Have you heard of Goody Gorilla? This is another popular monthly subscription service which sends out a box full of new snacks in sample sizes (usually 7-10 healthy snacks, many which are gluten-free or vegan) for your to try with your family. I love boxes like these as you get to try different snacks to see which ones you like and which you don't, so you don't end up buying a full-size bag, only to find you don't care for it.
In addition to sampling new snack foods, these monthly boxes also make for great gift ideas to send to family and friends. I remember back in college seeing friends who lived away from family receiving care packages of their favorite snacks. This was before monthly subscription services became such a hit. Now, parents can simply go online and order a box like Goody Gorilla, to surprise their child with away at school. Or, how about sending a Goody Gorilla box to new parents, as a get well care package or for someone in a care facility, as well as a welcome gift, congratulating someone on a job well done or new promotion. Whoever receives a Goody Gorilla box will be thrilled when they open it up and find it filled with tasty snacks.
I was recently sent the May Goody Gorilla box to sample, and found the following seven samples to try out...
Unlike other snack boxes I have received in the past, this one didn't come with an identification card explaining the products or the website to learn more about the vendor or their other product offerings. Usually this is one thing I look for when it comes to sampling new snacks, as I like to learn more about things, and have a place to go if I want to order more or leave feedback on their social media channels. Buy, hey, I guess the folks at Goody Gorilla just wanted me to dive right in and enjoy the snacks they selected for the month of May. :-)
When it comes to sampling snack boxes like this, everyone gathers around the table to see what goodies are up for grabs. Then, we each take turns picking a snack we want to try. After all the snacks are taken, then the real fun begins...taste testing. So, what did we think of the above items sent this month from Goody Gorilla? They were great! :-)
Stash Premium Fusion Green and White Tea -- Luckily, two tea bags were included in the box, so that my husband and I could try out this tea. Never having heard of Stash Tea before, we couldn't wait to brew up a cup after the girls went to bed and see how it compared to other green and white teas. This tea is made with 100% natural ingredients, including blended green and white teas. After just a few minutes of brewing, we were able to enjoy a fresh tasting cup of coffee. I love how the two teas were combined, as I usually just drink green tea, for its antioxidants. I will definitely be picking up more Stash Premium teas to enjoy with friends and family. To learn more about Stash Tea, visit their website at: http://www.stashtea.com/.
St. Claire's Organic sour lemon tarts are a naturally sweet candy, which contain acerola berry and vitamin C. It is also allergen free as it contains no wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, corn, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, nuts or tree trees, making it a great candy to have on hand when you have a scratchy throat, looking for a breath freshener or just want to pucker up. I ended up sampling these lemon tarts as my husband and kids are not big lemon fans. And, I have to say that I am glad I was able to, as I really liked these candies. They were not to sweet and packed enough citrus lemon to wake your taste buds up. This is another product that we will be buying more of. :-) To learn more about St. Claire's Organics and their products including the sour lemon tarts I sampled, visit their website at http://www.stclaires.com/.
Bella was quick to get her hands on the Organic OCHO Coconut Bar to try. Before she took a second bite, I was able to see the creamy coconut center, that is covered by a rich dark organic chocolate outside. Oh, how I wish there were a few more pieces of the coconut bar to go around, as I know the rest of us would love to have tried it. But, thanks to the lip smacking noises Bella was making, followed by licking and remnants of the coconut bar off of her fingers, we know that it was good, and worth buying more of. To learn more about OCHO candy visit their website at http://www.ochocandy.com/
Out of all the samples included in this month's Goody Gorilla box, Judy's Breadsticks Sweet Currant Twigs was the only large sample that offered enough for the whole family to enjoy. The bag included 5 breadsticks.
While the girls weren't big fans of these breadsticks (or any breadstick for that matter), my husband and I found ourselves looking for things to dip these tasty breadsticks into. I ended up grabbing a jar of Nutella, while my husband paired it with almond butter. Even though we were dipping these breadsticks, they are full of flavor that you could just eat them right out of the bag.
After visiting the vendor's website, I can't wait to try the coffee twigs -- I can only imagine how great they will taste, and how they will be a great pick me up in the AM. :-)
"Our 4 Cheese MultiGrain snack crackers are made from a blend of parmesan, cheddar, blue, and asiago cheeses. Their full flavor and crispy texture make them a tasty snack munched right out of the bag. Enjoy the entire pack for only 70 calories."
Savannah is a fan of crackers in our house, and was first to grab these multi-grain Get Movin' crackers from Partners to try. Little didn't she know that they were 4-cheese flavor. Come on, what kid doesn't like cheese snacks or food? :-) When she took her first bite, she was so excited that she could taste the different cheeses, as they reached for another and another, before the bag was empty. This is one snack I will be happy to pick up for the girls to enjoy at home or on-the-go, while also stealing a few for myself. :-) To learn more about these tasty gluten-free crackers visit the Partners Crackers site at http://www.partnerscrackers.com/OurBrandsProducts/GetMovinSnackPackCrackers/.
While we have tried Welch's fruit snacks in the past, the mixed fruit variety was new to us. I was happy to see the girls share this sample bag. They loved pointing out the different fruit snack shapes before popping them in their mouth to enjoy. As a mom looking for healthy snacks for on the go, Welch's has always provided me with peace of mind, when I pick up boxes of their fruit snack for the girls to enjoy. To learn more about Welch's Fruit Snacks visit their website at http://welchsfruitsnacks.com/.
And, last but not least was a chewy molasses ginger cookie from Cougar Mountain Baking Company. My husband, who is a fan of ginger sampled this chewy cookie. He was impressed with the richness of the molasses, paired with the spicy, ground ginger. He could taste the flavors with each bite, and found himself wishing he had another to dip in tea. He is usually not one for store bought gourmet cookies, as he thinks they are full of sugar and processed ingredients, but he loved this all natural soft cookie, and has since asked me to buy more. :-)
Another thing I like about Goody Gorilla is that they offer you the opportunity to buy items you receive in the box at discounted prices. So, after trying out the new snacks, you find yourself craving a particular cookie or chip for instance, why not buy more, while also saving at the same time? A good deal, right? Goody Gorilla helps you fill your cupboards and pantry with healthy snack options for your family, without paying retail or the need to clip a coupon and hope they take it at the register.
While some may think $15 is a little steep for a monthly snack box of samples, I have to say that compared with others I have tried over the years, Goody Gorilla ranks up their with my favorite. They offer a wonderful selection of products that the whole family will enjoy sampling, and you will find yourself wanting to buy more -- which is the main reason you sign up for these types of monthly subscription services -- to sample and find new snack options. Well, out of the seven samples I was sent to review, I can see myself picking up most in a full-size package again soon, especially the Get Movin' 4-cheese multi-grain crackers, which were a hit with the girls. If it wasn't for the Goody Gorilla box and their samples, the girls would not have found another snack they enjoy. :-) And, my husband and I found some new favorites, too!
To learn more about Goody Gorilla, or to start your subscription (1, 3 or 6 months) or send a box as a gift, head over to their website today -- http://goodygorilla.com/. I can't wait to hear what you think of this monthly snack subscription box.
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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.