It seems like nowadays many people feel like they’re facing a harsh reality: too many delicious things out there, not enough time (or resources) to try them all. As it turns out, there’s an answer to this problem. Welcome to the world of food subscription services! These companies make it easy to experiment with different flavors, try new treats, and explore the foodiverse without ever having to leave your house. Get to know some of our top picks, and then get snacking.
Try the World
Locals will always know the hidden gems that truly define a city’s culture. When those locals are also gourmet chefs, its what foodies’ dreams are made of. That’s the thinking behind Try the World, a brilliant subscription service and mini travel experience. Every few months (depending on the payment plan you choose) you receive a box from somewhere around the globe, carefully curated by experts. You’re scoring full-sized gourmet items that are hand picked by experts, as well as cultural guides and descriptions of everything. It’s like traveling from the comfort of your own home-less motion sickness, more things dipped in chocolate to be eaten in front of the TV. My version of utopia.
You know how the longer you go without exercise, the weaker your muscles become? I like to think that it’s the same with constant take-out: you’re not flexing those cooking muscles while grabbing lo mein every night. That’s why I love the idea of Gobble, a weekly dinner delivery service that provides everything you need to cook up your own masterpiece, with the convenience of delivery. The real selling point? Every meal can be made in 3 steps, 10 minutes and 1 pan. The ingredients are even pre-chopped! You can feel like Emeril while cutting corners like a boss. It’s the American Dream!
Farm to People
Artisanal eats have never looked this good! Farm to People is the easy way to try new treats, from Absinthe Caramels to bison jerky. You can pick individual items or order gifts, but their subscription service offers some cool monthly surprises. Depending on the size of your “tasting box,” several items are hand-picked by the staff and delivered to your doorstep. You can tell a lot of thought was put into the picks; the February box featured spicy items to warm you up from the winter chill. Most importantly, Farm to People guarantee that all of the food is non-GMO, small-batch, and sticks to humane standards.
A country that gave the world sushi and Pokemon can do no wrong. Wouldn’t you like to see what other hidden gems are half a world away? Get cultured with Skoshbox, an awesome subscription service that brings you a monthly assortment of authentic Japanese treats, starting at just $10 a month! They include descriptions and ingredients in English, so that you know exactly what you’re gorging on at any time. And because the world is a beautiful place, you can always just buy individual items you liked from your box. May your Pocky stash never run dry.
Step away from the rice cakes and drop the hard candy. You need to up your snack game. Luckily there’s Mouth, the geniuses that are focused on introducing indie and small-batch snacking to the masses, in the most dangerously convenient way possible. You can customize your taste preferences and dietary restrictions, and should have your goodies delivered from Brooklyn in less than a week. The packaging is gorgeous, the website is super easy to navigate, and they have a category specifically for movie night snacks. Need I say more?!
If I’ve done my job, then your mouth is watering and you’re frantically filling out some shipping forms. Have any other food subscriptions you want us to know about? Tell us in the comments!