Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cuisine Cube: March 2014 Review

Cuisine Cube is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box of gluten-free foods.  It is $29.99/month, but I had gotten one month at a discount through a Groupon deal.  My first box arrived the other day.  Cuisine Cube ships using FedEx SmartPost, and even though it apparently ships from my state, it still took about five days to get to me.  I don't like that very much, but at least the shipping is free, so I won't complain too much.  Anyway, here's what I got:

The first item was Oven Baked Organics Pancake Mix.  I haven't had pancakes since I stopped eating gluten, so I was very excited about this.  This mix is made with 100% gluten-free whole grains, including teff and millet.  It looks like some weekend pancakes are in order!

Next was Zero Grano Crackers.  These are imported from Italy and are similar in texture to Saltines, but I think they taste better.  I've eaten gluten-free crackers, and there are brands that I really like, but they all seem to have a similar taste and texture.  These are the first gluten-free crackers I've had that don't seem as though they are gluten free.  They are flaky and crispy and were very good with peanut butter.  I don't know how easy these will be to find normally, since they are from Italy.  But the package in the box was quite large, so they will last for a while.  The crackers are also divided into individually wrapped packs of four crackers each, so they will be able to be stored longer without getting stale.  

 Next was GalloLea Barbecue Pizza Mix.  I have only used one gluten-free pizza mix before, and it wasn't very good.  I am hopeful that the texture of this crust will be more pizza-like.  I'm not a huge fan of barbecue sauce in general, but I can always put a different sauce on my pizza.

Next was a package of Sun Cups dark chocolate sunflower butter cups.   Fortunately for me, I don't have a peanut or other nut allergy, but I do like sunflower seed butter too.  I also have a sweet tooth, so I opened this and ate one right away.  To me, nothing can compare to a classic chocolate peanut butter cup, but this was very good and was a nice variation.

Next was Saffron Road Lemongrass Basil Simmer Sauce.  I like Thai food, so this will be a welcome addition to my weekly dinners.  

Finally, there was the Euforia Triple Delight Cake.  This was my favorite item in this box.  This is a traditional Indonesian cake made with gluten-free flours.  It has three layers, and according to the ingredients, they are flavored with vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.  The flavors are subtle, and they go together very well.  The cake is moist, and I never would have guessed that it was gluten free.  There were two little cakes in the box, and of course I have eaten both already! 

I am very happy with this box.  I will definitely eat everything I received, and I like the way there were foods that could be eaten for each meal, including snacks and dessert!  I am also happy that the items were all full-sized.  I think $29.99 is a reasonable price to pay for this box because these items are often hard to find in the store.  I think this box is a great idea for people who are trying to eat gluten free and don't have access to a wide variety of products.  

What do you think of this box?  If you are interested in signing up for Cuisine Cube, click here.

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