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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Taste Trunk ~ Sweet Trunk ~ July 2013

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I love sweets. Chocolates. Sour Gummies. You name it… but of course, I’m also really into my health and working out so this was a bold move on my part. What am I talking about, you ask? TASTE TRUNK! Taste Trunk comes in 4 different options: Gourmet, Sweet, Health and BBQ, each which have mostly full-size and some sample size items. Each box, regardless of your choice, costs $29 per month + shipping (OH HEY- I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE AT THE END OF MY POST), which is a heftier price tag than many other boxes, but has some high-quality and unique products. I was tempted originally to get the Gourmet Box but am happy I went with the Sweet Trunk! Now you’ll see why…

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I just love their packaging! The box was so simple, a white cardboard box, but then you see this unique stamped label in gold for Taste Trunk.

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And it got better. Once I opened up the box, I saw tons of black tissue paper, these super-cute newspaper style brown bags and burgundy ribbon tying it all together.

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And just a quick close-up! I reaaally loved the newspaper brown bags and the whole color scheme.

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Here’s the first look at the entire case! You can tell that it is stock-full of items, some delicate and so they’re wrapped up in bubble wrap.

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And we’ll start with the Caramels from Nunes Farms. These guys are so good- a chewy caramel with nuts that just melts in your mouth. Oh, and there had to be at least a dozen of them in there.

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I am a tea freak and so I was obviously beyond excited to see all these honey sticks! Made by Glorybee Foods, these honey sticks came in an array of flavors, with at least 10 sticks aka 10 cups worth of tea! The only downside is I’m not sure which flavor is which, so I guess it will be a fun surprise.

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Next up, from down unda (one of my favorite places <3) is the Kookaburra Liquorice! I was intrigued by this and have yet to try it, but I’m guessing it will be similar to twizzlers but in a green apple flavor. I was so happy it was not traditional black licorice flavor as I despise that, but instead it’s a unique fruity one!

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Made in Brooklyn, NY (not too far from me!) are these two Jams from The Jam Stand. The big/full-size jar is You’re my Boy, Blue-berry Bourbon Jam. Kindof a play on words, if anyones seen Old School, I’m thinking that might be the reference. But blueberries + bourbon sounds like a good combo and you can totally see how fresh it is! I’m really excited to try this out/it looks like it may be my favorite item from the box!

The little guy is Drunken Monkey Jam which sounds interesting- like a banana caramel jam. I’ll probably be trying this out on a toasted english muffin, however banana is not really my flavor, so fingers crossed!

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Mmmm… raspberry fudge. I’m sold. Sorry, did you want more details? Okay so this delicious little jar is made by East Shore Foods and will be used on all my breakfasts and desserts for the next week.

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Next is this cute long tube of caramel/toffee popcorn made by CC Made. I love the packaging because it’s just different from the norm, and is bold and attention grabbing. Oh and it tastes good too!

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And finally we have biscotti! I absolutely love biscotti, and even though I normally prefer mine chocolate-dipped, these Apricot & Pecan ones by Bari are awesome and will be dipped into my coffee at work this week!

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So here’s the whole round-up! All in all, I was pretty pleased with my Sweet Trunk by Taste Trunk. The only item I’m not sure I’ll really use is the Banana Jam.

Additionally, I like how they include postcards with each items telling the customer about the company, the product and even some recipes and tips for how to use the product. There was even a discount for a cute-looking bed and breakfast style place should you ever venture over to the West Coast. I have to say though, I wish either a coffee or a tea was included so that I could combine the honey sticks or biscotti with something else sweet.

Oh, and I have a feeling I’ll be working extra hard at this gym this week.

Interested in Taste Trunk? You can sign up here: http://www.tastetrunk.com/ and I would love if you included my name Mackenzie Degen (or blog name StylishinSuburbia.com) in the extra comments box when you’re signing up, as it works as a referral system and lets me continue to recieve boxes and review them for you! EVEN BETTER, you can now get 25% off your first box by using my code: Degen25

Now, to decide if I should get the Sweet Trunk again or switch it up.. hmm….

xo, Kenzie

Taste Trunk ~ New Subscription Box & Promo Code!

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I just love finding out about new subscription box companies! Especially when they’re actually ones I can use (i.e. not baby/dog-related boxes, and that ship to NY (so sad that HerFashionBox only ships in Australia!) So, I just connected with Taste Trunk, this great new company that puts together gourmet edible items based on the category you choose. Taste Trunk offers 4 different boxes: Gourmet Trunk, Healthy Trunk, Sweet Trunk and BBQ Trunk, of course the Healthy and Sweet boxes being the ones that grabbed my eye. I asked a few questions about the boxes I was interested in, and was told that the Health Box contains a mix of healthy attributes, such as low-fat, gluten-free, organic, all natural, low sugar, vegan, etc. So that might be the perfect box for any of you with allergies or strict diet requirements.

For only $29 a month (shipping included) this box is a steal! It’s like getting all those gourmet items from specialty stores for half the price.

Now, tbey have an Ambassador program, so I would appreciate it if you put my name (Mackenzie Degen or Kenzie Degen) in under either “Sponsor” if you’re also signing up for the Ambassador Program or in the “Special Instructions” Box when you’re checking out after signing up for subscription box delivery!

Best of all, I have a discount promo code for all my readers for their first Taste Trunk Box for 25% off if you enter in Degen25 at checkout! 

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xo, Kenzie