Les Cocottes Review - May 2017 - Canadian Gourmet French Food Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review & this post contains affiliate links.

What is it? Les Cocottes
How Much? $49 every 2 months, plus $12 shipping. Save on 3 and 6 month terms. Prices in Canadian dollars. 
What's in it? A gourmet care package with French delicacies  

Les Cocottes is a bi-monthly subscription service that delivers French gourmet food at your doorstep. It's not just about food - Les Cocottes is a full cultural experience that will give you a taste of the F
rench "Art de Vivre"!  

Whether you have a sweet tooth or you crave savory treats, our boxes are curated to please everyone: we select fine specialties from our homeland such as tapenade, pâté, nougats, high-quality teas, jam, spices and so much more!  

Les Cocottes was founded by two French ex-pats living in Vancouver. Their mission is to share their passion for the French cuisine & culture without the clichés. Boxes ship every two months, starting in January 2017. Shipping is an additional $12 per box, however if you live or work in the city of Vancouver, Les Cocottes offers hand delivery for only $5. Check their FAQ for more details.

May's theme is "French Picnic".

The pique-nique is a fundamental tradition in France: whether you come from the coast and do your picnics on the beach, or you live in the city and enjoy it in pars or along rivers, as a French person, you take your basket and gingham cloth out of the closet as soon as the first sunbeams of Spring are out! 

First look!

The info pamphlet details the products inside the box and also gives some tips for hosting the perfect French pique-nique. Your perfect picnic must have a french baugette, saucisson, pate, ham, cheese, butter, french pickles, wine, seasonal fruits, and a pocket knife for cutting and spreading.

Les Cocottes includes a local shopping list affixed to the inside of the lid. They give suggestions for where to buy some of the perishable items you'll need for your picnic. 

Vancouver-area subscribers also received coupons for the suggested vendors - Oyama Sausage Co, Liberty Wine Merchants, French Made Baking, and Benton Brothers Fine Cheese. Three of the four are located on Granville Island.

We also received three french recipes which you can make if you want to kick your picnic up a notch. There's Salad Nicoise, Exotic Pie, and Gougeres Savoury Cake. 

Arlequin Candies
The taste of Arlequin is unique, indefinable and a source of infinite discussion, being sometimes acidic, or sweet, or fruity...
These were strange, but good. They kind of reminded me of a sour creamsicle.

Kusmi AquaRosa Tea ($7.80)
Margaux and Lorena say this hibiscus tea blend is perfect as an iced tea. It has an intense blushing pink colour and a tangy and fruity flavour.

Ducs de Gascogne Terrine de Gascogne Pate ($3)
The brand has been a French favourite since 1953. It's best served simply on a piece of good bread, or try it topped with the chutney (below). This particular pate is pork flavoured with brandy.

Anatra Conserverie Moderne Tomato Chutney
This company is from the island of Corsica. I am a huge fan of tomato jam (or chutney) and they are really hard to find. Top off your pate on baguette, or slather it over cheese and prosciutto.

Tentatio Gartonomique Saucisson Sec ($8.99)
Saucisson is typically made with pork. It's a thick, dry cured sausage, originating from France. Saucisson is a must at a french picnic!

Opinel No 6 Pocket Knife ($11)
Opinel was founded in 1890 by Joseph Opinel and is known for simplicity, robustness, and functionality. This folding knife has a beech wood handle and stainless steel blade. The genius part of this is the Virobloc, a locking mechanism invented in 1955 by Marcel Opinel. It's a turning lock to keep the blade stable and locked when open. Perfect for picnics in the park!

The May box from Les Cocottes was curated around a French picnic. We received an awesome folding knife to bring along, as well as pate, tomato chutney, and saucisson sec. With the included coupons, I can head over to Granville Island and pick up some cheese, wine, and a baugette to fill my picnic basket. It's such a fun theme!

Interested in trying Les Cocottes? Use promo code IMBACK to get 25% off your first box. The next box is July, then September.

Click here to check out Les Cocottes.


Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.  

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  1. Some nice items inside and the theme sounds great too.

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