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14 Snack Box Subscriptions To Give—And Hopefully Receive—This Season

14 Snack Box Subscriptions To Give—And Hopefully Receive—This Season: MunchPak

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Regardless of what time of day you get the munchies, it’s always a pain to go shopping for snacks. Enter snack box subscriptions, the pieces of monthly mail that god intended for us. We tested dozens of artisanal and junk food services and whole-heartedly approve of the 14 listed below. If you need our mailing address, please let us know.


Japan Crate

Japan Crate

Japan Crate
Good For: The Hello Kitty Fanatic
On a scale of zero to Dragon Ball Z, Japan Crate is Super Saiyan. This Japanese subscription box is the best way other than flying to Tokyo to try all of that weird Asian candy you see online. Japan Crate ships out over a dozen full-size candy bars each month, which can include strawberry Kit Kats, strips of fruity Pokemon gum and even glass bottles of curry-flavored soda. All of the wrappers are in Japanese, so you’ll definitely want to refer to the box’s handy pamphlet explaining what each item is—that way you don’t chew the entire pack of Black Black gum before realizing it’s full of caffeine. $25/month


Love With Food

Love With Food

Love With Food
Good For: The Volunteer With A Heart of Gold
Get inspiration for your next Whole Foods run with the Love With Food box. The petite tasting box we received includes organic and all-natural snacks like falafel chips, cheese straws and jellybeans. Like what you tasted? The box comes with manufacturers’ coupons so you can buy the full-sized versions at a real store for a discounted price. The best part is that for every box you order, Love With Food donates a kid’s meal to a food bank. $10/month


Farm to People

Farm to People

Farm To People
Good For: The Food Co-op Member
Farm To People is primarily an artisanal online market that sells handmade goods. Its monthly tasting box includes a brochure with photos of all its goods’ makers and is curated around a theme. Our October Oktoberfest box was packed with obscure beer-themed snacks and condiments like beer-infused pasta, caramels and mustard. Most of the makers live in Brooklyn. $30/month


Graze

Graze

Graze
Good For: The Person Who Is Always Eating Almonds At Her Desk
Eating from a Graze box is like eating from your grocery store’s bulk food bins. Graze boxes include four little packs of unbranded snacks like sour cream and onion cashews, dried pears, or oatmeal cookies with berry compote dip. When ordering online, you can choose exactly which healthy snacks you’d like out of 90 options. (There’s also a calorie-counter box, which has 50 snack choices.) And amazingly enough each box is slim enough to fit through your mail slot. $7/box


Healthy Surprise

Healthy Surprise

Healthy Surprise
Good For: The Person Who Believes The Modern Food System Is Broken
Instead of selecting your personal dietary preferences when you order, Healthy Surprise does it for you: Every snack in its boxes is vegan and gluten-, corn- and soy-free. (You can go even further and request a paleo box.) Surprisingly enough the sample box we received did not include granola. Instead it included all full-size, healthy grub like freeze-dried strawberries, roasted seaweed strips and Ziggy Marley’s baked hemp seeds. $40/box


Blissmo

Blissmo

Blissmo
Good For: The Frugal Gourmand
With a Blissmo subscription you have the choice of selecting either a snack box or a beauty box (eco soaps and lip balms) each month. We received the snack box, which includes mostly savory organic snacks and condiments. For example we got chocolate chia seed pudding and a dozen mini pouches of nut butter. Plus the box includes a list of all of the products’ retail costs, so you know exactly how much money Blissmo saved you. $25/month (Playboy readers can receive $10 off a new membership by using the code “new.”)


