I was given the opportunity to review Healthy Surprise, a monthly subscription box service that delivers healthy snacks.
Okay, Merry, there’s a ton of ‘healthy snack’-type subscription boxes out there…what makes Healthy Surprise different?
For starters, you can select from three different sizes. The “Starter” box size ($33/mo + $6.99 S&H) is perfect for 1-2 people, the “Healthy” box ($66/mo + $9.99 S&H) has enough snacks for 1-4 people, and the “Combo” box size ($99/mo, free S&H) has enough snacking power for 2-6 people (perfect for small offices!). You really get your money’s worth out of these boxes.
Then there’s the best part, the part that I love the most: All the snacks in all the boxes are vegan, they are all soy, corn, and wheat free, and best of all (for me, anyways): all the snacks are gluten-free!!! Which meant I could snack away to my little heart’s content and not worry for one second that gluten would be wreaking havoc in my digestive system later. Guilt-free, and worry-free snacking? Yes, please!
Healthy Surprise also sends full size snacks. These aren’t sample sizes, they are the exact same thing you can buy in the grocery store. Snacking healthy and gluten-free isn’t cheap, and I really feel like Healthy Surprise gives you your money’s worth. I received nine different products, and I have chosen my four favorites to review here. It was a difficult choice, they were all so good, but I will admit that there were three that weren’t really my cup of tea, but I do think that someone else would enjoy them. Those three items were Kale Parmesan Chips from California Snax (had a really good parmesan flavor, but the flavor of the kale threw me off. To be fair, I tried some regular cooked kale. Apparently I’m not a fan of kale, but if you are, then these chips would be right up your alley. Also, I couldn’t find a website for the company that makes them), SeaSnax Seaweed Snacks (Again, if you like seaweed, then you’d like these. I tried them, but apparently I’m not a fan of seaweed either), and Matt’s Munchies Choco Nana fruit leather (I don’t like chocolate paired with bananas. I never have, so to get a fair opinion, my daughters tested them, and they loved them). Now, the four snacks I absolutely loved (well, three that I loved, one that my son loved):
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips (1.43 oz, $4.99) – My first thought when tasting these really was “Dang!! These are really, REALLY good!” The name comes from the last name of the founder’s mother, who grew up in Bangkok. I like coconut, I wouldn’t say I love it, but these little toasted coconut chips have earned my love. They were so delicious and buttery. I have to confess, the first time I had raw coconut, I spit it out. I didn’t like it. I only liked coconut slivers on things or in things (like coconut macaroons!), but these chips are so good. So Dang good. You can check out Dang Foods on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.
Hail Merry! Orange Rosemary Pecans (.88 oz, $2.00) – Another winner from the box, these pecans were simply amazing. I was a little hesitant to try orange and rosemary flavored pecans, but these were really, really good. The orange lightened up the savory flavors of the pecans and rosemary, and overall just mingled really, really well. And I am not biased for their worship of me (Hail Merry? Why, yes, Hail Me!) either, these pecans truly were delicious. You can find Hail Merry on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, and check out their blog as well.
Home Free Mini Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (.95 oz, $1.49) – I love cookies. They were one of the hardest things to give up because, I’m sorry, I’ve only met one gluten-free cookie that I actually liked. Until now. These cookies…you can’t even tell they’re gluten-free, I swear. The chocolate flavor of both the cookie and the chocolate chips are rich without being too rich. The texture is comparable to a crunchy gluten cookie, having none of the gritty texture of gluten-free cookies that I’m used to tasting. Seriously, even if you don’t have celiac disease, even if your body and gluten are best buddies, you’ve got to try these cookies. They’re also nut free as well. You can learn more from Home Free’s Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
GoGo SqueeZ Apple Berry Applesauce (3.2 oz, prices vary by store, usually $4-$5 for a 4-pack) – BabyBoy got to try this, and he loved it. He can be a very picky eater, right now he seems to like very few things we have him try, so when he gobbled this up, I was thrilled. Perfect to toss a pouch or two in your purse or diaper bag in case you’re out with the kids and suddenly they decide they must have a snack, pronto! You can find GoGo SqueeZ on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, and at their blog.
Healthy Surprise gives you a great deal on a variety of healthy, gluten-free snacks that you can try before you buy (many of the pouches are sold at grocery stores in multi-packs, so being able to taste before committing to a multi-pack is very helpful), and if you decide you’d like to give them a try, please order through my affiliate link.
Disclaimer: I received a Starter-sized box from Healthy Surprise in exchange for my honest opinion. I was invited to be a Brand Ambassador/Affiliate for them as well, and provided with an affiliate link. While I do receive a small monetary compensation for any subscriptions ordered through my affiliate link, this in no way impacted my opinion or review in any way, shape or form. All opinions expressed above are 100% my own honest opinions and are not the view or opinion of Healthy Surprise or any company whose product I have reviewed herein.