Friday, January 16, 2015

OrangeGlad January 2015 Review

The January 2015 OrangeGlad was a box I've been looking forward to reviewing.  I mean... eating. Not the box, of course, but the contents of it.  First, I have to tell you that I used a 40% off coupon to get a three month subscription.  If not for that great deal, I would not have subscribed to this box.
Not that it isn't awesome and fun! It is!  This month, there was a gift box inside along with a carefully packed brownie and the information card.
I do have to say that OrangeGlad is getting better.  When I first subscribed I didn't like how the treats had obviously arrived to them in bulk, then been repacked individually with cellophane and tape.  I don't know.  It's one more layer of  "other humans touching my food" than I would like.

Now, though, it looks like they've upgraded from that system.  This box has some great products and a really fun variety!  Brownies, macarons and madeleines, oh my!

The Cost: $21.95/month.

What You Get: Five deluxe size, carefully selected gourmet treats and sweets delivered once a month.
Sugardaddy's Auburn Original Brunette Brownie- Made with bittersweet chocolate chunk and espresso beans!  It also has walnuts.  I was so excited until... walnuts.  I might be weird but I do not like chunks in my brownies.  I like soft, squishy, fudgy chocolately brownies.  I don't like chocolate chips in my brownies even but they're better than nuts.  
Value: $4.75
Mighty Brittle Orange Blossom Brittle- Made with orange essential oil, pecans and maple syrup.  I love peanut brittle so I opened this first.  It is power packed with orange!  You kind of can't taste anything else.  I loved it.  Except for the fact that it was sticky (and literally stuck together like glue) and stuck in my teeth.  It was much more chewy than I had expected.  Still, orange! Yum!
Value: $4
biscuit Gourmet Biscotti in The Vagabond- White chocolate, vanilla biscotti and toasted hazelnuts!  I don't really like biscotti.  Maybe because I've never tried it with coffee.  Isn't that how you're supposed to use it?
Value: $4.50
Donsuemor Dipped Madeleine- I snarfed this down so fast!  It was delicious.  I worked at Starbucks for a time and these were sold there but I never tried one.  Good thing, too.  These are yummy! Especially with the chocolate!
Value: $1.75

Sucre Macbubl- This dessert is made by a company that specializes in macarons.  There is a macaron cookie (not the whole sandwich) that is then covered in chocolate ganache and topped off with solid dark chocolate.  Umm... let me just say... chooooocolaaaaaate.  This is basically a huge truffle with a slice of that almondy macaron cookie in the middle.  It's mostly chocolate.  Dark, delicious chocolate.
Also, how cute is the top with all those little bubbles embossed on it!?
Value: $4 (guessing? It looks like you can buy them at Whole Foods)

VERDICT:  I have to admit to a certain bias that I have towards food boxes.  Or maybe dessert boxes in general because I don't have the same issues with snack boxes.  
I find that they aren't usually worth it to me.  
Yes, this box has great variety!  Tasty, fun, new desserts!  But I would probably never buy or pay for these in real life.  Err... not that subscription boxes aren't real life but you know what I mean.  I hope.

Now, I got this box for about $11 (in my math-challenged mind) and that makes it totally worth it this time.  However, I don't think I could ever, in my right mind--no matter how much I love chocolate and desserts-- pay $21.95 for this box.  Especially when I think about all the other things (and subscription boxes) I could get with that same money. 

Am I unfair?  Is my rationale flawed? Am I the only one who thinks like this?  Maybe it has more to do with "value" and how it relates to each person.  I'm not saying that there's something wrong with you if you happily pay the regular monthly cost!!  Just that in my brain, the "value" of this box doesn't measure up to my expectations.  Or maybe I don't love dessert enough? O.o

If you would like to sign up for OrangeGlad, you can do that right here.  Try these coupon codes and see if they work still: Use code ORANGE10 to get your first box for $10 flat. Not sure of expire date on this. Get $5 off with code: SARAHOG31858

*referral links were used in this post.


  1. How do you feel about Treatsie vs. Orange Glad? I'm about to buy both of them... Seems like one gives a lot of chocolates / little things and the other has variety but lower quantity.

    1. I like the variety better in OrangeGlad, for sure. And I feel like it gives you more. I'd have to look back and compare. Treatsie... /sigh There is a lack of variety that can be very disappointing if you dont like something. With OrangeGlad, if I don't like biscotti, there's four other types of things to pick from. With Treatsie if you don't like biscotti, well, there's three packages of biscotti in different flavors and then you have only two other types of you better hope you like. Know what I mean?
      I would say the quality is probably the same. Treatsie tends to favor caramels and chocolates and OrangeGlad has more baked goods. And of course, it depends on the month. I have a feeling that for February, both subs will feature plenty of chocolate.