Global Delights

Global Delights

Global Delights
Good For: The Person Who Studied Abroad In A Country Outside of Western Europe Global Delights does not waste time with fancy packaging or colorful pamphlets. Instead the curators spend all their time searching out the kinds of peculiar treats you’d spot in grocery stores in remote corners of the world. Our box included full-size snacks from nine diverse countries such as a can of peanut soda from Jamaica, a loaf of honeycake from the Netherlands and a box of tamarind candy from Thailand. $36/month


Nomalicious

Nomalicious

Nomalicious
Good For: The Wandering Locavore
Each Nomalicious box is themed around a single city. So a recent box we received contained edible goods made in Portland, Oregon. In addition to the gourmet fare you would expect—salty caramels, coffee beans and raspberry-vanilla jam—it also includes some truly unusual finds. We received a tin of pinot blanc flake salt, which is infused with wine and tastes almost buttery, and a bizarre tamarind drinking vinegar. The tart and sweet beverage can be used as a cocktail mixer or diluted with soda water to make a soft drink. How do we know? Nomalicious includes handy recipe cards so you can figure out exactly what to do with this stuff. $75/box (Playboy readers can use the code “NOM10” to get special access to Nomalicious’ Seattle box and pre-order its New York City box.)


MunchPak

MunchPak

MunchPak
Good for: The Sneakerhead
MunchPak is built for the hip candy lover. In fact subscribers are so connected to their love of modern candy that they record themselves “unboxing” their MunchPaks and post the videos online. The box is filled with a dozen mostly sweet and mostly Asian goodies in bright, neon wrappers—the only boring aspect of the box is that it’s insulated with pages of the Japanese Daily Sun. Expect to receive gummies in the shape of cats and matcha green tea candy bars. Our favorite item was the Serbian Smoki chip, which tasted like Cheese Puffs coated with peanut butter cups. $21/month


Taste Trunk

Taste Trunk

Taste Trunk
Good For: The Timeless Foodie
This gourmet subscription box is wrapped up like a present and stamped with a wax seal. Every artisanal item in the Taste Trunk comes with an index card detailing its history and producer and pairing suggestions. You can order boxes that are themed sweet (desserts like chocolates and sauces), gourmet (foods like oils and spreads), healthy chef (savory, healthy foods) or BBQ (rubs and cedar planks). Our sweet box included modern twists on eight classic desserts like toffee biscotti, coconut milk caramels and a box of ridiculously delicious dark-chocolate shortbread cookies. $33/month


Candy Club

Candy Club

Candy Club
Good For: The Person Who Claims to Have A “Sweet Tooth”
Candy Club delivers exactly what it promises: lots and lots of candy. But instead of chocolate bars, Candy Club sticks to the fruit-flavored department of candy shops past and gas station present. One month you may receive a box of retro peach hard candies alongside a pound of sour gummy leather. Candy Club repackages its offerings in whimsical tins and (at least in the box we received) uses pieces of wrapped, salt water taffy in place of packing peanuts. $18/month


Knoshy

Knoshy

Knoshy
Good For: The Fresh Food Devotee
Discover garden-fresh products from independent food makers across the U.S. with Knoshy. The box we received included chocolate made in Brooklyn, chips made in St. Louis and a sourdough bread mix made in Nashville. And the ingredients for the chips and bread had only been sourced a week prior to delivery! We’re also suckers for any box that includes liquid goods like bottles of yummy vanilla coffee syrup. $30/month


Tasteful Pantry

Tasteful Pantry

Tasteful Pantry
Good for: The Picky Yogi
The nutritionist-approved Tasteful Pantry box is ideal for those on a special diet. Each subscription can be customized to be gluten-, dairy-, soy-, nut-free or vegan. We received the gluten-free box, which included six surprisingly tasty snacks that we had never even heard of before like BBQ egg-white chips and hazelnut-coffee energy bars. For each treat box shipped, Tasteful Pantry donates 50 cents to a meditation center in Los Angeles. $22/month


Yumvelope

Yumvelope

Yumvelope
Good For: The Aficionado From the Future
A Yumvelope box includes six small-batch, Made in the U.S.A. snacks and desserts that aren’t so easy to find in stores yet. Expect to receive full-sized all-natural treats like big bags of chai-infused caramel corn and cups of oat cereal that’s a harbinger of snacks to come: The container includes hemp milk powder and a spoon; you just have to add water. $21/month


Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep

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