Food Trip To... Review - Burkina Faso Box - Canadian Meal Preparation Subscription Box

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What is it? Food Trip To...
How Much? $39.90 for single box (no subscription). $37.90 every 2 months. Save 25% off a year subscription (6 boxes). Tax extra. Shipping free in Quebec, and $9.90 per box elsewhere.
What’s in it? A surprise destination in a box, featuring 6 products and 4 recipes to make an authentic meal for 6, cultural facts and trivia, and a small surprise

Food Trip To... is a Canadian subscription box, based in Quebec. Every two months, the Food Trip To… team will introduce you to a surprise destination thanks to a box filled with tantalizing treats, delivered right to your home or office. Boxes can be purchased a la carte (single purchase) or as a recurring subscription (Around the World plan). With the Around the World plan, you will receive a new country in a box every 2 months. There is no obligation. You can cancel any time through your account page. Food Trip To... also donates 10% of proceeds from the sale of each box to Oxfam Quebec! There is now an online shop as well, so you can purchase more of the worldly products featured in each Food Trip To... box.

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For the June/July box, we are on a Food Trip to Burkina Faso! Burkina Faso is a country in Western Africa. Learn more about the region here.

Food Trip to Burkina Faso features a street food inspired "Burkinabe" dinner.
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Along with recipes and ingredients, we also received cultural information about Burkina Faso, a selection of Burkinabe movies, and a few words and phrases in "Moore", one of 60 languages spoken in the country (French is the official language).

This box is a collaboration with Oxfam-Quebec. Max from Food Trip To travelled to Ouaga, the capital of Burkina Faso, to help provide training as well as financial and operational support to a group of 22 women working in the street food industry. The mission was to support and empower these women and it was made possible in part due to Food Trip To subscribers. The company donates 10% of each sale to Oxfam-Quebec!

Bissap
Dried hibiscus flowers, which are used in the cocktail recipe to produce a tart infused beverage.

Seinseinga Spice 
This blend includes paprika, garlic, dried tomatoes, ginger, onion, cayenne, and parsley. It's used in the brochette appetizer recipe. Brochettes are a common street food found in Ouaga.

Fonio
This gluten-free grain is similar to quinoa. It's served as the base of the chicken stew entree. Fonio is drought-resistant, which makes it easy to grow.

Piment Pepper Hot Sauce
Use this hot sauce very sparingly! Use it to make a dipping sauce for the brochettes or add a bit of spice to the peanut sauce for the entree.

Mango Jam
This tangy jam is made by the monks of the Koubri Monastery, located 30ml southwest of Ouagadougou. This is used in the dipping sauce for the brochettes and also the filling for the dessert.

Sweet Potato Chips
These chips are made from sweet potato, a commonly used root vegetable in Burkinabe cooking.

Chitoumou
These are dried, lightly seasoned caterpillars. They're made by FasoPro, a Burkinabe start-up whose aim is to promote insects as a source of protein to help counter malnutrition. These aren't used in any recipe... They're just to try out and experiment with. I'm not sure I will be able to convince anyone to eat one though!

Toedo Candies
These candies are made from monkey bread, the fruit of the baobob tree. Baobob is a powerful source of antioxidants and has several health benefits.

The gift this month is a small pouch, made by artisans with the organization Movement France. The organization encourages the sustainable production of local artisan products by recycling plastic water pouches and employing women from the city of Ouahigouya. Click here to see more of their products.

Here is the backside of the pouch. I've received items made from recycled African water bags before (through GlobeIn) and they are great. Very sturdy and practical.

The Food Trip To Burkina Faso box included nine products, plus four recipes. Food Trip To provided the foundations for me to host a Burkinabe-themed dinner party with friends. I just need to follow the included grocery list and pick up some fresh ingredients. This collection of items and the overall experience is definitely worth the $40 box cost!

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