It’s hard to believe it’s the season to be reviewing holiday themed boxes, but here we are!
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One of my favorite things about traveling is sampling the local cuisine which is the idea behind Try the World— a bi-monthly subscription box service I’ve been enjoying so much this year! Their team of travelers and local experts curate each box with products they feel best represent that box’s location theme. I haven’t traveled anywhere in awhile, so this way I can get a little of what I’ve been missing delivered right to my house. (You can read my other Try the World reviews here)
Try the World comes with a Culture Guide, detailing the products in the box. Usually each Try the World box has a specific theme like Paris or Spain. This month, it’s the Holiday Box filled with an assortment of goodies from around the world.
My Try the World boxes are noticeably heavier than most of my other subscription boxes which, and I’m not sure why, make them seem more fun to open!
Truffette de France Chocolate Truffles– These are chocolate truffles that began production in France, and expanded to Quebec. Seriously, melt in my mouth chocolatey goodness, omg! I ate them on their own, but it could be paired well with Ice Cream I think. The guide says they go well with Cognac, too!
Sindyanna of Galilee Extra-Virgin Olive Oil– I love receiving olive oil in these boxes! This is a fair trade oil grown, harvested, and cold pressed by a cooperative of Arab and Jewish women in northern Israel. In the culture guide, there’s a cake recipe using this as an ingredient.
Palmiers Butter Cookies– These cookies are made by a small Moroccan company. They are really subtle and I think they’re pair well with a cup of tea.
Teatonics Ruby-Red Restorative Winter Calming Tea– Well, speaking of, here’s some tea in the box! From the UK, this is made with a blend of red and green rooibos, hibiscus, cocoa, vanilla, and licorice. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence or not, but the packaging colors look perfect enough to be a stocking-stuffer.
Nyakers Gingersnaps Orange– These are part of a holiday tradition in Sweden on December 13th, St Lucia’s Day, which is a holiday that commemorates the girl who brought food to persecuted Christians in Rome. These Gingersnaps have an orange twist which tastes unusual and good! The culture guide says these pair well with mulled wine.
Bazzar Acai Dessert Sauce– From Brazil, this sauce says on the jar that it’s good for ice cream and yogurt. In the culture guide, it says it would be great glazed over poultry. I think glazing a turkey with this would be awesome! Also, it says it’s delicious over pancakes.
G. Cova & C Panettone Milano– This is a cute little package of Italian sweet bread that would also go well in a stocking-stuffer. It’s made according to an age-old time-consuming process of soaking, leavening, and baking so it tastes homemade.
Biokia Mixed Berries– This is a blend of wild and little-known berries from Finland such as bilberries and lingonberries. They are frozen and dried soon after being harvested. I actually used them to make some muffins! See?
- ¼ cup dried mixed berries (or any kind of dried berries)
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Put mixed berries in a shallow bowl with just enough hot water to cover them.
- Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl
- In another bowl, mix together, sugar, milk, oil and egg
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until almost combined
- Drain the berries, then stir to combine into the mixture
- Put muffin cups in a 12 cup tray and dish the mixture into the cups
- Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are slightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean.
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So this was what was in the holiday Try the World… what do you think? I think it would make a fantastic gift for some of my foodie friends! (Note, you CAN just purchase a one time only box without the subscription! This goes through December!)
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