When I saw Flavrbox on twitter asking for people to review their Flavrbox I jumped at the chance. I was really interested to find out more and to see what a Flavrbox would be like. Flavrbox seek out independently produced food in the UK and then each month they send you with a box containing 5-6 products that they have found. You are surprised by a box of products and will have no idea what the box will contain. If you like the products in the tasting box then you have the option to purchase more of the product on the website. What is interesting is that the products in the box are not widely found in supermarkets so it is a great way to discover new foods. The food producers are all based in the UK.
I waited in suspense for my Flavrbox to arrive and soon I received a cardboard box though the post. I excitedly opened it.
Inside I found my food items carefully packaged with brown paper crinkles and two letters. The first letter was just to say hello and welcome to Flavrbox which was a nice touch. It introduced me to what Flavrbox was all about.
The second leaflet was rather lovely, it is called Meet The Makers and does what it says. It takes you though each of the products in the box and tells you all about the people who made them with pictures and ideas for serving the food. It is really nice to find out more about the companies behind the brand.
These are the entire contents of the box I got:
I received 6 products in total which were a mixed pack of Forest Pig Charcuterie, Red Pepper and Almont Pesto from Olives et Al, Raspberry Chocolate Truffles from The Booja-Booja Company, two packs of Speltotto from Sharpham Park and some pasta from Bookhams. I was pleased by the contents and intrigued to find out more about the makers.
The first thing I pounced on was the Forest Pig Charcuterie. I love charcuterie and was really fascinated to find out where the forest pig’s were living. They really do live in a forest, the Wyre Forest, Shropshire to be exact. The Forestry Commission provides areas for them to ramble around and reduce vegetation and when they have done that they move onto another part of the forest. I have to say I am really happy with the idea that pigs are still wandering around forests in Britain.
I received a mixed pack of rustic and walnut salami and I have to report that it was gorgeous and highly addictive. You can’t stop at one slice, it somehow screams at you eat me now! There was a definite difference in taste between the two, you could taste the walnut as a subtle background flavour in the walnut one.
The Booja-Booja Raspberry Chocolate Truffles were absolutely scrumptious. Booja-Booja are a Norfolk based company which specialise in dairy-free organic chocolate which is suitable for vegans. It was a small box containing quite a few truffles and these are rich and enticing. They are the sort of chocolate to be savoured and enjoyed and you can only eat a little at a time.
I decided to combine the Bookhams pasta with the Olives et al Red Pepper and Almont pesto and see how that turned out. Bookhams are a Sussex based family company who make fresh pasta and parmesan cheese. The pasta was lovely and had a really nice texture to it, it did not go soggy on cooking like some does. I was not sure what the Olives et al Red Pepper and Almont pesto would be like but it is delicious. It is sweet but with a nutty background which went nicely with the pasta. It would also be lovely on chicken or mixed with some salad dressing.
Finally I tried the Sharpham Park Speltotto, which is totally new to me. Spelt is a grain and speltotto is an alternative to normal rice based risotto. Sharpham Park is based near Glastonbury. I received Courgette Garlic and Thyme Speltotto and Sundried Tomato and Chilli Speltotto. I have to say I really liked both of these, they were a light creamy risotto alternative.
I was impressed by my Flavrbox, I was introduced to some new foods that I had not heard of before and as well as that I learnt some new things. It was fascinating finding out more about where the different foods came from and who made them. It really is a food adventure in a box.
You can sign up to get a Tasting box each month on the Flavrbox website, prices start at £16 a month depending on the option you choose. If you are passionate about food this is a brilliant way to find new products and not knowing what you are getting each month adds an element of surprise to the mix.
Disclosure: I was sent a Flavrbox for review but was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.
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