Yep … I’m still working on all my past tasting box posts! This is my post for April’s Knoshbox! Knoshbox remains my favorite foodie tasting boxes of the few that I’ve been trying over the past year or so. The reason is simple: Knoshbox truly is a foodie box. It’s a thoughtfully curated box with a theme, and tasty, unique foods that you don’t find everywhere. For those of you who miss Foodzie and don’t like what they’ve become with Joyus, I think you’ll be really satisfied with Knoshbox. (More on why I love Knoshbox with my May/June box information … coming soon!)
This month’s box included some real tasty foods! First and foremost were three sample packages of Justin’s Nut Butters. I won’t be writing a review on most of these because, well, I’ve tried most of them! There were three nut butters in the box, including the Maple Almond Butter which is probably my favorite nut butter ever and I keep it on hand in the full-sized tubs now, the honey peanut butter and one I haven’t tried yet, the Chocolate Almond Butter. (I’ll do a review of this soon.)
So, immediately, I was a happy foodie to get more Justin’s Nut Butters … I love Justin’s! Also included in this month’s box was a tub of Garlic Basil Crackers from Z Crackers. These were pretty tasty, although, I did find them a wee bit disappointing only because the flavor was not consistent. Sometimes, I’d bite into a cracker and get next to no flavor. Then I’d bite into another cracker and it would have a really nice garlic-y and basil flavor. I like the texture of these – crunchy and I could taste the multi-grains which gave it a nice, nutty kind of flavor. Better than your average snack cracker that you’d buy at the grocery store, and really tasty with cheese spread. Since I’m not big on eating snack crackers, though, I don’t think these are at the top of my must buy list.
Garlic Basil Z Crackers
Also in this month’s box was a Simple Square (I’ve previously reviewed their Cinnamon Clove bar, their Coconut bar, and their Rosemary bar.) I love Simple Squares … but I was not as excited about the bar in this box, because, well, it was a Coffee bar. I’m not big on coffee. I ate the bar, I liked it OK, but I would have been happier with one of the other three flavors that I’ve already tried or perhaps one of the other two flavors I haven’t yet tried: Sage or Ginger!
I was much happier with the Battenkill Brittle. I’ve got to tell you, this stuff looks like a treat you’d feed to your parakeet. Seriously, this looks like bird food. Since I’ve never actually eaten bird food, I can’t say whether or not it tastes like it. But, it does taste good. It has a delicious, sweet, nutty flavor (and crunch!) I like that most of the sweetness comes naturally, from the seeds themselves, and there is very little “added” sweetness by way of the Vermont maple syrup and organic brown rice syrup that is used. There is a delicate maple note to this, it isn’t so heavy that it obscures the seeds. I taste the sesame seeds, I taste the sunflower seeds, and I taste the pumpkin seeds too!
I like that there are six simple ingredients to this brittle. It doesn’t taste overwhelmingly “candy-ish” the way most brittle does, and it isn’t as hard as most brittle is either. It has a gentle, crackly crunch from the “brittle” but most of the crunchy comes from the seeds! It is gently sweet, and very energizing! Definitely something I’d be happy to eat again!
I’ll be reviewing the Green Tea and Lemon Kombucha Wonder Drink (yes, Tea!) and the Raaka Virgin Chocolate (yes, CHOCOLATE!) separately at some point! I love it when there is TEA and CHOCOLATE in the same tasting box. This box gets extra points just for that!