Foodie Pages Tasting Box Review - March 2014 - Gourmet Food Box

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What is it? Foodie Pages Tasting Box
How much? $14.95 one time purchase, plus shipping
What's in it?  5 scrumptious tastes from some of Canada's top food makers 

It's been a long time since I've posted about the Foodie Pages Tasting Box. My last box was in July 2013, just before they changed from a recurring subscription to a monthly one-time purchase model. I was browsing Foodie Pages last week and noticed they still had March Tasting Boxes available for sale. In the past, the boxes sold out within hours of going on sale so I was surprised to see the box still available halfway through the month. I took it as a sign and ordered one.


As I mentioned, the Tasting Box isn't actually a subscription box. It used to be, but with only 50 boxes available per month and very little customer turn over, the demand was so big that Foodie Pages decided to make a huge change that would make it easier for people to get their hands on a box. Their solution was to cancel all subscriptions then offer the box for sale each month on a first come, first served basis. Their plan worked. I know many people who were able to try the Tasting Box for the first time once monthly subscribers (like me!) were out of the picture.

Product card

Ferme Guy Rivest - Strawberry Wine Jelly (140ml, $3)
I love wine jelly with cheese and crackers. They recommend this one on croissants or mixed with mayo and used as a sandwich spread.

Carolina's Box of Goodness - Dulce de Leche Blondie ( 1 brownie, $2.25)
This little blondie was all sorts of amazing. I checked Carolina's website looking for nutrition facts (why?!) and found a tip to refrigerate it prior to eating. Brilliant idea. Super tasty; super dangerous.

Jbars in Lemon & Cocoa (2 bars, $2.75)
These are natural energy bars made with quinoa.

Kricklewood Farm - Cold Presses Sunflower Oil (100ml, $3)

Dad's Westcoast Awesome Sauce - Wildfire Awesome Sauce (30ml, $2)
I'm familiar with this one! It's a farmer's market staple on Vancouver Island. I actually have a small sample jar like this in my refrigerator, purchased in Nanaimo last summer. The card recommends using it in Caesars, which is something I've never tried before but certainly will now!


I've discovered many great products via the Tasting Box, so I was excited to be able to try it out again. One change I noticed, is that they now charge for shipping. The box costs $14.95, but the shipping to BC was another $10.09. I'm thinking that's why the boxes aren't as sought after as they once were. I had a $10 referral credit to use up so I used that and was able to get the box for $15.04. I received about $13 worth of products - probably less since I rounded up on a few items. The Tasting Box definitely isn't worthwhile if you are looking for a value box, since you are paying around $25 with shipping. If you like experiencing new things and supporting small Canadian suppliers, then this might interest you. One of the benefits of the Tasting Box is that you can see what is in the box before purchasing. I already know the April box is one I want to get my hands on!

What do you think of the March Foodie Pages Tasting Box?

The April Tasting Box goes on sale today and features:
  • Sugo Pomodoro all’Amatriciana from Louise Prete Fine Foods 
  • Spicy Tomato Jam from Manning Canning (My absolute fave condiment for eggs!)
  • Biscotti Cookies from Kimberley’s Own
  • Salted Caramel Popcorn from Batch Sweet Kitchen

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  1. it makes sense why they charge for shipping, but it is definitely less tempting to me since they started doing that. spicy tomato jam sounds yummy though!

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