Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: Petit Amuse Box for July Review & GIVEAWAY! (Wine Jelly?!?)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Petit Amuse Box for July Review & GIVEAWAY! (Wine Jelly?!?)

Petit Amuse  noun \pə-ˈtētˈ ä-ˌmüz\
Also known as amuse-bouche. A French term that literally means "mouth amusement."These are tiny bites of food served before a meal to whet the palate and invigorate the appetite. They're more whimsical than hors d'oeuvres, and smaller than appetizers.

When Petit Amuse contacted me asking if I would review their box of groumet goodies & give one away to you guys, I jumped on it. Subscription boxes are one of the absolute MOST popular searched terms on this blog so clearly you guys like them or love to hate them! Either way, I'm always happy to bring you something a bit different.

I love the idea of this box, its definitely something I can share with my husband or family as opposed to some of my other more beauty themed boxes which honestly, I have to make him look at. He doesn't even care about eyeliner! Can you believe that?

So this box is only $10 a month which is rare for non-beauty boxes. They are normally $12+ so that's something to note.

In a nutshell, here's what this box is all about according to their own website ( ):
Focus on Producers
We put a lot of effort into the discovery and promotion of products from small food artisans that you won’t find in large retail chains. Why go to all that trouble? Two reasons.
  1. Small batch artisan foods simply taste better. The quality of ingredients and care in production make for amazing products, unlike most anything that you will find in your local supermarket.
  2. They need our help! For a litany of reasons, the odds are stacked against small artisan food producers. Even the best products often don’t get distributed outside of their local markets; never reaching a majority of foodies who would love to buy them if only given the opportunity.
So the idea behind this book is ACTUALLY how I feel about many beauty boxes: There are SO many brands out there that we miss some small ones that are really great. A few brands people know & love but there are others (Nails by Laura,  Everyday Minerals, & the recently discovered Sauce Box come to mind!) that I've discovered around the way that just don't hit the spotlight like they should! I can't even imagine starting a company right now so to know that this box supports the baker down the street & the food artists makes me feel good about it!

What I got in the July Petit Amuse Box:

Ice Wine Jelly from Caramoomel: I'm shocked I've never had wine jelly, seriously! I love wine. I like jelly. How? Anyway! This is a simple mix of quality ingredients. A very nice sample size, its a solid 2 oz so it will get used up...but not too fast! Also, love the coloring & the packing is nice as well! My favorite item in the box!

 Garukabar by Garuka Bars: This is another example of simplicity tasting incredible. I've tried lots of bars if for nothing else but convenience, but I LOVED this one. It is nice & soft, not overly sweet, & tastes exactly like the ingredients inside. High protein, real peanut pieces, & a really wonderful honey glaze.

 Original Kettle Corn from Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn: I've had it before & I'll probably have it again. I liked it then...& I liked it now! Tasty, convenient, & a great snack!

Cha-Cha's & Salted Rosemary Shortbread from Lark Fine Foods: These were really good! I've never tried anything  from Lark Fine Foods so these two cookies were a great testers. The Cha'Cha's has a slight spice, nothing over the top at all. They tasted really dark & rich but were a bit hard. The shortbreads were awesome, super buttery & perfect. I had never thought of rosemary shortbreads, I might need to make these sometime!

Things to note: 
-I love that the ingredients are right there on the card, especially with the peanuts & such!
-Really nice sized samples! 3 full sized & then the 2 specialty cookies. 
 -Simple, clean presentation. Nothing frilly or excess.
-Although MY cookies were crumbled (HA!) they have assured me yours will be packed much better!

So...time for the giveaway! Everyone seems to LOVE the subscription box giveaways so I'm thrilled to bring you another one! Please keep in mind you will be receiving the exact same box & that Petit Amuse will be shipping it to you. This contest is for US residents only (sorry guys!) & its easy to enter! Please do know I WILL NOT be spamming your e-mail, the e-mail is strictly to contact the winner!

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