Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Kitchen Box February 2015 The Brownie Box Review

A Kitchen Box put out a delicious February 2015 box!  This is a box that I consider an indulgence.
This month is all about brownies!  I love brownies.  I like them ooey, gooey and fudge y.  This box came with several recipes and a collab with Joy the Baker.
The box arrived this month via Priority Mail.  I love the 2-day shipping.  It's so nice compared to the ten days it can take other boxes to get to me when sent Parcel Select.  Ugh.

The Cost: $30/month

What You Get: A box curated with a specific theme in mind, introducing you to new artisans, products, concepts, and pairings. A featured recipe, artisan food product, something useful, free music for your kitchen playlist, art postcard, and kitchen wisdom.

The A Kitchen Box is always packed so perfectly and beautifully!  You can tell there's a lot of care and effort that goes into the curation of these boxes.  Each box arrives with an information card explaining the theme, listing the contents of the box and providing an explanation for what was chosen.
Included this month is a recipe for Brownie Bottom Coconut Macaroons.  Not completely brownie but definitely fun.  It's adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe and isn't even too labor intensive.  I might have to make these.

Moonstruck Dark Chocolate- A chocolate bar featuring 68% cocoa content, resulting in a strong chocolate flavor with a background of roasted notes and a hint of fruit.  This must be necessary for another brownie recipe.  I might have to just eat it plain, though.
Value: $4

Now Designs Red and White Striped Kitchen Towel-  Each box always contains a kitchen towel!  I really like that and this is perfect for my kitchen.  It's a big one, too.
Value: $4
The recipe is by Joy the Baker and is for Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies.  I don't like cream cheese (Sacrilege, I know!) but I'll pass this on to my mom who would love it.

There's also a postcard with brownies on it.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the postcards I'm collecting.  They're not really anything I would display and not something I would ever actually send to someone.  Maybe if it was of flowers or something but food is a little odd.

The Perfect Brownie and Cookie Spatula- Not an official name but it is definitely a spatula.  I already have one nearly identical to this.  Mine has a scrape down the metal but that doesn't make it unusable.
Value: $4
Another recipe!  This one is for A Kitchen Box' Favorite Brownies and they look delicious.  They have espresso powder in them.  And 3oz of dark chocolate so this must be where that chocolate bar comes in!  These seem a little more labor intensive but I think they are probably the most likely recipes for me to try of the three I received.

Tovolo Mini Spoonula and Spatula- I don't have a spoonula! I like it!  Plus I can always, always use more spatulas.  They're way too handy.  These are made of silicon, too, so they're not going to melt unless I do something really stupid like set them on a Hi burner. *cough*
Value: $7.99

Also included were several music downloads.  I never care about these because I'm not really into music and it's mostly people I've never even heard of.  Not that it's a bad thing but indie/folk/rock isn't my thing.

VERDICT:  I really love the curation of A Kitchen Box.  It's fun and creative.  This month's box does not meet the value paid for it and I don't really like that part.  It's about $10 under value.  I don't mind getting a carefully curated, well-thought out box like this as long as it meets the price paid.  I'm not expecting ridiculous value but I am expecting the contents to be worth the purchase amount.  And I don't count the paperwork toward the cost.  That might be a little unfair but that's how it is.

I think I would like to see a little more food products in these boxes.  I think it would have been nice if there had been an actual brownie mix in here.  I do love getting kitchen gadgets, though.  I think the curation is fantastic and I love the whole idea and presentation, too.  It just needed one more thing.

If you would like to try A Kitchen Box for yourself, head to www.akitchenbox.com and sign up!

1 comment:

  1. Mmm, brownies are wonderful! I agree with you though, it's weird to me that they would have a box like this but not include a brownie mix.

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