Vancity Box Review - July 2016 - Canadian Regional Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Vancity Box 
How Much? $49.95/month, including shipping and tax. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What’s in it? 5-8 handmade, artisan, and local products made by BC vendors


Vancity Box is a Canadian subscription box focusing on handmade artisan products from Vancouver, BC and the surrounding area. With Vancity Box, you will get 5-8 products, with a retail value of up to $80. Products may include soaps, snacks, drinks, handmade items, knits, and more. It's a craft market delivered to your door!

Living in Vancouver for so many years  made us fall in love with everything it has to offer. Whether it be the nature in our backyard, countless types of foods and restaurants, active and healthy lifestyle choices,  or  the number of small businesses that make up more than 90% of companies in BC. We can really agree that it is the best place to live!

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Like last month, all the products were wrapped inside a Vancity Box tote bag.

The box was heavy, and when I opened it up, I realized why. It's full of pie jars. Nothing but pie jars. I am not kidding when I let out a "What the eff" upon first sight. For the second month in a row, we have a box full of products from one company, and still no communication from Vancity Box about why they are doing things this way.

This month we have a product card, but it's not from Vancity Box; It's from In a Jar, the company that supplied the products for this month's Vancity Box.

We first experienced In a Jar in the April box. Now we get to try seven (yes, seven) new In a Jar products. The best before for all of these jars was July 13, so I had a week to consume everything.

In a Jar produces ready to eat pies, loafs, and crisps, tucked into reusable mason jars. They are based in Chilliwack, BC. In a Jar sells their products at craft fairs and farmer's markets. The jars are all 250ml size, and can be returned to In a Jar for a discount towards your next purchase.

Gluten Free Apple Raspberry Crisp
This was pretty tasty. I actually ate it for breakfast one day (shhhhh). The crisp topping wasn't crisp, but I probably could have popped it in the oven for a little bit. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
This was a perfect seasonally appropriate pie and was absolutely delicious.

Apple Blackberry Pie
Another great summer pie with apple and succulent blackberry. This one turned out nearly perfect and tasted great.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie
The brownie flavour was rich and chocolatey, but we found it a tad dry. It needed icing or a chocolatey topping of some sort.

Chocolate & Banana Mint Loaf
This is a new one - a loaf in a jar! The chocolate banana loaf is tasty, but the addition of mint is a little odd. Odd, but good.

Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crisp
As soon as I took the lid off I could smell the delicious summer berries. This one was just as good as the Apple Raspberry version.

Raspberry Not Just Pie Filling
I could drink this. It tastes like fresh raspberries, fresh off the bush. It's great over pancakes and ice cream.

So, you may have noticed my final picture only has six jars. I may have eaten one a bit too quickly. I am a huge fan of In a Jar. If you are lucky enough to see them at a local fair or market, pick up a couple delicious treats.  I believe they are $8 per jar, but you get a rebate if you return the jar next time you see them.

Now, for my view of Vancity Box this month... I have to be perfectly honest and say that I'm really disappointed with the direction this box is taking. The last two months, they seem to be "phoning it in". There is no curation. It's not a "craft fair in a box" anymore. It's not what they advertise it to be (for reference, the FAQ state "What's Inside? Locally-made artisan products. 5-8 products with a value of up to $80 retail value. Soaps, snacks, drinks, handmade, knits, and much more"). The last two months, the value has been well below $80 retail ($68 in June and I estimate $56 this month). Social media channels are not updated regularly, if at all. There is no customer engagement whatsoever. This is not the box I signed up for. There's so much potential here so I'm not sure what's going on. 

If you want to give Vancity Box a try, you can save 15% off your first box using promo code CDNBOXADDICT at checkout.

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Comments

  1. They look yummy but its too bad that you were disappointed with their lack of direction in their boxes.

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  2. I completely agree! I actually unsubscribed because of the last few boxes. They started out so strong. This was my last box and I actually emailed and asked for a refund because my box came as a sticky, moody, broken glass mess. I got mine after the 13th so very disappointing they filled the box with perishable items to ship around the country. They did give me a refund so that's great but they lost a customer for sure!

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