods that are not readily available elsewhere.  I liked that aspect about Foodzie.  But now it appears they’re focused on these collections and if we are able to shop the way we were before, it certainly doesn’t appear that way by the website.

I understand that change is necessary but I really dislike the changes that have been made with Foodzie – I’m very disappointed.

  1. A Merlino says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. I was saving up items in my shopping cart in preparation for the holiday season. Now it seems, they are all unavailable to me. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems the new format is gimmicky, and well, kind of authoritarian…

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