I’ve got another great monthly subscription box to share with you all today. This one is called Healthy Surprise., it features vegan. gluten free & natural snacks. At Healthy Surprise, there are four different box sizes: Starter, which costs $33 and has 16-20 servings, Healthy, which costs $66 & has 32-40 servings, Large, which costs $99 & has 50-60 servings and the Super, which costs $333 dollars and has 200 servings.
The Current Product Spotlight is on Happy Hemp. Happy Hemp is Vegan, Gluten-free, Organic and Raw. The back claims that Happy Help Supports digestion, sleep, weight control, hair & nails, complexion, menstrual and menopause ease & well being…it also goes on to saw these statements have NOT been evaluated by the FDA. These are just ground up (organic) hemp seeds. There was also no expiration date filled in on this package. I found that alarming. This retails for $6 and includes 4 servings.
Next in the box was Home Free Crunchy Vanilla cookies. These are Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Nut free and just delicious! These were an amazing sweet snack & I didn’t feel guilty giving them to my little guys. Each of these bags is one serving and they retail for $1.49 each.
We also received one Cranberry Nut Bar from Two Moms in the Raw. This is Gluten free, wheat free, dairy free and 100% raw. This looks great, but I did have the thought that if you were allergic to nuts, you couldn’t eat this. Unfortunately that was the case with over half of the items in this box. This bar retails for $4 and is two servings.
Next up was The Bliss Bar in “Amazon Chocolate”. This is Gluten free, nut free, raw, vegan and contains superfoods. This was the nastiest tasting food I have ever eaten. I don’t know how else to put it. It must be REALLY healthy, because it tastes like what I imagine bong water would taste like. (yea, I said it.) E for effort, Bliss Bar. This sells for $3.89 and is one serving, if you can choke it down.
This was one of the few things I’ve actually heard of, Hail Merry Almonds. This is the Vanilla Maple flavor (yum!). These are raw, vegan and of course gluten free. I’m excited to try these, but I don’t have a nut allergy. These usually come in larger bags so this is one serving with a sample value of $1.90
Coconut Bar Cherry– I think I’m going to love this one. It’s Lactose free, Kosher & of course gluten free. It only has three ingredients so that is always a plus. Oskri Organics has a huge line of bars and this is only one flavor (Cherry) or one line (Coconut Bar) the combinations seem to be endless! This is one serving and has a sample value of $1.10
There are a lot of these in my box…4 in two different flavors. These are “Gone Nuts” by LivingIntentions. (in Thai Lemon Curry) I have a lot of problems with these. First of all, if you have a nut allergy you are out of luck, 2- These make up 12 servings in my box. If you signed up for this box to discover new foods, this does nothing for you. 3- These are in a very odd size and packaging. I cannot find this 3oz size (they sell them in 3.5oz bags) or packaging on their website. 4- You cannot buy these anymore.
My husband is raving about the way these taste, but we can’t get more of his new favorite gluten-free snack.
This is the second flavor I got, Spinach Pesto. These retail for $5.69 and contain 3 servings each- I’m a little annoyed at getting a discontinued product but even more so that I was given SO much of it.
Next was Go Raw Pizza Flax Snax. These are Raw, gluten free, wheat free & nut free. I really enjoyed these & they really do taste like pizza! This size bag sells for $5.49 and has 3 servings. (Looking around online, I noticed that everyone else who got the “Healthy” sized box received two of these- I feel jipped.)
Another surprisingly sweet treat in the box was Skinny Crisps. These are low carb and gluten-free. These tasted really great & went perfect with a glass of milk 🙂 This 5oz bag costs $5.99 and has 9 servings.
Lastly, was Bare Fruit Granny Smith Apply Chips. In a house of two toddler boys, this was the first thing gone. We loved these so much. This is one item I know 100% I will repurchase. Adore these! And so did the boys. This bag retails for about $6.75 and contains 2 servings of fruit.
So, is this bag worth it & does it deliver?
The product total for all these items is $60.86– which seems like maybe you are getting a good deal, but I still have the bad taste of Gone Nuts in my mouth (figuratively) I mean, they don’t make this product anymore. Why is it in here? And it makes up over $20 and 12 servings of my box!!
I ended up with 37 servings (that is being nice and counting Happy Hemp as a serving of anything, it has to be added, sprinkled in or put on top of something else.) So, again-without the discontinued mess of Gone Nuts, I’d have a box that would fall short.
I have to say that it really rubs me the wrong way.
There were two other things I learned during this: One, that the difference between the “Starter” and “Healthy” sized boxes is just doubles. This month, I didn’t receive any new brands or products that people who bought Starter sized boxes did- so why pay double for that?!
Second- these products have been the same for the past three months. Nothing has changed, why spend so much money each month just to get the same items?
I have to say for me, personally, this one frustrated me. So, I call it a dud.
There are many improvements to be made.