A few days ago I have received a new Try the World box themed Paris. I loved it! The deal was very good. I got two boxes for the price of one! This second box is great as it featured a lot of treats and great items that would cost quite a bit on their own in stores, and I was glad to get them in a bunch through this subscription. Right now they have a deal where you can purchase a box, and get $15 off your first box! I think it is a good deal as well, essentially you will get one box half price!
Try the World is a subscription that I liked, I highly recommend it! Here is what I got in my Paris box.
Truffettes de France. A box of delectable truffles! Very similar truffles cost $3.99 on Amazon.
Maison D’Armorine salted butter caramels – they came in a nice box, there were 5 of them in it! A large box of these costs $14.95 online, but it is not easy to find. I think a small box with these would cost $5 maybe at most, I wouldn’t pay more for just 5 candies!
Domaines Des Vignes whole grain mustard! I love this item! I use mustard a lot in my cooking – in sauces, and in potato salad. I find grain mustard works better than simple dijon mustard. The container with mustard is 7 oz. This mustard sells on Amazon in the packs of 6, but comes to $3.38 per container.
Charles Antona Minna organic fig jam. I am looking forward to using this jam with some crackers and cheese – my favorite snack and hors d’oeuvre. The jam canister might be a bit small for my liking, I usually buy larger jam packs, but this will probably last you 2-3 snack servings. The container with jam weighs 110 g (3.88 ounces). So, for this amount of similar jam I would pay $2.79 on Amazon. It is not exactly the right jam, but this one is close as I was able to find.
Minna Organic Fig Jam, 1.4 Ounce (Pack of 30) – $2.79 for 2 (3.8 ounces)
Le Saunier De Camargue fleur de sel. We love various types of salt – we put artisanal salts on our burgers, and it adds a ton of flavor! I am looking forward to using this fleur de sel this summer! The container with salt is a standard size container, 4.4 oz, what you would expect to buy at a store. This is an expensive item, you can get it on Amazon for $10.49.
Francois Doucet candied fruit bars – we got 2 of those! The flavors of those are apricot and raspberry. These snacks are made from pure fruit pulp and sugar. I think this will be a nice treat for whenever we would like something sweet to eat! I might even put it in my purse to carry around to take with my coffee in a coffee shop. I have found this item from Francois Doucet store online, and two bars would cost about $1.86.
And then there was a mystery treat! Now that one was weird, I have to admit! I am still not sure about this one. First, I am not sure what it is. It is a mystery treat all right because all it says on it is just “sauce culinaire” – lucky I know enough French to understand it just means cooking sauce, and the make of the sauce – Christian Potier – Maitre Saucier. I am yet to find out whether it is sweet, or savory. It also does not include any ingredients that the sauce is made from. On the up side it is cool because it is a mystery, but on the down side, with all the allergies that people have these days, it would be nice to be able to know the exact ingredients of the sauce to be able to figure out who in the family can use it. We don’t have major allergies, but we do have some intolerances in the family. I also like to be able to plan my meals, and at least knowing what is in the sauce would help me be able to use it. I will do some search regarding the make of the sauce to find out what it actually is. So, this mystery ingredient is really strange and I am not sure why it made its way in the box, and why the company thought it was a good idea to use it. But, hey, it is a free extra, so, I’ll take it!
After searching online I wasn’t able to actually find out what this sauce was, so, I am going to leave it be for now, I think. Maybe I will use it as a dip one of these days, not sure.
The total cost of this box, were I to purchase all of the ingredients separately, would be $27.51 + the mystery sauce, so about $28 total! So, the bottomline is that most of the ingredients are hard to buy in the packages of the sizes that are in this box, because these are sold in bulk, in packs of 6 or 12 or 30. The second point is that you might never get to try these ingredients if you were to source them yourself. Some are only available to be shipped from France, or are discontinued.
Finally, I think that the subscription Try the World is a great way to try ethnic food without breaking a bank, and learn about new cultures through food education – what a great way to experience the world on a dime! If you buy through this link, you will get $15 off your box!
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