Taste Trunk Sweet Trunk ~ August

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So my Taste Trunk arrived a few days ago, and of course I picked the Sweet Trunk again! With my variety of health-conscious boxes, I knew I shouldn’t pick the Health Trunk, plus I’m not a BBQ-er… perhaps next month if I continue,  I’ll switch up to the Gourmet one!

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As usual, I love their packaging. The first look is the gold stamped logo on the simple white box, and then you open the package up to see black and white printed images that take you back in time. With the color scheme: black, white, burgundy, and newsprint, they have won me over in that category.

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And so, I eagerly began to unwrap it, carefully taking the info cards out of the newsprint paper bag, and shufflling through the tissue paper…

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Like last month, Taste Trunk included some interesting information cards on the products! They wrote a bit about where the product comes from, the companies histories, etc.

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First up is the Iveta All Natural Cupcake Mix in Chocolate Coconut. I love to bake, and so I was pretty excited to get this in my package rather than a pre-baked, pre-packaged cake or something along those lines. It came with instructions as to what to add to the cupcake batter, how to make the frosting, etc. While I may sub some of the ingredients for healthier options, I know I will have fun making these.

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Next up, I got these crazy gummy/jelly candies. Made by Cheri’s Desert Harvest. In flavors like “Prickly Pear Cactus Candy” and “Margarita Morsels” I was intrigued and curious as to how they would taste. The consistancy is inbetween a gummy and jelly candy, and it’s pretty sweet I have to say. While they may be too sugary sweet to purchase (personally), I would recommend them to anyone who likes sour patch kids, gumdrops, etc.

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In terms of baked goods, I recieved The Cookie Department Peanut Butter Choc Chip Protein Cookie! It’s like they read my mind and knew I wanted a protein-based one! I have been making protein pancakes so much lately, and so this is great because it fills your craving for sweets while also giving you the protein you need.

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CC Made Salted Caramel Sauce just sounds heavenly. Last month I recieved CC Made Caramel Pistachio Popcorn, so I had a good feeling about this. I didn’t realize it was a ‘salted’ caramel until I realized the name Sel Gris Caramel Sauce. Yum- I know I love Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates, Caramel Macchiato and various other treats, so I will definitely put this to good use. I can just imagine the caramel thumbprint cookies already…

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Finally, we have a familiar food: Nunes Farms almond caramels and chocolate caramels were wrapped up in one of the newsprint brown paper bags. I did enjoy getting the regular caramels last month, and so I had no doubt the chocolate ones would be good as well. However, I’m not a big fan of repeats.

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I was really happy with everything I got… except:

I wish I had received the Pacific Beach Toffee Peanut Butter that was included in their Health Trunk… and in my opinion should have been in the sweet one! I love nut butters- peanut, almond, cashew, chocolate peanut- and of course cookie butter!

Additionally, while I was happy to receive some of the Nunes Farms chocolate caramels, I did in fact get about a dozen caramels with almonds last month. Luckily I enjoy them, however I think they need to increase their variety and reduce chances of duplications.

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I think I may switch up my trunk for next month in order to avoid duplicates… perhaps to the Gourmet Box?  Anyone prefer one over another?

With a cost of $29.00 a month + shipping, this is a pretty good box for the total foodie; You definitely have to love sweets to get this trunk (just like how the BBQ trunk is perfect for a GrillMaster!) If you decide to sign up, use TASTE25 for 25% off your first box, and please be amazing and write my name “Mackenzie Degen” in the special instructions area.

xo, Kenzie

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Juniper ~ August

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So, if any of you saw my June Juniper Review, you will know how happy I was with this subscription box service. Not only is Juniper customizable to your needs and your timing per month, but Lynn is super funny. I love reading the cards she includes in the box each month.

And so when she graciously offered me a deal, I could not turn it down. Not only do I never have to go out and buy tampons again, but I get all these awesome snacks and teas too!

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So the theme this month was “Keep it Fun, Mix it Up,” and as you can see from the info card it looked like Lynn was having an awesome bright, colorful party!  You can quickly see all the included items, from teas and honey sticks to nuts and cookies.

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When I flipped the card over to Lynn’s Letter,  I laughed when I read about the Catwalking Class, wishing I had been able to do something like that! It only got better as she continued to talk about the class, and how her ‘opponent’ was invading her space and she was not having it at all. Talk about a cat (walk) fight!

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As usual everything was perfectly wrapped and arranged, this month with green-blue tissue paper, and the usual cute see-thru bag holding all the goodies.

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Okay now onto the snacks. This month, I received a pack of Donsuemor  Chocolate Madeline cookies, these soft yummy chocolate cookies to fit that sweet craving. Next to them is a pack of 479 Degrees Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn. Not only were these delicious, but they were only 100 calories… can I get a hell yeah!? Then, for that salty fix, was a packet of Nunes Farms roasted salted pistachios. I love pistachios, and I’ve had other Nunes Farms products in last months Taste Trunk.

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Next up were the yummy teas for the month. All three were from the brand Numi and were GREEN TEAS! My favorite. There was Moroccan Mint, a caffeine free refreshing blend, Toasted Rice, an interesting nutty, savory tea with caffeine, and Simply Green, a basic decaf green tea. And as usual, they came with 3 assorted honey sticks!

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Now onto the ‘personal items’… I got my packets of Midol as usual/requested, and then my special, pampering item: a Golden Earth Aromatherapy Body Wash! My last box had an olive oil complexion soap, and so I like that she had another ‘body/pampering’ item like this.

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Of course, I got my usual monthly supply of tampons.  You get to choose your preference with brands, size, etc. which is awesome. Wait, this box is a time of the month box? I got too distracted by all the food….

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Here’s a picture of all the goodies I got in addition to my tampons. You can see the variety of sweet and salty, and how she always maintains a similar set of items (3 teas, 3 honey sticks, etc) but always changes the brands, the flavors, etc.

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I’m very happy with this mixture, as it combines sweet, salty and savory! Plus green tea is my fave.

Sign up for Juniper now! For $28 per month, you get a full supply of tampons, midol or pads if needed, teas, honey, a variety of snacks, plus a personal body care item! I have a feeling you won’t regret it… otherwise I wouldn’t be getting two more months of it!

xo, Kenzie