Sunday, June 14, 2015

GreekPack July 2015 Subscription Box Review and Coupon Code

When GreekPack offered me the opportunity to review their new subscription box I jumped at the chance. My heritage is largely Greek from my mothers side and my great grandparents both came through Ellis Island from Athens, Greece back in the day. My great grandfather was a merchant marine and his name was Konstantinos Nicholapapa Zepgrapho Economethos Karadoulos. How's that for a mouthful?! Apparently the registrar on Ellis Island thought so, too, and his new last name (along with every other Greek that came through at the time) became Nicholas.
So when I got my GreekPack and realized that it ACTUALLY SHIPPED from Greece (!!) I was pretty excited. Authentic Greek tastiness?! Yes, please! This is the July box so if you order now, this is the box you will get.

The Cost: $19.99/month including worldwide shipping

What You Get: You will receive six to eight carefully selected Greek treats and snacks.

Chalvadopita- This was SO interesting to me. I've never had anything like it (and my grandma could make some of the best Greek desserts you've ever tasted). The closest I can come to describing it is a nougat. Its made with honey, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla and has baked Greek almonds folded into it. Lots of almonds! The nougat is then sandwiched between two thin layers of wafer (which is basically tasteless but makes the nougat easy to eat- no stickiness).
This was addictive. I took a bite not really having any idea what to expect and then fell totally in love with it. I ate the entire thing in one day and it's huge. I feel slightly guilty but it was so delicious and I love almonds.
My friends are currently vacationing in Santorini and I begged them to bring me some of this home with them. I'm so bad.
Lifedrops Mastiha- You might think this is chewing gum and wonder why something like that would be included in this box. However, this has a distinctly Greek twist! This is made with "Tears of Chios!" It's produced on the island of Chios and is the sap of the Mastic tree. The sap is dried into a translucent resin that, when chewed, becomes bright white just like gum. This sap has been chewed by humans for 2.400 years! And the name of the tree comes the Greek word "mastichein" which is where we got the word masticate (to chew).
So it's a chewing gum with mastic resin. It tastes like a pine tree. Which is really weird to be chewing on but I bet it does wonders for my breath. I just looked it up. Yep, it's antibacterial and antifungal and in studies has reduced bacteria in the mouth by 41%. I think I need more.
Mikio- These are small, crispy breadsticks made with extra virgin olive oil. These snacks are made on the island of Crete (which I someday hope to visit). These are very flavorful and crunchy. There might be a variation in flavor but the one I received is also made with feta cheese. They're really good.
Macedonian Chalvas with Cocoa- This halva is actually good. I got another kind in a different snack subscription and it was awful. You really do have to like sesame to enjoy these but this was fresh and delicious. This one is nut-butter based and is soft but not crumbly and has a chocolate swirl. I can't really think of anything to compare it to except against other brands of it's type. This is perfect and it's made in Thessaloniki. As you can see I've been nibbling on it.

Pasteli- This is sesame seed candy. I love this candy. I don't get it very often, it's not easy to find and then a couple times it just wasn't any good. This however, is exactly as it should be. Sesame seeds with honey and it's delicious. This package has three bars.

Fino Greek Honey- I love honey in any form. This honey is made by bees who get a taste of some of the most unique flora in the world. Because some of the flower species are not found anywhere else in the world, Greece is very proud of it's honey. And it does make it's way into many desserts. :)
This is a rich, dark amber honey with a very floral taste. I might end up eating the whole tub plain, it's that good.
Tsakiris Chips- This was the only thing I didn't like. These are potato chips. There are two flavors in the bag. I did not like the smell at all. They're supposed to taste like gyros and greek yogurt. Gyros (year-oh/year-ohs is probably the closet to the correct pronunuciation) are made by folding roasted meat into a (typically) pita bread with tomato, onions and tzatziki sauce.
A true gyro is made with meat that is roasted on a vertical meat roaster. Mexican street tacos use the same style of roaster, if you've seen those. It's one of my absolute favorite ways to have meat cooked. I was eating gyros before I ever remember them being a "thing" here in my neck of the US.
Ack, sidetracked again! Anyway, these chips were... I couldn't eat them. They smelled too gross for me. It was a really penetrating smell, too. After I opened them I could smell them in the next room.

VERDICT: This GreekPack was so much fun! Remember this is the exact box that you will get if you order now. I realize I'm slightly biased because of my heritage but it was really so fun to get a box with Greek stamps on it. Plus, I got to relive some of the good times I had with my grandma. She was such a good cook. She took after her dad in that respect. She apparently learned all her Greek recipes from him. She loved to fatten everybody up.
In all my travels I've never been to Greece and I really need to remedy that. It's so beautiful and there is so much history that I would love to bask in. I think GreekPack does a really good job explaining their inclusions and making sure that everything is truly Greek, made in Greece. It's fun to think that my chewing gum was made from trees on a Greek island and that the breadsticks are made on Crete.
It's probably a little on the pricey side to be subscribed to for long but it was a fun change. I bet shipping isn't cheap either. I think it took about two weeks to get to me.

If you would like to try GreekPack for yourself, you can sign up here! Use coupon code BITBOX to get 10% off your subscription.

*This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are mine. 

4 comments:

  1. Oh man, this box looks awesome! I love the idea and the curation. :D Those chips have me intrigued... XD

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    1. I was happy that I ended up liking (loving!) so much of these. That doesn't always happen with international snack boxes.

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  2. HALVA IS MY FAVORITE. I like pasteli too. (I used to live near a Greek sweet shop, can you tell?)

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    1. This box seriously was inhaled. By me. Alone. Haha! It's a good thing I don't live next to a Greek sweets shop...

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